Jim's Antique Radio Museum

Real radios glow in the dark and are warm to cuddle up next to!..


This page will be used as a temporary display area for new items being added to the museum.

After a period of time the new items will be moved to the page corresponding to the category of that item. The length of time depends on how often I update the pages. Right now I have probably close to 75 items that have not been entered into this online museum.

Heathkit VF-7401 2-meter scanning 
mobile transceiver


 This nice set of 2-meter scanning transceiver and matching power supply was just received (4/6/12) as a donation to this museum from the estate of Howard E. Clement, K6HEC, of San Diego, CA.

Howard's first ham license in the early 50's was W7WZL. He Upgraded through the years and finally received his Extra Class license in 2002, at the age of 83!  Howard was 92 when he became a silent key in January 2011.

The transceiver by itself is a mobile rig but by adding the matching power supply it can be used as a base station on your desk in your home. This is a very clean rig and one of the later models (1980-1983) from Heathkit. It was a departure from Heathkit's trademarked two tone green cabinets. 

I would like to thank Bob Davies, K7BHM, for making this donation available to the museum. 

Military Teletype Machine


This is a model TG-7-B teletypewriter and it is pretty much the same system as a Model-15.

The model-15 design dates back to the early 30's but it is believed that this model is from 1946.  There are stampings on the machine dated 1950 and I suspect that was when the machine was certified through some calibration shop in the Army Signal Corp.

This machine was donated to the museum by John Street, grandfather of a friend, Johnathon Jones. Thank you Mr. Street for you donation. My friend was nice enough to haul this all the way from the Chicago area back to the Monterey, California. The machine
is in great overall condition but since it had sat for so many years all the lubrication had dried up and became gummy.  I sprayed WD-40 on the moving parts and let it set over night and, low and behold, the machine fired up the following day.

There is a roll of paper installed in the machine but it just crumbles to the touch so I found a roll of paper that I think will work and it can be seen on the shelf under the printer. I also need to replace the glass in the cover and will probably put some Plexiglas there as a temporary measure. I have found on-line sources for the military manual for this machine and for restoration tips. Believe it or not, the ribbons are still available for this machine on line!

Here is the name plate from the teletype. Notice how clean everything looks.

This shows the stampings on the machine dated 1950. Perhaps someone knows what all those abbreviations mean and can let me know via email by clicking here.


If you want to hear what these old machines sounded like while receiving traffic then click here to listen to a youtube video of the machine in operation. 


This is an old Silvertone model 7165 AC/DC portable from the mid 1940's. This radio was donated to the museum by Jack Kessler from Indiana......thanks Jack.

This has the swing open lid that was designed to protect the front of the radio while you were traveling.  The radio would run off of battery power, 4 C-cells in parallel for the A-battery and a 67.5 volt battery for the B-battery. It would also run off of household AC power.

On our modern Ipods, cellphone, PDA's etc, we have battery saver features that we pretty much take for granted.  Here is a 60 year old radio with a built in battery saver. That little knob in the front center of the control panel is a pull out on/off switch.  If you were to pack it up and head home from the beach, as soon as you closed the cover it would push in the on/off switch and turn the radio off.  This will save the battery if you had forgotten to turn it off while packing up to go. Pretty cool thinking by the designers. Remember that Silvertone is the name brand used by Sears Roebuck & Company.


This is a Kres-Tone transistor radio.  I don't have any info on it that tells me the manufacturer or any clue to its age.

This radio is quite a bit larger then most "pocket sized" transistor radios. It is probably at least twice as large.  However, it has a wire stand that props it up from the back so I am guessing it was designed to set on your desk at work or home.  It is a nice looking radio, but I will have to spend some time to learn more about it.

Wollensak Tape Recorder Model T-1500

This is a nice Wollensak reel-to-reel tape recorder made by 3M according to the label.

This machine was donated to the museum by Dale Rees and I thank him for keeping this great machine on public display.

The one unique thing about this particular unit is that it has a protective cover that I
have never seen on any other such machine. The cover has a storage pouch on it (much like those on Tektronix Oscilloscopes) where you can keep all the extra power cords, mike cords, and other accessories.  Here you can see this cover.


This is actually a PAIR of tube type CB radios donated to the museum by Keith, WE6R, thanks Keith. These are model 1M made by E.C.I.

These are very nice units with chrome cabinets.  The units seem identical except for the silk screening on the front panel. BTW, if you detect a slight bow to the top cabinet, it isn't really there.  I was using a small camera for this photo and the lens suffers from a little "pin cushioning" in a close-up.  The cabinets are very straight!

You will see a matching linear amplifier in the next paragraph.


Here is the matching E.C.I Linear Amplifier that was used with the CB radios in the above paragraph.

In this view you can see the nice chrome cabinet.  All three units have the same type of cabinet so they are really sharp looking units.


This is the Sonar model FS-23 CB radio. I haven't worked up the dates on this and the above units, but all are tube type so that places them in the 60's or 70's.

This is another very nice looking unit that was also donated to the museum by Keith, WE6R, so my thanks to Keith.


This is a Hallicrafters CB radio, model 3A. This is another radio donated by Keith, WE6R, so thanks again Keith!

Hallicrafters built a lot of different radios for home, military and ham use, but the CB radios came along near the end of the companies existance. This is another tube radio, and thanks to Chuck Dachis' book "Radios by Hallicrafters", I can date this to 1962-1963 time frame. The book says they sold for $159.95 when new.


This is the first Halli transmitter in my collection. It is an Hallicrafters Transmitter, model HT-37 which was made from 1959 - 1962.

This is a ham radio transmitter and it was 18 tubes and covers 80-10 meters on AM-CW-SSB. The power output was 70 - 100 watts on CW or SSB and 17 - 25 watts on AM.


This is a Hallicrafters SX-110 Receiver manufactured in 1959 - 1961 and selling for $159.95 when new.

I have another receiver that is similar to this one.  That is the S-108. The dial face looks almost the same, except this model has the signal strength meter (S-meter) on the right side of the dial, whereas the S-108 does not have that.  Also the SX-110 came with a Crystal Filter and that was not offered on the S-108. But, you have to look very close to tell the difference between the two receivers. This model sold for $30 more then the S-108.


Here is another Hallicrafters rig, the S-95 Civic Patrol radio receiver, which was manufactured from 1955 - 1962.

This radio looks identical the the S-94 that I also have. Both are FM receivers, but this model covers from 152 - 173 Mhz, while the S-94 covers 30 - 50 Mhz.


This is a nice portable tube tester, the Superior Instruments model TV-11 from 1951.

This is an emission type of tube tester, which some feel is inferior to the transconductance type of testers. However, if you are just trying to see if a tube is good or bad, then this one will work for you.

You might be able to see that this tester has the 4-pin tube socket (upper left), so it can test tubes from the 1920's vintage radios. That makes this a very useful tester for anyone working with antique radios.

This tester was donated to the museum from the estate of Jack Rowe, KE6SU, by his widow.

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