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Author Topic: What Is The Most Beautiful Radio Ever Made (In Your Opinion)?  (Read 211444 times)
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« Reply #180 on: June 19, 2014, 07:34:51 AM »

It still exists! Just not in the White House.


Very interesting, thanks.   After reading it I don't see any mention of what happened to everything after the 1960's.  You say it still exists, where is it and are there any recent pictures of the equipment.


http://whcacannonball.blogspot.com/2014/02/update-presidential-communications-car.html
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« Reply #181 on: June 19, 2014, 07:58:06 PM »

I would now vote for my recent acquisition. Hy Gain 3750.
Dale W4OP
 http://www.parelectronics.com/vintage-hy-gain-3750-transciever.php

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AF5CC
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« Reply #182 on: June 20, 2014, 09:22:42 PM »

I will agree, the Hygain 3750 is a nice radio, kind of like a large set of Kenwood 599D twins with the burgundy front face. How does it perform?

John AF5CC
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« Reply #183 on: June 21, 2014, 08:03:57 AM »

Hi John,
The radio, after cleaning and repairing an issue on the rectifier board is great.  One of the most stable VFO's I have ever used. Audio reports are excellent and it uses a clever system for guaranteeing that one is zero beat with the station you are working on CW.
More photos will be on my site soon- interior shots.
I agree on the similarity to the Twins- heavy anodized aluminum front panel.
Dale W4OP
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« Reply #184 on: June 22, 2014, 08:04:48 PM »

The Hallicrafters SX-100 and others from this company with the dual tuning dials always had the sharpest look for boat anchors in my eyes.

Rick
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« Reply #185 on: June 22, 2014, 09:33:35 PM »

Dale,

Thanks for the info. What is the unique zero beating technique they use?  Does it come with narrow CW and/or SSB filters, or is it even possible to find narrow filters for it today?  I get the impression that there wasn't a lot of these radios sold in the US.  Do you know who made them for Hy-Gain?

73 John AF5CC
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KD8MJR
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« Reply #186 on: June 22, 2014, 09:54:12 PM »

It still exists! Just not in the White House.


Very interesting, thanks.   After reading it I don't see any mention of what happened to everything after the 1960's.  You say it still exists, where is it and are there any recent pictures of the equipment.



http://whcacannonball.blogspot.com/2014/02/update-presidential-communications-car.html


Wow thats Sad  Cry Cry
I guess the radio gear got thrown in the dump?

Anyway thanks for the Link.
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« Reply #187 on: June 23, 2014, 06:13:38 AM »

"Antenna insulator found next to Potus 1 car"

found


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If you have a clumsy child, you make them wear a helmet. If you have death prone children, you keep a few clones of them in your lab.
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« Reply #188 on: June 26, 2014, 10:13:57 AM »

Dale,

Thanks for the info. What is the unique zero beating technique they use?  Does it come with narrow CW and/or SSB filters, or is it even possible to find narrow filters for it today?  I get the impression that there wasn't a lot of these radios sold in the US.  Do you know who made them for Hy-Gain?

73 John AF5CC

Hi John,
Given that many radios of that era treated CW as an afterthought, the Hy Gain performs very well.
When you find a station to work, you throw the CW CAL switch and zerobeat the station. Then turn off the switch and you will hear him at 800Hz and your TX will be spot on. No RIT needed, but can be used of course.
While CW uses the SSB filter it also uses a narrow audio filter. While not as ideal from an AGC standpoint- the filter is well shaped and makes CW a joy.

My understanding is that the rig was designed at Hy-Gain and about 200 were manufactured  by Panasonic/National.
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« Reply #189 on: July 24, 2014, 10:46:35 PM »

i have never yet had a new xcvr, but these are ones i got used that were easy on my eyes:





and one not so easy on my eye:



ymmv...
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« Reply #190 on: July 27, 2014, 08:28:04 AM »


I think the venerable 930S should not be left without being mentioned here.

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« Reply #191 on: July 27, 2014, 08:25:07 PM »

I have two Kenwood TS2000 radios.  Both of them qualify for the Most Beautiful Radio Ever Made!
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« Reply #192 on: August 05, 2014, 12:21:28 PM »


I think the venerable 930S should not be left without being mentioned here.

Yes its been mentioned before.  Very nice rig, with a well designed front panel
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« Reply #193 on: August 07, 2014, 10:56:44 AM »

My vote goes to the Robyn T-240 D Executive CB Radio

http://radiopics.com/CB_Radio/USA%20CB/3-Base/Robyn/Robyn_T-240D.htm



Yes that is a beaut! As much as we may hate to admit it, a lot of the Chinnken banders were cool looking!
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« Reply #194 on: August 18, 2014, 12:03:48 PM »

K4PIH you still alive "Good Buddy"!  I was worried the Ham Mafia might have done you in  Grin Grin
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