Radio History Resources

Getting Involved Is Easy

Talk to any PARS member!  You can attend any PARS meeting as a member’s guest at no charge. The club members are open-minded and easy to talk with. Tell us what your interests are and we will get you quickly hooked up with like-minded members. Then fill out a membership application and plan the events and meetings that you do not want to miss. No meeting coming soon? E-mail the PARS President or officers whose info is located under the OUR CLUB blog post category. Any club officer can get you started fast.

Volunteer?

“I want to volunteer, but I am not sure what I could help with.” If this is your thinking about volunteering for PARS, then please contact your Officers or Board members to let them know that you’d like to give it a try. We have many options–and we are open to your ideas if you want to work on something specific. Please email us!

Partner With Us

If you are involved in antique radio and antique electronics history in any way, then we would like to find ways to work with you to our mutual benefit. Please email the PARS President whose info can be found in the OUR CLUB category of blog posts. We love to work with other clubs, ham clubs, radio/electronics businesses, museums, preservationists and history groups with a radio interest. Please contact us!

Donate Books & Materials

We accept donations of books, parts, radios, tools and so forth under a variety of circumstances. The best situation is when you can deliver the donation to us.  We can pick up donations with prior planning.  We can evaluate your donation and respond to your request in as little as 48 hours. E-mail the PARS President or officers whose info is located under the OUR CLUB blog post category.

Using The PARS Radio Library

We will soon have all 30 years of PARS newsletters available through this Resources page. Other PARS publications are offered for sale in print form–see  the PARS Publications page to order.

PARS Membership Is The Key

PARS membership is required to access many PARS radio resources in their complete, original form, As we have done for the past 30+ years, PARS continues to deliver our fine printed newsletter–The Pittsburgh Oscillator–four times each year. PARS membership is only $20. Please join using the form provided in the OUR CLUB page of this website.

Search Tools

Many historic antique radio articles written by PARS members and published in The Pittsburgh Oscillator  will be posted to this website and become accessible through the SEARCH icon at the bottom of the menu. Please be patient–it takes time and effort to load this content in a searchable format.

Equipment & Parts Usage

We have two “radio clinic” meetings each year, in March and October, during which volunteer PARS members use their own personal test equipment to test and repair members’ antique radios for free. PARS supplies a basic parts inventory and digitized schematic manuals (Riders Volumes 1-23) to support these clinic repairs. 

Resources

We are working daily to add to the resources available to PARS members and all radio historians. During 2020 we expect to have most of PARS published newsletters and other publications online for your use.

Reserve A Flea Market Table

Bring Your Unworking Radio To Our Clinic!

Find Someone To Restore Your Radio

Find Radio History Materials

PARS Meetings

Most meetings are held at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church basement hall located at 3725 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh 15227. Check the NEWS  & EVENTS page on this site for the current meeting schedule.

PARS Special Events

Two of our annual events do not happen at the Church. The Tri-State Radio Fest, PARS' biggest event of the year, is held each April at the Center Stage Banquest Hall at  1495 Old Brodhead Rd, MonacaPennsylvania 15061. The PARS Annual Radio Picnic is held each July in North Park, generally at the Roosevelt Pavilion if we can get it. These two events plus our annual holiday luncheon at the church are PARS' best-attended events of the year. Please see the NEWS & EVENTS page for this year's specific details.

PARS Officers & Board Members

Don Merz N3RHT, President, Webmaster - N3rht@yahoo.com

Vice-President - OPEN

Jeff Pleva, Treasurer - Jeff.Pleva@Verizon.net

Chris Wells, Secretary - Chris55Wells@gmail.com

Andy Manko, Board - JukeboxAndy@Yahoo.com

Ed Kaczkowski, Board - edward.kaczkowski@verizon.net

Bob Knowlton, Board - R.L.Knowlton@Comcast.net

Tom Dixon, Board - maryDixon1@Verizon.net

Joe Patrick W3KWZ, Editor of The Pittsburgh Oscillator (PARS Quarterly Newsletter) - dtekt@Comcast.net

Rex Kraeuter, Club Historian & Publications Manager- dkraeuter@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

PARS Volunteers

As with most hobby clubs, PARS is entirely staffed by volunteer Officers, Comittee Chairmen and Board Members. New volunteers for these positions are always welcome. To contact any of the current slate of officers and Board members, please see the ABOUT PARS page elsewhere on this web site.

NOTICE: This web page and this entire web site including all photographs, text and content is copyright 2019-2020-2021 by The Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society, Nothing on this web site or in our newsletter The Pittsburgh Oscillator may be republished in any form without the express written consent of a PARS Officer or Board member. Permission must be sought and granted in advance of publication and proper attribution to PARS must appear on the same page, on the same screen or video segment in such a way that it occupies the same space as the republished PARS  information. See the  ABOUT PARS page for PARS contact information.