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.

A gentle reminder - For all meetings held at St. Cyprian's Church Hall


Our treasurer has pointed out that our bank balance has been steadily decreasing due to the number of events that have been subsidised. At the same time, we have not been bringing in sufficient funds to replace the money that we need to cover the costs of our regular expenses, for example, the hiring fee for using the St. Cyprian Church Hall. In 2019-20 we will be asking for a gold coin donation at all meetings that are held at the hall. This will not be policed and members who have not donated a coin will not be punished or banned from the meetings, but we do hope that all members understand our need to cover all our costs.

Next Meeting:



Sunday 25th August - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Building Valve Amplifiers and HiFi Equipment
St. Cyprian Church Hall, 70 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5006

This will be a group presentation by 4 of our members who will present different perspectives on amp design. They have 20 to 30 minutes each. They are:

  • Miles Essery - Will demonstrate some of his amps and talk about his journey from early home-builds to some very sophisticated HiFi's
  • Warren Lane - Hopefully will show us some of his hand-wound transformers, but will focus on the "Single ended Triode - Zero Negative Feedback" amplifier.
  • Greg Lamey & Graham Dicker - Greg wants to concentrate on old technology with "garden variety" components, He's going to demonstrate 1945 Push-Pull Triode connected 807's with "lots of negative feedback" and Graham has an amazing collection of original recordings to share.
  • Alan Martin - One of our newer members will show us some of the designs he's been working on and demonstrate some of his home-builds, and his problem-solving techniques, as he did at one of our meetings last year.



Future Meetings:



Wednesday 11th September - 12:00 to 2:00pm
Retiree's Lunch
Buckingham Arms Hotel, 1 Walkerville Terrace, Gilberton, SA 5081


Sunday 29th September - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Visit to the home of our Auctioneer, Warren Lane
Details (including address) will be sent to members by email
We will be looking at Warren's extensive collection of amplifiers and radios and check out his extensive workshop.


Sunday 6th October

NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL HRSASA MEETING
Adelaide Audio Electronics Fair 2019 - Hungarian Club, 82 Osmond Terrace, Norwood, SA, 5067
Opening hours 10:00am to 4:00pm - Doors open for sellers at about 8:30am
This electronics fair is being organised by Miles Essery (and other members of the HRSASA) to try to get accessory items and equipment that many of us are looking for out of peoples sheds and cupboards. It seems that big items, such as whole amplifiers; turntables etc. regularly turn up on Gumtree and Ebay, but not fittings and fixtures; cables and adaptors etc. This is an opportunity to get those "hard to find" bits that only other collectors have in their sheds. Besides, Miles's shed is full and needs to be cleared for the next batch of equipment to come in!
Contact Miles Essery on 0412 932 995 for further information.
Entry will be $5.00 - Tables for sellers can be booked for $20.00 - This event is open to the general public.


Sunday 27th October - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Home Visit and Special Auction
This month we will be visiting the home of one of our newer members, Mr.
Mubashar "Bush" Ahmed
Bush is going to give a short presentation on some of his official research into radio physics with the title "Travelling Ionospheric Disturbances(TIDs)"? It's a short account of what he studied. He built transmitters and receivers and cameras to record TIDs over Adelaide using three different techniques at 2MHz, 6MHz and Faraday Rotation of VHF signals from one of the first geostationary satellites.
Bush will also be auctioning a selection of his radios and some of his equipment.
Details (including the address) will be sent to members by email.


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. Details to follow over the next few months.

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.