Here are just a few links to start you
off exploring the (surprisingly large) world of vintage radio out
there on the world wide web. Over the past quarter-century the hobby
has grown from nothing to a specialist part of the antiques field
generating major worldwide interest. There are so many fascinating
web sites on the topic it's difficult to know where to start, and
any selection is bound to be a personal one.
To keep things simple, I've kept this list as brief as possible
and have also removed any site I don't rate as 'excellent'. You'll
also find all but one of the sites listed here are UK-based. Several
of them have large and comprehensive international links pages of
their own and you'll soon find yourself branching out into outposts
of the hobby all over the world.
So prepare to settle back now for hours of happy surfing !
Radio Broadcasting Equipment and Memories
with this absolutely fascinating site, full of personal reminiscences
of the B.B.C. in former days. From the birth of Broadcasting House,
through the war, to the later impact of Pirate Radio and details
of modern control rooms, it's all here. I found the section on
Wood Norton in wartime highly interesting, since I worked there
myself for many years. A marvellous site, which really brings
to life what it was like to work in radio broadcasting in the
The British Vintage
to the BVWS. This site continues to develop. Recently all the
'405-Alive' (vintage television) content has been moved here.
This section is of excellent quality and makes for an absolutely
absorbing read. Also the National Vintage Communications Fair
has now been taken under the BVWS wing and there's a informative
here ! Information and pictures of all sorts of vintage
electronic technology including (but not limited to) radio. In
fact there's everything here from vacuum cleaners through calculators
to crazy inventions. I would imagine that this site would make
a particularly good research tool for serious study of the field.
Timelines and tables make access to information easy. Everything
here benefits from in-depth treatment and excellent illustrations.
A useful glossary of technical terms is also included.
On The Air
has achieved much since he founded this business ten years ago
and now runs Britain's biggest vintage technology centre. Although
this site is still under development, it already includes a virtual
tour of Steve's renowned 'Broadcasting Museum' (now sold on to
the BBC), information about their new business premises and details
of 'Airwaves' magazine. In all, highly recommended.
This is a
very stylish, easy-to-use and clearly laid-out site packed with
information on all the major UK brands. It is particularly strong
on Murphy. Components and valve information sections are promised
for the future but be sure to visit now; you won't be disappointed.
Vintage Wireless Database
has done a brilliant job creating this database-intensive site.
It's basically an online compendium of vintage radios and valves.
Crucially, visitors can easily add their own data to the site.
There's also a useful set dating feature based on Jonathan Hill's
dial examination method. The database itself can be downloaded
for use in your own computer. Martin is an interesting chap and
the other areas of his site are well worth exploring too.
excellent site is an absolute mine of information, including a
very well-researched and comprehensive links section and instant
access to the valve line-up of a large number of British sets.
site is a major source for circuit diagram 'schematics' for your
vintage radio on the web. The range of sets covered is international,
and vintage-compatible capacitors are available too. Well worth
This is the
grand-daddy of vintage radio sites on the net. Paul Stenning has
set a standard with this popular site that few others can match.
Everything is here, with comprehensive resources to support every
facet of the hobby.
Red Star Radiosite
unique 'Soviet Antique Radio Gallery' deals in great depth with
the fascinating world of Soviet-era vintage radios. All periods
are represented and the site is available in both Russian and
English. A definite 'must-see'.
designed site is a very useful resource, offering an excellent
selection of books and magazines and also a good range of components
suitable for vintage radio and gram decks. Well worth a visit.
Phil's Old Radios
US site, with everything an enthusiast could need to pursue the
hobby - at all levels from beginner to advanced.
interested in British vintage television, Jon Evans' "valve
page" site is without doubt the major resource on
the internet. Here you'll find everything you need, including
details and illustrations of all sets manufactured from 1936 to
1960, the historical context and much more - all annotated in
Jon's inimitable style. Highly recommended.
a social scene associated with recreating the 1940s and I'm not
talking about vintage radio swapmeets... At 1940.co.uk Ian Bailey
has created something really special. Here you'll find details
of the 1940 Society and their activities. There are also excellent
historial resources available here as well as a thriving message
board. A must-see.
on with the social scene connected with re-enactment of life in
the 1940s, at this engaging site you can catch up with the latest
events organised by this club, which recaptures life as it was
lived on Britain's home front. A surprisingly young crowd are
involved; you can see many of them depicted in period scenes on
the site, though you'd be forgiven for thinking the photos are
actually vintage !