First Club Meeting for 2014 this Sunday.

January 20, 2014
Hey all, our club’s first meeting of the year is Sunday, January 26th.
Tailgating starts at 1:30, and the meeting will start at 2pm.
Items to discuss: meeting dates, topics for meetings, Spring club meet, and expenses last year.
Hosted by Richard Harris, rear lot of Radio Shack 3249 Gallatin Road.

Southeastern Antique Radio Society Annual Indoor Swap Meet and Auction.

January 20, 2014

February 15, 2014

from 7 AM to 2 PM (no sales before 8 AM)
Jim Miller Park
2245 Callaway Road
Marietta,  GA  30006
* Ron Ramirez, also known as Mr. Philco, will be our guest speaker.
* NO admission or auction fees whatsoever.
* Free auction for all buyers and sellers.
* The facility will open at 7:00 AM for dealer set up.  Dealers pay $15.00 for each 8 foot table and one chair (see below for table pre-registration option).
* No sales will occur before 8 AM.
* 50/50 cash raffle (winners take home more than $100)
* Complimentary donuts, coffee, bottled water, pizza and soft drinks are available (donations appreciated)
The Jim Miller Park indoor facility is the perfect venue for our growing event.  It is three times larger than our previous location so it will accommodate many more buyers, sellers and display areas.  Eight foot tables are now available to sellers and there will be plenty of space for larger sale items such as console radios.  The facility features ample parking, easy loading and unloading access, PA system and restrooms.  We expect this be the biggest and best event yet.
More information:
Jim Delpincipe at dekprincipj@bellsouth.net or (770) 475-5297
Rich Rodgers at rodgers330@gmail.com or (678) 825-7998

The 2014 Club Schedule is now available…

January 17, 2014

and can be found here:




Magnavox 1919

October 4, 2013

Fritzi Scheff demonstrating Magnavox for Fifth Liberty Loan in New York City, 191938693a321635593db2892217ce198777


2013 Fall Swap Meet

August 6, 2013


September 6, Friday Evening 5:30 pm setup. 6:00 pm – 8 pm if building is available

September 7, Saturday-doors open at 7:30 am. Swap starts at 8:00 am until…

Walking Auction approx. 10:45

LOCATION: The Associated Builders & Contractors Building (Inside)
1604 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN
For Directions to the Swap Meet  Click Here*  (located at the bottom of this page)

RADIO CONTEST: Three categories: Open Category + Crosley or Atwater Kent +
1930’s Art Deco sets.. (Call for details)

SELLERS: Set up Fee $15 which includes 1 table. Additional tables $5 (First come, first served) Friday eve access may be available.

CONTACTS: Larry Chambers @ 615-355-2005 or Kelton Trammell 615-962-4310

The Formalities:  Auction transactions are solely the responsibility of the buyer and seller, cash only, and the club charges no fees whatsoever.  All items will be represented as described by their seller and the club assumes no liability for accuracy of descriptions.  Sellers reserve the right to place reserve bids on their items.  Auction details subject to change if necessary due to unforeseen circumstances.  Our main objective is to provide a positive experience for all our swap meet attendees, buyers and sellers.

*Directions to the Swap Meet:

From North of Nashville: From either Interstate 65 or Interstate 24, take Briley Parkway exit east past the Grand Old Opry house and Opry Mills Mall. This will be about 7 or 8 miles. After passing the Opry, go about a mile then turn right on Elm Hill Pike. Go about 1-1/4 miles. Associated Builders Building will be on the right. Park & enter from rear of the building.

From South of Nashville: If on Interstate 65, merge east on Interstate 40 and get off on Briley Parkway. Exit north going toward Opryland or the Grand Ole Opry. Go about a mile ’till you get off to your right on Elm Hill Pike exit, then take a left on Elm Hill Pike. Go about 1-1/4 miles. Associated Builders Building will be on your right. Park & enter from rear of the building.

Location below indicated by red star


Founding member and past club president “Pony” Maples passes.

