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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Jul Thu 04, 2019 10:14 pm 
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Found this other-worldly device, or it found me...


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Jul Thu 04, 2019 11:44 pm 
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1957 marks the year of their first transistor radio.
It was built on a galvanized steel chassis that was hand soldered in kit form.
With six transistors, it was no slouch for it's time. Sound output was decent due to the six inch speaker.
It has that "Buck Rogers" look to it, imparting a mysterious stare to it's odd facade.
I'm pretty sure that this device evolved from being an old speaker box. They put a home made radio inside.

The pic is by others, currently my XR-1 is boxed up and has age related damage to the dials.
(dial plastic crumbling with pieces missing.) Gonna have to mold or print some new ones.
"The blue box" chassis is in fine shape, exactly like in the pic, and has it's original metal badge intact.
This set is a Heathkit XR-1, their first transistor radio kit. Been looking for one of these for a while,
then just tripped across one when it was the last thing on my mind. Funny how that works.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Jul Sat 06, 2019 4:04 am 
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Hello All,

Finally completed placing the best of my Delco Radio "car-portable" collection in family-room display case and thought that some here would appreciate seeing them together. Have cosmetically & electronically refurbished all these sets and they all work as they should. All have "project" threads here on ARF if anyone interested in seeing the details and better quality pictures. Unfortunately, it is difficult to photograph chrome with my older camera...

Top: 1959 Buick Auto-Portable, 1959 Olds Trans-Portable (with optional RF-booster plugged in at left side), 1959 Pontiac Sportable, 1959 Delco Radio-GM "employees version"

Middle: (non- Delco Sylvania Thunderbird) 1958 Olds Trans-Portable, 1958 Pontiac Sportable, 1958 Pontiac Sportable transparent-cased "engineering display sample".

Bottom: 1959 Pontiac Sportable dash unit & portable, 1959 Olds Trans-Portable RF booster module accessory, 1958 Olds Trans-Portable external antenna accessory, 1958 Olds Trans-Portable & dash unit (mounted in home-made display stand).

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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Jul Sat 06, 2019 2:17 pm 
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Very impressive John!

Were the top row of radios sold by the car dealers or marketed some other way?

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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Jul Sat 06, 2019 3:29 pm 
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Nice display, ebay still has a few of those for sale, not cheap though...

They were marketed through the dealers.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Jul Sat 06, 2019 3:45 pm 
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Thanks much, Guys !

John---Other than the GM "employees version" which was sold directly (no "docking" connector, portable use only), the others were part of optional outfits that were ordered with the cars they were intended for and originally had a dashboard "head" unit which resembled the "normal" pushbutton set, but only contained a tuner with RF-amp and audio output stage with a "docking" unit which was inside glove compartment---like the '59 Pontiac Sportable outfit shown on bottom left.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Jul Sat 06, 2019 4:06 pm 
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Like this!

Here's a link to John's gut-em & fix-em post for this radio. As usual, great job!

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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Jul Sun 07, 2019 2:04 pm 
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Excellent. No other word for it.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Jul Tue 09, 2019 1:51 am 
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Thanks Guys---but need to make clear that the picture of radio in vehicle was found on-line and is not mine.

Do know of a black '59 Bonneville Sport Coupe with red interior in Kokomo for sale, but it's in rough shape with weeds growing through rust inside the car ! Belonged to the same guy who owned the '58 Sportable prototype among many others...

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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
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My Sony 3F-61W collection. These are the only colors I know of. Circa 1967.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
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Nice! I got the red one, love the top dial and all that shiny chrome. Stylistically, another home run for Sony.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Jul Mon 22, 2019 1:33 am 
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Zenettesky wrote:
Nice! I got the red one, love the top dial and all that shiny chrome. Stylistically, another home run for Sony.


Absolutely! The audio is fantastic and plenty loud. Using AA batteries was a great choice over 9v.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Jul Thu 25, 2019 6:55 pm 
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I found a GE Superadio I at Goodwill for $20! It works perfectly, but the dial is a little off, which is common. I tried a 12’ longwire and get everything from 50KW blowtorches to 250W small town stations at night. Chicago, NYC, and even Toronto sound like locals here in TN! The FM section is no slouch, either. I get LPFMs clearly from a couple of counties away...

EDIT: 12 foot wire, not 12 inches... :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Jul Thu 25, 2019 6:58 pm 
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I found a GE Superadio I at Goodwill for $20! It works perfectly, but the dial is a little off, which is common. I tried a 12” longwire

Excellent price for probably the best low priced AM DXer out there. Your "longwire" however would only be good for FM (is the telescoping antenna missing?). The radio's internal ferrite loop is the skyhook for AM.

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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Jul Thu 25, 2019 7:05 pm 
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This is the “B” model with antenna terminals. The wire makes a huge difference, on FM and AM. I had an old 12-foot section of 20-gauge speaker wire I strung across the room.


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
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ChrisPC wrote:
I found a GE Superadio I at Goodwill for $20! It works perfectly, but the dial is a little off, which is common.:

You got it for a good price. I have one, and it is one of my favorite and most often used radios. I was lucky to find mine at an estate sale a few years ago, for $10. It needed a new battery contact spring, which I sourced from a dollar store flashlight.


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PostPosted: Jul Thu 25, 2019 11:04 pm 
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I’ve been DXing for at least twenty years, and always heard people raving about it. I’d always wanted to try one, but never did. I now know why it’s so famous. The selectivity and sensitivity is unreal! I have the blowtorch WSM 650 as a local, but can get 640 WGST Atlanta, 660 WFAN NYC, and 670 WSCR Chicago on this radio. Most other radios can’t get anything but WSM sidebands between 600 and 700 here!


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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Jul Mon 29, 2019 8:43 pm 
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Good deal, Chris !

Am still keeping eyes open for a cheap one to play with...

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 Post subject: Re: Got Collections? New Finds? Let's See 'em.....
PostPosted: Aug Fri 02, 2019 11:06 pm 
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This Zenith Royal 500 7ZT40Z shows little wear and even the leather case is in excellent condition. Most of the Zenith 500s in my collection have been used so much that the lettering on the back is completely worn-off. I'm still looking for a Zenith 500 7XT40Z that uses Raytheon transistors. - Mark


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My Channel Master collection. On left,6514 8 transistor. Was actually able to copy a cw qso on 80M,both stations with just the built in antenna. On right the 6503,5 transistor in great shape. After listening to 5 transistors you'll know why most radios have at least 6 transistors! It's ok for strong stations though,and does have good audio. I'd like to get some more of their radios, as I really like these.


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