38-9 Restoration

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The Beginning
Don't Plug it In
Additional Resources
The Plan

 1.  Get the Data

 2.  Block Diagram

 3.  Pre-Flight Checks

 4.  What Needs Replacement?

 5.  Ordering Parts

 6.  Install Electrolytics

 7.  First Power-On Checks

 8.  Triage Problems - more trouble!

 9.  Complete Electrical Restoration

10.  2nd Pre-Flight and Power-On, and The Last Problem

Additional Resources

 o  Antenna in the attic

 o  Shortwave Listening Guide

 o  Philco and Radio History

 o  Other Links


I'm fortunate to have a ranch house with a large and easily accessible attic.  Rather than just string a few feet of wire off of the back of the set, I went with an authentic 1938 setup.

This NOS Philco antenna showed up on E-bay.  Actually, I've seen a couple of them over the months.  I ran the 50 foot antenna straight and level in the attic, and brought the down-lead out just behind where the radio sits in the foyer.  The results are fantastic.  I'm pulling in stations from Canada, Cuba, and Europe.
Here's an advertisement for the antenna from 1938

Resources and Links

Listening Guide Anarc.org  So what to listen to?  There's a ton of programming out there, and this guide helps you find it!

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Philco History Philcoradio.com  Ron Ramirez's site details the history of Philco, from the days before the Philadelphia Storage Battery Company to the current Nordyne corporation.

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Tips and How To's Philcorepairbench Ton's of help and a nice guy, too!
Antique Radios  by Wakins Restoration
Radios that are Dogs at Antique Radio Classified

Everyday Practical Electronics Vintage Radio Repair and Restoration, by Paul Stenning
Phil's Old Radios

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Online Schematics Nostalgia Air

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Parts Antique Electronic Supply
Just Radios Schematics and Capacitors
Grill Cloth from Antique Radio Grill Cloth

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