Surfin’: Eye Candy Radios
By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU
This week, Surfin’ looks at radios that are very pleasing to the eye.
Tom Kipgen builds designer radios.
You may ask, “What’s a designer radio?” It’s a radio that not only works well, but looks good.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so I direct your attention to Tom’s Designer Radios website where you can view photos of Tom’s designs (representing tens of thousands of words), as well as words that describe the designs, which include crystal sets, tube radios and accessories like a horn speaker, amplifiers and coil winders.
I like a good-looking radio as much as the next ham, but Tom’s radios are something special. They look nothing like the most attractive radios I own, and the beautiful photographs are eye candy for anyone visiting the website.
Also, being a retro sort of ham, I appreciated Tom’s reference to a new (to me) website called Retro Thing. Any website that features a do-it-yourself cardboard tube radio kit deserves further exploration!
Kudos to Norman Wald, W9VQ, to alerting me about Tom Kipgen’s website.
Until next time, keep on surfin’!