Dave's Homemade Tube Radios
Hi, this is Dave Schmarder. This page is here to show all the vacuum tube
radios that I have built in the 21st century. I built lots of stuff with tubes
in the old pre-internet days, but those are long gone and no pictures exist.
But with the miracle of digital cameras and the internet, you get to see
what I've been cooking up in my kitchen workshop. I'm very proud to show you
these projects. Many have been reproduced by others and it is a joy when
they send me pictures.
If you want to see my old page, here it is.
Dave At Work!
Yes, there you see me. (Actually this picture is popular. It has been lifted and
used on other sites, such as blogs and all.) I tried to make a new "blitz pix"
for a friend, but unfortunately my graphics program will no longer do them.
Who else do you know that keeps a drill press, scroll saw and belt sander in
the kitchen. I've noticed that my food has had kind of a garolitie taste lately.
My vegie-drawer in my fridge is filled with batteries. I guess you can tell by
now that I live alone. I only get in arguements with myself and I usually win.
How I started
I would like to tell you a little about my background. My interest in radio goes back to around 1955 when I was 5 years old. My dad used to repair radios before I was around. Luckily he got into something that actually paid real money. Luckily too, he kept all the old radio stuff. I started soldering and fiddling before I was 10 years old. My dad had earned his Amateur Radio license, and I tagged along. I learned a lot.
For the next 25 years, I put together many projects, tube and semiconductor. I earned my Novice ham ticket in 1965. This only accelerated the building. I was a nerd before it was popular. I just sat in my cellar and played with my Weller as someone once said.