|New Radio Book
125 Pages Ring Bound
I am asked at least two or three times a week if I can recommend a good book for new enthusiasts to learn how to repair and restore Vintage Radios. Until now I have had to explain that the only books available were of US origins, and whilst quite good, one had to accept their slightly different use of the English Language! and the built in problems of obtaining US books in the UK. I am very glad to say that this situation has now changed as I have just finished reading a new book by Tony Thompson that from now on will be the required reading material that I recommend to any further requests for assistance.
Tony has been interested in valve equipment all of his life. He worked for many years as a highly qualified radio and TV engineer and ran his own business in TV,Video and Hi-Fi Servicing. He currently teaches Design and Technology and Electronics and has had articles published in Television magazines.
His new book
The contents of the 16 Chapters are listed below, and I'm sure you will see that they cover most aspects of Vintage Radio. There is obviously a limit to what can be achieved in 125 pages, and Tony would, I think, be the first to agree that this book is not supposed to be an in depth education course in all of the areas covered, but it is certainly enough for the novice to start restoring radios, and having acquired the bug, there is further reading material listed in an appendix that will allow a more in-depth knowledge to be obtained if required.
1. How it started
The birth of Radio, early influences, the development of the
2. Styling Influences
Art Deco, Modernism, Streamlining. The influence of
designers. The constraints of materials and technology. Cost.
3. Collecting Radio Sets
The ethics of restoration. What to restore, what to leave well
4. Where and How to Obtain Sets
Where to look for sets, tips on dealing.
5. When to Buy... And when not to
What to look for when making a purchase.
6. Cleaning and Restoring the Chassis
A Step-by-Step approach to restoring the appearance of your
7. Renovating Wooden Cabinets
Advice and step-by-step guidance to restoring and refinishing
8. Renovating Bakelite Cabinets
An easy to follow guide to repairing and reviving Bakelite
9. What valves are
The development of the vacuum tube.
10. How Valves work
A guide to the action of the diode,triode,tetrode and pentode.
11. Basic Checking and Testing of Valve Radio Chassis
Simple tests and checks before and after first switch-on.
12. General Testing of Chassis
More advanced checks and tests, using test equipment.
13. Causes of Common Faults
A useful guide to commonly occurring faults.
14. Circuit arrangements of Typical Receivers
The action of Superhet and TRF radio circuits described and
15. An example chassis restoration
The case history of a chassis.
16. Things to make
How to construct an AF signal generator/tracer, a test lamp,
a battery valve radio Power Supply, a dummy aerial and a
basic circuit tester.
Valve radio terminology explained
Appendix 1. Vintage Radio Sources
Sources for spares, materials, information, magazines and
Vintage Web Sites.
Appendix 2. Suggested Reading
Magazines, new and out of print books.
I wish Tony all the very best with this book, it is certainly something that the UK market has needed for some time and I thoroughly recommend it to anybody starting out in the field of Vintage Radio Repair and Restoration.
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The book is also obtainable by post or from: Radio
The cover price of the book is £12.95, and cheques
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