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         The life and times of Mark and Paula Persons
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Friday, January 8, 2021:  
This story goes back to July 2020 when Mark and Paula picked up an old radio that looked like it could be restored.
But winter is the best time because it is inside work.

Things didn't look good when they removed the mouse-infested chassis from the case.  

It was only a little better on a service bench after blowing out the debris.  

Paula's job was to clean and polish using a Dremel tool, steel wool and numerous solvents. 
Note she wore a mask, gloves and goggles.
Paula later remarked that she wouldn't have started the project if she had known how bad off the radio was.    

Here it is in pieces.  Mark's job was to restore the electronics to its former glory.  

After five months of on and off work, the radio was finally working to original factory specifications. 
It is estimated Mark and Paula put 50 hours of work into the project, plus they paid a cabinet refinisher to do his part.  

In the end, this 1937 vintage Zenith 5-S-127 AM and shortwave radio became a working showpiece at Gilbert Lodge.
Note the wooden knobs with engravings.  They just don't put that kind of detail into anything anymore. 
Back in the day, international shortwave stations broadcast news and music to the world from England, France, Germany, Australia and even Russia.

Quote of the day:    All is well that ends well.  Mark    < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

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

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