Steam Powered Radio

A Collection of Non-Memorable Radio Memorabilia

Steam Powered Radio

Welcome to Steam Powered Radio

What:

So just what is Steam Powered Radio? Well, it is a place where I and, hopefully others, can post pictures and other items from various radio stations where we have worked. Here you can find stories and pictures from these stations. There are also sections for equipment catalogs and schematics that have been collected over the years.

Why:

Why Steam Powered Radio? Well, I will freely admit that I stole the title from an associate of mine, Andy Ellis. Andy was the Technical Supervisor for CBS radio in San Francisco and was always proud to point out that he had been in radio "Since it was steam powered". I figured that my first job in a real radio station was in 1974 and even though we had gone from steam to electrons as the power source, 1974 qualifies as being almost far enough in the past to have actually used steam to power the transmitters.

 

I built this not only because of my love for radio but also to share some of the items I have collected over my career. I used to enjoy visiting radio stations in my travels and I hope to start doing that again. Some of the pictures here are stations I have worked for and some are stations that I visited while traveling. Many of the pictures date back to the late 1970's and early 1980's. Some of these stations still around but others are now merely memories. I also wanted a place where I could post schematics and manuals that I have collected. Many manufacturers now have their manuals on line but if you are looking for something from someone who is long out of business, it can be frustrating to track it down. I offer them for free in the hopes that someone out there can use it. I mean, really, how often are you gonna come across a manual for a Visual Electronics Laboratories SB6AR 6-Stact cart machine. How often would you need to? But if you do, you'll find one here. Please note that if you find a catalog or manual that you have the rights to and you don't want it posted here, please let me know and I will happily remove it. Also, some of these catalogs are really big, 200 pages or more and 100mb in size. Even with a good internet connection that would take a while. I mean, who wants to wait 15 seconds or so in this day and age, so please be patient.

 

There are eight sections of interest. The "Radio Stations", "Manuals", and "Catalogs" sections all pretty much deal with radio (sometimes TV) broadcasting items. "Collections" contains pages for individuals who have contributed large amounts of material. "Audio" contains some interesting audio clips collected over the years. "Components" is a collection of parts catalogs, data sheets and manuals of older items you might run across but can't find data onThe "Other Stuff" section is a collection of items I find of interest. This includes old magazines, catalogs, ham radio stuff, railroading or anything else that strikes my fancy. The "People" section is about, well, some of the people who have contributed to the site.

 

Please note that as of mid September 2016 I have started running file size reduction on all new PDF's. I still haven't determined if there is a significant loss of detail in the schematics. If you download a PDF and the schematic or drawing is not clear, please feel free to contact me and if it is one of the files I have reduced, I will send you the original file. Beware, they could be really large files.

 

So there you have it. I hope you enjoy looking at what I have here and hopefully you'll find something useful to help with a restoration project or two. If you wish to contribute an item, please contact me and we can discuss it!