2020 Virtual People’s Choice Contest

Since a physical equipment contest isn’t possible this year because of COVID-19 precautions, we’re conducting a People’s Choice contest featuring your submissions on the AWA web site.  (We may also feature your photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.)

How to Enter and Vote

To enter your favorite gear, email up to (3) pictures.  The pictures should be well lighted, without strong shadows.   In your email please include up to three sentences of text describing them.  The email address is: photos [at] antiquewireless.org.

The deadline for submissions is 8/11. Voting will begin on 8/15 and the deadline of submissions for voting on the People’s Choice will be 10/1.  Voting will be by e-mail to: voting [at] antiquewireless.org.  (Only votes received between 8/15 and 10/1 will count.)

Each entry will be assigned a number by order of submission. 

The top vote getter will be announced on 10/5 on our web, Facebook, Instagram. Twitter and io.group sites.

Below are the contest entries for the 2020 People’s Choice virtual equipment contest.

We Have A Winner

Entry Number: 2020-04

Entry Description: 1924 FADA Receiver

Here is one of my 1924 FADA radios that I restored. I had to repair the radio and then refinished the cabinet.   Besides me having a ham shack in my basement, I have a wood working shop.


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Entry Number: 2020-01

Entry Description: Mills Radio Corporation, Raleigh NC 1923/24 “National”

Discovered in October 2019; only the fifth known surviving, branded, broadcast radio ‘made in North Carolina’ from the 1920s. It appears that newspapers in Raleigh were boycotting all references to radio broadcasting in that time period.  Did this brand fail because they could not advertise? For more info on this set visit my web link:



Entry Number: 2020-02

Entry Description: Skandia Super 20A circa 1941/42 sold in Sweden.

Elektroskandia founded in 1919 was a Swedish company that imported various electrical goods to be sold at their retail outlets.  In 1941/42 they were importing Lorenz (Germany) receivers with house branding as SKANDIA.  I acquired this radio many years ago but could find no info on it and in early 2020 I thought I might sell it but new on-line research turned-up some interesting facts that you can find on a page of my website: http://kd4hsh.homestead.com/Skandia-Super-20A.html


Entry Number: 2020-03

Entry Description: Cutting & Washington Model 11-A broadcast receiver made in 1923.

This receiver was acquired by me in the 1990s and had two serious appearance problems that I could not solve at the time but, with recently acquired skills, I decided in January 2020 to attempt to restore and conserve this artifact.  Discovered in October 2019; only the fifth known surviving, branded, broadcast radio ‘made in North Carolina’ from the 1920s. It appears that newspapers in Raleigh were boycotting all references to radio broadcasting in that time period so did this brand fail because they could not advertise? For more info on this set visit my web link:



Entry Number: 2020-04

Entry Description: 1924 FADA Receiver

Here is one of my 1924 FADA radios that I restored. I had to repair the radio and then refinished the cabinet.   Besides me having a ham shack in my basement, I have a wood working shop.


Entry Number: 2020-05

Entry Description: Hallicrafters Skyrider Marine S-22R (1940-1946)

This four-band receiver (including LF), purchased at the 2017 AWA Conference Auction, was completely dismantled, and the chassis was sandblasted and repainted.  The cabinet was also repainted with care given to retain the front panel markings.  The original wiring harness was in good shape, but one Local Oscillator coil was missing, requiring replacement from another partial S-22R. 


Entry Number: 2020-06

Entry Description: 1940, Bendix Radio, Model ATD Navy Aircraft Radio Transmitter

On my workbench now, being resurrected from a previous “conversion,” is a 1940, Bendix Radio, Model ATD Navy Aircraft Radio Transmitter.  I like it because, as you can see, the four plug-in tuning units use switch-tapped Variometers rather than variable condensers for most of their tuning adjustments.  The back view shows the RF tubes, a 6L6 oscillator driving an 814 amplifier, the modulator tubes, a 6L6 amplifier/oscillator driving a pair of 6L6s, and a VR-150 voltage regulator for the oscillator.


Entry Number: 2020-07

Entry Description: Push-Pull Colpitts Oscillator/Transmitter

Shown is my version of the “Convertible Push-Pull Oscillator or Amplifier” published in the January 1934 of QST. After building this Push-Pull Colpitts Oscillator/Transmitter I’ve had it on the air including the AWA Bruce Kelley Memorial CW QSO Party. More information can be found at http://w0vlz.blogspot.com/search/label/1934%20Colpitts


Entry Number: 2020-08

Entry Description: Heirloom Media Center

I used to watch Howdy Doody on my family Heirloom, the pictured 1949 Crosley as a kid.  It also was used as the receiver for my first 2M contact on AM paired with a Heathkit Seneca.  Other radios include a 1937 Kadette Model 1149 (my first restoration), a 1940 Philco 40-155, a1942 GE L-633 AM/SW, a GE AM, an Arvin 1531, a Channel Master transistorized portable, an Atwater-Kent Model 20 Compact and a 1930 Atwater-Kent Model 40 single knob metal cased radio.


