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Author Topic: What Is The Most Beautiful Radio Ever Made (In Your Opinion)?  (Read 325857 times)
K7DXT
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« Reply #210 on: March 28, 2016, 03:00:10 PM »

I'd have to throw my vote towards simplicity...The Kenwood 520s comes to mind, as well as the newer TS-570.  And I've always liked the layout of the FT-840...logical, simple, spartan.  But inviting in a way that the newer rigs that resemble the dash board of the space shuttle don't attract me.
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« Reply #211 on: April 05, 2016, 06:28:15 PM »

The Hallicrafters SX 115.  Simply gorgeous design and great performance.  Second would be the Collins 75A4.
Bob Heil, K9EID
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WA2E
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« Reply #212 on: April 11, 2016, 04:11:45 PM »

When I was about 11 years old I was given an old Hallicrafters SW Radio I think it was a S-40B .  It looked very old even by 1970's standards.  I had it for about 8 years until my Mother Dumped it along with 2 big boxes of comic books that I don't even want to think about what they would be worth today since one Box of about 400 comics was given to me by an old gentleman who had been collecting them from the 1930's.  Yeah Superman issue #1 might have been in that box  Cry
I also had several years of National Geographic magazines that the same old man had given me, I think the first issue was from 1908 and he had several years worth in series going up to the 1940's.  Yet she dumped it all!  Along with anything else she considered to be "Junk" in my room.  It was one of those times when you come home for Summer break and all hell breaks loose on day one.

Oh man! I feel your pain. I had at least a pile 3 feet high of old comics. I favored Superman, Batman, Green Lantern etc. I don't know whether it was Mom or Dad who threw them out but I still feel the pain. I'm still not talking about baseball cards that I had. :-(
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WA2E
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« Reply #213 on: April 11, 2016, 04:20:07 PM »

I'm with a previous poster. The Kenwood Twins T-599D and R-599D. I drooled over these why before I was even licensed. No way I could afford them as a youngster but will never forget them.
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N4UE
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« Reply #214 on: April 13, 2016, 02:06:59 PM »

My new Icom 7300!!!

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M0TTB
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« Reply #215 on: April 14, 2016, 02:21:10 AM »

My new Icom 7300!!!

ron
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Yep, the little 7300 is a good looking radio, no doubt about that

My favourites are the Standard C-50 (already mentioned way back in the thread), the fact that it looks like a piece of high end hi-fi probably due to Standard's relationship with Marantz....although I reckon the C-50 reminds me more of Accuphase hi-fi. I nearly bought one on ebay a year or so ago, but noted it was in Russia and probably best not to meet your heroes, it was probably a fairly poor radio anyway.

Kenwood TW4000A, made me feel like captain Kirk at the helm of the Enterprise back in the mid 80's.

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IC-7800 and IC-7851 ... had the ic-7700 but the chrome finish buttons spoiled the look, and the chrome finish wears off the buttons after a while, notably the XFC button which tells you that you should've bought a dual rx radio. Don't like the IC-7850, looks tacky with the gold, Liberace would've had one if he was a ham  Grin

Most 80-90's Kenwood HF radios are pretty, then it went wrong when stoned lo-end hi-fi designers seemingly took over, I use a TS-2000 for vhf/uhf, it's so ugly it lives in a cupboard and I use the rc-2000 head unit. TS-990 just looks wrong.

JRC/NRD are very attractive as well
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« Reply #216 on: April 14, 2016, 09:13:50 PM »

My new Icom 7300!!!

ron
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    How do you like it?  I wanna get one!!  Roll Eyes
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K4PIH
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« Reply #217 on: April 28, 2016, 06:24:39 AM »

I actually think the SWAN 270B Signet is a good looking radio!

Along with the early FT series and the Drakes, Halli's, National, etc. Form follows function!

No plethora of knobs, no fancy readouts, no beeps (CW beeps yes), and overall solid well-built radios.

I think a lot of the new bells and whistles Japanese stuff is ugly. Knobs everywhere that don't match, push buttons that do what?

All this new stuff is what I call credit card radios. Any fool with a credit card can buy one! Wink

50 years from now, where will that super expensive computer defined box be?

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« Reply #218 on: April 28, 2016, 02:41:46 PM »

My new Icom 7300!!!

ron
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Yes the 7300 I think is certainly worthy



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