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 Post subject: Nova Tech ACTION!!
PostPosted: Jan Fri 05, 2018 3:24 am 
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I received this radio as a Christmas gift from my uncle Chester; in 1968 I believe. I've mentioned my uncle by name here before because he played a prominent role in kindling my love for portable radios. He always had cool portable multi-band radios, not the type you'd find at the department stores. Before this particular Christmas he had asked me what kind of radio I wanted. I didn't know, so he said "I can get you a police radio." Thoughts of a Bearcat scanner ran through my head, so I said OK!

Well, as it turned out it was this radio. To me it looked like a white version of the Bendix Navigator 420 that he gave me a few years before. I was grateful, but I never did like the white color. I thought it looked childish and kind of gaudy. I hardly ever used it. After a week or so, I put it away and have been hauling it around with me throughout my life (along with many other radios, tape recorders and Heathkit gear).

Now here we are today and I'm glad I didn't like it back then, because lack of use and the fact that it remained in its leather case has kept it in like-new condition. I only wish I still had the box, manual and AC adapter.

Needless to say, nowadays I like it, white color and all! I pull it out of hiding every 5 or 10 years to see if it still works. In the past I have never had to do anything to it. It just always worked! Today I dug it out of the studio loft above my garage and noticed that I could not move the dial pointer with the tuning knob. As it turned out all I had to do was clean the tuning shaft where the dial string winds around it.

Ahhh! Working again!

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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
PostPosted: Jan Fri 05, 2018 4:58 am 
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Nice set!

It is great you kept it that way.

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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
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Beautiful example you have there! I have a black one, and let me tell you, they are no fun whatsoever to recap, but they are very good receivers. I believe they cost several hundred when they were offered in 1963.

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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
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W7TFO wrote:
Nice set!

It is great you kept it that way.

DDG
Thanks DDG!

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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
PostPosted: Jan Fri 05, 2018 5:32 am 
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Beautiful example you have there! I have a black one, and let me tell you, they are no fun whatsoever to recap, but they are very good receivers. I believe they cost several hundred when they were offered in 1963.
Thanks fifties! I also have a Pilot II which is black, and the model that includes CB. I have to dig that one out. Not sure where it is. I acquired those two at an antique store many years ago for $10 each. The Pilot II works well, but both of the ferite rods are broken in half. I may fix that one before the weekend is done. The CB model is silent and I can't find a schematic for any of this series of radios, including the Bendix Navigator 420 that I molested in the 70's adding a BFO and crystal filter. I must have had the schematic back then in order to make the mods, but I really don't remember. I've had the 420 since 1965.

The only radio from the series I'm lacking is the Pilot Pal, which is the radio you must have if it was made in 1963.

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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
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Nope, mine's just a garden variety Pilot II. I understood that they came out in '63; not accurate?


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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
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fifties wrote:
Nope, mine's just a garden variety Pilot II. I understood that they came out in '63; not accurate?
I can't say I know for sure. radiomuseum.org says '64 for the Pilot Pal and '65 for the Pilot II, but they're not 100% on everything when it comes to dates.

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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
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Looked up the patent number:
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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
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I've never seen a radio with a gun sight on it before! In 1968 I got an aurora slot car set for Christmas. The track is long gone but I still have the 64 Mustang in a box somewhere.


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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
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Findm-Keepm wrote:
Looked up the patent number....
I did the same, but it really wasn't much help since the filing date was late '62 and the grant date early '65. I know from past experience that an organization won't necessarily wait for a patent before bringing a product to market, unless they have tons of dollars to speed through the process and the technology is earth-shattering.

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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
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both from... Flying magazine August 1965

"Our portable direction finders were first introduced 3 years ago"...
image: https://books.google.co.uk/books/conten ... v3g&w=1280
image: https://books.google.co.uk/books/conten ... YFQ&w=1280

"Eight years ago, when we first started in business"...
image: https://books.google.co.uk/books/conten ... 6Yg&w=1280

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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
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egg wrote:
both from... Flying magazine August 1965

"Our portable direction finders were first introduced 3 years ago"...
image: https://books.google.co.uk/books/conten ... v3g&w=1280
image: https://books.google.co.uk/books/conten ... YFQ&w=1280

"Eight years ago, when we first started in business"...
image: https://books.google.co.uk/books/conten ... 6Yg&w=1280

Greg.
Thanks Greg! Great find. They apparently introduced them and filed the patent at the same time, just as I thought.

Case closed.

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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
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Nope, mine's just a garden variety Pilot II. I understood that they came out in '63; not accurate?
Does your radio have a patent number on the back, or does it say "Patent Pending?"

