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Tuesay, March 17, 2020: Hmmm....what is that box?  Well, there is a story behind it.

It was in November 2019 when Paula was seen in an apron starting to restore two Zenith Trans-Oceanic radios from the 1950s.

Mark's part was to go through and restore the electroncs inside the radio. 
It is now back to original factory specifications for performance.

Here's the back.  Yes, those are vacuum tubes.  It was the techology of the day, back in the 1950s.
The red ladder-line cable is a connection to an antenna.  More on that later.

What radio today has a power cord that is retracted onto a spring operated reel?  This one does!
The original brass closer had tarnshied terribly over the years.  It took over an hour to clean it with Brasso. 
Then a dark brown paint was used in the lettering followed by a coat of semi-gloss clear coat.  Lots of work!

The Wave Magnet is a ferrite antenna in a nice plastic case.  It can be pulled out several feet from the radio to help with reception.
Above it is a map of the world with a calculator to help figure which areas of the world might be easiest to hear shortwave stations from.

A closer look at the front showing the radio which will receive stations from 540 Kilocycles (now Kilohertz) to 18.2 Megacycles (now Megahertz).

A final look at the restored Zenith Y600 Trans-Oceanic Radio from 1957. 
It even has the Zenith trademark crown on the cover.  Zenith billed itself as the "Royalty of Portables." 

Quote of the day:    A rewarding project.  Mark    < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

Questions, Comments?  Email Mark Persons  teki@mwpersons.com

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