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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: May Fri 21, 2021 10:56 pm 
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Found this tan Zenith 500 today at a estate sale. It's a little rough, chip case, hole in knob, and the battery cover is wrong color, black instead tan.
But for only $10 dollars should cleanup and display okay.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: May Sat 22, 2021 12:15 am 
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Congrats on the find. The tan color is one of the rarer colors for the 500B. The other was pink. I have both and take them out of storage every so often to exercise the electrolytics. Is yours in working condition?


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: May Sat 22, 2021 2:54 am 
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Thanks, I haven't check yet. Needs some cleaning in the battery compartment. May leave it as is if not working.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jun Tue 01, 2021 7:55 pm 
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Within two weeks found another tan Zenith 500 at a local flea market last Sunday. This one works good but case has two chips.
I guess the tan cases are prone to chipping.

Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jun Wed 02, 2021 12:48 am 
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Better condition otherwise !

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jun Wed 02, 2021 1:38 am 
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I like the design of the battery compartment on the Zenith 500s as with the Zenith 500H, you have to remove the entire cover to replace the batteries and a lot of the radios have chips as a result when one wasn't careful.


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PostPosted: Jun Fri 04, 2021 9:11 pm 
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Here's a collection of the Zenith Royal 275 in every color.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jul Fri 09, 2021 8:47 pm 
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Yet to post complete collection, but hopefully soon.

Found this zenith 755m at a thrift store for $18. It will need a new faceplate. ( anyone got a spare?)

The Panasonic was free, should be a good dx'er when recapped.


Going to Get some more sets Later this month, so stay tuned!


Henry


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jul Sat 10, 2021 4:44 am 
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whfh99 wrote:
Yet to post complete collection, but hopefully soon.

Found this zenith 755m at a thrift store for $18. It will need a new faceplate. ( anyone got a spare?)

The Panasonic was free, should be a good dx'er when recapped.


Going to Get some more sets Later this month, so stay tuned!


Henry


Congrats on the 755M, they are great performers but not fun to recap. I hope yours works.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jul Sat 10, 2021 6:37 am 
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Hello Henry,
What great find far as transistor radios I just finished completely replacing all of the electrolytic capacitors in my Sony model TRF-7350W anyway it works great .
Sincerely Richard
P.S. this is before i started my restoration it looks a lot nicer after cleaning it up .


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jul Sun 11, 2021 12:44 am 
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Thanks, Guys
Hopefully, the 755M works after a recap looks like another well-built zenith!

Nice job on the Sony Rich! Good solid sets that last a while!


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jul Sun 11, 2021 7:34 am 
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Hello Henry,
thanks the worst thing about this set is the back is a little warped I bet is sat near a heater .
there were 3 Electrolytic capacitors that were a royal pain to get to with out removing the tuning capacitor .
I had to use a plastic tool used to adjust If cans and some masking tape .

Sincerely Richard


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Jul Fri 23, 2021 3:59 pm 
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Hi to all,

Found this miniature AM & FM Standard Radio of Japan, top of the line model of the famous "Micronic Ruby" series.
Quite amazing miniaturization for a 1969 radio.
Was posted on "LeBonCoin" France, a French version of CraigsList.

Amusingly, was listed as WWII radio!
Via tip from a chap on a French Radio Forum.

Uses 3x defunct Mallory Mercury cells. Exell Battery makes ($$) alkaline repros of the same size.

What i collect in transistor radios:
Japanese, US, German models, all with FM
Shirt & pocket-sized. Some "biggies" (Zenith RD-7000Y...)
Favorite era: late 60s to 80s

Reception here:
LW, all gone, only BBC & RTL left.
AM: dead in France
Solution: Pro-FM Tx (Decade of Canada)
AM: SSTRAN AMT-3000 + 3 others

Best Regards
jhalphen
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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Aug Thu 12, 2021 1:34 pm 
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Zenith Royal wrote:
Here's a collection of the Zenith Royal 275 in every color.

i got really lucky on mine.
i no more than got it home from the garage sale and the emblem fell out!
a dab of electronic grade rtv reattached it.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Sep Sat 11, 2021 7:08 pm 
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livewire54 wrote:
Colin, thanks for the compliment.

I have a thing for themes, logical groupings if you will.
The following pictures depict one such theme that runs through my radio collection.
The first image was of a red re-branded TR-1088, I already posted, about four pics back.

Next is this "throw away" oldie from around 1965.
No model number, not sure what the name "Valiant" indicates in this case.
"Hong Kong" is molded into the rear cover and it is stuffed with Toshiba transistors.
I really like the embossed oval pattern on the front grill, a nice touch for an otherwise boring radio.

This exact set has been making the rounds on ebay the last few years appearing in multiple auctions,
first in the UK, and the last few sales in the USA. (I can tell from the scratches present on the face)
Funny how these things change hands and get around.


I'm quoting the old post above just to add that a few months ago I found by chance on eBay a "15 transistor" version of the radio mentioned in the post. It is Valiant model V-1500, with exactly the same external appearance of the "8 transistor" model apart from the big red number near the top left corner on the front. It was accompanied by its little box and leather carrying case. It is not worth mentioning that a number of the 15 transistors were unmarked and with no real function within the circuit. In the end I gifted it to a friend of mine.
Few additional information here: https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/valiant_s ... guage_id=2
A "6 transistor" version also existed, named Valiant V-666, as described here: https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/valiant_6 ... guage_id=2
Best regards
Daniele


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Sep Fri 17, 2021 6:40 pm 
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Recently, at a local flea market, I bought a non-working Grundig C4500 for 10 bucks. Blown fuse due to shorted electrolytic capacitor. Changed all of them but while fiddling - burned the output transistors. I changed them to Soviet analogs, adjusted the coils and got excellent receive on SW and FM. MW and LW due to local noise cannot yet be estimated.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Oct Fri 01, 2021 7:15 pm 
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Everybody here is probably familiar with the very common PANASONIC R-70 "Panapet" ball shaped radio which was produced in various colors during the 70ies. But this is the first time I've seen this promotional version especially made for the 1972 Sapporo's Olympic Games in Japan, I guess it must be a (very) limited edition. Found it yesterday in a box with other low value japanese transistor radios, replaced the battery and switched it on: a little bit scratchy but still plays perfectly. I don't collect Panapet's but I think I'll keep this one...


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Oct Sun 03, 2021 12:19 am 
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The Aiwa AR-630 6 transistor radio is quite large as 2 of the 3 AA batteries are in-line. I've always like the design of the Aiwa AR-630 and it took awhile to obtain the radio. The AR-630 only picks up a few stations, but I've decided to keep it original.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Oct Mon 04, 2021 4:47 am 
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Bought this quite unremarkable radio on eBay for $10, because of its simplicity, cleanness and cheapness. Replaced the electrolytics. Also converted from "six transistors" to a more reasonable "five transistors and one diode" arrangement (you can see the hole for the third leg of the sixth transistor on the PCB next to the diode). All set to play for another 30 years.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Transistor Radio Collections? New Finds? Let's See
PostPosted: Oct Mon 04, 2021 5:09 am 
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Here's mine.

Good point on the Diode. Mine does have six Transistors, but no Diode. Looking at the print on the inside back cover, the third Transistor has the base and emitter tied together, so it is effectively a Diode.

With just one IF amp though, it would take a back seat to any garden variety six Transistor set.


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