Masthead

What's New on the Site

Two new radios, a Philco Model 20 Deluxe and an RCA Model 128. There's little actual information so far; I hope to add more soon. (October 2016)

Added the Revere/Wollensak pages to go along with the Webcor site. I suppose I should either do the same for my Roberts machines, or roll them together and make one big Reel-to-Reel section, but at the moment I don't want to do it. Maybe later—especially if I end up with any other tape machines. (October 2016)

I bought another Webcor and that got me to update the whole Webcor sub-site. Now with vintage ads, more models on the comparison table, and whatever else I could find. (October 2016)

I am merging the Radios and Projects sections together, because I got tired of looking for things on my own website and not remembering where they are. It made sense to separate them a few years ago, but now there's too much blur between the radios I own and which ones I "fix" and so forth. This will be done over the next few weeks. (September 2016)

I started the Zenith Royal 7000 Trans-Oceanic page, but it's holding until I get an expanded service manual that I ordered off eBay. (September 2016)

The Zenith 6P448 "Radio Cart" is on the bench. (September 2016)

I recycled an old blog and now it's going to be a catch-all for my hobby and interest websites. Blog entries are a way of teasing new additions (like radios), or talking about things I find interesting but don't really fit well into the website. It's J Ollinger's Sites Blog. (September 2016)

The Clock Section now has its own site, called "Speaking in Wordless Rhymes" unless or until I come up with a better title. (August 2016)

John Smith graciously sent me scans of his rare King-Hinners Model A instruction manual. Thanks! The King-Hinners is very close to my Silvertone Neutrodyne, in fact the Silvertone was also made by King-Hinners. The big difference is that the Silvertone takes UV99 tubes while the Model A is wired for 01A tubes. He also sent an advertising flyer for a Webster B/C battery elminator circa 1926. (May 2016)

I opened up a Zenith portable and inside there was an original owner's manual. Written in only one language; no legal disclaimers; no dire warnings not to hold the bare chassis while standing in a bathtub full of Epsom salts with the unit plugged in. It's available for download on my Manuals page. (January 2016)

That Damned Chanalyst is killing me. As mentioned in Teardown Tuesday, every time I think I've got everything I need, I'm missing something. Also pictures of the EICO 950 capacitor bridge, which wants to electrocute me. (July 2015)

Things are quiet lately because of the Silvertone Midget veneer project is going so slowly you'd think lawyers were involved. Today I took delivery of a Weston 785 for my meter non-collection. It arrived in just in time to bet set on top of the veneer while the glue dries.

Also, I may be the only one but I've recently discovered the fun of the now-defunct 73 Magazine. The entire archive (I'm told) is available for download at The Internet Archive. There are several formats available for each issue, from PDF to Kindle to plain text. Wayne Green (W2NSD)'s baby is informative, interesting and slightly unhinged. (May 2015)

The Silvertone Midget - I'm getting my courage up to try to re-veneer the front cabinet. This is holding everything up because of my policy to have as few projects going concurrently as possible. So until this one gets off my bench (literally), little else is being accomplished. (April 2015)

New Radios - the old man unloaded much of his radio collection on me ("and don't bring them back"), so I should have a number of additions to Radios and Projects coming up through the year. (Jan 2015)

Links - I was sad to see that Bill Turner retired and his business appears to be shuttered. His website now goes to someone else selling reproduction dial faces; but his other stuff: dial cord rosin, tube base converters, documentation, and sundry other things, is gone. (Jan 2015)

Zenith H500 Project - An attempt to recondition one of my Zenith T-Os that's in particularly scruffy shape. (Dec 2015)

Teardown - a look inside the Simpson 211 VOM and meter-movement replacement. (Oct 2014)

Links - HiFi Engine added to manuals. (Oct 2014)

©opyright by James Ollinger. All Rights Reserved.