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PostPosted: Sep Mon 17, 2018 6:22 pm 
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It costs about $9. for 12 ft of braided nylon with fiberglass core dial cord. Has anyone tried the new high-tech braided low-stretch fishing line as a dial cord? How about other inexpensive sources for dial cord?

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 Post subject: Re: Dial Cord
PostPosted: Sep Mon 17, 2018 6:42 pm 
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This is 0.41mm 1/64" Braided and highly recommended for Transistor Radios.
Not the super slick version.
See this posting http://antiqueradios.com/forums//viewtopic.php?p=2076328#p2076328

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The late Scott Harvey aka Primitiveradiogod discovered this below as the exact type of dial-string for
Zenith Transistor TOs

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viewtopic.php?f=4&t=252278

I don't think it's manufactured today... :shock:

Greg.

oh... the bead making section of Hobby Lobby or the likes will have an assortment of cord.

Edit: Nine bucks for 12 feet... they seen you comin' Lol


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 Post subject: Re: Dial Cord
PostPosted: Sep Mon 17, 2018 8:09 pm 
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I've been using this from Walmart (in the Crafts section). $1.97 for 36 yards.


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 Post subject: Re: Dial Cord
PostPosted: Sep Mon 17, 2018 11:57 pm 
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joekpayne wrote:
It costs about $9. for 12 ft of braided nylon with fiberglass core dial cord. Has anyone tried the new high-tech braided low-stretch fishing line as a dial cord? How about other inexpensive sources for dial cord?

Thanks for your attention,

Joe

i don't know where you found it for that much. Here is a source at a quarter of that cost/ft. It has fiberglass core.
http://www.radioantiques.com/dial_cord.html
On some radios I have used the 65 lbs test braided fishing line. Some radios do better with the larger diameter, some do better with the smaller. Some radios even use belts.
It is important that whatever you use that it doesn't stretch and lasts a long time.

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 Post subject: Re: Dial Cord
PostPosted: Sep Tue 18, 2018 3:53 pm 
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Thanks everyone!

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 Post subject: Re: Dial Cord
PostPosted: Sep Tue 18, 2018 4:36 pm 
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You can sometimes use fishing line, braiding cord and other kinds of “string” as dial cord, but just be aware that certain radio dials will slip or malfunction unless the replacement cord has the same diameter and grip or friction as the original. For such cases it is good to pick up a supply of NOS dial cord in various diameters, when you can get it for a reasonable price.

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