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 Post subject: Star-Lite radio
PostPosted: May Sun 26, 2019 8:44 pm 
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Picked up a Star-Lite Discover FM-100 yesterday. It appears to be missing a battery holder. I was able to get batteries in it but they are free to move around inside the radio. That is what makes me believe it is missing a holder. The radio does work so I would like to find this part.


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 Post subject: Re: Star-Lite radio
PostPosted: May Sun 26, 2019 9:41 pm 
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Can you post some photos?

Posting photos to a forum thread...
The skinny: http://antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtop ... 0#p2717120

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 Post subject: Re: Star-Lite radio
PostPosted: May Sun 26, 2019 11:49 pm 
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Will try to tomorrow


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 Post subject: Re: Star-Lite radio
PostPosted: May Tue 28, 2019 1:00 am 
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After doing some thinking I believe they may have used some kind of plastic tube to hold the batteries. For now I have them taped together. This is a great radio. Better than my Sangean portable.


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 Post subject: Re: Star-Lite radio
PostPosted: Jun Mon 03, 2019 12:07 am 
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Here it is


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 Post subject: Re: Star-Lite radio
PostPosted: Jun Thu 06, 2019 1:50 am 
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That’s a nice looking radio.


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 Post subject: Re: Star-Lite radio
PostPosted: Jun Thu 06, 2019 2:07 am 
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After doing some thinking I believe they may have used some kind of plastic tube to hold the batteries.

Most likely, esp if it takes 3 C or D cells. You can replicate that by obtaining a plastic tube of the correct diameter and cutting it's length to size.

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 Post subject: Re: Star-Lite radio
PostPosted: Jun Thu 06, 2019 2:15 am 
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Some of these old radios used maybe 4 "D" cells in series and had a thin plastic tube that supported them between the two terminals. You could probably improvise but a thick walled tube like PVC probably will not fit and also cost money. You could make a usable substitute by getting some white poster board and cutting a piece that is as long as the stack of cells and wide enough to wrap around them with a little overlap, and tape the seam together. Or even cheaper, maybe the cardboard out of a roll of paper towels, cut that tube to length and cut it straight lengthwise. Then trim it for a bit of overlap and tape that together. Plastic tube would be nice and more durable but I doubt it will take a really strong tube to just hold the cells in place. I would use at least a good masking tape or clear packaging tape, the thin "Scotch" tape would maybe not hold up.

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 Post subject: Re: Star-Lite radio
PostPosted: Jun Thu 06, 2019 3:11 am 
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It takes 6 D cells arranged 3x3


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 Post subject: Re: Star-Lite radio
PostPosted: Jun Fri 07, 2019 12:46 am 
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This radio performs better than my Sangean 808A and looks better to boot!


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 Post subject: Re: Star-Lite radio
PostPosted: Jun Fri 07, 2019 2:29 am 
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6 D cells = 9 volts. You can power it from a nine volt Transistor battery; just get a battery snap, or make one from the top of a discarded nine volt cell. It won't last as long as the D's will, but the set will be a helluva lot lighter to carry around.

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 Post subject: Re: Star-Lite radio
PostPosted: Jun Mon 10, 2019 9:32 pm 
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a beauty. I would like to see it in the radiomuseum...


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