|Hallicrafters,, radios young ham's dreamed of in
In the 1930s, the shortwave radio craze was just beginning to sweep the nation, and Hallicrafters radios began to boom from coast to coast and around the world! Until the 1980s, this Chicago-based firm aimed for the average consumer, and produced high quality radios on the cutting edge of technology, all reasonably priced. Today, collectors of electronics are fascinated by these pieces of
radio history, most of which can be restored to their original working condition.
Introduced in 1946 ... $47 was a pile of cash,
The S-38 introduced 1946
S-38A looks like the S-38,, I wonder if they improved any of the circuits ??
S-38c looks like the predecessor , a
more modern paint job..
S-38 E last produced in 1961
cost $60 ...
Last of the 38 line
Yaesu equipment was first imported into the US by Spectronics, Inc. located in California in 1965. Yaesu became an important presence in the U.S. amateur radio market . In addition, transceivers were OEM'd to Henry Radio in Los Angeles.
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One of our club members used one of these,,, he says
5 watts out and not too good of
This was a Classic high range radio,,, and you know it looked pretty too.
introducing a radio that you didn't need a computer to program,
and/or a PhD to understand ??
how can that be?? The Icom IC-2AT, Full of Features, but didn't have any menus to confuse the issue.. It had a very unique memory system, very easy to program to your local repeater !! or simplex
Introduced in 1979 it cost $230 today thats $947
Thats not 9 dollars and forty seven cents ,,
Now how to program the memory: first dial the frequency into the thumb wheel switches, second select the offset, and press the PTT switch and you
"up and running" until you decide to QSY to some other frequency. A very cleaver idea.. Icom say's they sold over 500,000 of these
Here’s another one for the Blast from the Past (or a “one-hit-wonder”).
This was brand new in 1959.
Look at the asking price back then (ouch).
It is a 4 band rig with dual
conversion RX. First I.F. was 2.2 – 2.8 Mcs
It was a COMPLETE station,
Receiver, Transmitter and a 1kw amp. The
(There was also a Cosmophone 35 that was less rare and less expensive.)
Bands: 80, 40, 20 Meters Only 3 bands
Input Power: 200W PEP-SSB, 100W-AM, 180W-CW
Receiver Incremental Tuning (RIT): No
Noise Blanker: No
Power Supply: Separate AC & DC Supplies
Final Tube(s): 2ea. 6GJ5
Price/Year: $369/1963 , 2022 $3,490 power supply was extra
Size: 6.0"h x 13.75"w x 11.75"d
Approx. Weight: 22 lbs
When I was first a ham, the radio club I belonged to bought
one of these for the club shack at the Red Cross Building,
|Not exactly sure when this radio came out, however the ad below says
to get a free 1966 catalog.. So I know this was from 1966 ,
price today $3616... and thats just the radio no power supply, the
ac supply was $700, ..
Leo Meyerson , owner of World Radio Labs, in Council Bluffs, IA.
Leo was a much like person, I've been told that when WRL was still in operation, Leo had
free coffee and donuts on Saturday morning at his show room.
I meet him at aksarben radio club meetings in Omaha in 1977.. my boss and dozens of hams from Omaha partook of the free coffee.. HI HI (free is good)
FYI: aksarben, is Nebraska spelled backwards, a very large ham club in Omaha.
A good friend of mine (W6ZSL) ran one of these mobile out at Edwards AFB in 1970's
|The Gonset Communicator was a series of vacuum tube VHF
AM radio transceivers
that were widely sold in the 1950s and early 60s. The radios could operate from
110 volt AC , or 6 or 12 volt DC from a car battery. The receiver was manually
tuned over the unit's frequency range with an analog dial, while the transmitter frequency
was controlled by a crystal.. The civil defense model was painted yellow with CD insignia,
and was available for the 6 and 2 meter bands. Most folks had several crystals,
you would call CQ then tune around searching for someone answering you,
mostly you were NOT on the Same Frequency..
Communicator model 2 (slightly different)
The Communicator III cost back then $270, I'm
not sure what year ""back then"" was?
And heres the LAST of the line (below) , the communicator 4,
cost today $3400
|Here's one of the first portable 2 meter rigs, it could run Battery
1 watt of FM this ad is from about 1980 Today's price $359
6 channels , Crystal controlled.. This came with three sets of crystals for 3 channels, I
presume your choice ?? There were repeaters by 1980, which greatly improved the
range of this low power radio, every time you wanted to add a repeater or simplex channel
it cost about $10 a channel,,
|Last week was the Benton Harbor Lunch Box radios, from
now For those rich hams ?? HI back in the day as in 1965
The basic radio came with ONE crystal, the VFO as shown in the picture was $20 (today almost $179) The radio WITHOUT a microphone was $200 (that's $1787.. today)
This was a vast improvement over the Heathkit TWOER (last week), but only a dream for most hams. This was a superheterodyne receiver, (no squelch) and the TX put out maybe 10 watts. AM, it weighed 18 lbs.. there were NO repeaters, you needed a good OUTSIDE antenna if you planed to talk to anyone or be ready for emergencies .. Hallifcrafters SR-42A
Want to know more .. link TO SR-42 specs
Benton Harbor Lunch Box