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Author Topic: What Is The Most Beautiful Radio Ever Made (In Your Opinion)?  (Read 182966 times)
KD8MJR
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« on: July 17, 2013, 03:55:26 PM »

 We have all seen them in magazines, on the net or in person. We have all drooled and lusted for them, some of us as teenagers and most as grown men.

 I am interested in what most of you think are the Top 3 or 5 Most Beautiful Transceiver ever built and also your close but no cigar models and then the one or two you would choose for the Butt Ugly award  Wink

Please this is NOT about how good a receiver it is or it’s IMD specs or any other technical specs.  I don’t care if it was expensive or if only NASA had access to one.  I don't care if the unit was notorious for blowing up 5 minutes after it was plugged in.  All I am interested in is knowing what Rig you thought was a total work of Art and what Rig Was beaten with an ugly stick.

Thank you for all your opinions.  Please feel free to post what you like and don't like. Even if it repeats what other people have listed.
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2013, 03:56:31 PM »

So let me go first.

The Three Transceivers that I think are a true work of art are:

1) The Icom 7800.   IMO just a classy high tech looking Rig that I fell in love with the moment I saw it. The love affair only grew when I got to use one for a few hours.

2) The Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark V Field.    The moment I saw one I just thought it was the most bad a$$ piece of Ham gear I had ever seen.  It looked like what a Ham Radio should look like and I just fell in love with the whole series.  The Mark V was my favorite of that series and even today I think about getting one.

3) Kenwood TS-830S.   Really nice design, another Classic Rig that to me was a poster boy for what a Ham Radio should look like.


The Close but no Cigar Rigs:

1) The Kenwood 990S.   I really love several aspects about the way it looks, the bandscope is the best of any rig made, the construction is excellent and the VFO looks really nice. Almost everything is great but something just went wrong in the overal design.  It just got too big and square looking and the button overload started to take away from the beauty of the design.

2) The hilberling PT-8000:   It’s so confusing for me when I look at the 8000.  It’s modern yet old, it’s a Retro design that almost works but somehow falls a bit flat.  The Quality oozes out but the design just lacks a sense of direction.

My Beaten with and Ugly Stick radio.

1) The Swan 260 Cygnet.   If the guy who designed the exterior did not commit suicide he should have.   I don’t even know where to start with this POS exterior.   Maybe the first question I would ask the designer is why couldn’t you have at least placed the Dividing line on the front Panel above or below the tuning knob instead of slightly through it?  Was it so hard to just get that one thing right?
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N3HFS
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2013, 03:57:26 PM »

I loved the old "Cathedral" radios.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Philco_cathedral_radio.jpg

For ugly, I'll go with almost anything I can remember from Ten-Tec.  Or MFJ, for that matter.  That stuff looks like it came out of a high school shop class.
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2013, 04:51:00 PM »


Ok but I was thinking more along the lines of Ham Radio.

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For ugly, I'll go with almost anything I can remember from Ten-Tec.  Or MFJ, for that matter.  That stuff looks like it came out of a high school shop class.

IMO the Ten Tec Omni V is not bad looking but some of the other models are not so great.  
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2013, 03:09:58 AM »

a red PT-8000A gets my vote for coolest looking radio.
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2013, 05:00:19 AM »

The 'most beautiful' transceiver?  If I may be so bold--the one that you built, rebuilt, modified or simply personalized to your ideas and tastes.
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2013, 05:36:57 AM »

Agree with K1CJS,home brew. For perfect example see Don's W6JL phasing image cancelling rig.
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2013, 09:22:16 AM »

Hallicrafters SX-28... and pair it with a BC 610

Rick  WN2C
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2013, 09:30:27 AM »

Best looking: those very rare white Collins 51J4s. Also the TMC GPR-90
Ugliest: BC-348 or anything with black crackle finish made in the 1930s. ie HRO5

http://www.freewebs.com/pepindia/u069g.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/59371508@N07/6957122991/in/photostream/

http://www.jamminpower.com/images/GPR-90.1s.jpg

http://www.freewebs.com/pepindia/Jul00-Dantuono-BC348-Fig1.jpg
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2013, 10:17:32 AM »

Best looking - Tentec Corsair II, when I go SK I want to be buried with mine. Some of the Eddystone and Racal receivers come a very close second as I like simple front panels.

As for the ugliest, well, like my Grandma said, if you can't say anything nice about someone then you'd best shut up.

Tanakasan
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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2013, 11:45:48 AM »

Swan 350
Drake twins, T-4XB and R-4B
Drake TR4
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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2013, 01:33:47 PM »

I vote for the IC7800. Getting long in the tooth now it still is one of the most pleasing radios I have ever looked at.

I also like the looks of the Elecraft K1. Simplicity of design is nice too.


Ugly stick radio, the Ten Tec Orion II
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« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2013, 02:06:24 PM »

My vote for most beautiful radio goes for the Kenwood T599D/R599D twins. Love that bronze finish!! 

The "two bagger" award goes to the Atlas 210's and alike. What were they thinking!!

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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2013, 02:49:05 PM »

My vote for most beautiful radio goes for the Kenwood T599D/R599D twins. Love that bronze finish!! 

The "two bagger" award goes to the Atlas 210's and alike. What were they thinking!!



Never heard of the Atlas 210 but now that I look at it I think it explains what happened to the guy who designed the Swan 260.  They must have hired him at Atlas Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2013, 04:32:27 PM »

My vote is for the ICOM 7800, Kenwood TS 940 SAT or Yaesu FT 1000 series (D, MP and MP MKV)
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