Entry Number: 2020-09

Entry Description: Marcophone R5 Receiver

Marcophone R5 with built in horn with a Utah driver made in 1926 in Providence Rhode Island by the Martin-Copland Company.  Five-Tube (199) dry cell receiving set, Mahogany Cabinet, No. R24973, original cost $242 using a Tuned Radio Frequency amplification plus regeneration circuit.  All circuits capacity tuned under the Armstrong regenerative license No. 1,113,110.


Entry Number: 2020-10

Entry Description: 1937 Kadette Receiver

The 1937 Kadette floor model radio was my first wooden case radio purchased at a local antique shop. The cabinet was in good shape but the electronics needed help.

It is now up and working.


Entry Number: 2020-11

Entry Description: Lyric Model J Cathedral Receiver

Basket case All American Lyric Model J Cathedral, serial number J-6109413 with a Wurlitzer tag on the case.  I completely disassembled the radio, stripped the wood finish, traced the good part of the grille and fitted thin plywood where parts were missing then refinished the case. The electronics required repair as well and now works once again. 


Entry Number: 2020-12

Entry Description: Model 7094 1940 Sears Silvertone Console Radio

This is the radio that my wife listened to for news and entertainment during World War Two.  We salvaged it from her parents’ basement in Columbus, Ohio about 40 years ago where it was serving as a shelf for cans of paint.  It’s a good, working radio with an RF stage and push-pull 6Y6 output tubes, a short-wave band from 5.5 to 18 mHz, and tuning push-buttons labeled with KYW, WIP and WFI, Philadelphia and WJZ, Baltimore.  The 1950s Granco FM Tuner plays well through the Silvertone’s phono input.  


Entry Number: 2020-13

Entry Description: 1934 Emerson Radio and Television Model 45, Broadcast and Short Wave Bands

This receiver was found with multiple coats of red, blue etc. coats of paint that once removed revealed the beauty of this stunning cabinet. The cabinet was completely restored in addition to the electronics for the chassis. I find it interesting that the front dial indicates the company name “Emerson Radio AND Television although I can find no historical information that Emerson was producing anything resembling a television back at that early date.


Entry Number: 2020-14

Entry Description: E. H. Scott Symphony Receiver

E. H. Scott introduced the World’s Record Shield Grid Symphony in the spring of 1929. Instead of Scott’s preferred superheterodyne designs, it is a 5-tube set using a regenerative circuit incorporating a Shieldplate SP-122 AC tube. Available in both AC and DC battery models, the Symphony is one of the rarest Scott sets – only three AC sets are in collections and no DC sets have ever been found. 


Entry Number: 2020-15

Entry Description: Civilian Conservation Corp by Clough-Brendle Co. of Chicago

The 1934 model 4581 (consecutive serial numbers 156 & 157) and 1935 model 87 transmitters (consecutive serial numbers 16 & 17) pictured, built under contract for the Civilian Conservation Corp by Clough-Brendle Co. of Chicago, are the only four transmitters that I have ever seen or heard of.  The framed photo shows a CCC radio station which was intended for official CCC communication as well as for amateur operation by CCC radio operators.  The third photo shows my re-creation of this station with a C-B model 87 transmitter, a National SW-3 receiver and a vibroplex key.






Entry Number: 2020-16

Entry Description: Wright-DeCoster Model VII Receiver

This is a Wright-DeCoster Model VII, made by Wright-DeCoster, Inc., St. Paul, Minn. It uses 6 UX-199 tubes, and a UX-120 power tube. The dual-scale voltmeter indicates A+ and B+ voltages.


Entry Number: 2020-17

Entry Description: Priess Straight Eight, Type PR-4

This is a Priess Straight Eight, Type PR-4, with its integral loop antenna, made by the Priess Radio Corporation.


Entry Number: 2020-18

Entry Description: Kennedy Type 110 Universal Receiver

This is a Kennedy Type 110 Universal Receiver, with its companion Type 525 Two-Stage Amplifier.


Entry Number: 2020-19

Entry Description: Marconi’s Coherer Receiver manufactured by Marconi’s Wireless Telegraph Co. Ltd.

Marconi Coherer Receiver with telegraph relay, battery box, jigger (transformer) and coherer/tapper mounted on oak base. A coherer receiver was an early form of detector in wireless telegraphy, based around the effect that small particles of metal filings stick together (or ‘cohere’) when an electric field is present. A coherer circuit consisted of a basic electromagnetic wave detector for various wavelengths and a circuit that obtained signals from modulated radio waves. 

Detailed pictures here:https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/marconi_coherer_receiver_no_5a.html


Entry Number: 2020-20

Entry Description: IP-501 Single-tube Spark Receiver

Here’s my favorite receiver, and I keep it in my office, for inspiration!  It’s an IP-501 single-tube spark receiver with the outboard 2-step audio amplifier, and matching long-wave “loading unit.”  The IP-501 still includes the original jumper wires between the “Primary, Secondary, and Longwave Tickler” terminals.


