Return to Homepage Frequently Asked Questions Updated 29.7.226
Q1. I have cleaned out my grandparents' house and found an old valve radio with a wooden case, is it worth saving and what would be its value?
A1. The value of old radios can vary signifcantlty depending on the age, manufacturer, model and of course their condition. Old radios appeal to a limited group of people: knowledgeable collectors and electronic specialists and those who have no knowledge but would like an old radio to fit their house decor. Check on-line auction and sale sites for details. These usually provide an image to illustrate the item and possibly identify your radio.

Q2. I have been given an old cream radio by a neighbour who said that it doesn't work and made a "bang" when he last switched it on. What could be the problem?
A2. The problem could be one of many components that might have failed. The AVRS strongly recommends that you have the radio checked for safety before proceeding any further with making an assessment. Many old radios can be unearthed, or poorly earthed and many components may have defective insulation leading to a live chassis and knobs. The repair of an old radio to bring it back to satisfactory operating condition is unlikely to be be as simple as replacing a couple of valves as many other components can have failed or be out of tolerance. The AVRS often runs a "fault finding workshop" for its members during its monthly meetings.

Q3. Does the AVRS provide circuits for old Australian radios?
A3. The AVRS has a collection of circuits and alignment details for many old Australian built and some overseas radios. These are not generally made available outside the AVRS. However AVRS members have access to the library circuits handbooks etc. A request on an on-line auction or forum may provide a circuit and tips to assist you.

Q4. I think one of the valves in my radio is defective. How can I test it? Does the AVRS sell new (old ) valves?
A4. Access to a suitable valve testing equipment is desirable in the first instance to ascertain the condition of the valve. Note that a component in the radio circuit may have failed causing the valve to be overloaded and subsequently fail. Therefore it is desirable to confirm that the rest of the radio components are all OK before plugging in a new valve. The AVRS has a collection of new and used "old" valves plus other new components. These are only available to AVRS members through the AVRS Parts Service. Also try a search on-line or one of the vendors listed on the Links page.

Q5. I have been given an old transistor radio from the 1960's. It appears to be in good condition  but I can't find a battery that will fit to try it out.  Can another battery to made to fit?
A5.  Probably yes.  In many situations a replacement battery can be constructed using smaller commonly available cells.  A reputable radio electronics repair speciliast should be able to do this.