It started with an Ekco

It was about 1965 when I first became hooked on all things radio and valve related. My grandparents owned a classic 1936 Art Deco style Ekco SW86 (of which I soon became the owner – but regrettably I no longer have this radio) like the one in the photo and I quickly discovered the joy of the medium and short wave bands and the electronic vacuum tube wizardry behind the radio dial.

Fast forward 50 years, add many hours with the soldering iron in hand constructing a variety of electronic gizmos on a hobby basis (mainly amateur radio related) and the mystery and passion is still there. Additionally the valve and equipment collection has grown.