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Welcome to my radio/HiFi page. My name is Kevin Jenn and this is my collection of electronic stuff. My career has been & still is in the world of electronics since I left college. My start was something that my uncle did when I was probably 7 years old. My uncle was an Engineer, Inventor and received the Military Cross for Valor in '45 but also was a two or three pack-a-day Marlboro smoker. I didn't think much about then, heck it smelled nice I thought. He made an electronic 'Kit' for me that I found more than a few hours of enjoyment from by listening to radio from just a few wires & components. The 'Kit' was a piece of black Lexan mounted to a wood frame. Several components were mounted to the Lexan with Fahnstock clips. An antenna coil, a crystal diode, a variable cap, an early RCA transistor, an SPDT switch, three different color pilot lights, a 2-cell battery clip, two egg shaped insulators, a crystal headphone set, several simple hand-drawn schematics and a coil of 22ga. white wire. Well, that white wire got strung out my front window, under the eaves and across the front of the house. With this kit and that antenna, I made my first radio. And here I am today at 53 working on 54 in the high tech world of electronics. As for my uncle... May he rest in peace. He passed away several years ago due to Cancer. I miss him.

My family, my bride of 17 years and two kids keep me pretty busy these days. And when I'm not driving one to or from a friends house or going to a school function, I sequester myself into the basement after hours to work on this hobby or my family tree. As for that Zenith, it arrived at the front door back in '01. My wife thought I'd lost my mind. WHY!! did you buy THIS??? "I'm going to restore it" "It's an end table with a radio and turntable in it!" "It'll be great!". Here we are 200 radios later. I like this hobby. It's satisfying. But the Zenith hasn't been restored. Yet...
Cheers,
Kevin
Zenith 6-S-580 from 1942.jpg
Zenith 6-S-580 from 1942.jpg