CVRS Alberta Chapter Videos

Over the years the CVRS Alberta Chapter has benefited from the expertise of members with literally centuries of combined experience in Radio, Communications, Power, Refinishing, Scientific research, Engineering, Electronics – you name it.  There’s probably been someone who knows about a particular field and was willing to share their knowledge and experiences.

The Alberta Chapter has an extensive video library of presentations from its monthly meetings and selected videos from this library are now freely available!  These are excellent presentations covering all aspects of our hobby, from historical talks on the history of radio, to the construction of plastic boxes for construction projects.  The first videos are available for viewing on our YouTube Channel now, and more will continue to be added.

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The Fessenden Connection with Bob Fessenden

We are proud of the monumental achievements of world class radio pioneer, Reginald Fessenden, who at the turn of the twentieth century, many believe was the first in the world to invent AM radio and provide the first voice and music broadcast to a startled group of radio listeners who never thought that such a feat was possible.

This video is a celebration of that outstanding contribution and a wonderful opportunity to hear more about the Fessenden family and their thoughts about Reginald’s place in history as Bob Fessenden

provides us with some of the interesting background to the story that made radio history.

A Newbie’s Experience with Portable Tube Radios

A techie retires and finds time to return to the radio hobby he left 40 years earlier.  He relates his experience restoring a pile of portable tube radios that had followed him home from local radio club events.  Details apply mostly to Zenith Trans Oceanic’s, their batteries and their clones.

The All-American Five

Don Killips takes us through a 3-part series on All American Five Radios: how they work, how they evolved, and some unusual quirks he has uncovered from his experience servicing them over his long career.

Vacuum Tube TVs – How They Work

Before flatscreens, before digital, even before transistors, the early TVs used vacuum tubes in circuits reminiscent of AM radios of the day. Our own Don Killips was a pioneer in servicing these vacuum tube sets and leads us through a detailed description of how they work, what test equipment is needed to service them, and his experiences operating a sales and service business.

1MW Steam-Powered Radio Station

Built in the early 1920’s the Rugby Radio station in England was the largest radio transmitting station in the world. Designed as a very low frequency (VLF) transmitter, the station was designated GBR and used originally to transmit messages across the Commonwealth and later to submerged submarines during the cold war.  Our own Don Cheeseman worked there during his career and gives us an insider look at it’s history and it’s operation.

Who Invented Radio?

Who invented radio?  Was it David Edward Hugues in 1879? Amos Dolbear? (who?)  Nathan Stubblefield? J. C. Bose? Alexander Popov?  Our own Murray Dickerson, as well prepared with in-depth research as ever, leads us through a controversial look at the names, the exploits, and the achievements of the electrical pioneers during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  His conclusion?  It’s all in the videos – check them out!

Capacitor Testing and the ESR Meter

When is a capacitor not a capacitor? What is Equivalent Series Resistance anyway, and when is it important?  How do we measure it?  Gerry Shand of the Canadian Vintage Radio Society leads us through a look at capacitors, the myths and realities of their operation, and gives us practical examples of testing and using capacitors from his real-world experience.

Making Plastic Boxes

How often have you thought how much better your project would look in a custom plastic cabinet, or wanted a custom plastic box for parts? Gerry Shand of the Canadian Vintage Radio Society shows us it’s easy using common woodworking tools and leads us through an example of how he made a plastic enclosure for one of his battery projects.

We have the full list of titles available as follows.  Please email our Alberta Representative to order.

We have the following titles available:

