| Battery valves
with the Heptal base. Have 1,1 (2,2) V
direct heating. Home produced tubes are known from end 1940's and
were installed both in table-top (the "Rodina-52") and portable battery powered radios. Photo shows
valves: 2P1P, 1A2P, 1B2P, 1K1P, 2P2P.
| The home-produced
TV valves with the Magnoval base. Not used in R-sets. On the photo:
6D22S, 6P41S, GP-5, 6P45S, 6P42S.
FROM THE AUTHOR
We have seen with our
own eyes the eclipse of the whole epoch - the epoch of the Soviet
Union. And somehow imperceptibly the things of our common surrounding
became pieces of antique. It seems quite recently thatwe tried
persistantly to get rid of bulky valve radio receivers and buy
light and portable "transistors" instead. Generations
change in technology but even now who of the people over 35 does
not feel nostalgic of the scale and the "green eye"
of an old radio gleaming in the darkness...
I have a feeling I
was interested in old radios through all my life.May be it is
genetic memory? My grandfather, a journalist by education, took
a great interest in radio broadcasting in 1930's. He was also
an active listener.I remember him sitting at the radio set trying
to tune in some DX station through the mess of statics. It was
my grandad who gave me my first radio set as a present in early
70's. It was a big and heavy multy-band set trying to tune in
some DX station through the mess of statics.
was my grandad who gave me my first radio set as a present in
early 70's. It was a big and heavy multy-band set in a wooden
cabinet model "October". Frankly, I was only 7 then and it did not become
the first piece of my collection - after some time it was lost.
My present collection is about 3 years
old.A receiver of the same model as my very first one is most
precious to me. Besides some radios made in this country in 1930-50's
I also have some R-sets produced by Phillips, Mende, Tefag ,
RCA. A radio of direct amplification
"EKL-34" made in Leningrad in 1934 is the oldest of them all.
does not work now because of wasting of the materials, of which
resistors and caps are made. In case of need I reconstruct my
radios carefully. Fortunately, we can
still find here old spare parts and materials to use them for
restoring. Working with my collection brings me a kind of energy.Every
R-set was some time "a favourite of the family" and
the spirit of old times hides under every chassis and revives
in the soft radiation of the tubes.
The idea of making a homepage reflecting my collection
has come to me in the summer of 1998. And since then the volume
of information on the site has been increasing and the design of
the pages has changed not once (for the better, I presume). For
over a year I have attained a kind of an "intermediate finish":
now on the pages those interested can find not only the photos but
also the diagrams and technical data of all the radios included
in the site. In the halls of the virtual gallery the music of those
half-forgotten years can now be listened to. "The Tube Souls"
forum is open on the site that (I hope) will become a place of contacts
between valve radio fans and collectors. Marking the virtual
museum with a special award of the biggest Russian site on museums
www.museum.ru was a pleasant result.
my collection was enlarged by some rare exhibits owing to information
in the World Wide Web. But the contents of the site have gone
beyond the limits of the exhibition. The growing interest of Russian
and foreign visitors of the virtual gallery for the history of
this country's radio industry, the attention of the