Do you know this short-wave receiver?

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  1. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    Just remembering my old short-wave radio receiver that I had above my bed from 1963-1970. I can't find a picture, and I'm not even sure of the name.

    This is for the ham radio buffs and vintage radio fans. Think of this as a test.

    The table-top sized tube radio was a mottled grey, with a sheen. Edges were rounded.
    The name was prominently displayed as a badge on the front. Maybe in red.
    Can't be sure of the name. Hallicrafter, Allied, or something extremely common in the field at the time.

    The display showed 4 tracks or bands, had large and small tuner knobs made of hard rubber (grey). Several other knobs along the bottom, as well as several slide switches (for standby, for example).

    I keep thinking it is a very common brand, but maybe not Hallicrafter.
     
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    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    I’m sure if there is a forum with a collective membership old enough to remember it will be here

    That’s not a crack, I very much enjoy being here with my like minded brethren
     
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    Channel Master? My best friend one about the same era.
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    I think for the most part ... we are collectively old enough. We need your young blood to keep the forum alive though.;)
     
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    After reading my own post I’m not sure I used the word “collective” correctly
     
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    Heathkits had a red logo and this one is grey. A bunch of us were building these things, but just a guess. IMG_4241.JPG
     
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    Is this it? Both Heathkit and Sears had round shouldered short wave receivers, but only the Allied had a red label. I can't remember other brands of the era off the top of my head.

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    Here's the Heathkit I remember. Rounded shoulders, but no red in the label. Really a ham receiver, but IIRC, we listened to short wave broadcast from Europe with this, back in the day.

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    [​IMG]

    here's the Hallicrafters I had by my bed in that time period.
     
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    This is the Hallicrafter model we used to have...
    hallicrafterHamReceiver.jpg
     
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    Kemper? :)
     
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    Can’t help much with “which one” but I did have a channel master as a kid. Really a fun radio
     
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    I know a guy that worked a numbers station during the height of the Cold War. That was just the early part of his very fascinating military career.
     
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    That‘s what I was thinking. I had all four versions of the S-38 at one time. Great little radio.
     
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    Heathkit was the first thing that came to my mind, but probably because I had a grey one as a kid that my dad built when he was stationed on Guam.
     
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    this has been great fun! I just spent an hour reading all about very old (1946) radios. I used to sit in my bedroom listening to all kinds of weird stuff; the only antenna was a wire hanging out the window. I remember the glow of those dual dials in the night. Great days, I got the radio habit! My parents bought me a crystal-radio kit when I was about 7, and I was so proud that I had built my own radio! I now have a half-dozen radios that I have unintentionally collected. Don't do much shortwave listening anymore. Last few times I tried I couldn't find much - except, oddly enough, some sort of Christian Family radio broadcasting from Oakland CA, of all places - my home town.
     
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    I would love to read more about radio and its use during WWII and the Cold War. I have been reading a contemporaneous account of the BBC's daily "War Report" broadcasts from the continent beginning with the D-day invasion. It was the first war really covered live on the radio. But I am interested now in those clandestine stations.
     
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    Listening to a short wave radio in the dark, being fascinated by voices coming from far off places. Listening to the airport direct a few planes into Meadows field late at night. I don't think todays world has room for anything that requires imagination to take part in the experience.
     
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    I didn't get interested in short-wave radio listening until the early 1990s, but within about ten years I was able to find less, and less interesting things to listen to. A lot of Christian radio, with the same programs appearing on different frequencies, or local people cursing up a storm about not being able to repair their cars.
    So, I gave up.
    I think as the internet grew stronger, short- wave declined.
    A shame, really.
    Mike
     
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