This is a beautiful Atwater Kent. The owner restored
the cabinet. I took on the chassis.
This is a surprisingly good sounding radio.
Well I should not be surprised. It is after all an Atwater Kent
Power Transformer needing rewiring. The bell housing has been
removed to expose the connections.
Passive components replaced.
Some wires replaced. You can see the power transformer leads on the
is the first Oscillator coil. It had to be totally removed to
replace the wires.
Completed first Oscillator can. The second Oscillator can is
directly underneath the band switch. I unsoldered each lead and
slipped some heat shrink tubing over the wire. It is just to risky
messing around under the fragile band switch.
These are the IF cans. The insulation was still supple and
strong. The grid lead was hardened and needed replaced.
The mounting stud had to be removed to access the solder connection of the
grid wire soldered on. I reassembled and mounted the IF can,
installed the tube and custom cut the grid clip wire.
Tuning Air variable cap removed to replace the rotted stand off
Radio shack had a selection of grommets the worked great. I think
they may have dropped this product line.
All the new grid clip leads can be seen here. The first detector has
a gimmick capacitor wrapped around the lead and grounded near the chassis
to the frame of the air cap.
Dial lamps. I had to reuse the original lamps. On order are screw
base 2.5 volt lamps.
The totally rewired chassis. It took a good eight hours to complete
the rewiring. Also a better Vintage looking plug is on order.
More dry rot wires on the field coil. This coil chokes the main
B+. No compromises here!
Short wave dial scale. YES there is life! The radio played as
soon as the dim bulb tester switch was turned on.
This is the Police Band selected. A full and complete alignment yielded
a rather sensitive radio. I listened to WWV (coordinated world time
from Bolder, CO) herein Pittsburgh on 15 Mhz in the afternoon. I
picked it up on 10 meg too.
This is broadcast selected. The Pirates were winning at this
I like the tube glow. 2 volt filaments give off a warm cherry red