PARS Privacy Policy

“Who Are Those Guys?”

We are the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society, born in 1986, dedicated to preserving radio history, with an emphasis on broadcast radio. Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

 The login ID and password you supply to log in to this website is collected for the necessary purpose of allowing you to login again and recognizing you as a valid user in situations where the website needs to distinguish valid from invalid users.  As of this time, no personal profile information is requested or required for you to safely use this website.  

Articles and comments that may deliberately or inadvertently contain private or even potentially private personal information will be moderated and if appropriate, will be deleted from this website by the moderator solely at our discretion. We do our best to police the website but we cannot guarantee that nothing undesirable will never slip through our moderators and administrators.


When visitors leave comments on our website we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture may be visible to the public in the context of your comment. But in general, we don’t use avatars. 


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms 

Contact form information is held only long enough to resolve the reason for your contacting us. No long term-record is kept of information supplied on contact forms or on those who submitted contact forms.  


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We do no analysis of user data either per-user or in-aggregate. We do not provide any analytical organization with access to any data held on this website. 

Who we share your data with

 Unless you follow links included in the articles on this site to another website, your data is never shared with anyone. As it says above… “Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.”

“These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.”

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information though in a practical sense, it is rarely seen and never edited. 

What rights you have over your data

You can request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitors leaving comments or completing our contact form comments are always validated through an automated spam detection service known as Google reCAPTCHA.

Your contact information

We protect your contact information to the best of our ability, and within the technical capabilities of a standard WordPress website. Please don’t put ANYTHING in your contact information that you would not put in your profile on any other non-commercial, public interest organization website. We cannot guarantee and we make no guarantees about the protection of your profile information.

In general, we never authorize the release of any club member or registered subscriber information.  We value the club’s relationship with you and we act accordingly to protect your information.


RQUIRED NOTICE: This site is protected by Google reCaptacha and so Google’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy also apply here. 


PARS Officers and Board Members

PARS Officers and Board Members

President (Acting) Don Merz- [email protected]
Vice President OPEN
Treasurer (Roster) Jeff Pleva  [email protected]
Secretary – Chris Wells [email protected]

Board of Directors:
Andy Manko [email protected]
Tom Dixon 
Bob Knowlton

The Pittsburgh Oscillator:
Journal of the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society
Editor Joe Patrick (Projects)  [email protected]

Additional PARS Chairmen
Dave Kraeuter (PARS Historian) [email protected]

For information about PARS please contact:
Don Merz – [email protected]

DETAILS: December 20th Holiday Luncheon

DETAILS: December 20th Holiday Luncheon

December 5th Holiday Luncheon

PARS Holiday Luncheon December 5th, 2020

Contest: Telephones

12/07/2019 10:00

PARS MEETING and Holiday Luncheon
Saturday, December 5, 2020
Held at Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 3725 Brownsville Road, 15227.

Contest – Military Radios, in honor of the historic date of our Holiday Luncheon!

Since many members will be unfamiliar with your contest radio, it would be great if you can include something
in your display that adds context — manuals, ads from radio news showing your radio ‘in use’ and similar materials.

The Luncheon will be nicely catered as we have always done. Doors open at 10 for the flea market, lunch at noon.
Prior to the event, PARS members will receive a letter with dues renewal AND reservations for the Luncheon.
You are encouraged to bring spouses and friends for the same low, per-seat charge.
This is one of our largest attendances of any meeting.
The camaraderie at this meeting is a great way to wrap up another year of antique radio fun!

Please Note: This is a catered event that requires that you preregister and pay $18 per person attending.
all PARS Members will receive a registration form in their US Mail box in early November.
Please contact Jeff Pleva if you have not received the form – see Board Member link to left for contact info.

October 24 Radio Clinic Meeting Details

October 24 Radio Clinic Meeting Details

PARS Meeting – Saturday October 24th 2020

Fall Radio Clinic

CONTEST: Curtain Burner Radios with a Resistance Line Cord

10/24/2020 10:00

Held at Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 3725 Brownsville Road, 15227
9AM to 2PM
9AM to 11:30 Open Flea Market–Free Tables For Members
10AM to 11:30 Clinic Experts Diagnose Your Radio
11AM: Possibly a brief presentation and contest winners announced.
11:30AM Lunch– We will have drinks, chips and a Subway sandwich lunch for $6.
Noon: Brief business meeting
Noon-2PM: More chat time and clinic time for those who want to stay.

The contest for this meeting will be Curtain Burners–Any radio with a resistance line cord

Please try to download and print off schematic and alignment/repair notes for your make and model radio before bringing it to the clinic.
schematic can be found here:
If you are not sure of your model this site may help with its picture archive:

For the radio clinic, you are invited to bring in any set that needs attention.
Our PARS experts will give a go at diagnosing and possibly repairing your radio.
Bring a friend to introduce them to PARS and our Hobby.

2020 Fall Auction September 19th

2020 Fall Auction September 19th

PARS Fall Auction

Saturday September 26th, 2020

PARS Officer Elections

09/26/2020 09:00

CONTEST: Crystal Radios

Held at Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 3725 Brownsville Road, 15227
9AM  to  4PM
We will have drinks, chips and a Subway lunch available for $6.
This meeting will include elections for PARS Officers.

This is one of our bigger events with lots of choice items available.
The auction focus is on Antique and Vintage Radios/TV/Phonograph.
Vintage Ham and Audio equipment welcome – no computer stuff or modern electronics please.

Door open at 9:00AM. Setup and Preview 9AM-Noon. Auction 12 noon until done (usually 3PM-4PMish).

Non PARS members are welcome to come at a cost of $5.
(Consider an annual PARS membership instead at the low price of $20)
PARS MEMBERS: Please donate something nice to be auctioned with proceeds going to PARS

Admission fee of $5.
Please bring additional nice items for our auctioneer to sell for you.

This is both a donation and consignment Auction.
Rules are a 10/10% burden to Consignor(seller) and Buyer.
One can set a Reserve with no burden on no-sale.
These are the same rules as our April Tri-State Radio Fest event.
Please see the detail in the TSRF link for auction mechanics.