January 2013 Monthly Meeting - Super Show & Tell

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MAARC's Super Show and Tell Event 
at the

January 2013 Monthly Meeting

Photography by Eric Stenberg and Domi Sanchez


Instead of a formal program on a radio topic, for the January 20, 2013 MAARC Meeting members were asked to bring their unique and interesting radio items for an extended Show and Tell.  As he does at at all our regular monthly meetings, Willie "Sarge" Sessoms presided over this Show and Tell session and introduced these fine presentations, finishing with one of his own.

 Former MAARC President Ed Lyon kicked things off by showing a Navy Short Tuner, a rare, early 1900s piece of radio apparatus.  That's a mirror behind him, you are not seeing double.


Domi Sanchez got lots of smiles from his minature vintage Radio Store model that was made from an actual radio cabinet.  He had it sitting on a Stromberg-Carlson 130H hex dial which used that cabinet style. 


Eric Stenberg showed this mystery Emerson 161 radio he refinished.  He has so far been unable to find any reference to this radio in the liturature including Emerson service manuals, Rider's index, or various price guides.



John Begg demonstrated this double sided Air Chrome box speaker.  Probably 1920s vintage and likely out of a larger cabinet, it uses a bonded linen to make the cones.  It sounded excellent.


Steve Hansman brought a Packard Bell Hospital Radio with a pillow speaker.  It has no speaker in the cabinet.


Steve then showed a rare VT11 tipped glass tube, a variant of the VT1 tube which he also displayed.


Here Walt Barziack answers questions from Mike Baird (in the mirror) about his Washington brand, 1920s vintage, console radio, which he is using as his podium.  Walt was curious if anyone else has heard of this brand.


Barrett Foster brought this unusual lightning detector broad band reciever he found.  It is possiby a kit radio.



Mike Baird got down and funky with his Lasonic TRC 975 "Boom Box" which uses a stripped downd TRC 935 cabinet. Mike's research suggests this was the last boom box model Lasonic made, coming at the end of the craze.


Joe Colick described his evolving techniques to restore the wrapped handles on 1950s vintage portable radios using telephone coiled wire sleeves.


Dan Sohn talks about the primative apparatus crytal radio tuning coils that he purchases cheap on Ebay.  This is because vendors mistake them for toy train speed controls and list them in the wrong catagory.



Dan then descibed the workings of the more complex loose coupler tuning device, also a primative apparatus from early in the 1900s.  This example is owned by Willie Sessoms.


Willie Sessoms wraps things up by showing his Emerson radios with the conical tuning dials.  This one is the model BW-231.


Then the more famous model BD-197 "Mae West" radio.