May 15, 2013
Original notice here
Pony in his museum

Pony in his museum

Elbert “Pony” Rayburn Maples, Jr.
(March 29, 1933 – April 30, 2013)

On April 30, 2013, Elbert Rayburn “Pony” Maples Jr. left Nashville to go to his Eternal Home in Heaven.

Preceded in death by his wife Kathryn Barth Horton.

Pony is survived by his 3 daughters, Beverly Gale Powell (Ryan) & son Ryan Jr. of Virginia Beach,VA.; Dana Maples deTar (Steve) and 5 sons Hunter, Hilton, Jordan, Weston & Reilly of Traverse City, MI.; Constance Maples Ovesen (Todd) and children Dalton & Mackenzie of Oxford, MI. Stepchildren include, William Horton (Shelley) and daughters Corbin & Katelyn of College Grove, TN, and Lydia Horton of Nashville, TN, as well as his beloved friend & caregiver, Peggy Burch of Spring Hill, TN.

Born in LaFayette, Georgia on March 29, 1933 Pony was the son of Elbert Rayburn Sr. & Sybil Serena Faulkner Maples Haddock a school teacher & powerful encourager in his life. Pony spent his youth in Fernandina Beach, Florida, where his father owned and operated the local newspaper. Pony’s father fostered a love of photography & benevolence in his son that continued until his death.

“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you” ~Shannon Alder. These were words Pony innately lived by. Growing up during WWII, Pony spent much of his youth exploring Amelia Island, Florida. Pony was a creative adventurer with a keen engineering ability. Whether designing a slide wire connecting his upstairs window to the porch of his neighbor or capturing and releasing an alligator in the school hallway to the shouts & screams of his fellow students, one thing was certain, Pony created indelible memories!

Pony spent countless hours during his youth at his beloved Fort Clinch, playing with the huge cannons inside the walled fort at the mouth of the St. Mary’s river. Here, he imagining encounters with the enemy, using binoculars to scout and identify planes flying overhead or searching for submarines surfacing near the Florida coastline. His love of all things WWII, Patriotism & airplanes led Pony to collect many WWII Surplus items. In his teens, Pony purchased his first airplane from a newspaper ad, learning to fly it on the way home from a neighboring state. After the death of his father, Pony graduated from Fernandina High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. His continued love of flying found Pony moving on to the U.S. Air Force in 1954, studying Electronics, Communications & Sonar. Pony finished his Air Force years flying F-84 Thunder Jets and achieving “Top Gun” status in his squadron.

After leaving the US Air Force, Pony entered the Air National Guard. Upon a friend’s invitation, Pony moved to Pasadena, CA and worked for Wernher von Braun at Jet Propulsion Laboratories. While in California, Pony also earned a certificate of arts degree in theatre & television production from the Pasadena Playhouse. There, he met and married Edith Signa Carlson, who survives, & became father to Beverly. The birth of Dana followed in 1960 & Constance in 1963.

Adventures continued as Pony moved the family to Hawaii and worked in the South Pacific at Eniwetok Atoll, tracking the first Soviet Manned Space Mission & Soviet rockets. Satellite Beach, FL was the next stop, where Pony was Launch Conductor for Apollo 7,8 & 9.

The 1970’s found Pony in Nashville, TN, working closely with Kay Horton, his future wife, a Vanderbilt University Professor & Speech Pathologist. Pony put his former training in video technology to use, becoming a pioneer in the field of video monitoring; diagnosing, instructing teachers & parents with handicapped, hearing & developmentally impaired children.

Pony’s business relationship with Kay and his years of collecting military items led to yet another business endevor. The pair started ERMCO to restore WWII military vehicles & collector weapons. That company led to the beginning of RAMO Inc. RAMO manufactured M2HB .50 Caliber Machine guns. Pony & Kay married in 1982.

Pony and Kay sold RAMO in the mid 1980s and started Military Systems Group (MSG). MSG works to fulfill military & special forces needs, like outfitting vehicles, gun boats & helicopters with gun mounts and other accessories. This was the most rewarding time in Pony’s life, because he was able to continue to serve his country, by interacting with soldiers returning from battle to learn how his designs had contributed to their safety & improve their use. Today, Kay’s children continue operating MSG and making it thrive.

