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Mark Your Calendar!May 19-20, 2017 - Radio Daze 2017
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The Northland Antique Radio Club invites you to attend Radio Daze 2017, the Upper Midwest's ultimate vintage radio collecting event, and we are proud that both the Pavek Museum and the Antique Wireless Association (AWA) continue as supporting sponsors for the 31st consecutive year.
Last year's 30th anniversary meet was a total success, but we're doing our best to make this year's event even better. While the cost of living keeps going up, we've managed to hold all the rates the same as last year, including the hotel room rate, membership dues, registration fees, and auction fees. The auction, the swap meet, the contest and program, and seeing our radio collecting friends again, keeps us coming back. Radio Daze 2017 promises to be a meet you won't want to miss. Please mark May 19 and 20, 2017, on your calendar today!
Brochures will be mailed in early April to all known radio collectors in the five state area, plus to other vintage radio collectors from across the country who regularly attend this event. Local radio stations are being contacted and asked to make Public Service Announcements. Ads have been sent to AWA and other clubs, will be in some local newspapers, and will be on Craigslist and in several of the old radio forums online. We're doing our best for this to be one of the best Radio Daze events ever!
This year's schedule is almost entirely the same as in the past, with the auction of vintage radio equipment on Friday evening, and the swap meet, contest and program on Saturday, all at the Comfort Inn in Plymouth, Minnesota. The ONLY schedule difference is that the time allotted for entering items in the contest has been shortened to 45 minutes so Judging can get started a little sooner and won't run past the 1 pm Contest Viewing time.
As usual, please plan time on Friday or Saturday to drive over to the Pavek Museum to view the museum for free and check out their annual garage sale of excess radio items. The Pavek museum is located at 3517 Raleigh Avenue in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and will be open at 10:00 am sharp on both Friday and Saturday.
All other Radio Daze 2017 activities will be held Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, 2017, at the Comfort Inn Plymouth, located at the northwest corner of I-494 and Hwy. 55 in Plymouth, Minnesota. Room rates are still only $79.00 (plus tax) per night for either Double or King rooms, Thursday through Saturday nights. The Comfort Inn's reservation phone number is (763) 559-1222.
The meet kicks off with a large antique radio auction in the hotel main ballroom at 7:00 p.m. Friday May 19! We make this an entertaining auction and there will be a good variety of radios available. If you want to sell your radio(s) at the auction, check them in between 3:00 and 6:00 pm Friday. This auction is always well attended and is an inexpensive way to sell your vintage radios. There are no buyer or seller percentage fees and the only charge to sell is a flat $5 entry fee per item. Auction preview is 6:00 to 7:00 pm, and the auction starts at 7:00 pm. Auction details are in the brochure.
Saturday begins with the hotel parking lot swap meet in the morning. (Please note that the permit from the City of Plymouth does not allow any parking lot sales prior to Saturday morning.) The hospitality room will be open at 7:00 am with hot coffee and rolls. The registration room opens at 8:00 am. Item check in for the old radio contest will run from 11:00 am to 11:45 am, with viewing from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
The radio contest includes equipment displayed from the earliest days of radio to the 1960's. The contest has some new categories as described in the Radio Daze 2017 brochure. A trip to the contest room always yields a surprise or two!
For Saturday lunch, NARC will offer a light lunch in the hospitality room, or a great meal can be had at Lucky's 13 Pub within the hotel. Several other restaurants are nearby, including Perkins, Jake's Sports Bar, and some fast food establishments.
The Saturday program begins at 2:00 pm and includes opening comments, contest awards, door prizes, and a featured speaker. This year's speaker will be our club president and long-time curator of the Pavek Museum, Steve Raymer. Steve has used all the museum's resources, along with his vast knowledge of radio in Minnesota to prepare a presentation about the History of Broadcasting in Minnesota. This will be a significant program that you would not want to miss!
Registration is required for admittance to all indoor events, the Hospitality Room, the Pavek Museum, and to sell items in the parking lot. Registration is encouraged, but not required, for anyone just attending the auction or buying at the swap meet. You can pre-register (and save $3.00) by returning a registration form before May 12th. After you arrive, please pick up your name badge and other materials in the Registration Room.
WORKSHOP AND OUTDOOR MINI-SWAP MEET
Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 12 Noon
NARC Annual Meeting and Swap
Sunday September 25, 2016
The 2016 Northland Antique Radio Club annual meeting is scheduled for 12:00 noon on September 25th at the Pavek Museum, located at 3517 Raleigh Ave., St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
An old radio swap meet will be held in the parking lot from around 10-11:00 am, preceding the annual meeting, as usual. This is typically a small swap, with 10 to 15 vendors. It is FREE for sellers to set up a table by their car, and there is no registration required, so please bring some old radio stuff to sell! The museum doors will open around 11:00 am, giving everyone some time to check out what's for sale in the museum's back room or to wander around the museum and to visit with the other collectors before the meeting starts.
Promptly at 12:00 noon the meeting will begin inside the museum with Steve Raymer providing the president's view on how things went over the last year. Jim Thompson will recap of how the May event went and Greg Farmer will give a brief financial report and announce election results.
The current officers have all agreed to run again and are on the ballot enclosed with this newsletter. If other club members are interested in being an officer, they can write in their name. The term of office will be October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. Running for office are: Steve Raymer as NARC president, Glen Berg and Alan Jesperson as Vice Presidents, Greg Farmer as Secretary and Mary Farmer as Treasurer. Please take time to fill out and send in the officer ballot with your annual dues.
