Last updated on December 18, 2016
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Private Transistor Radio Collections
- Transistor Radios Around The World - Bob Davidson serves up hundreds of pages featuring photos of his outstanding collection, accompanied throughout by thoughtful commentary and historical information. Also interesting is his unique method of categorizing and featuring the radios. Have your drool bucket handy when you visit.
- Michaeljpro - Michael presents his rich collection of transistor radios with running commentary that sets the scene well; and he is adding new finds regularly. If he continues at this pace, the rest of Barrie is going to have to relocate.
- i-radio - Ira Brenner has posted some of his fabulous transistor radios for all to enjoy.
- Transistor Radio Design - James Butters presents a wonderful collection focusing on the design and history of transistor radios manufactured between 1954 and 1965.
- Tom's Radio Collection - Tom Polk bares his collection of radios for all to enjoy. Definitely worth checking out. There are also a number of pages that give us a glimpse at his varied talents and variety of pursuits.
- Classic Radio Gallery - Whether your interest is transistor radios, microphones, beautiful vintage speakers, or tube sets in wooden or plastic cabinets, there's something here for you. And don't forget to check out Merrill's extensive list of radio links while visiting.
- Wumpus's Old Radio World - Over 500 pages featuring vintage tube sets, transistor portables, tape recorders, tubes, transistors, crystal receivers and more. In English and German.
- Transistor Memories - Dave Long displays his collection of transistor radios as he recounts his personal stories behind each find.
All Transistor - Lello Salvatore's site devoted to transistor radios, which features some terrific radios. (Dec. 18, 2016: The site seems to be gone - link dead)
SITES IN JAPANESE
- Craft-3 - Masahiro Nakahori, one of Japan's most passionate and meticulous collectors, displays his superb collection of early transistors, diodes and other devices. We can all look forward to further treats if and when he also exposes his collection of transistor radios and other radio paraphernalia.
- Radio Kobo - True to its name, this on-line "Radio Workshop" is quickly becoming the touchstone for all-band radio sites in Japan. Master radio repair dude Uchio-san serves up more data on servicing and repairs than I can begin to summarize, along with galleries that display his diverse collection of all-band radios, early transistor radios, tube radios, and test equipment. I dream of someday acquiring even 0.1% of the repair skills this man possesses!
- Vintage Radio Collection - Live wire Toshio Ikeuchi shares a look at his splendid collection of ultra-early radios by Atwater Kent, Freed Eisemann, Grebe Radio, RCA and other makers while lacing the site with his unique brand of spicy commentary. Don't miss the opportunity to see some of the great tube sets, crystal receivers, speakers and other equipment from the roaring twenties!!
- AM Mode Fashion - "JA1VHZ" shares his unique perspective on the world in colourful fashion as he introduces viewers to some of his favourite transistor radios, tube radios, receivers, amateur radio equipment and a slew of other things.
- Jinkei's site - Jinkei Ohta shares photos, information and technical data on a wide range of both tube and transistor radios, along with an assortment of other goodies. He's also made an effort to offer bilingual descriptions in Japanese and English on much of the site.
Private Transistor Collections & Information (That's the devices themselves!)
- The CK722 Classic Germanium Transistor Website - True to its name, this site operated by Jack Ward is dedicated to the Raytheon CK722 transistor. A highly informative site for anybody interested in early transistors and transistor history.
- The Transistor Museum - Another valuable source of information provided by Jack Ward, The Transistor Museum is "Dedicated to Preserving the History of the Greatest Invention of the 20th Century."
- Mister Transistor's Web Pages - In Andrew "Mr. Transistor" Wylie's own words, "Here you can find historical information and fascinating images of lots of weird devices from the 1950's and 1960's."
Reference Materials & Resources
- Regency TR-1 Transistor Radio Facts and Figures - Steve Reyer offers deep insight into the world's first transistor radio. Required study for any transistor buff!
- Aldo Andreani's Home Page - Home to "The Transistor Radio Directory", a comprehensive list of links to radio sites. A new addition as of July 2nd, 2001 is the "Marconi Transistor Radios" section, which traces the history of the Marconi name as it lived on in transistor radios.
- Collectors Weekly - This interesting site manned by Dave Margulius and crew profiles a number of popular transistor radio web sites, while also offering a pictorial introduction with links to current auction listings. All in all, it makes for one handy resource; and an attractive one at that!.
- Collectible Detective - "Old Radios" as well as thousands of links to other vintage antiques online. Find antique dealers, appraisers, collectors, clubs and more.
- Eric Wrobbel - Books & Videos - You must visit Eric Wrobbel's site and check out his beautifully rendered photo guides of collectible radios. Also available are videos in which Eric and Roger Handy deliver an animated three-dimensional perspective on the parade of luscious radios that march before the camera. Give your spouse, child, or significant other a good laugh while you sit and enjoy the colour commentary of two supposedly grown men reeling off technical critical terms like "goofball", dumb", and "oh, baby". I tell you, it's a lot of fun and worth the investment.
- Radiomuseum - Displays more than 120,000 radio models of all varieties, including transistor radios, mostly with pictures. You can select to search exclusively for transistor radios, and you can narrow your search by selecting the country, maker/brand, years of manufacture, etc.
Old Radio Digital World - Enrico Tedeschi presents info on transistor radios and other digital gadgets. (Dec. 18, 2016: The site seems to be gone - link dead)
Parts, Restoration Materials
- Antique Electronic Supply Online! - I can't begin to tell you how helpful these folks are. Great service, lightning quick shipping, and a full catalogue of handy radio goods. Whether you need a tube of Novus, a tube for a radio, tools to re-plate parts, testers or even books, don't hesitate to try these folks out!
- Vintage Electronics - Check this site out for parts, paraphernalia and all kinds of radios on sale.
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