OPTION ONE???? Converting or enabling your old valve radio to receive DAB and/or
FM??? Have your old valve wireless rejuvenated and enjoy modern digital quality
talk and music through the warmth of the old valve technology. I can craft a DAB/FM
module which can allow the reception of all the available DAB and FM broadcast channels
to be heard through the valve technology of your cherished radio. Your radio still
works as normal and will still pick up MW, LW and Short Waves but with the added
bonus of DAB/ FM. No major changes are made to your wireless which might detract
from its value and any that are will be fully reversible! Above all the conversion/addition
is safe and through the expertise I apply there is no inherent problem with sound,
volume or hum/buzzing etc, as all is electrically compatible.
My hand built DAB/FM radios in old wireless cases , wood or bakelite, are uniquely
hand crafted by me to provide years of listening pleasure. They give my customers
a compromise between keeping an old radio with sentimental value that would be really
beyond economic and safe repair and which can be re-built to include iPod/CD/stereo/remote
control and even Internet radio compatibility!! Yet they really look the part!
As many of the original useable parts I can save are retained. Enhance your lounge
with a quality radio rather than a plastic black box! Don’t go to the High Street and
spend a fortune!!! My radios start from as little as £75 plus shipping!!!!
So, if you have a broken old wireless/radio stuck in an outhouse or in the loft,
dig it out and let me give you an honest opinion and estimate on the possibilities
from the options set out here!! Pick up the phone, email me with pictures!!! Estimates
are free and I’m always glad to advise. If you do turn up with a valuable round Ekco.....
I don’t think I’d convert it to DAB!! (but I would be happy to restore it for you
at probably a quarter of the price you may be quoted elsewhere!!)
SAVE YOUR CHERISHED OLD WIRELESS SET FOR YOUR GRANDCHILDREN!!!
BEAT THE DIGITAL SWITCH OVER!!!!!!!!
Welcome to DABHANDRADIO!
Vintage Radio Repair & Restoration....
Vintage radio expertise from the North West of England! Repairs, Restorations, Conversions
Use my restoration and/or conversion service to listen again to such classics as
The Navy Lark on BBC 7, Pink Floyd on Planet Rock or clear digital sound on Radio
5 Live football commentaries....All on your old wireless set via the rich sound that
only valves can bring!!Classic looks but modern functionality!!
OPTION THREE???? DON’T WANT DAB/FM?? Do you just want your radio repaired or restored?
Many of us who love old radios and collect them may feel that it is a bit of a sacrilege
to start tinkering with their innards and seemingly destroy their charm and nostalgic
character. For some radios I agree!!.... So don’t ask me to build a DAB/FM convertor
or an iPOD dock for your round Ekco or rare 1929 Cats Whisker set!!! If you don’t
want the DAB/FM option that’s fine, I can restore your old wireless from top to
bottom. This includes which includes as a minimum a complete overhaul of your radio
replacing tired and worn out parts such as all leaky capacitors, testing /changing
valves/switches if necessary, re-alignment and the refurbish/re-polish of the cabinet.
Essentially I ensure the complete electrical safety of your radio !! Some neglected
valve radio sets are a fire waiting to happen.....Servicing and repair is an important
part of DABHANDRADIO I will also where required include the enhancement of the dial
lights as everyone likes a radio to glow brightly as it sits on the sideboard (from
the dial lights that is, not the smouldering fire developing within!!). For repairs
and restoration, and spare parts, contact me at THE WORKSHOP Tel. 0161 285 1600
or email me.
Telephone: 0161 285 1600
THE DABHANDRADIO WORKSHOP
St David’s Ave., Romiley, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 3JT
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OPTION TWO???? DAB / FM reception in old traditional wireless set cases?? This option
does mean replacing much of the old valve technology with new modern electronics.
But before the purists and collectors faint, this aspect of my work is aimed at all
those thousands of ubiquitous valve radios out there which have low intrinsic value
but deserve to still be useful and have a life after the digital switchover. DAB
and DAB+ (Better!) is here to stay and the digital switchover WILL soon be upon
us. It is inevitable that MW/LW analogue broadcasts by the BBC and Commercial Broadcasters
in the UK will end on AM within the next few years.... Even today what have you got
to listen to on these wavebands?? Talk stations? Shock Jocks? Endless sport? No useful
music stations, no Radio 1, Radio 2 , Radio 3, Radio 4 or ClassicFM okay, maybe
Radio 4 on Long Wave but it gets bumped for cricket throughout the summer and have
you ever tried listening to the station at night? Reception can be poor and wouldn’t
you rather listen to Test Match Special on crisp digital audio?? With my hand built
radios you can listen to all broadcasts in the clear and in stereo and ‘be green’
by using less electrical power and safely!! Check out the GALLERY for past builds
and read my customer feedback! All my work has a 12 month guarantee plus a promise
of service and advice for as long as you own the radio....
