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Author Topic: What Is The Most Beautiful Radio Ever Made (In Your Opinion)?  (Read 164460 times)
WB4M
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« Reply #60 on: July 29, 2013, 12:09:44 PM »

I agree with "dxzepp" the gold-faced Kenwood 599-D "twins".   I still have a pair of them.
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« Reply #61 on: July 29, 2013, 05:21:32 PM »

60 replies just goes to prove the old adage: Beauty really is in the eyes of the beholder.
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« Reply #62 on: July 29, 2013, 06:36:59 PM »

Hallicrafters Hurricane comes to mind. Very impressive with the power supply and external VFO. Plenty of room across the face. No cramped knobs.

The Forest green PT-8000 set with that awesome power meter is grandiose.

"Most Beautiful" is a difficult one to peg.
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« Reply #63 on: July 30, 2013, 02:49:45 PM »

60 replies just goes to prove the old adage: Beauty really is in the eyes of the beholder.

Yes it is but in many cases the Beauty is not lost with time.  I look at some older radios and still drool at how beautiful they are.  I love a modern looking Radio like the Icom 7800 yet I also Love the much older FT-1000 and even some of those boat anchor Hallicrafters.  They are all simply works of Art.
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« Reply #64 on: July 30, 2013, 02:54:19 PM »

I agree with "dxzepp" the gold-faced Kenwood 599-D "twins".   I still have a pair of them.

How much did those cost NIB back then?
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« Reply #65 on: July 30, 2013, 06:34:14 PM »

The last of the big box HROs were, in my opinion, National's first attempt at introducing "style" in their receivers.   I think one of the most beautiful receivers ever, was the NC-183D, and I love the color.

http://i670.photobucket.com/albums/vv62/mikeinkcmo/Radios/HRO-60/Natrcvrs1.jpg
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« Reply #66 on: July 31, 2013, 12:03:49 PM »

For a FM mobile radio: 
The Kenwood TW4000-http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/fm_txvrs/tw4000aL.jpg
That brushed aluminium front panel is just beautiful, kind of like a FM version of the Kenwood 599 twins. 

The Kenwood TM201A is in the same category: http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/fm_txvrs/tm201aL.jpg
The B version of the TM201 wasn't nearly as pretty.

The most interesting has to be the Standard C-50:  http://www.rigpix.com/standard/c50.htm
Does this look like a home stereo receiver or what?

For HTs:
The Standard C156A wins hands down: http://www.rigpix.com/standard/c156.htm
I have had a couple of these, they are the classiest looking HT I have ever seen.  Just a perfect fit and finish and they feel really rugged as well.

Hononable mention to the Icom P2AT: http://www.rigpix.com/icom/icp2et.htm
For some reason I just love the look of it.  The Yaesu VX7R (silver version) also looks very nice.

For HF rigs:
I have to agree with the Kenwood 599 twins-any model of them.  The 599 and 599A almost look like chrome front panels. 
The Heiberling PT8000 also looks nice with a blue (!) front panel: http://www.rigpix.com/hilberling/pt8000a.htm
I also like the Yaesu FT107 that someone else mentioned. 

John AF5CC
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AB4O
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« Reply #67 on: August 04, 2013, 07:27:32 PM »

Icom-781 or Kenwood ts-950sdx
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« Reply #68 on: August 04, 2013, 07:37:39 PM »

Forgot about the Icom 781, that's a real beauty.
I also love the look of the Kenwood ts-950sdx
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« Reply #69 on: August 04, 2013, 07:45:34 PM »


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The most interesting has to be the Standard C-50:  http://www.rigpix.com/standard/c50.htm
Does this look like a home stereo receiver or what?

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John AF5CC

Yeah it does look like a 1980's stereo receiver.
It almost looks like it was made for use by local Law enforcement??
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« Reply #70 on: August 10, 2013, 10:05:05 AM »

Certainly the Icom 7800 is way up near the top.  I also like the looks of the Kenwood TS-990S.  Maybe I just like lots of knobs and buttons.  The fact that the TS-990S looks like an Icom doesn't hurt.

Ken
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« Reply #71 on: August 10, 2013, 10:27:46 AM »

I've seen a lot of Standard radios, but neve ra C-50.

Maybe they made it like that so the YL/XYL would let it stay in the living room!
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« Reply #72 on: August 13, 2013, 04:24:13 AM »

I loved my Drake 7 but my favorite was the Johnson Viking mobile with the 807 finals and Eimac receiver. It wasn't complete without a 24V dynamotor that I ran on 12V.
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« Reply #73 on: August 13, 2013, 05:23:24 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

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« Reply #74 on: August 15, 2013, 12:52:29 PM »

Drake B and C line twins.
Drake TR4 series
Drake TR7
Kenwood TS-830s and TS-530s(p)
Collins S-Line
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