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Indexed columns From January 2000 to December 2007 

Old Radio Column

Click on photo to see K2TQN's original License.   Support page for the Old Radio column in QST magazine.  Most months I provide additional information about the profiled radio or content of the column.  Scroll down to see everything, and check back after each new issue reaches your door for more information about the column.
  K2TQN at the key in the Old Radio Museum.


New - QST On-Line PDF files of all the Old Radio columns from 2000 through 2005
Easy Index, just click

Jump to 2000 - 2005 QST on-line PDF files

Printable 'Old Radio' QST Columns on Line



Links with more information about my columns:

Year - 2007
Feature Radio or Story

- Click Link or Photo Below -


New ARRL book!

This book covers vintage radio articles published between 1977 and 2003 in QST, and includes four year's of "Old Radio" columns by John Dilks, K2TQN. A selection of classic QST advertisements from the '20s through the '70s helps round out this fascinating look back in time. Enjoy ads from Collins, Drake, Heathkit and more! $19.95. For more click

Grebe CR-18
AERO Station Monitor and Converter (1929) 
Utah Junior
Mine and W9AC's
Memoirs of Old Timers  
The Club Saver Project
Origin of SOS
Bruce Kelley and the Antique Wireless Association 
Click here for the web page.
More on the AWA Museum  


A Collins Time Capsule Found 
Link to W1UJR's web site
What happened 50 years ago this month?  
Click here to visit Sputnik web page.
1931 TGTP Transmitter
That you could have owned...
Click here for more info
When Homebrew was King
Columns 2000 through 2006 below
Last Year - 2006
Feature Radio or Story

- Click Link or Photo Below -

The National SW-54
and the Radii

     Click on Radios for more info
Pioneer in Radio .... 1904
William H. Medd
Early Wireless
Art Ericson, W1NF
Click here
The History of the
RECO Key of Baltimore
The story of this heretofore unknown company which identifies this rare key.
Click Here for more
Drake Novice Station
Click on the Station Photo
for More Information
A Dream 1955 Station
Cecil Gregson, W9CNN

Click on the Yacht Photo

This month we visit a
radio auction

Click on the HRO-500

Click here for the Auction News.
The 1928 Pilot Wasp
Short Wave Receiver Kit
Click on the Pilot Wasp


The Marconi Stations of old Cape May
c. 1909 - 1917 +

Click on the station photo


The WRL Globe Scout 65

Click on the photo to
visit the web page

Click here to visit the web page

Classic Mobil Station
Drake TR4

Year 2005
in 2005
Feature Radio or Item
  Column Title - Click Below
   view = Actual QST magazine article,
   available to ARRL Members only
Heathkit AR1, AR2, How much is enough?
view QST-PDF file / Members Only
The Apollo 11 flight radio 35-years ago, 'One small step…'
view QST-PDF file / Members Only
Antenna Measuring Devices M C Jones and the Micromatch
view QST-PDF file / Members Only
Spark Transmitters and Parts Getting Started with Spark
view QST-PDF file / Members Only
Johnson Viking Navigator The Johnson Viking Navigator
view QST-PDF file / Members Only
Field Day from the 1950s Vintage Field Day
view QST-PDF file / Members Only
Bob Dennison, W2HBE, Designer, Builder and Writer
Bob is now a SK - Link
view QST-PDF file / Members Only
Sears, Roebuck and Company
The Catalog Years   + Added: New Silvertone Discovered
view QST-PDF file / Members Only
 September   The First Ham in Philadelphia (Tom Appleby, W3AX)

view QST-PDF file / Members Only
1932: A Portable Transmitter Mystery

view QST-PDF file / Members Only
 November   Emergencies: We've Always Been Ready

view QST-PDF file / Members Only
The Radio Game

The Radio Game      More Radio Games
view QST-PDF file / Members Only








John Dilks, K2TQN    125 Warf Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234-8501   e-mail:

Links to additional ham radio and radio-related collector web sites.
ARRL Tube Collector's Assoc. NJ Antique Radio Club Antique Wireless & Radio History

Links to Radio Museums and Radio History Pages

James Millen's station in the Annex
The New England Wireless
and Steam Museum
(East Greenwich, RI)

This organization deserves our support.

Antique Wireless Association
Communications Museum
(Bloomfield, NY)

Tour #1        Tour #2

An outstanding collection
you must visit!

Field Day
in the 1950's

several Photos from SJRA

BoatAnchor Manual Archive
Click here for On-Line Manuals



Gary says, "I am STILL in business
and sell mainly from my web site....
I am going on my 17th year in business.

I did close my retail store (walk in) but
I am still in business with my mail order
web site."
Note: I have purchased from Gary and
always found his items accurately
described and fairly priced - K2TQN


I was blown away by this catalog!
Inside you will find most parts, tubes,
tools and supplies that are needed for
quality ham radio restorations.
Click Catalog above for Web Site.


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John Dilks, K2TQN    125 Warf Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234-8501   e-mail: