The Historical Radio Society of Australia
35th Anniversary


Open day for the public:

Sunday April 9th, between 10am and 2pm at the Kingston City Hall

Corner of Nepean highway and South roads,
Moorabbin, Vic

Previously known as the Moorabbin Town Hall.





















Becoming a member is easy and very low cost.

The HRSA encourages people with an interest in vintage radio to join the Society. At just $35 a year, including the quarterly colour magazine, access to circuits and 50,000 valves plus parts and so much more, like monthly meetings and regular auctions, the HRSA has to be the best value.

Yes, that’s not a typo, the Society has over 50,000 valves available for members, in an era when valves are often considered “as scarce as hen’s teeth”.

Click on the HRSA logo (left) for Membership details.



Members can join the HRSA for their 35th Anniversary Radiofest for three days at the magnificent Kingston Town Hall, Moorabbin, Victoria on April 7, 8, 9, 2017.

Members - Visit this page regularly for more details


Member's Programme.
Watch for updates



Conditions of entry to the event, all days, members and public.



Click on the links below for Member's Newsletters







Looking for a place to stay?

Call or email the Quest Cheltenham Serviced Apartments and ask for the HRSA rates. Quote your HRSA number.

Sara Wilson
Front Office Reception
Quest Cheltenham
37-39 Station Road,
Cheltenham, VIC, 3192
Tel: 03 8523 5800

When booking ask for an underground car park, as the street parking is like in any suburb, less secure. If a car park is available, its at no extra charge.

The Quest Cheltenham is about 15 minutes from the Kingston Town Hall (see red arrow) and about 5 minutes from one of the largest Shopping Centres in Melbourne - Southland.

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Website: Click HERE for the Quest






MEMBER's BOOKINGS ...

Seller's tables full

Book Seller's Tables with Michael Justin

Email: Email

Ph: 03 9837 5955
Seller's Tables - $30 (not powered)
$40 for Powered.

Please pay when booking.
Options: Direct Deposit, with a comment: HRSA seller, and membership number ...

BSB 063151
a/c no 10084918

or by cheque or money order payable to the HRSA and sent to HRSA, PO Box 2283, Mt Waverley Vic 3149
Please include HRSA Seller and number of tables and membership names and numbers.



Dinner is full

Book Dinner Tables with Jim Easson

Email: Email

Ph: 03 9885 8044
Price: $39 each

Please pay when booking.
Options: Direct Deposit, with a comment: HRSA dinner and membership number ...

BSB 063151
a/c no 10084918

or by cheque or money order payable to the HRSA and sent to HRSA, PO Box 2283, Mt Waverley Vic 3149
Please include details of numbers coming and membership numbers.



Accommodation ...

Book the Motel of your choice direct

One apartment tower is just one minute from the Town Hall venue and a supermarket, however in all suburban areas walk in company at night to ensure your safety.




Please read the Tag and Test details in our Newsletter 3 above.

You can Tag and Test before arriving, to ensure quick entry and we will have a free tag and test station









The Historical Radio Society of Australia (HRSA) is Australia's largest Vintage Radio Society.

Over 1,200 members around Australia and the world enjoy collecting old radios, often restoring them to like new.

The Society also has an exceptional 64 page colour magazine quarterly.


Becoming a member is easy and very low cost.

The HRSA encourages people with an interest in vintage radio to join the Society. At just $35 a year, including the quarterly colour magazine, access to circuits and 50,000 valves plus parts and so much more, like monthly meetings and regular auctions, the HRSA has to be the best value.

Yes, that’s not a typo, the Society has over 50,000 valves available for members, in an era when valves are often considered “as scarce as hen’s teeth”.

Click on the HRSA logo (left) for Membership details.
We all have memories of our family radios and earlier versions owned by our grandparents. The HRSA has meetings in major areas around Australia, plus activities, like Workshops.

Also every few years, the HRSA assembles a multitude of vintage radios and accessories in a central location, for Australia’s largest Radio Exhibition.



The HRSA is a not-for-profit Society, dedicated to preserving Australia’s Radio history, enabling current and future generations to relive and wonder at the Golden years of Radio.

To put it in perspective, museums typically display about five radios, whereas HRSA members collectively preserve over 30,000 radios!
After a very successful event in Melbourne during 2012, Canberra was the host city for RadioFest 2014. It was an unparalleled opportunity to marvel at or purchase most radio-related items from Marconi’s early days through to recent times.



Huge public exhibition

Sunday’s RadioFest sale and exhibition was open to all, with displays and a huge market of every conceivable Radio, parts, books and ephemera.

Collections on display included:
• the magnificent output of Philips Radio at the height of its golden period,
• old telephones,
• early and intriguing transistor radios,
• plus much more.

Society members had access to the main trading hall early on the Sunday, from 8.30am, with the hall then open to the public from 9am to 3pm.


Auction

A highlight was the unique member’s-only auction of the Rare, Early and Unusual, featuring masterpieces from the dawn of broadcast radio in the early 1920s.

Superior to any previous Vintage Radio auction, there’s never been anything quite like it, with antique and unusual crystal sets, very early valve radios, spark gap transmitting coils, spectacular horn speakers, everything “top shelf”.



Above: An immaculate 1924 Atwater Kent Breadboard radio, complete with the original A-K horn, literature and superb craftsman-built glass display enclosure.

The Auction Catalogue and Photographs of the lots offered at the fest are now available -






Above: also in the Auction, was an extremely rare example of AWA's first commercial tunable radios, the 1925 Radiola 4 model C7/60 in a smoker's cabinet.



Dinner and guest speaker with early radio enthusiasts

Saturday night’s dinner for members was an amazing opportunity to mix and chat with enthusiastic radio collectors and restorers from all around Australia and even overseas members.

Some members were in the radio business in the 50s, so stories abound. Great food and company was supported by the leading speaker, David Kilby from the ABC.

Well-known for his Rare Collections program (Sunday nights 9.30pm) on Radio National, he was at his funniest, most informal best.



Workshops

Workshops were very popular, demonstrating skills and techniques employed to make silent, poor condition radios resurrected to look and work like new again.

Workshops included:

• Restoration with Stan Snyders, (see Silicon Chip magazine, Feb. 2014, for a fine example of Stan’s restoration),

• Mike Osborne showing a clever fix for dud early triodes in his session titled: 1920s valves in the 21st century,

• Safe Practice in Restoring Mains Radios, with experienced technician John Carr.



Above: Stan Snyders' restored Freed Eismann receiver.
Click HERE to see some 1920s and 1930s Radios in the Melbourne Auction April 11, 2015


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