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.
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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