Happy 2017 From the IARCHS President

Greetings and welcome to both a new year and a new era for your club. (Current president Dave Perkins)

Presumably if you’re reading this you’re aware that we’ve now transitioned to doing more, including the newsletter, via our improved web site (kudos and thanks to David Fitkin for all of the work done on it). Doug, our long time newsletter editor (many thanks to him for doing that time consuming job too) has been posting notices of the change in the last few newsletters, but I’ve still had some indications that, for whatever reason, a few members do not realize that they no long will get either a direct email or, for those very few still getting one, a mailed hard copy of the newsletter. If you happen to hear from or know of a member that feels he or she has been dropped by the club, please direct them to the website.

2016 was a year that was much discussed for many reasons, For me, even though I’m now retired (and happy be be able to say so), it was a year filled with a lot of work on things other than our mutual hobby. I spent much of it through the fall (and way more money than I like to dwell on) working on my home and property with the objective of freeing up more time to pursue my hobbies. After dealing with some minor health issues and making my way through the holidays, I’m happy to report that a project I set aside a couple years ago, a 1955 Harmon-Kardon D1100 has made it’s way back to the front of my electronics work bench. I have aspirations of making this part of an all analog, 1955 Harmon-Kardon D1100hopefully all vacuum tube, audio system. But first I’ve got to get to the bottom of a problem with the FM section. As of this writing everything else works fine, AM & phono input (to be tied to a 78 RPM Zenith Cobra changer in my ‘new’ system), and line input all work fine. but the FM is as quiet as a morgue ….. I’ve exhausted the options I have troubleshooting it with a meter, ‘scope and regular RF signal generator (AM modulation only) that I have. I can tell that the FM local oscillator is tracking, but there I got stopped ……….. darn it! I need an FM signal generator – something I’ve never added to my test bench since 99% of the radios in my collection are AM / Shortwave only. Being a long time hobbyist of many interests (radios, general vintage electronics and cars, plus occasionally trying to avoid drowning while Scuba diving) I invoked one of the universal rules of hobbyists the world over: Never pass up a ‘good’ opportunity to buy a new tool. ……. So as soon as my new FM signal generator gets here, I’ll get back to it and hopefully be able to report back to you all next time.

In the meantime, it’s not too early to begin thinking about our next auction. Here again, we’re ‘thinking different’ this year and are shifting out advertising focus from print media (that, according to the informal poll I took at last year’s auction, isn’t working too well) to on-line promotion including on the various Facebook pages dedicated or related to antique radios. This is another way in which you all can help. If ever and how ever you engage in discussion of your antique radio hobby on line, please put the word and and be sure to mention that, unlike the past several years, the auction will be the last Saturday in April rather than the in early May due to a schedule conflict our auctioneer has.

Thanks to all for your continued participation, keep up the good work and please make use of the expanded capabilities of the club website.

’till next time

Dave Perkins

NEW Date for the 2017 IARCHS Auction

2017 IARCHS Radio Auction Cedar Rapids

This years auction was moved up a week from our usual date. it will now be:

Saturday April 29, 2017 Hayracks at 9:30am, Auction at 10:00am
Auction Building at Hawkeye Downs, 4400 6th Street SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Keep informed, register today and get those important information updates in your email box.  Plus registration gets you access to the current newsletter and the members forum as well.

November 5 IARCHS Meeting

Iowa Antique Radio Club & Historical Society

The next Iowa Antique Radio Club & Historical Society meeting is coming up in just one WEEK.  Check your dates and see if you can make it, we would love to see you there.

 Fall IARCHS Meeting; Nov 5th 2016

Tom Zenisek
1610 Litchfield Dr.
Hiawatha, IA 52233
(319) 362-1541
tomjonzee@aol.com

10AM Business meeting, repair session to follow. Let Tom know if you are coming.

New IARCHS Newsletter format coming soon

New IARCHS Newsletter format coming soon

IARCHS-Summer-NewsletterNew IARCHS Newsletter format will appear here soon. Articles will be posted online for members to see and use. Your input is welcome, as we are continually trying to improve our member resources.  If you haven’t registered as a website user yet, it is free for everyone (subject to approval).  We don’t want you to miss any of the new IARCHS newsletter stuff when it starts appearing on the members only portion of this site.

 

Need Iowa Manufactured Radio Pictures

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Shenandoah Super Six Radio Console, located at the Shenandoah IA historical museum, home of Radio Station KMA.

We would like to illuminate our encyclopedia of Iowa radio manufacturers with pictures for all the different radio brands. If you have one of these radios and would like to help, please send us a nice picture to add to this website. Make sure you include the Model name and year of manufacture so we can include it in the description. We will identify you as the picture source on the site as well unless you specify otherwise. If you know of any other Iowa manufacturers that we don’t already have shown please let us know so we can add them.

You can send them to our webmaster, David, using the Club email Radio-Pictures@radio-collector.com.

Free Membership Drive

Iowa Antique Radio Club & Historical Society

IARCHS-black-logoIf you like old radios, and specially if you are an Iowan, or live in one of our border states (Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, or Wisconsin), we would like you to consider joining our Radio Club. We support Iowa manufactured radios with website information, and best of all try to connect collectors from everywhere. Membership is free, and the member experience is priceless. Consider joining today.

Auction Time This SATURDAY

Auction Time This Saturday!

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Radios-from-South-Dakota

I helped setup at the auction site today. Looks to be a great auction for Radio Buffs again this year, everything from tubes, transformers, battery sets, table radios, consoles and even a few modern Retro look radios still new in the box. With so many to pick from it is hard to wrap my head around which ones I want to take home with me this year. We even have a batch of radios brought here from South Dakota for even more variety. AUCTION DETAILS HERE.

Less than 1 Week Till our Antique Radio Auction

Crosley-PUP-Complete-Wire-TagsMark your calendars, empty out the car or truck and prepare yourself for another one of our Club’s unforgettable Collectable Radios, Parts, Tubes and Accessories Auctions. If you haven’t been to one yet, here is your chance, you can even stay overnight in one of Cedar Rapids Great Motels and be very rested for the festivities. Keep looking through our collection of pre-auction pictures, we might just have that radio that you have always wanted. Brent Wears and his staff is once again conducting our auctionKennedy-Model-V, and we have figured out how to handle all the cool stuff even quicker. Bring a pocket full of money and take home a load of radio goodies. Hope to see you there! New pictures added 5/02/2016. 2016 AUCTION EVENT Link