Entry Number: 2020-21

Entry Description: First VTVM produced by RCA

The First VTVM produced by RCA (unrestored).  After they purchased the patent and the manufacturing facility from John F. Rider. The forerunner of the Voltohmyst line of RCA meters.


Entry Number: 2020-22

Entry Description: WWll Spitfire radio

WWll Spitfire radio, Model TR9D, possibly made by Plessey, UK, and used in early Hurricane and Spitfire fighter planes.  Was discovered with it’s original shipping crate.


Entry Number: 2020-23

Entry Description: Gnome Receiver

Gnome is one of the smallest valve (tube) radio receiver ever made, originally launched in the market by the Italian Company “ERA” circa early fifties. The radio set’s small 60 mm diameter loudspeaker and the minimalist’s component electrical circuit operating with two “Rimlock” socket types valves (tube), UAF-42 and EL-42 for operation in 125-160 or 220 V, 60 Hz are assembled in a small and attractive white polished plastic cabinet. In the radio set front panel are symmetrically shown the vertical dial, the plastic slotted loudspeaker grille, a Gnome’s effigy as well as the volume/on-off and tuning controls for medium wave band.


Entry Number: 2020-24

Entry Description: Monarch Model BKL Receiver

An attractive little set, the Monarch Model BKL made by Eclipse Radio Pty. Ltd. In Melbourne in 1946.  Domestic production was ramping up again after a cessation during the war and this is a modest four valve (tube) receiver, most likely as a result of post war shortages.


Entry Number: 2020-25

Entry Description: One Tube Amplifier

I needed to make the “American” set as “American” as possible.  Dilemma, I didn’t have an American grid leak condenser and resistor! I had to incorporate the Danco (USA) Condenser Co. Rochester NY and sub-contract the manufacturing back to the parent company, Danco Historical Wireless, in Australia (Wink!).  Relax fellas, I’m just pull’n yer legs!”


Entry Number: 2020-26

Entry Description: Crystal Sets

It is July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin have just landed the Eagle on the moon.  When the dust settles, they discover to their horror, they were not the first!  Sorry, as a lifelong crystal set aficionado, I just couldn’t help myself!


Entry Number: 2020-27

Entry Description: Jackson Bell Model 62 Swan Cathedral Receiver

Jackson Bell model 62 Swan cathedral.  Was restored electrically by the late Dave Johnson.  Plays great and I listen to the Kansas City Royals and sports talk programs with it all the time.


Entry Number: 2020-28

Entry Description: Rotary Magnetic Detector

The design of the rotary magnetic detector preceded the Marconi design but the principle based on hysteresis is similar. This version was made in Italy and was found at the Friedtichshafen radio meet in Germany.


Entry Number: 2020-29

Entry Description: Hallicrafters BC-787-C

This is a unrestored BC-787-C that appears to be a mil spec Hallicrafters S-27 and is of interest because it carries serial  #1. I have found models A and B on the internet, but no C. I would appreciate any info anyone might be able to offer, especially about the S/N.


Entry Number: 2020-30

Entry Description: Hammarlund HQ 129-X

This radio is a restored Hammarlund HQ 129-X.  The face plate is a beautiful silk screen reproduction I bought off the internet many years ago, and I wish I could remember who did it. I restored it electrically to late 1940’s specs, but with orange drops


Entry Number: 2020-31

Entry Description: McIntosh AM-FM Mono Receiver

My entry is the battery-powered McIntosh AM-FM mono radio which I sometimes bring to AWA flea markets where it attracts crowds. The radio runs on 6 “D” cells or AC line power, has 3-position selectivity controls for AM and FM, and bass-treble controls and amplifier for built-in speaker.  It’s fun “DX-ing” FM stations on the built-in antenna with the radio built at McIntosh Laboratory in 1970.


Entry Number: 2020-32

Entry Description: Double Slider Crystal Set

This double slider crystal set was made by the Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Company in Rochester NY in the early 1920s using some of the same materials that were used in the company’s Korona cameras. Two versions of crystal sets were produced by Gundlach-Manhattan: the smaller, less fancy version shown measuring 3.5 X 6 inches and a larger version measuring 5 X 8 inches. While the larger crystal set is listed in the G-M 1925 catalog, no crystal sets were listed in the 1932 catalog.


Entry Number: 2020-33

Entry Description: German Military Enigma

This is one of the earliest German military Enigmas to be made. It is serial number 604. It was made around 1929 and used to hide the illegal build-up of the military long before WW-2.  I have restored it to working condition.


Entry Number: 2020-34

Entry Description: 1938 Detrola “Egyptian” Model T-3

Detrola’s iconic Model T-3 and its “sibling” T-2 were the most elaborate tabletop radios the company ever produced, and were marketed to households that could afford to have their “second” radio include the same features as their living room console.  The T-3 has a nine tube three-band chassis, a tuning eye, push-pull type 42 output tubes driving an eight inch Rola speaker, and Detrola’s newly introduced motorized pushbutton tuning, all in a large and beautiful Deco cabinet.  This is my favorite radio, a great performer with excellent audio – and it still has its original cabinet finish!