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Fully Refurbished Vintage 1974 Kmart 30-62 AM Table Top Radio

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A really neat and beautiful, totally refurbished 1974 Kmart 30-62 transistor AM radio. It has a simple mid-century vibe to it for such an unassuming little radio. This one was actually found in a pile of electronic recycling parts awaiting it's final resting place in some warehouse to be turned into something else entirely. It was in a dirty old box just waiting to be rescued. It looks like it was originally manufactured in Hong Kong for Kmart as the Kmart logo is on the front.

Almost all of the capacitors on the board were low quality, out of spec and a few were slightly burnt. It didn't make any sound except for a slight hiss. So, a full re-cap was performed with 4 capacitors replaced and one transistor which was fried and causing the no sound issue.

Luckily, the other components checked out within spec. The radio sounds beautiful now and gets quite loud if you really turn it up! Nice sound from the 3-inch front-firing speaker. There are some minor scratches (possible melt marks) on the top of the radio and sides. The case is in exceptional shape and the tuning dial is crystal clear.

Here's the fix-it playlist:

The single on/off/volume switch was disassembled and cleaned/tested.
The radio sounds nice and crisp with no crackling at all when volume is adjusted.
All circuit board traces inspected for corrosion/lifting.
All capacitors, diodes, resistors, etc. inspected for leaking, burning or any other type of potential failure. I only use Japanese or Korean replacement capacitors.
4 capacitors replaced and 1 transistor.
72 hour test of all features. AM tested.
Operates on 120 volts/60hz, standard US power.
A really neat and beautiful, totally refurbished 1974 Kmart 30-62 transistor AM radio. It has a simple mid-century vibe to it for such an unassuming little radio. This one was actually found in a pile of electronic recycling parts awaiting it's final resting place in some warehouse to be turned into something else entirely. It was in a dirty old box just waiting to be rescued. It looks like it was originally manufactured in Hong Kong for Kmart as the Kmart logo is on the front.

Almost all of the capacitors on the board were low quality, out of spec and a few were slightly burnt. It didn't make any sound except for a slight hiss. So, a full re-cap was performed with 4 capacitors replaced and one transistor which was fried and causing the no sound issue.

Luckily, the other components checked out within spec. The radio sounds beautiful now and gets quite loud if you really turn it up! Nice sound from the 3-inch front-firing speaker. There are some minor scratches (possible melt marks) on the top of the radio and sides. The case is in exceptional shape and the tuning dial is crystal clear.

Here's the fix-it playlist:

The single on/off/volume switch was disassembled and cleaned/tested.
The radio sounds nice and crisp with no crackling at all when volume is adjusted.
All circuit board traces inspected for corrosion/lifting.
All capacitors, diodes, resistors, etc. inspected for leaking, burning or any other type of potential failure. I only use Japanese or Korean replacement capacitors.
4 capacitors replaced and 1 transistor.
72 hour test of all features. AM tested.
Operates on 120 volts/60hz, standard US power.

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Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

FAQs

Yes, but only with a voltage/frequency converter. These clocks have been tested on US power ONLY. You will need to decide if it will run reliably on your country's power grid with a frequency converter. My shop is not responsible for any time irregularities when running the device outside of the US. Thank you!

Fully Refurbished Vintage 1974 Kmart 30-62 AM Table Top Radio

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