Value of my radio? - and other questions by guests
Dear Radio Friend
Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, we here, at www.radiomuseum.org (RMorg in short) cannot, as much as we wish, respond to individual requests for information. For your better understanding, let me explain:
Ours is an organisation of "collectors for collectors", not-for-profit and with no membership fees. All work is done on a volunteer basis by highly qualified experts. As for myself, I not only fund this organisation but also put in on average 14 hours a day of work.
RMorg came into being as a virtual radio catalogue and radio museum with the aim to eventually catalogue all radios. Related products, such as tape recorders, microphones, transistorized radio equipment, etc. were added on later. The comprehensive data base we have today is the work of our members who contribute by uploading pictures, schematics and related information.
Apart from that, and really developing out of the catalogue / museum vision, RMorg features a highly regarded "Forum". It differs substantially from the "chat room" of some other radio clubs as we strive to maintain the highest professional standards. The RMorg forum is guided by the motto "No question is too dumb, but unprofessional replies will not be tolerated".
From the above you may correctly derive that the answer for your question is well within the knowledge base of RMorg. Quite likely, you can find it yourself by availing yourself to the opportunities offered all non-members. Simply follow the instructions as provided via the blue info icons. The Forum, most parts of which are accessible to you too, may also have the information you are seeking.
Certain information, e.g. schematics, values of models, can only be accessed by members.
Taking into account that membership is free, you may want to consider joining. There is a recently introduced, modest "application fee", the reasons for which are explained in the application procedure. Provided you share our vision of an all-encompassing virtual radio catalogue / museum, and beyond that, you can demonstrate your genuine interest and are prepared to actively participate in the common cause, RMorg will be happy to welcome you.
Your immediate bonus will be a well-researched response to your today's inquiry - but this is my standard answer: I do not know more than there is in Radiomuseum.org. Click <Membership> and you can find out if you want to join or not and how to join.
Meanwhile, with best regards,
Ernest Erb (HB9RXQ)
As a guest you can see wether there is a collector price available or not for a given model.
In General I can only state that at this moment we show 50 974 collector prices from deals and auctions etc. and that each of the momentarily 4350 members can look them up on the 120 000 model pages. 21 639 models show a value of recent years of the radio or other equipment.
Besides that members find 133 462 schematics - and every day more because it is the members who load them up. Including the schematics we show at the moment 337 507 pictures which members can click to big size.
In spite of what I outlined above we receive too many Contact Forms from guests, asking questions which are either answered in a forum post, model page or other text - or is for members only.
One typical request (of today) was this one:
Do you know more about my VEB funkwerk Kölleda?
This is the information that is on a sticker inside the funwerk:
Streckensprecher typ FF 57/ 2033.13 fabr.nr.2082.
I would realy like to know more and how old this funkwerk is and if it is
special one? I could not find this typ FF57 on the internet? Mabay you can help me?
In this case I answered in short:
We help guests with our pages - but to SEARCH and to read, YOU have to do ;-)
We help our 6200 members and it is up to you if you want to be a member or not ...
I can only express that I often have to work 14 to 16 hours a day for RMorg - mostly answering eMails. Even such a short notice takes 10 times longer than not answering anymore. I will have to do the last more often!
We are not a candy machine which spends candies for free - and endless. I'm not writing this in respect of money - but time we have to invest but expect that somebody also does something for RMorg.
But we appreciate if we get offered something in return: The best examples are Contact Forms where we get told about a new model or additional data or data is corrected. Sometimes we get pictures for models we display without etc. This is always good news and very much welcome.
I get sometimes such questions with something in return for us like some pictures, given measurements and other data including tubes. Then this is quite a different matter: We get a candy, he/she gets a candy - a Win-Win-Situation!