Random thoughts on Vintage Radio

A book by R.G Newlands ZL2AG

George Newlands ZL2AG

This book is a collection of previously published magazine articles contributed by George Newlands ZL2AG for the NZ Vintage Radio Society. Some of his writing has also been published worldwide and in the NZART Break In magazine.

Random Thoughts on Vintage Radio reflects his life-long fascination with servicing and restoring vintage radio receivers.

The book consists of 38 chapters (240 pages). It includes a diverse range of thoughts such as “Collecting –the disease we all share”, “Valve life and reliability”, “Servicing a Valve Chassis”, and “Disposal of a collection”, to name but a few.

There are numerous detailed technical notes accompanied with sketches and circuit diagrams written in his quirky and matter of fact style.

Recommended reading for vintage radio enthusiasts, or an ideal gift to someone you know who would appreciate a “real” book

Random Thoughts on Vintage Radio
By RG Newlands Price: $29

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Trip to Vintage Radio Museum in Wanganui

Several members of Branch 50 NZART left Wellington early on Saturday morning, 27 March 2021, by car for Wanganui.

The trip included a visit to the Wanganui Market, lunch at a cafe in the downtown area, and a visit to the Wanganui Vintage Radio Museum (https://vintageradiomuseum.co.nz/). The group returned to Wellington later in the day.

From Left: Mike ZL1AXG, Ian ZL2AM (a supporter of the museum), Malcolm ZL2UDF, Ted ZL2TB and Graham ZL2AHR (museum custodian).

Over 500 old radios were on display

The collection now numbers over 500 valve and battery radios ranging in age from 1918 through to the late 1940’s.

ZL2AVM intrigued by the old radios

Shed workshop March 2021 – 2 presentations

In the first shed workshop for the year, on 7 March 2021, two project presentations were given as follows:

  • Improving the sound of your TV (for over 60’s) – Bernard ZL2BD
  • An ATU Kitset built for no more than $70 (Mike ZL1AXG)

Bernard was to have presented a primer on Rx Antennas, but this was postponed due to time constraints.

Field Day 2021

John ZL2XJ checking out operators Bernard ZL2BD (foreground on 40m) and Malcolm ZL2UDF (background on 80m)

The Committee decided that we should again enter Jock White National Field Day after a break in 2020.  This was a relaxed affair.   Malcolm ZL2UDF organised the use of Kaiwharawhara Park (accessed off the Hutt Road) from Wellington City Council. This site was used in the 1990s by the club, before we moved to Athletic Park (no more) and then to Quartz Hill.

We secured the venue from 1pm on Saturday to 1pm on Sunday. John ZL2XJ organised equipment and set up/close down. Six members turned out.

Bernard ZL2BD operating on 40m.