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Written by Bryce Ringwood   
Thursday, 07 October 2010 21:19

Hi,Bryce Ringwood

I'm Bryce and I specialise in the repair and restoration of vintage radio receivers and radiograms made from the 1930s to the mid 1970's. This is the period covering the hey-day of radio, when great names, such as Zenith, National and many others began to appear.

I have been making and repairing radios for the last 50 years as a hobby. And since retiring from Civil Engineering, (Principally carrying out engineering software projects using C++ and being responsible for web development), I decided to promote the repair and restoration of vintage wireless. Since my first advert in “The Collector” magazine produced by Clyde on 4th, I have had many customers, some of whom have brought several radios at a time, and all of them now sound the same as the day they were made. I also host a number of web-sites, including the Antique Wireless Association of Southern Africa, through TWE.

Radio collectors fall into two main groups. These are the basically the “Technical” and the “Artistic”. It may seem odd to us nowadays, but radios were designed to be items of furniture and reflected the design styles of the time. Thus, one will find “Art Deco” cabinets and also fanciful designs of the late 50s reflecting the achievement of space travel. There were new materials, such as Bakelite and Catalan to allow new design freedoms. Nowadays, the addition of a well-maintained wooden or bakelite radio can enhance a room with its retro-look.

I am a technical collector. I take an interest in the way the sets were designed, how well they perform and what features they possess. I collect short-wave radios and communications receivers, as well as a few military receivers. I also collect sets that are typical of their decade. Thus, I have a satellite radio from the noughties and an Internet radio of the tens. Alas, still nothing yet from the 1910s and 20s.

Most people who come to me for assistance aren't collectors at all. They are just people who have a sentimental attachment to their sets for one or another reason and simply want them working again. Whenever I do a repair, I try to provide the radio manual and a circuit diagram, if I can find them. This is so someone else can keep the set going when I can't. I also try to make them safe.

On this web-site, you will find out what I do and how I do it. If you want to have a go yourself, that's also fine. There are plenty of inexpensive old sets to try out your skills on, but before you do, read some of the articles on this web-site so you set off safely in the right direction.

There are also some articles on computer programming and mathematics, reflecting my other long-term interests.

For the record, I used to be a radio amateur in the U.K. with call sign G8ARY more than 50 years ago. My interest has always been in radio receivers. Recently I have been interested in all the possibilities microprocesors have to offer. There are so many inexpensive microprocessors, from the incredible Raspberry Pi, through the Arduino to the inexpensive Microchip PIC.

I'm currently planning something that uses both my new and old skills and experience.

 

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