Bringing a radio back to life can be both a rewarding experience and a daunting prospect. Vacuum tube technology hasn't been taught for more than four decades and even learning where to purchase tubes and other substitute components can be a challenge. Time, moisture, and temperature extremes have often taken a toll causing chassis to corrode, electronic components to degenerate, and cabinets to lose the flawless sheen with which they left the factory.
Listed below are links to CVRS articles on technical topics, cabinet and chassis restorations, vintage electronic components, circuits, and more! Some focus specifically on sets that were manufactured in Canada. Others cover restoration topics relevant to any unit. We recommend that you check back to this page periodically as we will continue to post the best articles from our newsletter, member publications, and downloadable versions of others that we find.
When you have finished perusing the material below, have a browse through the existing posts on the CVRS Forum. If you don't find what you are looking for there, you can always post a request for information.
You are also welcome to access our 'How To' articles available as PDF downloads.
We also have many other Technical Articles contained within our Newsletters.
WARNING and DISCLAIMER: Vintage radios and other older electronic equipment were not manufactured to meet modern-day safety standards. These radios (especially AC/DC radios) and equipment can present electrical safety hazards and materials health and safety hazards (eg. asbestos, PCBs) in their original form. Any modifications to, repairs of, work on, or operation/use can pose a significant risk of injury, even death. Readers undertake work on such radios or other electronic equipment entirely at their own risk. The CVRS and authors of articles or other contributions appearing in Canadian Vintage Radios, in this ‘How To’ section, or elsewhere on this website and forums, hereby waive any responsibility or liability whatsoever associated with anyone working on, modifying or operating any piece of electronic equipment or otherwise making use of any information contained within Canadian Vintage Radios or available elsewhere from the CVRS, including but not limited to, the CVRS website and forums.
Sample ‘How To’ Articles
- Technical Short – Radio Fault Finding sample
- Technical Short – Oscilloscopes in Radio Servicing sample
- Technical Short – Aerial Matching sample
- Technical Short – Inductor Lore sample
- Technical Short – Detectors and Discriminators sample
- Technical Short – Cap Lore sample
- Technical Short – Receiver Alignment sample
- Technical Short – Alignment Using a Wobbulator sample
- Technical Short – AGC sample
- Technical Short – Eddystone AC/DC Lore sample