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Author Topic: What Is The Most Beautiful Radio Ever Made (In Your Opinion)?  (Read 194112 times)
KB6HRT
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« Reply #105 on: October 22, 2013, 08:02:21 PM »

For me its the Yaesu FT920, think it worked as good as it looked, i brought one about 5 years ago as used it some but had all ICOM stuff at the time, when a new HAM was looking for a good radio I sold it to him to get him started on the right foot, that ham told me a while back he had over 2000 confirmed DX contacts with it. They do work well for sure! Have a Kenwood TS590 and it looks all right in my shack but the FT920 looked awesome in the shack in same place at night!........KB6HRT
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K9MOV
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« Reply #106 on: October 28, 2013, 10:02:47 AM »

KWM-!
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AD9DX
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« Reply #107 on: October 28, 2013, 12:27:20 PM »

For me its the Yaesu FT920, think it worked as good as it looked, i brought one about 5 years ago as used it some but had all ICOM stuff at the time, when a new HAM was looking for a good radio I sold it to him to get him started on the right foot, that ham told me a while back he had over 2000 confirmed DX contacts with it. They do work well for sure! Have a Kenwood TS590 and it looks all right in my shack but the FT920 looked awesome in the shack in same place at night!........KB6HRT

I think I4EAT uses a 920 also.  That's an endorsement if I've ever seen one.
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« Reply #108 on: October 28, 2013, 12:58:13 PM »

I never owned one, but I think the Ten-Tec Delta was *great* looking.  http://tentecwiki.org/lib/exe/fetch.php?cache=&w=800&h=363&media=580.jpg

here's a page with pics of all the Ten-Tecs: http://tentecwiki.org/doku.php?id=transceivers

I now own a Jupiter and while it isn't sexy, it works like a champ and that's what counts anyways
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F4GFT
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« Reply #109 on: November 16, 2013, 04:01:01 AM »


How come the Rockwell-Collins KWM-380 has not been mentioned yet?



(This one's not mine, I found it here http://www.w2xc.com/KWM-380.htm

Andy
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W6UV
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« Reply #110 on: November 20, 2013, 03:24:53 PM »


How come the Rockwell-Collins KWM-380 has not been mentioned yet?

Because it's butt-ugly and plain looking?
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VE3TMT
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« Reply #111 on: November 29, 2013, 12:34:01 PM »

Icom 7800
Lots of Kenwood - TS870, 830, 940
FT1000D

then thinks got weird (read cluttered)

TS990
FTDX9000

I don't find any of the TenTec gear appealing.

Currently I run a Yaesu FT990. While old, the control feel like I'm driving a Cadillac.

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K0JEG
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« Reply #112 on: November 30, 2013, 11:39:59 AM »

While I find it a real stretch for any radio to be considered "beautiful" I always thought my dad's old Marauder was interesting to look at in a 1950's refrigerator sort of way.

http://rigreference.com/en/rig/5064-Heathkit_HX_10_Marauder

2 tone green with lots of chrome.
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KD8HMO
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« Reply #113 on: December 02, 2013, 02:17:37 PM »

I love the looks of my TS-520S and TS-530S. I drooled over these radios when I was a kid and they were new. Now I own a mint example of each one and I still love them...
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KD8MJR
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« Reply #114 on: December 06, 2013, 12:56:22 PM »

While I find it a real stretch for any radio to be considered "beautiful" I always thought my dad's old Marauder was interesting to look at in a 1950's refrigerator sort of way.

I take it your not the Kind of guy who drooled over Lafayette and Radio shack catalogs as a kid?
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KE7TMA
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« Reply #115 on: December 06, 2013, 04:12:01 PM »

How about the Neutrowound Super Power model 1927?  This thing is a radio for real men, none of those sissy transistors inside.

http://image.artfact.com/housePhotos/levine/16/308216/H4128-L23875823.jpg
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« Reply #116 on: December 06, 2013, 06:13:09 PM »

That model 1927 is a work of art. I can just imagine the challenges back then to fit all that stuff in that little chassis.  Kind of like a 1927 version of the 817nd.
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W8ATA
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« Reply #117 on: December 07, 2013, 08:52:51 AM »

For sheer beauty, the Collins S line. Never went for girls with a lot of glitter and glitz. The S line fits my 80 year old girl taste. Smiley

73,
Russ
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K0JEG
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« Reply #118 on: December 07, 2013, 04:02:40 PM »

While I find it a real stretch for any radio to be considered "beautiful" I always thought my dad's old Marauder was interesting to look at in a 1950's refrigerator sort of way.

I take it your not the Kind of guy who drooled over Lafayette and Radio shack catalogs as a kid?

I sure did, but when I was looking for beauty I tended to look at magazines with pictures of "bunnies" in the middle...
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W3KC
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« Reply #119 on: December 11, 2013, 07:36:30 AM »

My choice is the Hallicrafters S38 (Raymond Loewy).

Other contenders:

Cubic Astro 103
Yaesu FT-101ZD
National HRO-50T
Hammarlund HQ150
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