This page shows a couple of pictures of how the
jack looks, were it will be located (approximately) and what it
will look like when installed in a radio. While these pictures
don't reveal a lot, what they do reveal is that fact that this
little mini jack is very unassuming and will not detract from
the overall appearance of, the performance of or the
collectability of an Antique Tube Radio.
The price of
installing this feature is $50.00 US
want to add this to your personal radio please email me and we
can make arrangements for you to send it to me. If you want to
add this to a radio that I am restoring or refurbishing for you
then obviously no extra shipping charges will be assessed.
Likewise if you are purchasing a radio from me and wish to have
one of these handy little items installed (if it is not already)
then just let me know and I will adjust the final invoice to
reflect the charge.
As I mentioned
on a previous page....there are some (approx 10%) of the radios
out there that will not be able to have this feature installed.
Please email me your inquiries to me. You will have to know the
manufacturer ( RCA, Westinghouse, Sparton, Fada...etc) and the
model number and the approximate year of manufacture. If these
are not available or you do not know them....please send some
pictures along with your inquiry. This will begin the process
and we can go from there.
Actually the mount you see just below the
external jack actually has nothing to do with the jack itself
it just happens to be below the jack. I did it
that way to make the jack a little less obvious.
The mount is what holds the chassis in the
It's not much to look at but it
works just fine!
The wiring inside is grafted into
the amplifier circuit and is also tied into the radios original
on/off/volume switch. So, you can be listening to the radio on
any AM channel and if you have your external source (the one
pictured is a small portable CD player) you then plug in the
source. The radio signals automatically cut out and the
external source cuts in. You can listen to your favorite FM
station via a small FM tuner or radio, you can listen to your
favorite CD or you can listen to a variety of songs via
Satellite radio (I have an XM "Roady" for my cars and for my
home) or your iPod, or mP3 or any such source.
This is a true "plug and
play" item. No other dials to turn (except volume), no switches
to throw...nothing. Just plug in the external source and it
plays through the radio just like the AM radio station was just
a few seconds earlier. Once you are done listening to the
external source you just unplug that set and the radio
automatically returns to the previously playing
station...immediately. This plug works the same way as an on/off
switch would work except you just plug it in.....
It is a set up much
like the "phono" plugs of the vintage radio heydays....except
for one thing.....those early factory set-ups had a plug in and
a switch. The switch was typically a slide switch. Up for AM
radio and down for phono (with the phono jack plugged in that
is) This one is an auto switch and eliminates that slide switch.