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 Post subject: New to transistor radios, is this collectable?
PostPosted: Mar Sat 16, 2019 10:30 pm 
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It's an RCA 3RG-64G, early 60's I'm guessing? Were these common?

I picked this one up at an antique store today for $15, and after cleaning some light corrosion off of the battery contacts, it works great with no issues

P.S.----I know, don't leave the batteries in it when not in use :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: New to transistor radios, is this collectable?
PostPosted: Mar Sat 16, 2019 10:32 pm 
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Hey, if you like it, then it is collectable :wink:
Nice looking early transistor set.


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 Post subject: Re: New to transistor radios, is this collectable?
PostPosted: Mar Sat 16, 2019 11:07 pm 
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Hello William,

Not real common, but you occasionally see them on Ebay... 1963-64

Welcome to the bi-polar world of transistor radios ! It can and often becomes a serious "addiction"...

Below is my very similar 4-RG-34---vernier tuning is the best feature... It had a bad internal IF transformer cap.

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 Post subject: Re: New to transistor radios, is this collectable?
PostPosted: Mar Sat 16, 2019 11:16 pm 
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Hi, William
The case is in good condition, & the stitching looks
to be in good shape also. You did all right on the
price!

Of course, I'm a sucker for these luggage/ lunch
box units. I've gotten 3 of this style this past winter,
& all had the rear flap broken off.
They will be good for parts if nothing else, since
they weren't very costly.
Jim


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 Post subject: Re: New to transistor radios, is this collectable?
PostPosted: Mar Sat 16, 2019 11:32 pm 
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Thanks for the words of encouragement, guys. Judging from your responses, it looks like I'm off to a decent start :D

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 Post subject: Re: New to transistor radios, is this collectable?
PostPosted: Mar Sat 16, 2019 11:37 pm 
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Chassis' RC-1208C, D and H appeared in a bunch of models, including this little Stand-up-guy 3RG-34

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https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/rca_3rg34 ... 08drc.html

Two pages can be found in Beitman's Most-Ofen-Needed Vol. 1963
here... https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Beitman-Manual.htm


Sams published a three-page Photofact in TSM 25 (transistor radio series) in July 1963

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 Post subject: Re: New to transistor radios, is this collectable?
PostPosted: Mar Sun 17, 2019 1:16 am 
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Thanks, Greg. It's interesting how RCA used the same chassis in different models, much like tube-based chassis often were

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 Post subject: Re: New to transistor radios, is this collectable?
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Cousins...
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:) Greg.


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 Post subject: Re: New to transistor radios, is this collectable?
PostPosted: Mar Sun 17, 2019 12:12 pm 
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John saying it was an "addiction" doesn't quite
sound right. If I remember correctly, last year
John posted that he wasn't going to get any more
radios to work on. He had enough.

I may have gotten that wrong??
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 Post subject: Re: New to transistor radios, is this collectable?
PostPosted: Mar Sun 17, 2019 12:42 pm 
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Brownie45 wrote:
John saying it was an "addiction" doesn't quite
sound right. If I remember correctly, last year
John posted that he wasn't going to get any more
radios to work on. He had enough.

I may have gotten that wrong??
Jim

Some have nothing better to do and the bench becomes their life. :)


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 Post subject: Re: New to transistor radios, is this collectable?
PostPosted: Mar Sun 17, 2019 4:56 pm 
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Well...

There really are only a couple more radios still on the "wanted" list, but temptations arise...

And a lot of other work is being done when able (weather) as well as stressful and sorrowful family/cultural issues to contend with---this hobby/addiction is a constructive diversion from reality and keeps the mind sharp & hands busy...

John


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 Post subject: Re: New to transistor radios, is this collectable?
PostPosted: Mar Sun 17, 2019 8:57 pm 
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What Scott said:
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Hey, if you like it, then it is collectable


Exactly my thoughts - he beat me to it!

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 Post subject: Re: New to transistor radios, is this collectable?
PostPosted: Mar Sun 17, 2019 10:58 pm 
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John is right. There is something of a calming effect
about working on a new unit.
Even if a new radio has multiple problems, it is kind
of a challenge to find what is wrong & causing the
problem. John always goes the extra distance to get
a radio returned to perfection.
I really admire his perseverance & look forward to
each new documentary & diagnosis plus pictures.
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 Post subject: Re: New to transistor radios, is this collectable?
PostPosted: Mar Mon 18, 2019 12:50 am 
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I second those words.


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 Post subject: Re: New to transistor radios, is this collectable?
PostPosted: Mar Mon 18, 2019 5:50 am 
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majoco wrote:
What Scott said:
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Hey, if you like it, then it is collectable


Exactly my thoughts - he beat me to it!


I really do like it a lot. It works 100% right out of the gate...or in other words, it's a survivor.

Unlike the tube rigs I'm used to working on, I'm going to leave it as-is

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