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 Post subject: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
PostPosted: Feb Mon 11, 2019 8:24 am 
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I’m a long-time member here and I rarely start a new topic, but I came across this radio, sold by a local (Fort Worth TX) military surplus store, and I thought it might be of interest. It’s a GE AM/SW portable radio from the early 60s (complete with the CD markings on the AM dial) that is new in a sealed box:
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Unfortunately, I cannot see a model number anywhere! It’s available from Omaha’s Military Surplus: https://www.omahas.com/shop/civil-defense-radio/

They appear to have several, and the radio can be ordered via their website above. I don’t know what the shipping cost would be. $60 seems a bit steep, but where else will you find one like these?


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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
PostPosted: Feb Mon 11, 2019 8:33 am 
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The second picture seems to reveal that the two smaller knobs don't have their center metal "brights". I would suggest that those sets are maybe worth $20 on a good day, and only because they have their original boxes.

Frankly they have little style, no pizzazz (or as they say now, "bling"), and little appeal. Not much on SW these days, and the sets don't get FM. What's to like?

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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
PostPosted: Feb Mon 11, 2019 8:53 am 
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+1 on the lackluster appearance, but I think the inserts for the small knobs are laying on top of the book in that picture.

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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
PostPosted: Feb Mon 11, 2019 8:55 am 
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^ Good eyes there, youngster! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
PostPosted: Feb Mon 11, 2019 9:14 am 
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fifties wrote:
^ Good eyes there, youngster! :wink:

Meh - I'm blind in one eye and can't see so good outta the other! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
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GE P925 Two-Band 8 Transistor. ~1964

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Edit: It looks like Uncle Sam may have had a bunch of them!

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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
PostPosted: Feb Mon 11, 2019 10:41 pm 
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GE P925 Two-Band 8 Transistor. ~1964

Greg.

Edit: It looks like Uncle Sam may have had a bunch of them!

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That would help to explain the bland appearance.

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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
PostPosted: Feb Mon 11, 2019 11:58 pm 
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That is the first GE transistorized portable SW radio.

https://radiojayallen.files.wordpress.c ... erview.pdf

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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
PostPosted: Feb Tue 12, 2019 12:23 am 
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I'd probably be in for one at $20+ shipping, but not $60+, just as Fifties said.

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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
PostPosted: Feb Tue 12, 2019 5:23 am 
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This is a ' morale ' radio
Other sellers are selling this for ~ $130


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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
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Instrument Fixer wrote:
This is a ' morale ' radio
Other sellers are selling this for ~ $130

Selling it for ~$130 or asking ~$130? :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
PostPosted: Feb Tue 12, 2019 10:56 am 
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If someone's actually paying $130 for one, it's a "moron" radio! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
PostPosted: Feb Wed 13, 2019 1:32 am 
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Look under completed items on Ebay.
Indeed 2 sold for 129.00 plus 17 dollars shipping.


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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
PostPosted: Mar Tue 12, 2019 5:28 pm 
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I went ahead and bought one of these, it is indeed sealed, in-the-box, new. An interesting bit of cold war history (duck-and-cover, everyone under the desk).

Question now is, what do I do with it?


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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
PostPosted: Mar Tue 12, 2019 9:31 pm 
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fifties wrote:
The second picture seems to reveal that the two smaller knobs don't have their center metal "brights". I would suggest that those sets are maybe worth $20 on a good day, and only because they have their original boxes.

Frankly they have little style, no pizzazz (or as they say now, "bling"), and little appeal. Not much on SW these days, and the sets don't get FM. What's to like?


Well, the brights are there, they've just fallen off and are resting on the owner's manual. Kinda funny the adhesive dried up while in the box. I've heard these sets were shipped off to PX's in Vietnam.


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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
PostPosted: Mar Tue 12, 2019 10:47 pm 
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You don't want that radio. It's falling apart already. Next the handle will fall off while your walking down the sidewalk. When it hits the sidewalk it will break into ity-bity pieces and now you have to glue it all back together. Now it will look like a 5 year old glued it back together. Now your $60 radio is worth 6 cents, BUT you do have the original box which now is worth $59.93.

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 Post subject: Re: New-in-sealed-box GE AM/SW, early 60s, $60
PostPosted: Mar Wed 13, 2019 6:49 am 
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There are two modules inside where there is alot of circuitry
The IF module and the amplifier module
Modules consist of circuit boards that are soldered to the main board probably to say the radio is USA made. Modules are probably made in Japan.
Need to recap except now one has to unsolder the small modules to get at the back of them.


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