The Eternal $19.00 Radio

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The Eternal $19.00 Radio

Post by sandpiper » Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:27 pm

This story goes back a few decades, but it's something you never forget.

I was helping a friend with some repairs on the exterior of his house. We both liked the same
radio program, so I purchased a $19.00 radio - Emerson #RP6251.

The radio was hooked to a ladder, about 12ft. from the ground. A hand truck collided with the
ladder and it toppled over. (Fortunately, the ladder was not in use.) The radio crashed into a
pile of bricks and bounced into a five gallon bucket of paint!

It was fished out of the paint bucket with some heavy steel wire. I was about to drop it into the
trash, when my friend said the magic words. "Do you think it still works?"

The antenna was gone and the plastic case was a mess. I brought the radio home to my shop.
I used paint thinner and compressed air to clean the radio, inside and out. (The paint thinner
was a weak solution. It did not damage the plastic.) Replaced the antenna and glued the case
cracks.

My friend called it the "miracle" radio, because it played like the accident never happened. I've
got the radio in a shop cabinet. After many years, it still plays like a new cheap radio!

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Post by dacflyer » Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:55 am

Awsome,,, they don't make them as rugged now.. i actully repaired a radio once that fell out of a car or truck on the interstate, it hit the ground, bounced a few times and cartwheeled to the side of the road and skidded to a stop.. the batteries had flung out and the cover was lost.
i stopped and scooped it up and kept driving, i thought it would have been some parts to use,
when i got it home i checked it out, the circuit board in it was cracked, i gave it a whirl and repaired it, and by luck it still worked.
can't remember what i ever did with it.. but i used to take it with me down to the creek when i went fishing or swimming.. My friends called it the crippled lil radio...4 C cells and it would play all month. i remember it was a Panasonic, had AM FM and SW

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Post by Joseph » Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:38 am

My first radio was an AM/police band one. I found it on the side of a main road in the nearby county park when I was riding my Huffy stingray bike. The person might have tossed it out the car window when driving because it had a reception problem and could only pick up the strongest AM radio station in the area.
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Post by dacflyer » Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:59 am

I loved the huffy I had with the banana seat, But it wasn't a Stingray,Kinda miss it..

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Post by Joseph » Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:47 pm

I've had a lot of Huffies. If bungie cords existed back then, I don't recall knowing of them. On that stingray, I recall slipping fishing rods up through the short sissy bar on the back. The the reel end would then drop down into the little frame triangle under the seat where a caliper brake would mount on the three speed version. My brother was a mechanical whizz who had an identical one to mine, but he converted his to a three speed.

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Post by Janitor Tzap » Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:45 pm

I wish I still had this one odd ball AM/FM portable radio that was given to me by a friend.
Who's younger brother had tossed around, and broke the AM/FM DPDT Slide switch.
I brought it home. Dug through my parts draws, and found a small DPDT Toggle Switch I could replace the old switch with.
I cleaned up the Volume Control. Replaced the 6 Volt (4 C)battery holder because acid had eaten away the contacts.

Anyway........
I got it working, and it eventually ended up being given to one of my Aunt's.
I got to say, it was one Ugly Designed Radio.
{Wish I had a Picture I could Post here.} :sad:
The front was Black and Silver top, with circle window too see the tuning dial, and faux Horn for the speaker.
The case sides and back was faux Black Leather, with snaps on the battery flap to keep it closed, and hold the AC Power Cord in.
The one side had the Toggle Band Switch, and the other side the VOL/ON/OFF Knob and Tuning Knob.
Top of the case had a telescoping pull out Antenna, bottom of the case had these screw in rubber feet.

Thing is I'm looking at some of the Radio Collector's Sites, and a lot of these weird designed radios are bring good money now.
Because they had limited runs of them being made.
Or liked a lot by people.
EXAMPLE: {Panasonic Radio's}
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Post by Joseph » Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:46 pm

We were given Realistic brand LOVE radios for selling so many grade school fund drive raffle tickets. It was about four inches in diameter round and had a loop of chain at the top that was big enough to slip over the head, if so desired.
My brothers and I had an interest in AM radios for doing dxing to get as many call letters and the associated cities as we could. I think my list had around 250 stations with with cities on it.

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Post by gerty » Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:45 am

Back in the early 60's radios would advertise how many transistors were inside, like "6 transistor high fidelity".. Opened one up one day to see these wonder devices, it had the advertised quantity of transistors soldered to the board but a couple of them had no traces going to them !!

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Post by dacflyer » Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:40 am

maybe the were spares...lol
Still devious salesman..

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Post by haklesup » Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:32 am

were you sure they were not 4 layer boards (most were 2 layer but can't rule it out). Dummy transistors would still have raised their costs

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Post by Joseph » Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:30 pm

They must have figured the better appearing feature would more than offset with increased sales revenue, and subsequently profits, the cost of the two extra transistors

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Post by Janitor Tzap » Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:27 pm

Hmmm...........

I was working on a camcorder, it used 8mm video cassette tapes.

Anyway, on the main power traces of the PCB were these SMD fuses.
A short had happened, and caused one to pop.
Luckly, off on the very outside of the PCB, away from the rest of the circuit.
Were two of these same fuses solder down to pads.
Some one had the foresight during the design phase of the PCB to make spare fuses available.
A good thing too.
The camcorder was only a few months old when it was accidentally dunked in the guy's pool.:lol:
And those little SMD fuses were not easy to get at that time.



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Post by dacflyer » Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:59 am

That was pure genius..

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Post by Joseph » Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:11 pm

Good thing you knew they were there. I wouldn't doubt that I ordered an SMD fuse, circuit protector, IC protector, when there was a spare or two on the board that I missed.

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