Iíve been collecting radios for more than 40
years. I didn't have much time to restore them during my working career
but when I retired three years ago I decided it was time to bring my
collection back into service.
I first became interested in electronics and in particular radios when I
was in high school and built my first superheterodyne. I then spent
several years in the navy as an electronics technician perfecting my
hands-on trouble-shooting when repairing naval radios and radar systems.
Unfortunately when I was picked up for officer training and sent to
military college to study engineering my 'hands-on' opportunities became
limited. I then spent 30 years working as a systems engineer and project
manager for the navy where I was relegated to the world of design and
When I retired I couldnít wait to get back to the bench I left 30 years
ago and do some hands-on trouble-shooting which Iíve always enjoyed. My
first revelation was how much I had forgotten. Techniques that were
second-nature to me 30 years ago had to be re-learned and practiced.
Fortunately most things came back quickly but I still find that I learn something new with each restoration.