My interest in radios started in the 70's, just opening a record player or radio to look inside it, and most of the time destroy it, or then later to actually listening to various transmissions. In those days we lived in Africa, so a challenge was to try to pick up the Swedish evening transmission from Radio Sweden. I remember the radio, a Toshiba 3 band shortwave travel-radio in a brown leather case. The 80's was the time to build all kinds of converters to try to sneak in to listen to any thing that might be forbidden. In the 90's the Citizen Band radio without any license and with made up call signs was the introduction to Ham radio. I know exactly who influenced me most, it was Stefan OH6WU. I was building CB antennas, but Stefan came back time after time with copies of gamma matches and stuff like that. Then came the time when the Radio club OH6AA in Vasa with members OH6TD,OH6TS(SK),OH6HJ,OHGV and OH6KH together with the evening school prepared a course to take us through the Radio armature test. Well it worked out fine, my call is since then OH6LEI my brother OH6LEH and my father OH6LWJ(SK).
Now Back to the 6PK
My father in law was interested in CB radios, and after some time he told me about a radio that he had hidden in the basement, it was the 6PK radio.In the late 40's he was very interested in the Ham radio hobby, and was actively training CW with Kalle OH6QV(SK) in Jeppo. My father in law studied in Vasa, and has told me that he had the working radio with him in Vasa. He told me that he once had the permission to use a friends call sign to try the radio. After a call on the air with this call sign, someone on the band told him that you are not the owner of that call sign. After this, the radio was disconnected from all wires and as soon as possible taken back to Jeppo. When you compare the Radio in the Header with other 6PK's, the whiteCyrillic letters on the knobs are missing, this is because my father in law had a "desovietizing" project for the transceiver during the time in Vasa.
With my new call sign i joined a group on the 10m Band, OH6IU,OH6OB(SK),OH6KD and OH6QV(SK), they were all from the Radio club OH6AN in Munsala.In the 90's I joined the Radio club OH6AN, and then in 2000 I moved to Jeppo. The 6PK was well known by the "old men" in the club, they had all started the Ham radio hobby with old 6PK radios. My father in law kindly gave the "hidden" 6PK from his storage in the basement to the Radio club OH6AN. We had no knowledge about old tube radios, so the radio was kept as a show item, from old days. The radio stayed on the shelf in the club for many years.
This is where OH6PA Ben came into the picture. At the OH6AN club it was known about some 6PK Radios in Sweden, they had a restoration and documentation work going with Ben. In our case it all ended with a working 6PK on the shelf at the OH6AN Radio club.
OH6PA Restoration. OH6PA - 6PK Documentation original text. Swedish. Editor In English Richard Staples G4HGIEnglish. OH2FBX "Radioamatööri" 2013/11 Pages 14-15 Finnish. Links to other 6PK Restorations OH1KW Viestilaitteiden taulukko Radiotaulukko Finnish. SK2AU Mer om CCCP - 6PK - radion, Swedish. SK2AU Mera om "Kuus-Peekå'n" 2014 Swedish. SK2AU SM2BYW Berättelsen om 6PK 2010 Swedish. Radiomseet Göteborg artikel av SM2BYW Swedish.
Tecnical data in Russian page. RUS. Google translated to ENG.