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Author Topic: What was your first shortwave radio?  (Read 330636 times)
ONAIR
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« Reply #210 on: February 14, 2016, 10:29:54 PM »

Heath GR64.  Needed a safecrackers touch for tuning that thing.  But, it did get me a bunch of QSL cards from all over.  It was around 1969 at that peak.  China set me enough printed propaganda that it scared my parents.  Pictures of dead us marines on trucks; talk of "imperialist running dogs", "capitalist pigs"; and more.  How the world has changed.  I traveled to both China and Hanoi just last month.
  Remember all of that propaganda that Radio Havana Cuba used to transmit about us in the 1960s?  Now we becoming their pals!
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« Reply #211 on: February 16, 2016, 03:06:55 AM »

I had a Hallicrafters SX-99 that I ordered used from the Allied catalog. The SX-99 drifted like a boat in a fast river - I had to keep one hand on the key and the other on the bandspread. I wanted an SX-100 and couldn't afford one. So when I stumbled across an SX-100 at a hamfest a few years ago I purchased it. Now it sits in the shack along with my modern equipment. It just flat looks like a radio, unlike some modern stuff.
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« Reply #212 on: February 16, 2016, 03:46:03 AM »

Homebrew Super regenerative rig.  Would shock hell out of you if you forgot to kill the B+ and tried to change coils...  Used a dual tube of some kind, and my Dad and I built it.  I used to SWL with it...  What fun that was...  SWLing nowadays is boring...
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WA2ISE
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« Reply #213 on: February 17, 2016, 03:19:21 PM »

Had some pos octal 5 tube superhet radio a neighbor threw out.  Long gone.  I do remember getting big gun stations from South Africa and such on it. 
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KG4YMC
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« Reply #214 on: February 18, 2016, 09:53:45 AM »

 mine was  eico  711 space ranger.  remember building it . making about 7 wiring mistakes. hey, I was a kid. lol. guy in dads electronic class tuned ut up . and it was dead on wwv on l5 and ten . great radio made the mistake of  selling it . still got  sangeion dx440  use to hear reds games on wlw down here . stil works great.  stations. ?  number stations. first  hearing  ssb and useing  bfo.  propaganda stations  .  even heard berry goldwater on ham  bands . he was working a call in net to say hi to him .  this was way before got liscense in 2003. great menories.
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« Reply #215 on: February 18, 2016, 10:55:54 AM »

Knight Kit Star Roamer - still got it, it still works!  I was probably in the 9th grade when I got it (1n the 1960s), couldn't wait to get home from school for a few nights to put it together.  I still have pride in that radio!
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« Reply #216 on: February 22, 2016, 12:05:39 PM »

Knight Kit Star Roamer. 4 tube super het mid sixty's
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« Reply #217 on: February 23, 2016, 03:18:59 AM »

I found an old Panasonic portable world band radio with SSB, and the 6 meter band on it, in the land fill. It had a loose wire in the power supply which I fixed. I listened to hams on 6 many times. Also 80m. I didn't care about BC listening, I was interested in what the hams were talking about.
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« Reply #218 on: March 07, 2016, 06:09:08 PM »

My first real SW radio was a Sony CRF-5100 Earth Orbiter that my dad purchased.  We didn't have it long. He traded it for a new scanner.  That started my interest in scanning which I still enjoy.

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N5PG
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« Reply #219 on: March 13, 2016, 10:53:46 AM »

1961, British ww2 surplus R109T.
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N9LCD
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« Reply #220 on: March 21, 2016, 11:43:00 AM »

My mother's Zenith TransOceanic and a Zenith (naturally) console radio.

While in grammar school, I used to sneak around and try to see what I could hear beyond 1600 (KHz).

The only trouble was I always got caught messing with the radios because I forgot "how" to reset them.

Seriously, I remember my Father trying to tune Sputnik's HF signal on the Zenith console set.  Unfortunately being pre WW II, it didn't tune above 20 MHz.
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« Reply #221 on: April 07, 2016, 07:47:23 PM »

 Browning model 35 with the Tobe tuner, MW TO something like 18 MHZ early 1930's metal crackle finish cabinet, switchable BFO  for cw reception.

My next Swl was a Philco 1935 floor model with the cats eye tuning meter, similar coverage as the Browning and the Philco still works to this day.

Beautiful mahogany cabinet and enough audio from the massive speaker to be heard a block away with the house doors and windows closed.
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« Reply #222 on: May 24, 2016, 06:08:45 AM »

Well I go back a long way. Ready? First was a Cromwell valve radio ~ 1958. Couple of years later got a National Panasonic R-205JB 8 transistor. Lost interest until around 1980 got a National R-1400. Couple of years later a Sony ICF-2001D. Around 1985 a Yaesu FRG-7. Sold in 1991 always regretted. Did my SWL on the 2001D. Also bought a Sony ICF-7600D, later a 7600G and a SW-100 all great radios for travelling. Three years ago I bought my two dream radios - a Drake R8B and a JRC NRD-535D. I have several other radios I've acquired like the Tecsun PL-660, Panasonic DR-22 and an old Barlow Wadley XCR-30 still works perfectly.
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« Reply #223 on: May 24, 2016, 09:14:08 AM »

Yes siree Bob.... I remember that old crystal radio set with the gum eraser, safety pin, germanium diode, etc.  Yes that was my first radio set...used to listen to the AT&T New York Marine operator transmitting on about 1700 Khz using a 200 foot wire strung up from my second floor location up to the top of the adjoining sixth story roof.  That wire pulled everything in at the same time including stations beyond my local listening area so signals came in over another.  Used to experiment by shifting the wire while walking around my building's roof with the crystal set to alter what could be pulled in.  Sorry, that may not qualify as an SWL radio or even as a real radio but the excitement still resonates with me... 
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KT4HX
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« Reply #224 on: May 25, 2016, 11:46:22 PM »

In 1969 I got a Ross 1915-N AM/FM/SW portable radio for my birthday.  I had never fiddled with shortwave and started finding all kinds of stuff.  The first QSL I ever got was for a reception report using that radio.  It was a commemorative QSL for the opening of the new Radio Nederlands relay on Bonaire that year.  Such great memories with the little radio.  It only covered 4 to 12 MCs, but I found plenty to listen to night after night.  I eventually had a Knight Star Roamer, then a Realistic DX-150A.  Then onward and upward.  But those days and those old receivers were great fun.
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