I have always been fascinated by the history of technology. Being a software engineer by trade, I work on the forefront of technology, constantly having to keep up as things change. So outside of my work, I enjoy learning about the history of my field, and how we got to where we are. As an amateur radio operator, naturally I also have an interest in the history of radio, and going back far enough, the history of computing and the history of radio intersect at the invention of the vacuum tube or valve, which has been the basis of basically all modern electronics. I have always enjoyed fixing things myself whenever possible, so I decided to start learning to fix antique radios. I love the look of radios from the past, and started collecting both antique radios and also antique test and measurement equipment, specifically pieces that relate to radio work and repair.

I began working through my collection of equipment, cleaning and fixing up the historical pieces to either display, or use in the work of fixing others. But an interesting thing happened when I started telling people about my new hobby, and word spread. I began hearing from people, and not just a few, that they had an old radio sitting around, and they would ask if I could fix it for them. This fascinated me at first, because I had not expected so many people would have an old, non working radio. Most people get rid of things when they don't work anymore. I began to try to think why this might be the case, and came to the conclusion that many people have probably inherited an old radio from a relative or friend who passed away. The radio is an heirloom, or may have been special to its owner, and so for this reason, the person who inherits it doesn't want to just get rid of it. But being anywhere from 50 to 80 years old, it more than likely doesn't work anymore either. This results in the old machine probably being put into storage indefinitely. Possibly, they even tried to look into getting it fixed initially. But sadly, gone are the days when you can just take your broken radio or television to the local repair shop downtown and get it fixed. Modern electronics are made to be disposable and this is just a shame. So, the old radio gets boxed up and put into storage and forgotten. Until they happen to hear that someone local knows how to restore these beautiful pieces of history back to working electrical condition!

I'm sure this isn't the case with every old radio by any means, but I think this is the general story of many of these radios I've been contacted about fixing. I am so glad people have been reaching out to me too, I am more than happy to do my part to save these old pieces from being thrown out, or just slowly rotting away in storage because people just aren't sure what to do with it.

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