The first thing I did when getting it home was to switch on the radio to make sure it works and then open it up and take a look inside. All of the valves are original Cossor valves and all were shining. Next job, was to find the MW trimmer and make a small adjustment to allow reception a little higher than originally intended! After a few minutes we were in business and ready to have a go at receiving some of our friends from across the North Sea.
Unfortunately the radio does not seem to want to work with an external antenna or with the indoor loop. However, incredibly, the Vrolijke Mijnwerker was still coming in on 1655 on Wednesday evening and with a fairly good signal. A radio that is around 60 years old that has probably not been switched on for years and can receive pirate stations from another country without an antenna - that's some going. Take a look at the video and you can see for yourself . . .