Vintage Electronics Find

This past weekend I helped a friend go through her now deceased Grandfather’s work shed to help sort things out, and in exchange for my help she said I could keep any old electronics gear I found. Well I found some pretty cool stuff and it was evident that her Grandfather was a Ham radio guy!

Here’s some pictures with brief descriptions of what I found followed by a video with more details and items.

The whole collection on the work bench.

This is a Templetone Radio model # BP 2-A5 from WWII. It ran on batteries and had tubes!This radio picked up “broadcast” band and shortwave transmissions.

This a National Radio SW-54 shortwave receiver from the 50’s and it works just fine.

Here’s a tube operated volt/ohm meter from Allied Electronics. It was made under the name “Knight-Kit”. These kits were marketed to hobbyists and amateur radio operators. This one still works!

Here’s another cool tester from Knight. It’s an in circuit capacitor tester with a “magic eye” tube. I tested it and it works great.

A closeup of the “magic eye”.

And here’s this week’s video showing all this stuff and more! Keep on hackin!

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3 Responses to Vintage Electronics Find

  1. aquaman8 says:


    Really like your site.

    The radios are especially near and dear to my heart.

    A couple of points

    1) The National SW-54: I just resurrected one of these and completed the alignment a few days ago! The Foreign, Police, etc on the left hand side of the frequency ‘dial’ is actually a legend for services and NOT a definition of each band. The band switch actually selects a line of the band scale, with A being the top one, B the next down and so on. You will see small letters interspersed between the actual frequency numbers of the dial that correspond to the ‘service’. In actuality, Band A is the Broadcast.

    2) The first Zenith transistor radio: The transistors you refer to as JFETS are actually old Germanium transistors. JFETS are considerably more recently developed transistor types, at least to the general public!

    I don’t mean to be picky, but you did such a good job with the rest of the presentation that I am sure you would appreciate the corrections. I spend a lot of time educating in my professional as well as my personal life, and strive to replace ignorance in the general public with true facts, so I am ever vigilant in making sure what I say is correct! BTW, when I say ignorance I mean ‘lack of information, and do not mean it in a demeaning way.

    Keep up the excellent work!


    • Dino says:

      Thanks Mitch! I’m always open to corrections and discussion of the content I post. I learn from it all too!

  2. teddy7 says:

    I’m so jealous of the Capacitor tester, had one as a kid. Should have hung onto it.
    I built many a Knight Kit and Heathkit stuff. Even worked for Heathkit. On my web
    site, I have a link to my first computer the H-8. Should have hung onto that also.


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