The Radio That Started it All

IMG_0184This is the Heathkit AR-3 shortwave receiver, circa 1959. I assembled the 5-tube receiver with an oversized Weller and took it to the local TV repair guy to have it aligned. It worked well enough, but I didn’t really have a decent antenna. I used to listen to the worldwide shortwave broadcast stations such as HCJB, Quito, Ecuador, and Radio Moscow. My original radio was lost over the years. I picked this one up on ebay and restored it to nearly original condition. I was listening to some hams on 40 meters when this picture was taken.