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 Post subject: Oldest most interesting Arkay ever
PostPosted: May Tue 10, 2022 5:19 am 
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Easily the oldest one I've ever seen pictures of, R.K. Radio Labs, Chicago.

Somebody needs to rescue it, located in Wisconsin.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/304480328051?m ... olid=10050

What's a bit odd is that these same pics in the listing have been uploaded to the radiomuseum site.


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 Post subject: Re: Oldest most interesting Arkay ever
PostPosted: May Tue 10, 2022 12:40 pm 
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A very uncommon set. I have one! You don't see them often, though. Quite heavy, I hope it survives shipping.

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 Post subject: Re: Oldest most interesting Arkay ever
PostPosted: May Tue 10, 2022 1:24 pm 
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Well, it's in radiomuseum.org because the seller is a member who noticed there weren't any actual photos of this set on the site, so he uploaded his own photos there before listing it for auction. :mrgreen:

And yes, the seller does agree that it is a very interesting set that does not fit into his own space and hopes it finds a deserving home. No need to worry about shipping. He's moved a few radios here and there and is well familiar with how to pack them to arrive safely. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Oldest most interesting Arkay ever
PostPosted: May Tue 10, 2022 2:53 pm 
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It's cool looking!

What's the tube lineup in that radio? It sure seems like it uses 6 tubes.

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 Post subject: Re: Oldest most interesting Arkay ever
PostPosted: May Tue 10, 2022 3:13 pm 
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Yeah I suppose the listing ought to be updated to fix the error. It does have 6 tubes. 57-58-55-45-45-80


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 Post subject: Re: Oldest most interesting Arkay ever
PostPosted: May Tue 10, 2022 3:28 pm 
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Paul, if it's your set, I'm sure it will arrive to the buyer intact. That is, unless the carrier is so talented they back a truck over it....

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 Post subject: Re: Oldest most interesting Arkay ever
PostPosted: May Sat 14, 2022 1:43 am 
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oh bummer. lol


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 Post subject: Re: Oldest most interesting Arkay ever
PostPosted: May Sat 14, 2022 2:06 am 
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Radolek 14E10979
Arkay model RK60 (page two in the pdf below).

Radolek 1935
238-pages!
https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-E ... hicago.pdf

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 Post subject: Re: Oldest most interesting Arkay ever
PostPosted: May Sat 14, 2022 2:24 am 
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You know that you want it John, it's got that Art Deco thing going on.
Why don't you drive over and pick it up?

Greg.
oh… take some sandwiches and beer for the drive... 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Oldest most interesting Arkay ever
PostPosted: May Sat 14, 2022 2:46 am 
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Sorry Greg. :) But thanks for posting the ad. I had no idea. You might have found literally the only documentation about this radio. Neither this tube lineup for the RK60 nor Radolek 10979 are found in Riders or Gernsback.

Good luck to whoever buys it to do the electronics. You're working without a schematic, but considering the number of parts it shouldn't be too big of an ask for an experienced tech.

Oh, and on that map, you've got another hundred miles to drive. We're up by lake Michigan and only 20 miles north of the Illinois state line.


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 Post subject: Re: Oldest most interesting Arkay ever
PostPosted: May Sat 14, 2022 3:16 am 
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Looking at the Ad. it appears that there were left and right-hand veneer and speaker grill. lol
I stopped purchasing sets stateside over a decade ago.

The grillecloth.com radio finder showed Radolek 14E10979 for your complement of tubes.
and Radolek 14E10979 was a "hit" at David Gleanson's website worldradiohistory.com

as the late Paul Harvey would say...
"and now you know --- the rest of the story."


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 Post subject: Re: Oldest most interesting Arkay ever
PostPosted: May Sat 14, 2022 7:20 pm 
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Yes, thanks for the ad. I did notice the ad man flipped the negative maybe, but that adds to the charm.
I have almost cured myself of the urge to own (TUTO), and distance does make it easier to say no. :D

Made that journey with my wife and son in a VW van back in the 90's and it was memorable.

Paul, good luck, and I appreciate your willingness to let the market establish the price, well done.

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 Post subject: Re: Oldest most interesting Arkay ever
PostPosted: May Sun 15, 2022 4:23 pm 
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For $20 when new, that radio was one hell of a deal for consumers. Radoleks seem stupid rare, but I don't know why considering how nice they were. I have a 11947 that I've had since the mid 90s, iirc in finding a schematic my grandfather found a Simplex circuit that was identical. When I re-restored it a few years ago I found the same exact schematic in riders separately under Simplex, Radolek, and Zephyr.


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