2014 Event Schedule

Saturday

April 19

1:00 PM

VRPS (Vintage Radio & Phonograph Society)

Monthly Meeting

Senter East Park Building

Irving, TX

Saturday

April 26

9:00 AM

HVRA Monthly Meeting

Program, auction

Television Tube Amplifier Contest

All stages must be tubes made from television sets.

No horizontal output or audio output tubes

  Coffee, Juice & Snacks served

Bayland Park Community Center
6400 Bissonnet

Tuesday
May 13
6:30 PM

HVRA

Monthly
Board of Directors Meeting

Pizza served!

Bayland Park Community Center
6400 Bissonnet

Saturday
May 17
8:00 AM

VRPS

Swap Meet

Senter East Park Building

Irving, TX

Saturday
May 24
9:00 AM

HVRA

Annual Swap Meet

Mike Payne’s

Alvin, TX

 

HVRA No Monthly Meeting

Memorial Day Closings

 

Tuesday
June 10
6:30 PM

HVRA

Monthly
Board of Directors Meeting

Pizza served!

Bayland Park Community Center
6400 Bissonnet

Saturday

June 21

1:00 PM

VRPS

Monthly Meeting

 

Senter East Park Building

Irving, TX

Saturday

June 28

9:00 AM

HVRA Monthly Meeting

Program, auction

  Coffee, Juice & Snacks served

Bayland Park Community Center
6400 Bissonnet

Tuesday
July 8
6:30 PM

HVRA

Monthly
Board of Directors Meeting

Pizza served!

Bayland Park Community Center
6400 Bissonnet

Saturday
July 12
6:30 PM

HVRA

Summer MEGA Auction

Doyle Convention Center

Texas City TX

Saturday

July 26

9:00 AM

HVRA Monthly Meeting

Program, auction

  Coffee, Juice & Snacks served

Bayland Park Community Center
6400 Bissonnet

 

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April, May, & June Grid Leak

The latest issue of HVRA’s bi-monthly newsletter Grid Leak is now available to download for your computer, portable device, or for printing. The files can be read using the free Adobe PDF Reader software.

Inside this issue -

  • From the President
  • Club events/announcements
  • Basic Electronics Classes 2014
  • General Meetings to Start Earlier – Looking Forward!  
  • New HVRA Caps Now Available April 26
  • May 24  Alvin Texas Swap Meet
  • June 28 Meeting Program “Tube Tester Ramble”
  • Texas City HAMFest  2014  &  HVRA Summer Mega Auction

and more…

Click below for the latest issue

GL Apr-May-Jun 14.pdf.

 

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New HVRA Caps Now Available

For $15.00 you can help promote HVRA by wearing one of our caps with the new HVRA cap logo.

If anyone needs a hat contact Gil Hedge at zen1441@sbcglobal.net or 281-487-0926.

We’ll also have them available at the April monthly meeting on the 26th.

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April Meeting Contest: TV tube audio amplifier competition

Monthly contest chairman Reid Shipp will referee a contest during the April 26 meeting in which contestants are asked to demonstrate audio amplifiers made from tubes that are specifically designated for use only in TV sets. Reid states that horizontal and audio output tubes will not be allowed in the contest and may disqualify your amplifier if one is used.  You must bring your own audio input source and speaker. Check your tube manual to find candidate tubes listed for use in black and white or color TV sets, draw up a schematic, and assemble an amplifier.  Members will vote on the best project and the winner will receive a prize.

Early TV

 

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Auctions of Interest

Estes Auctions

  • They specialize in Radios and Phonographs only from the early wireless era up to the early transistor period.
  • Specialists in Amateur Radio Equipment from the spark era to the new solid state pieces.
  • They do tube collections, radio books, magazines & advertising.
  • All types of early phonographs, horn machines, coin operated machines and very early battery or ac powered type.

Next Vintage Radio Auction:

April 19, 2014

Expo Auction Center

8157 Garman Road

Burbank, Ohio

For listing and pictures go to www.auctionzip.com  and  go to  the upper right hand corner.

In the green box put the auctioneer ID number 20507 and click go.

ABSENTEE AND PHONE BIDS ACCEPTED

http://www.estesauctions.com/

Permanent link to this site in Other Auctions of Interest on the right.

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Tune in to the Vintage Radio & Phonograph Society (VRPS)

Covering the Dallas – Ft. Worth area , many HVRA members enjoy activities in this group. President Jim Sargent has assisted us with auctioneering duty many times at our conventions. We will be posting their meetings, swap meets and conventions on our site.

http://www.vrps.org/index.html

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Radio / TV of the Month – KUBA Komet

The KUBA Corporation manufactured the Komet from 1957 to 1962 in Wolfenbuttel, West Germany.

This set stands 5′ 7″ tall, it’s over 7′ wide and weighs 289 Lb. (216 x 171 x 75 cm - 85 inches x 67 inches x 30 inches). The design is reminiscent of a sailboat. The upper section rotates like a sail on a mast, allowing the viewer to swing the 23″ black and white television and speaker system in the desired direction. The blonde-colored wood is solid maple and the darker wood is wenge, a rare timber found only in West Africa. A high-gloss, polyester varethane coating gives it a sleek, shiny finish.

The Komet was the complete Home Entertainment Center for its time. Opening the door of the lower cabinet reveals the rest of its multi-media features. The early models usually came with a pull-out, 4-speed Telefunken phonograph on the left, and a television tuner in the center which received both UHF and VHF signals, the Telefunken multi-band radio receiver on the right picked up AM, FM, SW and LW frequencies. KUBA also released models that featured a storage shelf, commonly used as a small bar or to store vinyl record albums, or for an additional charge, you could order a magneto-phone wire recorder. Wire recorders were the forerunners to reel-to-reel and cassette audio recorders.

The top cabinet or “Sail” has eight speakers; six speakers on the top of the sail and two horn speakers pointing forward located beneath the main console.

The suggested retail price for this model was 2,798 DeutchMarks or approximately $1,260, which at that time, represented more than a year’s wages for an average worker

The KUBA Corporation changed hands several times before it closed its doors in 1972. There are very few surviving Komets in the world. This particular 1962 set, serial # 278039, the last of the series, was imported into the U.S.A. and found in Chicago, Illinois several years ago.

Source: http://www.earlytelevision.org/kuba.html

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