Wireless Back to the Future!!!!!
LIVE WEB CAM ! NOW in HIGH DEFINITION 24/7!!
Watch the work unfold!! Watch your radio being brought back to life!! (Plus the occasional
glimpse of me!!)
Dabhandradio specialises in DAB, DAB+ / FM CONVERSION of your old vintage valve radio!!!
++ iPOD, AUX and extension ‘period’ speakers.....
If you are looking for a repair for your old vintage valve wireless set or want your
old valve radio to be converted to receive DAB & FM broadcasts, you have found the
right web site!!!!! I offer a bespoke service which enable you to keep your cherished
valve radio working beyond the digital switchover. I can add stereo, an iPOD dock
and now internet WiFi capability ...
The DABHANDRADIO ‘HANDBUILT’ BUSH DAC 90A WiFi DAB, DAB+, FM, iPOD and INTERNET Radio...
Basic DAB/FM model starts at just £225.... add iPOD, extension speakers, internet
wifi radio for just £345 inc shipping +
Have your own radio converted at a discount?
Ring or email!!
My best selling radio conversion! Brings the iconic Bush Radio into the 21st Century.
12 months guarantee, remote control.... IPOD capability Superb sound!!
Each radio is hand built to your specifications and offers superb sound and quality.
This can be made as the centre of your music system
Most vintage radios, provided it isn’t a genuinely rare and valuable collectors item,
can be converted to receive DAB/FM or fitted with wifi/internet streaming capability
as with the Bush DAC90 above.... Contact me for details if you have a set you would
like me to work on. If it it is your radio discounts on the above prices apply!!
I will take a deposit and/or receive your radio pending the build date. I only work
on domestic valve radios, not Ham radio gear or transistors (bar one or two exceptions!)
I often have spares available and a range of old vintage radio cases which you might
like to buy ready for a conversion. I also sell original valve radios!!
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CHECK YOUR BUILD DATE!!!
Use this link to check where on the list your job is! I can’t promise speed but if
it’s there it will be done. If your job is NOT on the list get in touch... My recent
house move may have tipped it off the schedule (!) NO
NEW ORDERS BEING SCHEDULED!! THE BACKLOG MUST GO FIRST!!
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I’ve been doing repairs, restorations and conversions for many years but full time
since I retired from the day job.... Here are some photos!!
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So far I don’t seem to have upset too many people with my efforts! Here are some
customer comments of which I’m very proud! I want you to be totally satisfied (despite
the waiting!) with your radio....
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TERMS & CONDITIONS
This is the Legal bit... So far no issues have cropped up but rest assured I have
full public liability insurance and if your radio is lost or destroyed in my possession
‘we’ are covered! More details available....
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Some customers like to bring their radios directly to me at the workshop.. Its always
a risk sending fragile items through the post, even by courier. The map below can
help in finding me!!
I usually put the kettle on for all visitors...... BY APPOINTMENT ONLY FOR OBVIOUS
REASONS!.. I might be out!
Tune in NOW!! Contact the studio for a request!! Go to the OPF website at http://www.opfradio.com/
**Schedule Change** 'The Soundtrack to Your Life' on 'The Golden Oldies Show' with
Dave Francis has moved to every Tuesday & Wednesday at 8pm UK Time
Hello and a very warm welcome to my website promoting my hobby business, DABHANDRADIO....
My work is always guaranteed 12 months and my pledge to all customers is to make
sure that you are completely happy with your purchase/commission which will have
been hand built by me with your requirements and with safety, quality and functionality
in mind. Each customer’s Order is a bespoke experience in the true sense of that
word so be assured of a great personal customer experience with DABHANDRADIO!!!!
One word of caution... There is an extensive waiting list for my work so please do
not expect your radio to be ready instantly... A 12 month wait is not uncommon!
My name is Dave Shaw and I am a British Ham Radio Amateur (Callsign G0PUD) and I
have been passionate about radio since I was a small boy. I have been repairing radios
for many years and have developed DABHANDRADIO as a full time venture since I retired
from 30+ years teaching within the Special Education and Youth Justice fields in
2009. The venture has proved to be very successful, way beyond my expectations,
and I currently have firm Orders well into 2013/14.
OPF Radio 107.7FM
When not building radios I work ‘on the other side’ of the speaker too!!
Catch my show twice a week as DAVE FRANCIS Tues & Wed 8pm!!
I look forward to hearing from you!! Give me a call today or drop me an email and
we can discuss your requirements.
My best wishes,
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PLEASE NOTE.... I am NOT taking on any new commissions at the moment! Its only fair
to all my very patient customers who are already waiting for me to to clear the backlog!
Repairs and sales (parts) not affected! I will open up the Order Book on commissions
later in the summer. Enquires are welcome!