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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Tue 20, 2021 10:57 am 
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Here's a Realistic Portavision model I bought for the wife, next to my C. Crane. It receives AM, FM, and two TV bands, but I noticed that it has the same knob layout and slide rule dial scale as their SW Ranger models.

On the back it says custom made for Radio Shack in Hong Kong. I don't believe that it's a copy of any other brand.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Tue 20, 2021 12:29 pm 
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Not the greatest but still fun to operate is the Hammarlund HR-10 portable receiver. It includes AM/FM/MW/SW bands. Special to me because I pulled it out of a garbage can.

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Pete, maybe something's wrong with my device, but all I see is a little square with "image" beaide it.
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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Tue 20, 2021 7:15 pm 
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I didn't have the time to diddle through all the various directories on my machine to find the picture to upload it, but I knew where it was on the other forum I linked to.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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Not the greatest but still fun to operate is the Hammarlund HR-10 portable receiver. It includes AM/FM/MW/SW bands. Special to me because I pulled it out of a garbage can.

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Pete, maybe something's wrong with my device, but all I see is a little square with "image" beaide it.
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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Wed 21, 2021 5:52 am 
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fifties wrote:
Here's a Realistic Portavision model I bought for the wife, next to my C. Crane. It receives AM, FM, and two TV bands, but I noticed that it has the same knob layout and slide rule dial scale as their SW Ranger models.

On the back it says custom made for Radio Shack in Hong Kong. I don't believe that it's a copy of any other brand.


They may have used a familiar layout on the radio and redesigned the innards . In the early days it seems that things may have been actually original and not modified copies. I liked your C Crane SW and I am ordering it. C Crane makes excellent products and my CCrane CE2 is still a very good performing radio. Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Wed 21, 2021 3:40 pm 
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I have the sangean ATS-803A, it has "THE WORLD SERVICE of the Christian Science Monitor, " stenciled on the top.

It is missing the battery cover, so I put it away. I found a 9 volt supply, I may play with it tonight....


Why don't you make a battery cover out of a sheet of plastic (or two glued together) and hold it in place with duct tape? 9 volt supplies often vary in output and quality. I did this trick with my Panasonic RF-B45 which came without a battery cover. A large plastic bottle top can be cut easily enough with Wiss shears or tin snips.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Wed 21, 2021 3:46 pm 
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I was looking a one of the 390s.. Do you know the manufacture for radio shack that made it.
The label on the back of my 395 says

"Custom manufactured in China for Radio Shack a division of Tandy Corporation".

Thanks Fifties . I thought that companies like radio shack and others take a know product, change it a little , then rebrand them as there's. Sears did that with a lot of there products such as refrigs, washers, dryers, etc. They would send out specs for there items and get bids on them from different companies. That is why there repair men had to know a lot of different products to work on them. Tom


The DX-390 was a Sangean 818 with a Realistic or Radio Shack badge on the front. Made in Taiwan.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Wed 21, 2021 10:21 pm 
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JVC FR6600JW

A very nice looking, rare radio.

Performance is very good, super low noise floor and razor like selectivity..

A Japanese version is the Victor FR6600.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Wed 21, 2021 10:48 pm 
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This is the Russian DSP SDR 50 khz to 2 gigahz receiver available these days:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/malahit ... 506828041/

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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Five buck is for farkle! Radio about $280.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Thu 22, 2021 12:09 am 
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Renton481 wrote:

The DX-390 was a Sangean 818 with a Realistic or Radio Shack badge on the front. Made in Taiwan.

Please post your source for this information.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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I recently got a Tecsun DX9700 dual conversion 12 band radio to replace my old Kaito 1103 which quit working. It's not as good as the Kaito but for 55 bucks it's worth it. It's also a lot easier to use.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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fifties wrote:
Renton481 wrote:

The DX-390 was a Sangean 818 with a Realistic or Radio Shack badge on the front. Made in Taiwan.

Please post your source for this information.


I owned a Sangean 818 for many years. It is identical to a DX-390, which a friend owned. Other than the badge, no difference.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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The DX-390 was a Sangean 818 with a Realistic or Radio Shack badge on the front. Made in Taiwan.

Please post your source for this information.


I owned a Sangean 818 for many years. It is identical to a DX-390, which a friend owned. Other than the badge, no difference.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Sat 24, 2021 10:28 pm 
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Nothing modern here. I use a Grundig Satellite 700 and Sony ICF 2002.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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Nothing modern here. I use a Grundig Satellite 700 and Sony ICF 2002.

Errr, ARF is focused on tube radios. Your Grundig and Sony are modern.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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Nothing modern here. I use a Grundig Satellite 700 and Sony ICF 2002.

Errr, ARF is focused on tube radios. Your Grundig and Sony are modern.


The radios he owns may be newer than some SS sets, but NO, ARF does not focus on tube radios. That may be where it started, but things have changed during the last 2-1/2 decades and the transistor forum is very busy!! Radios from the 1980's and 1990's are approaching antique age .... depending on how you view the definition of antique. Tube radios were only around for roughly 35 years before the advent of SS sets. Transistor radios have been a round now for almost twice as long and they are still being made and sold, unlike tube sets.

EDIT : just as an example ... I bought (and still have) my first antique tube radio (a 1931 [Crosley] Columbia) fifty years ago this summer. At that time the Columbia would have been barely 40 years old At that time I had already owned (and still have) a Koyo transistor set that my Gr-Uncle gave me a year earlier ... a radio that is now 50+ years old....


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Sun 25, 2021 4:50 pm 
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John Bartley wrote: "Tube radios were only around for roughly 35 years before the advent of SS sets. Transistor radios have been a round now for almost twice as long and they are still being made and sold, unlike tube sets."

All that does is prove the point that some of us are getting old! :lol: :lol: It's easy to assume that tube sets have been around "forever", but that's not the case. I guess that growing up in the tube era had something to do with that. Interesting observation. I guess that makes us "niche" collectors . . .

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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Nothing modern here. I use a Grundig Satellite 700 and Sony ICF 2002.

Errr, ARF is focused on tube radios. Your Grundig and Sony are modern.


The radios he owns may be newer than some SS sets, but NO, ARF does not focus on tube radios. That may be where it started, but things have changed during the last 2-1/2 decades and the transistor forum is very busy!! Radios from the 1980's and 1990's are approaching antique age .... depending on how you view the definition of antique. Tube radios were only around for roughly 35 years before the advent of SS sets. Transistor radios have been a round now for almost twice as long and they are still being made and sold, unlike tube sets.

EDIT : just as an example ... I bought (and still have) my first antique tube radio (a 1931 [Crosley] Columbia) fifty years ago this summer. At that time the Columbia would have been barely 40 years old At that time I had already owned (and still have) a Koyo transistor set that my Gr-Uncle gave me a year earlier ... a radio that is now 50+ years old....

So, per your reply the SW radios made in the 1980s & 1990s as mentioned in this post are old vintage? And, the focus here are not tube radios even if I read 95%+ posts on tube radios.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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So, per your reply the SW radios made in the 1980s & 1990s as mentioned in this post are old vintage? And, the focus here are not tube radios even if I read 95%+ posts on tube radios.


In the early 1970's ('72 or '73) I bought a Marconi model 102 console radio from the Physics head at my high school (Mr. Laventure). It would have been built circa 1937 or '38. At the time I bought would it have been considered an antique?


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