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 Post subject: Universal 6-transistor
PostPosted: Aug Sat 28, 2010 3:00 pm 
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I don’t know if this Universal is actually rare, but I’ve ever seen another example of this brand. There is a date stamp inside the case of Nov. 23, 1962. The design is obviously a knock-off of the Sony TR-610 – TR 620. The Universal was made in Taiwan, not Japan.

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Lucky that that set was not made in America exactly one year later! It would probably only half completed.
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I've never seen that variant before. I like the spinning atom design on the speaker grill. Here's a similar one under the Monacor brand name. Another Sony TR-620 knock off!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/transistor ... 704527693/

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Initially, it's condition caught my eye. The fact it had automatic tuning sold me. This is a Play-Mate PMl000, l0 transistor DC set from Japan.

Not knowing much about solid state portables, is the automatic tuning an unusual feature? Both radio and it's motorized tuning work fine.



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Bruce Webster wrote:
Initially, it's condition caught my eye. The fact it had automatic tuning sold me. This is a Play-Mate PMl000, l0 transistor DC set from Japan.

Not knowing much about solid state portables, is the automatic tuning an unusual feature? Both radio and it's motorized tuning work fine.


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...looks a lot like a repackaged Panasonic 'Radar-Matic'...that's key-wound (have to wind it up in the back), right?...this kind of mechanical/electromechanical automatic tuning was indeed a rather unusual feature in transistor radios, and only a handful of manufacturers offered it; the Panasonic 'Radar-Matic' (key-wound or motorized) is probably the most common of them...


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...new addition to my modest collection. Probably still too 'new' to even be here. But it was given to me; I've cleaned it up, put some new batteries in it and checked out, and everything works, including the tape transport (although I haven't tried a tape in it yet)...

...Radio Shack DX-392 (aka Sangean ATS-818ACS)

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...powered up, tuned to FM station

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...if you plug in headphones, FM stereo reception is enabled, and that works, too...note the little headphone icon with the ST inside at the top of the display...

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...and receiving WWV at 5.000 MHz (the display didn't show up too well!)...

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...got some activity on 49, 41 and 31m (2230L) using the built-in antenna (I'm not in a place conducive to good outdoor antennas); also got a ham or two on 40m SSB and tried the BFO out...interesting to see how this compares to, for example, my RF-2200 for reception...but the accuracy of the PLL tuning is a plus...


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FM Refugee wrote:

...looks a lot like a repackaged Panasonic 'Radar-Matic'...that's key-wound (have to wind it up in the back), right?...this kind of mechanical/electromechanical automatic tuning was indeed a rather unusual feature in transistor radios, and only a handful of manufacturers offered it; the Panasonic 'Radar-Matic' (key-wound or motorized) is probably the most common of them...


Actually, the automatic tuning is totally electrical, dri<en by one of those tiny motors you'd normally see in '60's era battery operated toys. I suppose the no<elty wore off quickly once you'd gone through a few sets of "C" batteries. The hybrid Radar-Matic panasonic sounds way more practical...and one I'll keep a look out for.

BTW Nice catch on the DX392

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cant post photo sorry


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Here's my RCA Globetrotter collection. The one in back is a tube model but the front two are solid state.
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Universal ptr62b brand new in the box......
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Its never been used...ever....

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I got a new in box radio as well. Stellar AM/FM around 1959 or so

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That's a Stellar example.


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Jaycebot wrote:
I got a new in box radio as well. Stellar AM/FM around 1959 or so

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We didn't have AM/FM Transistor portables in 1959.

Remember also, CD marks -at 640 and 1240 Kilocycles- would indicate a manufacturing date before about 1963. I don't see any on yours.

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The radio has CD marks. Theyre not visible in this picture. I wasnt sure on a date. I thought it was 59 because it was very similar to a 1959 bulova two band transistor radio. Could the date be closer to '61 or '62?

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Now this is what I call a portable radio :D Picked it up on Monday.

You can carry all 15 pounds of it around, sounds good too.

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Nice Grundig. I bet it's a good performer.

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Jaycebot wrote:
The radio has CD marks. Theyre not visible in this picture. I wasnt sure on a date. I thought it was 59 because it was very similar to a 1959 bulova two band transistor radio. Could the date be closer to '61 or '62?

Please post the model number, and I'll look that up in my Transistor reference books.

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Im staring at Jayces Stellar now, it does have CD marks.

He sent it to me for repair.

Model number: 9FM-38

There is a date stamp: MY'62

Serial: 2-2454

I think this one is solved lol

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 Post subject: Re:
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michaeljpro wrote:
Here are a few of my latest finds. Unfortunately the pics are on the temporary galleries (I use a Mac computer and can't seem to post here)

http://antiqueradios.com/gallery/view_a ... mName=temp

(edit by moderator - fixed Mac problem using a PC)

The pics are;

Zenith Royal 3000
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Zephyr ZR-930 and Global GR-900
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Black, handwired Royal 500
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Beige/pink Global GR-711
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Toshiba 7TP-30
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A battery display from an old store
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Zenith was one of the first radio my granpa had. It is adorable!


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