With grateful thanks to Cliff McCauley (Ben’s nephew), we have been sent copies of some of New Zealand DX Radio Association member, Ben Capedo’s collection of DX memorabilia.
Ben was born and raised in Waitakere shifting to Henderson in 1962 . In his late teens/early twenties he became very interested in Radio and spent many hours listening to programs. He became involved in DX Radio in his twenties and it is items he collected during that time that we are pleased to be able to share with the NZ Radio DX League. Ben was a member of the Auckland Branch. Ben had a Golden Knight Radio and a 7 Valve Columbus Model 90. This Columbus Radio held pride of place in the dining room of his Henderson house. I can remember spending a lot of time as a youngster with my uncle Ben listening to this radio. He was deeply saddened when a valve failed and he was unable to find another one. Nevertheless the radio stayed in it’s place. After Ben passed away, we found a radio enthusiast who purchased the radio along with the original operating
instruction booklet. The purchaser later called and excitedly told us that he had taken a valve from another radio he had and that Ben’s radio was now working well.
The material provided covers a period circa 1946-1950. Ben was very interested in history and was a founding member of the West Auckland Historical Society doing a heap of research and writing several books and articles on West Auckland history.
Ben worked the majority of his life for Winstone Seeds and Arthur Yates and Co.
Ben would be very happy in the knowledge that others are getting pleasure from viewing his memorabilia.
Cliff McCauley. 06 July 2020
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