Historical Radio Society Of Australia

South Australian Group

A Message from the President of the Historical Radio Society of Australia (South Australian Group)



Welcome to the website of the South Australian division of the Historical Radio Society of Australia (HRSA.) We are a fully affiliated group within the national organisation, with the parent society formed in the Australian State of Victoria in 1982. Our South Australian group had its origins in the late 1980s and has steadily grown ever since. Click here to go to the new National Website.

First South Australian "Life Members" of the HRSA


As many of you will be aware, it was announced at the recent 2019 AGM that our two stalwarts, Elizabeth and John Cox have both been awarded Life Membership of the HRSA for their outstanding service, dedication and leadership to the club in SA since it was founded.

Recently, Chris Ratcliff called in to have a chat with Elizabeth and John, to find out a bit about them, and to take a few photos of their collection…… Click here to take a look!

Next Meeting:


Sunday 24th November - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Regular Club Auction
St. Cyprian Church Hall, 70 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5006
This will be our final Auction for 2019. However, all tables are now fully booked and we are no longer accepting any more items for auction.
Your next opportunity will be at our "Sale Day" in January (See below.)

We have now launched our first building competition for a while…..
We want you to build a ONE VALVE, or ONE TRANSISTOR radio between now and our meeting on Sunday 31st May 2020.
Just to get you started thinking, here is a document that contains designs & plans for 8 different one-valve receivers that you can download and print off.
Click here to take a look.
Alternatively, here are 3 different designs for one-transistor radios that you might like to build - Click on each to take a look.
Wonderful One Transistor Reflex Radio
The Macrohenrydyne
One Transistor Radio


Future Meetings:



Saturday 14th December - 12:00noon

HRSASA Christmas Lunch
Main Course, Dessert and Coffee

As we did last year, we will be celebrating at the Maid Of Auckland Hotel on South Road, 926 South Road, Edwardstown, SA, 5039
The club is once again going to subsidise the cost to members by $10.00 per person, but we will be asking all members to pay their contribution of $15.00 per person in advance. Payments to be made to our Treasurer, John Crawford at the November meeting if you haven't done so already.


Sunday 19th January - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sale Day - This is NOT an Auction, but a fixed price sale of items
St. Cyprian Church Hall, 70 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5006
The last sale day we held in 2018 was a big success - Members sold many completed projects and quality test equipment; LP records and other items associated with our hobby.
If you would like to book a table to sell your wares, please get in early and ring the Acting Secretary (Alan Taylor) on 0417 859 074


Sunday 23rd February - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
“Crystal Set Day”
St. Cyprian Church Hall, 70 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5007
Bring, display and demonstrate your collection of crystal sets; crystal set-designs; photos; crystal-set circuit diagrams from the past and present.
Here is a document called "The Boys Book of Crystal Sets" (from 1972) that contains 12 different crystal set designs, from the simple to the complex. Why not have a go at making one of these to bring along to the meeting?
Click here to take a look.
Exhibitors: Can you please install an RCA female socket to the Output of your Crystal Set - We will be providing an amplifier and speakers so we can hear each set and get a "feel" for what you have built.


Sunday 15th March - 10:00am to 4:00pm
“Instruction Day”
St. Cyprian Church Hall, 70 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5006
A special all-day workshop for those with minimal experience at radio restoration.
We will be setting up 3 workstations inside the Hall. Each workstation will have an experienced tutor from the Club and there will only be 3 or 4 students per tutor.
Students will bring their own restoration project and pay $10 each to cover Hall hire costs. The HRSASA store will be open for purchasing spares etc. during the day.
(NOTE: This is Not a regular club meeting, but it’s open to members who are interested in signing up for tuition.)


Sunday 29th March - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Regular Club Auction
St. Cyprian Church Hall, 70 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5006
This will be our first Auction for the year. If you would like to book a table from which to sell some of your collection, please contact Ian Smyth (Secretary) at sec@hrsasa.asn.au or 0488-488-776, or contact Warren Lane (Auctioneer) at warren.lane@internode.on.net or on 0400-272-556


Sunday 26th April - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Working Visit (To be confirmed)
The Sir Thomas Playford ETSA Museum, 31-33 Broughton Avenue, Kurralta Park
Not just a visit but an opportunity to contribute to their Museum by using some of our members' unique skills - Details to follow.


Sunday 31st May - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
One valve or one transistor radio project
St. Cyprian Church Hall, 70 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5007
Presentation and judging day for the project which will be launched at the September meeting.


Sunday 28th June - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Visit to the National Military Vehicle Museum
10 Sturton Rd, Edinburgh SA 5111
Tony Bell will be our host and guide to this collection of unique wartime vehicles and memorabilia.


Sunday 26th July - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
A.G.M. and Auction
St. Cyprian Church Hall, 70 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5006
Your chance to elect a new committee for 2020-21 and to pick up a bargain at the Auction


The information provided in this site is based on information supplied by the HRSA (unless otherwise specified), and is intended only as an introduction and guide to the HRSA for the range of available products, items and services for its own financial members.