Presentation DateSequenceTitlePresenter
2005-03-132005-1History of RadioDon Killips
2005-04-102005-2ElectronicsMurray Dickerson
2005-05-152005-3Wood CabinetsCharlie Calarco
2006-09-182005-4Who invented radioMurray Dickerson
2005-10-232005-5All American 5Don Killips
2006-01-222005-6Plastic Radio RepairDennis Vriend
2005-12-112005-7Golden Age of RadioMike Robichaud and Murray Dickerson
2006-01-222006-1TransformersDon Killips
2006-01-222006-1Battery Radio Power SupplyJim Wightmore
2006-04-162006-3Vacuum TubesMurray Dickerson
2006-05-282006-4Primitive RadioMorley Edwards
2006-09-172006-5The Theremin: History and RestorationJohn Williamson & Don Killips
2006-10-222006-6A Complete 1937 Rogers Majestic RestorationBill Elmer and Jim Wightmore
2006-11-192006-7Quack Machines 1Murray Dickerson
2006-12-172006-8The Fine Art of Radio AlignmentDon Killips
2007-01-212007-1Northern CommunicationsFrank Kiss
2007-02-252007-2Quack Machines 2Murray Dickerson
2007-03-182007-3Practical Electronics Formulas for Radio/Audio WorkDavid Thompson
2007-04-222007-4Radio Fields and Energies that affect the Human BodyDon Cheeseman
2007-05-272007-5Vacuum Tube TV - How it WorksDon Killips
2007-06-242007-6Vacuum Tube TV - How to Restore itDon Killips
2007-10-212007-7Radio SafetyDavid Thompson
2007-11-252007-8Northern Comm2 + SafetyFrank Kiss
2007-12-162007-9Steam Powered RadioDon Cheeseman
2008-01-202008-1The Life and Inventions of Nikola TeslaMurray Dickerson
2008-02-242008-1bThe Life and Inventions of Nikola Tesla - Pt. 2Murray Dickerson
2008-03-162008-2Early Radio Navigation and How It WorkedTom Savage
2008-04-202008-3Rebuilding Television Picture TubesDon Killips
2008-10-192008-4A Radio Parable" LaLa LandDon Cheeseman
2008-12-212008-5Before Superhets - 1Murray Dickerson
2009-02-222009-1Before Superhets - 2Murray Dickerson
2009-04-112009-2ModulationDon Cheeseman
2009-06-202009-3High Voltage and Its Effects, Wirtanen ElectricDon Cheeseman
2009-10-182009-4Atwater KentMurray, Bill, Jim
2009-11-222009-5Radio AstronomyBruce McCrudy
2010-02-212010-1Stories from the NorthGordon Wilson
2010-03-212010-2The March of TubesMurray Dickerson
2010-04-182010-3Muchow Museum TourBill Elmer
2010-06-202010-4How to Repair Transistor RadiosMurray Dickerson
2011-02-132011-1Gordon's Collection -Part AGordon Wilson
2011-04-302011-2Tropo ScatterPeter Hancock
2011-06-252011-3Automobile RadiosBill Muller
2011-10-232011-4Effective use of Tube TesterMurray Dickerson
2011-11-202011-5Stark 9-66 Maintenance and CalibrationMurray Dickerson
2012-03-182012-1How digital TV Broadcasts workEvan Cameron
2012-06-172012-3Reading A Tube Manual Like A BookMurray Dickerson
2011-11-182012-4Design and Development of a High End Vacuum Tube AmplifierMurray Dickerson
2011-12-162012-5Batteries For Your Antique RadioAlan Johnston
2013-01-202013-1How To Protect Your Antique ElectronicsMurray Dickerson
2013-02-172013-2Sound - The Journey From Mouth to EarDon Cheeseman
2013-06-232013-3Alberta's Electrical Regs and Radio WorkGerry Shand
2013-10-202013-4Newbie ChroniclesGary Albach
2014-06-222014-1Portable Logic ControllersGerry Shand
2014-10-192014-2The Newbie Chronicles - The Trouble With Portables (Transoceanic, Stratoworld and Hallicrafters restoration)Gary Albach
2015-03-222015-1Just Remembering (Radio Men's stories from the far north)Gordon Wilson & Milt Watts
2015-06-282015-2How to build plastic boxes for your projectsGerry Shand
2015-11-222015-3The Fessenden Connection - 3 videosBob Fessenden
2015-12-202014-4Smart Battery Eliminator for Vacuum Tube RadiosGerry Shand
2016-01-172016-1Using oscilloscope for radio work (2 part series)Murray Dickerson
2016-04-172016-3Restoration ofa Philco 37-602 plus bonus session 2016-2, Capacitor ESR testerGreg Bilodeau and Gerry Shand
2017-10-152017-1Restoration of Harman Kardon AX20 & HK250Greg Bilodeau
2017-11-192017-2European TubesMurray Dickerson
201-01-182018-1Restoration of a Philco TV37Greg Bilodeau