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Posted 4 years ago


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This radio was saved from the dumpster during last week's "Electronic Recycling Day" (that I run for the town). Unfortunately, someone had left the batteries in the holder, and it was a real mess. I got the batteries out and the holder cleaned up, but the wires were corroded and fell off. Fortunately, I had taken these images, so I know where the wires go. I am guessing that this is a VERY early transistor radio, but I haven't been able to find out anything relating to this unit. The antenna is in a swivel underneath the handle. Any input would be appreciated. Mike <>


  1. mikesloane, 4 years ago
    A follow up on the Admiral: I spent some time with it and removed the old (badly corroded) solder lugs and replaced them with new lugs and 8-32 nuts and screws - I don't have any way to emulate/replace the original rivets. Then I soldered new red and white wires (the old wires were too cruddy to take solder, even with some liquid flux). I didn't have eight(!) ""C" batteries around, so I just clipped leads on to the lugs from my old EICO bench power supply and turned it on. Amazingly, the radio came to life. There was a fair amount of 60 Hz noise from the overhead lights, but I finally managed to get a couple of stations, and it didn't sound too bad. I have no idea what to do with it now, so I wrote a note to myself about what has transpired, tucked it inside the case, and put it up on the shelf.

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