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Author Topic: Remember Sears Selling Amateur Rafio Equipment  (Read 946 times)
W9GB
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« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2006, 05:10:25 PM »

Ralph -

Remember a couple of points.

1. Sears and Montgomery Wards were large Chicago based mail order houses for a number of decades.  They sold AM / SW radio receivers from Radio Row (NY and Chicago for the first half of the 20th century) .. then AM/FM and some SW after 1950.

2. Allied Radio (Knight Kits) and Hallicrafters were 2 prominent electronics firms until early 1970s (Allied bought by Tandy/Radio/Shack - moved to Texas, old by RS in mid-1990s).

3. Sears did sell in early 1970s a black case version the Yaesu FRG-7
http://foxtango.org/frg7/foxtangofrg7.htm

4. I am not aware that Sears ever sold an amateur radio transmitter or transceiver.
Citizens Band equipment - yes in the late 1960s amd early 1970s.

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N3ZKP
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« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2006, 08:42:39 PM »

<< 4. I am not aware that Sears ever sold an amateur radio transmitter or transceiver.>>

I don't remember any HF transmitters or tranceivers, but they did have a line of a couple of 2m rigs.

73,

Lon - N3ZKP
Baltimore, Maryland
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« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2006, 08:59:17 PM »

As an addendum to my post.

Sears had spark equipment in their catalog back in the early years of the last century.

I'm not too sure how well Sears did with the receivers in their Omaha store considering, across the river in Council Bluffs, Uncle Leo Meyerson had a little place called World Radio Labs.  WRL had all of the goodies on the shelves for the licensed HAMs to drool over and from time to time buy...with easy monthly payments, of course!

73 DE KAØGKT/7

--Steve
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« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2006, 11:34:54 PM »

I remember both Sears and Wards catalogs with ham transmitters and receivers.  Believe the transmitters were Viking/Viking II/Ranger (I was just getting up to speed before taking my Novice test, and I didn't know whether "80-10 meters" meant ONLY 80 and 10, or whether it meant 80, 10, and all ham bands in between).  A quick question to my Elmer cleared that up!
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« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2006, 05:43:26 PM »

There last piece that I'm
aware of was the FRG-7 with
Sears name on it.

The did sell all sorta hamstuff
early on as has been mentioned.

73 de Ronnie
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« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2006, 05:44:05 PM »

Their last piece that I'm
aware of was the FRG-7 with
Sears name on it.

The did sell all sorta hamstuff
early on as has been mentioned.

73 de Ronnie
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« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2006, 10:12:11 AM »

The Sears 2m rig was a Yaesu FT-223 crystal controlled rig with a Sears nameplate.  A later version was based on the FT-224 which wasn't crystal controlled.  This would have been in the 70s.

73,
Cait
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WB0DMA
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« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2006, 10:57:00 AM »

I don't recall Sears selling radios in the 60's, but they did sell them in the 70's.

Check out this 1940's Sears Catalog.
http://www.gotcomms.com/1940-ham-catalog/
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KD2E
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« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2006, 08:45:24 AM »

A lot of Sears houses still stand. I remember a show on television about them. There was a way you could tell if it was a Sears house. I don't remember the details.
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