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Author Topic: Need help to identify a radio seen on The Andy Griffith Show  (Read 4782 times)
KA5IWO
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« on: April 27, 2013, 12:06:10 AM »

A fellow ham op I know ask me if I knew what model and brand the "base station" police radio used in Andys office in the Andy Griffith Show was. It is shown on many episodes while Andy and others are grouped around his desk talking. I actually saw a nice shot of it today. It was the episode where Opie gets stuck selling "Miracle Salve", and Barny pulls a fast on the business who sold it to the Mayberry kids.
The radio in Andys offfice looks like maybe some type of old Hallicrafters unit, may even be an old Motorola.
Anyone out there know what it is?
I heard the info on it a long time ago, but do not remember where I heard or found it.
Thanks     Roll Eyes
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WX2S
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2013, 05:57:50 AM »

A picture might help.

http://midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/The-Andy-Griffith-Show-Episodes.jpg

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KE3WD
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2013, 06:39:02 AM »

http://www.eham.net/articles/6977

The answers can be found in the above old eham article.

Strange mix of radios that could/would only be used as TV props. 


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N4KZ
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2013, 04:46:21 PM »

Wow, strange coincidence. I read the original post and then clicked the link to an earlier eham post only to see I wrote it almost 10 years ago.

Kind of like my experience in the late 1980s of copying W1AW code practice one night on 40m and realizing they were sending text from one of my articles published in QST.

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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2013, 06:06:42 AM »

I don't know about the equipment references in the thread KE3WD posted above, but in the photo linked by WX2S the radio on the top isn't a radio at all, it's a Motorola T1200 DC remote control console.  It's basically a box with audio and PTT that interfaces to a twisted pair phone line that's connected to a base station located elsewhere.

I have no idea what the bottom radio is.

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K1DA
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2013, 08:51:12 AM »

  The transmitter was an Eico 730 and 730 modulator.  There was some police activity just above 29.7 in the early days of 2 way radio, although wideband FM was the mode.  There were still law enforcement ops on 31 megs as late as the 80s. 
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KE3WD
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2013, 11:02:06 AM »


The Eico 730 was an AM modulator. 
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KG6YV
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2013, 02:33:09 PM »

The Eico transmitter is the 720, the modulator model number was 730 and it was an AM/CW transmitter.

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W9GB
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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2013, 03:29:00 PM »

The Motorola console is a common remote base frame (vacuum tube).
Various modules could be added to that case.

My Dad had one, when he built his office in town (early 1960s) -- it remotely operated (via dedicated telephone circuit, 2 or 4-wire) the 46 MHz T radio at our house.  Operated that way until 1990.

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KE3WD
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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2013, 06:07:54 PM »

Props. 

Props used for dramatic presentation do not have to do real work...

Chosen for the looks, availability may also come into play. 
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AD6KA
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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2013, 11:35:29 PM »

Props. 
Props used for dramatic presentation do not have to do real work...
Chosen for the looks, availability may also come into play. 

Yup.
I was in HRO Burbank once and they had some
studio guys in the store renting electronic gear for some
TV or movie production. I think they rented a PROI or PROII.
They liked the color display! Grin
And some other stuff.....the more lights the better.....

I saw a made-for-TV cheesy Sci Fi program once.
Giant mutant bugs or something. The small town Sheriff's
Office had a TS-940 for a scanner by the dispatcher's
desk. I assume they were using it as a scanner, no mic attached.
(Then again, the freq was stuck somewhere on 20m)
Oh yeah, the giant bugs killed the lady dispatcher while
the sheriff's posse was out chasing those sneaky bugs.
Life's a bitch.....
73, Ken  AD6KA
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AC4RD
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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2013, 04:01:49 AM »

Giant mutant bugs or something. The small town Sheriff's
Office had a TS-940 for a scanner by the dispatcher's
desk. I assume they were using it as a scanner, no mic attached.

Deputy:  "Sheriff!  Come quick!  Huge bugs are attacking the town!"

Sheriff:  "You'll have to handle it yourself, Barney.  Monk Apollo is on 17m RTTY and the pileup isn't very big right now!"

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N3NAI
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« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2014, 01:20:48 AM »

i have a Motorola with the V it is a full self contained 2m transceiver with p/s inside it was recrystallized  for 146.88 a repeater in Lee county fl  and a friend added a Motorola tone board for me works well but i need a new mic cord and a little tlc for the case
its a tube radio so hast to warm a little.  the same desktop case was used for the remote transceiver type also.
a little town like may berry with 1 patrol car would use a complete desktop unit probably have 2 channel 1 for them 1 for mutual aid or state patrol.  and if people have forgotten CB in the 60s it was a small business band so the town might have used it for utility and tow truck etc now a cw rig just was never used by police

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