My grandfather in Ireland used to build his own radios and introduced me to the world
of listening to far and distant radio signals from around the world on short wave,
the joy of building crystal sets and tapping away at my first Morse code buzzer.
My dad too had an active interest in radio and ran a small radio and TV shop in the
1960’s on the corner of Gowan Road and Alum Rock Road in Saltley, Birmingham, under
the 'Broadmead’s' franchise. (Photo Above).
I spent many Saturdays and school holidays there helping the radio engineer (who
later became Uncle Ray when he married dad's sister!) It’s here that I first grew
to love radio and learnt how to fix them under Uncle Ray’s supervision.
By the time I left school dad had moved on from the shop above (it never made any
money!) and I began a career in teaching but never lost my love for radio. I became
an active Radio Amateur, callsign G0PUD and have continued to build up my skills
and knowledge over the years through study and experience. I’m ‘on the air’ everyday
from The Workshop making contacts with fellow ham radio operators all over the world.
On my retirement from teaching I started Dab Hand Radio as a small hobby business
which has now morphed into The Vintage Radio Repair Shop. I changed the name after
ten years trading only because Dab Hand Radio was getting far too many requests to
repair DAB radios! A business should say what it does with its title so hence the
change! To see many of my past work and Projects please visit THE GALLERY.
Every job is bespoke, is numbered, will have it’s progress photographed and shared
with you the customer in our MEMBERS AREA. You can watch the progress live via the
web cam. Each job can be very time consuming, creative and challenging, especially
when a project such as a full original restoration, DAB or Internet Radio is approached.
Often a project does not reflect the time I've had to put into it. Prices reflect
the skills and knowledge required to complete the work and also the time the Project
can take. I have very low overheads, working from my home workshop, but prices do
have to reflect all the effort put into each job. I love what I do so the financial
aspect, although important, isn't my main motivation. All my work is guaranteed
12 months as a minimum and all is of the very highest quality. Please be prepared
to wait for your Project to be completed. If you need a ‘quick fix’ please try elsewhere....
Quality takes TIME!
I look forward to hearing from you!
My dad! Also
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Where this all began……
Formerly Dab Hand Radio.. Same people, new name! We DO NOT repair DAB Radios!
About… Established in 2010 but with a previous long heritage!