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Old 01-13-2021, 06:42 PM   #1
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Nifty addition to my boler

I thought I'd post this because I think it's a pretty cool addition to my boler and I know there are other geeks there who might want to give it a try.

I have an old Stromberg Carlson AM radio that was non functional and non repairable but I just couldn't toss it out. After having it sit on my bookshelf for a number of years I figured it was time to do something with it and thought maybe I could bring it back to life.

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The first thing I did was take it apart and pull the guts out in preparation for its new life.

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I decided I would install a Raspberry Pi Zero W and install Volumio which would allow me to use wifi to stream music, play podcasts and listen to internet radio as well as use it as an "offline" music player.

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After converting the 110 to 12 volt and installing a 12v to 5v buck connector I had power available for the raspberry pi and wired in the power switch on the front of the radio. I added some LED strip light so when the unit is powered up the old (non-functional) AM dial lights up.

The Volumio installation was super simple and in no time I had it ready to run. Management of the radio is all done through the Volumio app on my phone.

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It's up and running now and I'm pretty darn happy with it. I still need to source a new speaker and I'm waiting for an amplifier breakout board since right now I'm running the audio output via HDMI to the monitor in my office but I give it a big thumbs up

It turned into a really great rainy winter project while we wait for better camping weather here on Vancouver Island. And I get to repurpose a pretty sweet old radio as well and keep it out of the dump.
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Old 01-13-2021, 08:14 PM   #2
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Old 01-13-2021, 09:24 PM   #3
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Love it!
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Old 01-14-2021, 09:10 AM   #4
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Wish I'd of paid more attention as the computor age started to happen.
I hardly understood a word you said! Lol
Really like your results though!!
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Old 01-14-2021, 11:25 AM   #5
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Thanks folks! Glad you like. Was a fun project to do while the rain came down and got me to exercise my brain a bit which is always good.
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Old 01-14-2021, 12:30 PM   #6
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Great job! Very cool.
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Old 01-14-2021, 07:52 PM   #7
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So you were able to use some of the old components? Does it actually turn on with the old knobs? Wish I had that skill set. Awesome job!
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Old 01-14-2021, 07:59 PM   #8
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Hi Tim. I was hoping to use the original speaker but it was just too deteriorated so the only part that I'm using is the on/off switch so it turns on with the original knob.
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Old 01-20-2021, 06:20 PM   #9
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Recycling ar itís finest. Way to go.
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