In his later years, Pony was blessed to enjoy the WWII Military museum he created in his basement, which he lovingly shared with visitors. Whether it was a Boy Scout troop, a Military Veteran or the widow of a soldier killed in service, Pony placed great emphasis on connecting with each visitor in a personal way.

As the end grew near, Pony continued to display his characteristically positive, grateful & humorous attitude, which challenged others to follow his lead. It was during this time that Pony realized the fulfillment of his dream of documenting his eventful life in a biography named ”The Life and Tales of Pony Maples, Jr.” The process brought into clear focus the Abundant Blessings God had bestowed upon Pony throughout his life.

Pony was a member of the Costco Veterans Group, Music City Vintage Radio Club, WWII Historical Re-enactment Society, National Defense Industrial Association, Tennessee Military Collectors Association and a founding Member of the Re-enactment Community of St. Louis.

In Lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be given to Pony’s favorite charities: A Soldiers Child http://www.aSoldiersChild.org and Operation Stand Down Nashville http://www.osdNashville.org

A Memorial Service will be held May 30, 2013 at the Brentwood United Methodist Church . Visitation 12-1, Service 1-2, with a Celebration of Life to follow at his Home.

A Military Graveside service will be held 10:00 June 1, 2013 at Bosque Bello Cemetery, Fernandina Beach, FL.


Woman is still listening to Bush Bakelite radio she bought with late husband 65 years ago

April 23, 2013

That’s some serious airtime! Pensioner is still listening to Bush Bakelite radio she bought with late husband 65 years ago
Poppy Butcher has been listening to her radio since 1948
Bought Busch Bakelite with late husband for £12 and ten shillings

An elderly widow is still tuning in to the radio she bought as a newlywed more than six decades ago.
Poppy Butcher bought her Busch Bakelite set with her late husband John, and 65 years later the radio remains in perfect working condition.
The 84-year-old, from Weymouth, Dorset, bought the set for £12 and ten shillings – two weeks wages for the young couple – in 1948.

article-2301208-18FD93B5000005DC-119_634x837Going strong: Poppy Butcher, 84, bought her radio set in 1948 and is still using it to listen to her favourite shows 65 years later
The pair carried on listening to their favourite programmes on the radio long after the invention of television, and Poppy still trusts her old set ten years after husband John’s passing.
Although the radio has needed a few repairs over the last six decades it still works without a hitch and takes pride of place in Poppy’s living room.

‘It is as clear as a bell after all these years,’ Poppy said.
‘I don’t believe in a throw-away society and find it amusing at all the offers of guarantees stores give today for TVs and computers in case they break down.
‘My radio is guaranteed for life.’

The radio is seven inches high and has the basic functions of MW/LW frequencies, on/off and volume switches and a dial gage.

The only problem for Poppy is that it takes about 30 seconds for any sound to come out once it is turned on, as the valves inside it have to warm up.
Poppy said: ‘After John and I were first married all we had was a room in my auntie’s house and the only entertainment we had was an old radio.
‘When that gave up the ghost we decided to buy a brand new one from an ironmongers.
‘It cost us about two weeks wages at the time and we bought it on HP paying back about a shilling a week.’


Fine tuned: The old dial includes come cities which no longer exist, such as Leningrad
She added: ‘In those days the radio was the only form of entertainment so we spent extra to get a good one that would last us. We had no idea it would last so long.
‘We bought our first TV in the late 1950s but still used the radio for most of the time.
‘We used to sit around the sideboard and listen to the BBC and Radio Luxembourg and programmes like the Billie Cotton Band, Mrs Dale’s Diary and Hancock’s Half Hour.
‘We also listened to major news events on it like the Manchester United air crash in Munich and the death of King George VI in 1952.
‘I still listen to it several times a week.’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301208/Thats-airtime-Pensioner-listening-Bush-Bakelite-radio-bought-late-husband-65-years-ago.html#ixzz2PDj8rBma
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