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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
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I've never seen a radio with a gun sight on it before! In 1968 I got an aurora slot car set for Christmas. The track is long gone but I still have the 64 Mustang in a box somewhere.
That's neat that you still have a car from your Aurora HO set. I still have my original American Flyer Stock Car set from the Christmas of 1960:
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I think my dad bought it so that he could play with it, much like the Lionel train set he bought me for my 1st Christmas in 1955! He didn't care for the set much after he saw one at a hobby store with individual handheld controllers. By the fall of '61 we had an Eldon 1/32 scale set.

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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
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Very nice. I too have a white one, in pretty much the same condition as yours. Like you, I dig it out once in a while just to play with it. I liked the fact that it was white when I bought it, and it won second place in the "white radios" section of the Spring 2013 MARC meet. I always thought I should have got first place, as the winning radio was more like a cream color :D.


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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
PostPosted: Jan Sat 06, 2018 1:54 am 
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Colin Ames wrote:
Very nice. I too have a white one, in pretty much the same condition as yours. Like you, I dig it out once in a while just to play with it. I liked the fact that it was white when I bought it, and it won second place in the "white radios" section of the Spring 2013 MARC meet. I always thought I should have got first place, as the winning radio was more like a cream color :D.
That's pretty cool! I've never seen another in real life, just online.

Do you have any other Nova Tech DF radios?

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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
PostPosted: Jan Sat 06, 2018 2:19 am 
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fifties wrote:
Nope, mine's just a garden variety Pilot II. I understood that they came out in '63; not accurate?
Does your radio have a patent number on the back, or does it say "Patent Pending?"

Mine says "United Kingdom and Japanese Patents Pending. US Patent No 3,164,833

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metzman wrote:
I've never seen a radio with a gun sight on it before! In 1968 I got an aurora slot car set for Christmas. The track is long gone but I still have the 64 Mustang in a box somewhere.
That's neat that you still have a car from your Aurora HO set. I still have my original American Flyer Stock Car set from the Christmas of 1960:
http://www.smokypond.com/gallery/pictures/af_slot_cars/

I think my dad bought it so that he could play with it, much like the Lionel train set he bought me for my 1st Christmas in 1955! He didn't care for the set much after he saw one at a hobby store with individual handheld controllers. By the fall of '61 we had an Eldon 1/32 scale set.

Yup, I fondly but vaguely remember the Lionel train set my ol man bought me for Christmas sometime in the late '40's. The only time I saw it operating was when he was doing it. "Too dangerous" for me, since it was AC powered. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
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fifties wrote:
Matt Kroll wrote:
fifties wrote:
Nope, mine's just a garden variety Pilot II. I understood that they came out in '63; not accurate?
Does your radio have a patent number on the back, or does it say "Patent Pending?"

Mine says "United Kingdom and Japanese Patents Pending. US Patent No 3,164,833
It was built in 1965 or later then.

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Matt Kroll wrote:
metzman wrote:
I've never seen a radio with a gun sight on it before! In 1968 I got an aurora slot car set for Christmas. The track is long gone but I still have the 64 Mustang in a box somewhere.
That's neat that you still have a car from your Aurora HO set. I still have my original American Flyer Stock Car set from the Christmas of 1960:
http://www.smokypond.com/gallery/pictures/af_slot_cars/

I think my dad bought it so that he could play with it, much like the Lionel train set he bought me for my 1st Christmas in 1955! He didn't care for the set much after he saw one at a hobby store with individual handheld controllers. By the fall of '61 we had an Eldon 1/32 scale set.

Yup, I fondly but vaguely remember the Lionel train set my ol man bought me for Christmas sometime in the late '40's. The only time I saw it operating was when he was doing it. "Too dangerous" for me, since it was AC powered. :roll:
Can't fault the ol man for that. I think I was the same way with my kids!

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 Post subject: Re: Nova Tech ACTION!!
PostPosted: Jan Sat 06, 2018 5:22 am 
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Hey Matt---another very neat radio in great condition ! And great that you've had it since new as a gift...

Was surprised to discover how small it was after seeing the interior pic---thought it was a larger set !

I've also moved a lot of neat stuff (and gotten rid of some I shouldn't have) from childhood several times through the years

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Yup, I fondly but vaguely remember the Lionel train set my ol man bought me for Christmas sometime in the late '40's. The only time I saw it operating was when he was doing it. "Too dangerous" for me, since it was AC powered. :roll:
Matt Kroll wrote:
Can't fault the ol man for that. I think I was the same way with my kids!

Sure I can. Why buy something for a kid if he can't play with it whenever he wants to? I think he bought it more for himself. Oh well, ancient history now.

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