Members

This page contains a list of WARCI members who have posted their collecting interests and/or contact information online. To contact one of the members, simply click on the email link below their name.

Member Name Collecting Interest
Harry Blesy Harry collects vintage ham radios, and anything rare and/or unusual.
Dale and Chris Boyce While major national brand names like, Amplion, Atwater Kent, Crosley, DeForest, Emerson, FADA, Kennedy, Magnavox, Philco, RCA, Westinghouse, and Zenith are included, the focus of their collection is Wisconsin radios, components, artifacts and accessories made between 1915 and 1930. Some of the more than 30 Company names include: Allen-Bradley, Antherton, Briggs & Stratton (BASCO), Centralab, Clearco, Cutler Hammer, Dewey’s Sporting Goods, Empire, Hansen Storage/Guthrie, Globe Electric, Granolite, J-M-P Mfg. Co., Julius Andre & Sons (JASCO/ANDRE), Klitzen, MERL, Milwaukee Pocket Radio, Milwaukee Resistor, E.D.Nunn, Nunn Landon, Ray-O-Vac/French Carbon Co, Sunlite, W.K. Electric Co (Oriole), Webster Electric, Wells Mfg., Western Coil & Electric (Radiodyne), Western Screw and Specialty and Yahr-Lange.  

Dale has written and/or contributed to WARCI News articles on many of these companies and is still searching for others.  

Inspired by the collections of the late Joe Pavek, the late Dr. Ralph Muchow and the late Dick Bury, Dale and Chris collect electrical technology equipment dating from 1855 to 2015. Electrical devices include Whimshurst machines, medical quackery, telegraph, telephone, spark gap transmitters ,crystal radios, radios and amplifiers, earphones, horn speaker, cone speakers, batteries and a few microphones. Wooden console, tombstone and Cathedral radios show the craftsmanship that was put into these lovely pieces of furniture. Art Deco radios show some of the glass, metal and plastic magic credited toy well known industrial designers. Hybrid tube/transistor radios and transistor radios are included. Novelty and plastic radios as well as colorful advertising signs, Radio Board games and early light bulbs add character, graphics and sparkle to displays. Tubes range from experimental receiving type and WWI receiving tubes made in the 1915-1920 period as well as significant variations of receiving tubes made from 1920-1930. Tube manufacturers including Arcturus, Brightson Blue, DeForest, Kellogg, Marconi, Moorhead, QRS, Ray-O-Vac, Sodion, Sonatron, Western Electric and designations such as VT-1, WD-11, WD-12, 99, 00, 01A are represented. Whimsical Geisler display Tubes and pre-1920 WHA transmitting tubes are included. Metal, glass and plastic radio banks add a touch of youth. Ready Kilowatt figures and a few Nipper dogs keep watch.  Their technical library includes publications dated from 1900 to present. Many members and non-members frequently contact Dale for radio info.  

Dale was a guest on the 2014-02-07 Tube Talk Classic Radio Show hosted by Paul Buresh. The topic was WARCI and BASCO radio. Archives are at www.tubetalkclassicradioshow.org.  

Dale is a founding member and first President of WARCI. Chris was the first WARCI Newsletter Editor/Publisher. In the early years of the club, they also took care of the registration/hospitality tables.  They are still looking for items. What do you have that might fit into this collection. Please contact us.
Bill Engaas
Terry Hanney
Greg Hunolt Greg’s main interest is in battery sets from the early 1920’s with a special interest in off-beat items (made by small, obscure companies or nice home brews)and early tubes – and he has a growing interest in early crystal sets. He also has a particular interest in Wisconsin-made sets, and would especially like to find a set made by the Plymouth Radio and Phonograph Co. For the past few years Greg has been working on his Battery Set Compendium (available free to collectors from the WARCI website) and so is always looking for vintage radio literature – magazines, company catalogs and flyers, books, etc., from which to pull information for the compendium. He’d be happy to hear from you.
Ralph Larsen
Jim Menning Jim has been interested in collecting radios, TVs, and their related parts and literature for nearly 40 years. His main interests now are in early color TV sets with the round CRTs, and any unusual black & white sets ranging from the small Pilot TV-37 with a 3-inch picture to the huge DuMont Royal Sovereign sets with the 30-inch round picture tube. Jim also is interested in old cars, currently owning a 1957 Chevy 210 sedan and a 1967 Dodge Coronet 440 with only 23,000 original miles on it. Other items of interest are coin and stamp collecting, and collecting historical items (such as postcards) from Wisconsin’s Fox River Valley and the Upper Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula areas. If you have any items that you think may interest Jim, he would be glad to hear from you.
Nicholas Tillich Nick's main interests include wood and bakelite table radios from 1930's through 1950's. Nick also enjoys restoring high tube count console radios, including Zenith and Philco. Nick's other addictions include collecting vintage fans and electric clocks.

If you are a WARCI member and would like to be added to this list, please contact the WARCI webmaster with your information!