||Gallery of Current Users of Early Bliley Products
How many companies can claim that their
early products are still in active use after 50 or 60 years? Not
many. How many can claim these products still carry the same company
name after nearly 75 years? Even
Below is a gallery of people that actively
use their early Bliley products in their ham radio stations or
in a workshop.
Would you like to join the gallery and show
your use of vintage Bliley products? Drop me a line at K3NAU@AOL.com
and tell me your story. I would be delighted to consider it for
the Vintage Product Users page.
SHREVE, W3PIX, ERIE, PA, USA
Dick was a long-time employee
of Bliley's with more than 41 years at the time of his retirement
in 1980. He spent many years serving as the supervisor of various
production activities. Among them was the production of the CCO-1 service bench test oscillator
marketed to the burgeoning TV service sector just after WWII.
The product was pulled from regular production by political pressure
by one of Bliley's major customers, Hickock Incorporated, a producer
of a full line of test equipment. Hickock threatened to pull
their business from Bliley's unless the company dropped out of
the test equipment market.
He was in charge of the
production of the CCO-1. When it was stopped, he asked if he
could build the balance of the inventory off-site and sell them.
This was agreed to and the last few hundred were built in the
basement of Dick's home by Dick, his wife Maxine, Herman Roth,
W3NFR, and a few other friends from the plant.
Dick still holds on to
one of the units he built at home. It is on his service bench,
where he uses it to service various pieces of entertainment and
shortwave ham radio equipment.
He is active in ham radio
by keeping in touch with old friends on shortwave through nets
he hosts twice-a-day. He is also active in DX and other contests.
Above all else, Dick has
been a good friend since the early 1960s. He followed me by ham
radio no matter where I went and was a regular supporter of my
ham radio activities while I was in the U.S. Coast Guard when
I operated as VP5CB
on South Caicos Island, in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Dick and his CCO-1C
Ham radio station, HF
LAUR, SM5HUA, UPPSALA, SWEDEN
Peter is one of the few
that collects antique radio equipment and uses them on-the-air-on
a regular basis.
"I'm using the Bliley in
my old Harvey 80-T from late 1936. Have several VF-1 and VF-2's,
a box full of LD, HF, FT-243 Blileys as well as a CCO-1 test
oscillator. In my opinion, the xtals sound excellent compared
with many cheaper xtals found on the market. Very stable and
work as good as they did back in the old days."
In 1999, Peter moved with his
wife, Gunilla, SM5HXC, to a place in the country to escape the
acoustical and electric noise of urban living. They bought a
small cottage with plenty of space (about 20 acres) for antennas
of all types. The land also provides plenty of wood for heating
their cottage home.
Peter also is an avid collector
of Harvey Radio equipment in which he uses his collection of
Bliley crystals. He keeps the crystals close-at-hand on the top
of his Harvey 80-T transmitter. Check out his wonderful historical
site on the Harvey Radio Company; it is richly illustrated
with many rare photos and documents. Check it out; I am sure
you will not be disappointed.
Collection of 1930s Vintage
Bliley Crystals on top of the 80-T
Peter operating his 1938
HRO Senior at his vintage ham station in 2002.
Antique Station, National
HRO-5 and Harvey 80-T