Here is the restoration work (the
RE-CAPPING STAGE) underway.
I leave the old capacitor lead in the
circuit. I don't usually unsolder it and
solder the new component in. What I do
is clean the lead (remove oxide) either
with a special fiberglass tip lead
cleaning pen (as in the picture) or I use
a knife and scrape the lead to remove
the old oxide. Then I make a loop in the
leads and crimp them together so the
connection is tight ..then solder.

In this old radio..I found some leads at
soldered junction points that were just
hanging in mid air. Not a good practice
and it doesn't look good.

I have some insulated anchor standoff
junctions that I use to secure these
flying leads.

I also check for shorts or loose particles
that could short out the circuitry.
the SMOKE
TEST!!!
AFTER.. the cleaning, inspection, wax paper capacitor replacement and
spray cleaning the switch/variable capacitor with contact cleaner, tube
testing ..I DECIDED TO TRY THE SET OUT TO SEE IF IT WOULD
FUNCTION AT ALL.
I powered the radio up and thought I heard some
light little crackles but no audio at all...not even a hum in the speaker.
GOOD NEWS IS..no smoke either. I inspected the underside and all the
components including the new capacitors I had inserted. All was well.
NOW ON TO THE NEXT STAGE..
Part way through the restoration process and already I'm
running short of parts! The radio had quite a few 0.05 uf
capacitors. I only had a few in my junk box. I had quite a few
0.02 uf and 0.03 uf values so..I paralleled some values in
order to get the desired 0.05 uf.
NOTE TO SELF..BUY SOME MORE CAPACITORS!!!

FOR CANADIANS ..there is a place in Scarborough ..JUST
RADIOS dot com I think it is that sells lots of capacitors and
other goodies for radio restoration.
In the US there is quite a few good places to get parts.
I'll try and assemble a list of good links later.
I got my documentation, technical details and schematics
through http://www.nostalgiaair.org/ -- what a great site and
resource that is!!
I notice they also have a TUBE CROSS REFERENCE which is
real handy.
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I collect old radios, old radio parts, and
components. I sort, catalogue and store them.

I also sell some of the excess stock off from
time to time.

I also can correspond with you about your
old radio stuff. I have done so in the past with
people who called or emailed me.

NO PRESSURE-- I am retired with a fairly
good pension and I do this as more of a
hobby activity than a money making venture.

Earl Andrews VE3AB 705-848-9486 or
email me at ve3ab(at sign)
personainternet.com
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Andrews)
Up in Elliot Lake Ontario.
I used to listen to this old radio in the
late 60s and early 70s.

It only receives AM. CW and SSB
cannot be properly tuned in.

I used to listen to one amateur in
particular W3CIC...W 3 Charlie India
Charlie.

He used a homebrew AM transmitter.
Another ham I remember hearing in
those days was a fellow from
WaterTown NY. Watertown little RAdio
but I forget his callsign.
Fiberglass is not a good thing at all to be working with. Fiberglass dust in the lungs NOT
GOOD AT ALL.
I would recommend an old fashioned knife blade to scrape the connection clean and shiny
and then solder your leads together.
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