Please bring along a radio that you found this past summer and let us see it! It's always fun to see what NARC members have found at flea markets, auctions, estate sales, garage sales, or wherever. Prizes will be awarded this year to the best 'Find'. This is always an enjoyable event with good participation.
Remember this event is FREE for all current and renewing members!
Sunday August 28, 2016
Matt Hyman has volunteered to organize a club picnic! We haven't had a summer picnic since 1993 so this should be fun! Pavillion #1 has been rented from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, so this is a rain or shine event. It will be a potluck, so bring some sort of food to share. The club will provide pop, water, paper plates, cups, and plastic silverware.
This will be a great time to socialize with other members and have some fun.
Bring the ugliest radio you have to show. The ugliest radio, by popular vote, will win a prize!
NOTE: Park rules prohibit selling stuff, so if you absolutely need to sell a radio please keep it inside the trunk of your car. No sales tables are permitted.
ANOTHER NOTE: You might find information online saying there is a $5/car charge, but we've been assured that this does NOT apply to this particular park.
See you there!
RADIO DAZE 2016
This year's Radio Daze event, the 30th Radio Daze hosted by our club, was one of the best ever. The weather was beautiful, attendance was up, a great selection of radios was sold at the auction, the number of swap meet vendors was up, Steve Raymer reports that sales were great at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting garage sale, the contest had many great items, and Bill Hudson proved to be a fantastic guest speaker at the program
NARC Workshop Report
Sunday February 21, 2016
Every once in a while Mother Nature gives us a nice day for the February outdoor swap meet, and with temperatures up to around 35 degrees, she sure did a good job this year. The outdoor swap meet offered a nice selection of old radios and other items for sale, many at bargain prices.
At a little before 11 a.m., the door to the museum opened, allowing everyone to bring their old phonographs, radios, and other items for the program inside. The museum storage room was a busy place with quite a few of their excess items marked for sale. Kip Wallace brought and set up snacks and refreshments for everyone in the Minnesota Room, and we all owe him a big THANK YOU for volunteering to do this in the absence of anyone else stepping up to help with hospitality. We had about an hour to socialize and had a good crowd there snacking before the meeting started at noon.
Steve Raymer did another amazing job of putting together a variety of presentations that ensured there was something of interest for everyone. First up was Jim Thompson, Radio Daze coordinator, who gave a brief progress report on the plans for Radio Daze 2016. Then, Steve briefly explained a new Speaker Impedance Tester and an Output Transformer Tester, both designed by NARC member Allen Lein. These can be seen at the Pavek Museum's webpage: The Wonderful Test Equipment of Allen Lein.
Glen Berg demonstrated how to make large paper cones for 1920s radio speakers, including various methods for decorating a cone similar to the fancy printed decoration sometimes seen on the original cones. One method was to put use a piece of lace as a mask on the cone and then lightly spray paint on the cone, so a decorative pattern was left after the lace was removed. Glen also showed how to use a Growler to magnetize a speaker magnet.
Ken Ladd talked about various unique radio projects he has built, and then Gary Ball gave an in-depth presentation about his only vintage radio interest, Zenith transistor radios. This was a very interesting presentation since he covered many Zenith models in great detail. Gary also has a very informative website for anyone interested in transistor radios: Gary's Radios.
A highlight of the workshop was a display of member's phonographs. Most of us also collect other things besides just radios, and many of us have phonographs since they are closely related and many times are combined with radios in the same cabinet. About 20 phonographs were displayed and Steve had each owner say something about their phonograph. Some of the phonographs were a 1938-42 blue Thorens Excelda that looked like a collapsible camera, a white streamlined Arvin model 302, a 1927 Silvertone Cecilian portable, a 1984 Panasonic SG-J500 boombox with built-in turntable, a 1983 portable Sony PS-F5 Flamingo with linear tracking, a Capitol Phono-Lamp owned by the Pavek Museum, a 1948 Columbia LP phonograph, a late 1920s Herschel Gold Seal 78-rpm phonograph with a Herschel Gold Seal record made by Gennett, a Columbia Q cylinder phonograph, a Gakken modern old-time plastic kit disk phonograph that plays 33, 45, and 78 rpm records, a 1926 Mikiphone that collapses into a small camera-looking form, a 1920s Peter Pan that looked like an old-time box camera, a Columbia Grafonola, and Edison Amberola 30 cylinder phonograph, and several RCA bakelite 45-rpm players.
Photos of more phonographs, along with more details of all the presentations, can be seen at the Pavek Museum webpage: The 2016 Radio Workshop.
Thank you to everyone who gave a presentation and to Steve for all the work he does organizing the workshop every year.
By the time the doors opened at 8:30 am, a line of buyers was waiting to get in and the sellers were set up and ready. About 30 tables were full of radios of all sorts, magazines, tubes, some phonographs and records, TVs, audio equipment, and other related items. Mary Farmer handled registration and also had a hospitality table set up with donuts, coffee, and soft drinks ready for us!
Activity was especially busy for the first hour and there was a wide variety of items for sale, as in past years. Some highly collectible early battery sets seen included a Radiola Grand, Super Zenith VII, and a Crosley Pup.
At 10:30, Mary opened the lunch counter. For $3 you could buy a nice lunch consisting of hot dogs, cookies, chips and pop. Not a bad deal. The Silent Auction had some things entered that sold at bargain prices. The drawing was at noon, and everyone cleared out shortly after that.
It looked like everyone had a good time!
Check out NARC's online list of members having email addresses or websites. This list now contains about 70 members and their interests!