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Author Topic: What Is The Most Beautiful Radio Ever Made (In Your Opinion)?  (Read 210307 times)
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« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2013, 04:36:14 PM »

The FT-1000 is a sexy beast. So is the FTDX 9000 without the silly screen. The new Kenwood TS-990 isn't my favorite. The center screen looks squished.
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« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2013, 07:03:48 PM »

To me it's a draw between the IC 7800 and the FT 9000dxMP.  Other notables are the TS 950sdx, all of the Yaesu 1000s, and the Kenwood 830S.  For older gear, I like the looks of the Heathkit Indian gear (Apache, Warrior, etc).  I had an HA-10 once, not a very good amp, but those big solid chrome knobs and super heavy duty case were outstanding.

Ugly?  That's hard to nail down.  Too many to choose from.

73
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« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2013, 06:42:56 AM »



Ten Tec Corsair II

Yaesu FT-102

Yaesu FT-767

iCom 701 series (551D, 251 etc)

Nothing to do with "performance"; the above is based on execution of a theme as in the 701 or a radio that is just plain beautiful sitting there on the desk.
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« Reply #18 on: July 19, 2013, 11:59:07 AM »

let me toss my pennies in here....

Hallicrafters SX-115 and HT-32B. To me, they just "look right".

For the Fugly award, the TT Orion series. They look cheap, feel cheap, and cost too much.

73, Jim
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« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2013, 12:06:24 PM »

let me toss my pennies in here....

Hallicrafters SX-115 and HT-32B. To me, they just "look right".

For the Fugly award, the TT Orion series. They look cheap, feel cheap, and cost too much.

73, Jim

And no 6m on the TT which is crazy for a "modern" rig.
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« Reply #20 on: July 19, 2013, 12:34:34 PM »

let me toss my pennies in here....

Hallicrafters SX-115 and HT-32B. To me, they just "look right".

For the Fugly award, the TT Orion series. They look cheap, feel cheap, and cost too much.

73, Jim

I can see why you like the SX-115. Even though it's very old school you can see the attention to detail and the great symmetry in the way thing are laid out.  I can appreciate that kind of beauty and attention to detail in equipment, no matter how old it is.
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« Reply #21 on: July 19, 2013, 12:38:15 PM »

The first "real" Amateur Radio station I ever saw had those rigs, and as a 10-year old, I was really impressed!

The guy had his "shack" set up in his den, one of those 1960's wood paneled places with Eames Lounge Chairs, a high-end stereo, a fire place, and tons of books.

Hugh Hefner would have loved the place!
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« Reply #22 on: July 19, 2013, 08:20:22 PM »

Anything Hallicrafters...
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« Reply #23 on: July 19, 2013, 11:53:51 PM »

I'm amazed someone hasn't nominated this in an earlier post:

Top spot- Collins S-Line.  KWM-2, or the 75S-3 & 32S-3 combo, maybe with the station monitor.  And I don't even own Collins.

I own Drakes: TR4Cw, R4B, T4XB.  Not crazy about the cosmetics, but they work great (some say even better than the Collins twins).  I also have a TenTec Omni 6+.  Wasn't that impressed with its looks, but it's starting to grow on me.

Lastly, and old love- I was lucky enough as a Novice to score a used National NC-183D in great condition.  Beautiful looking receiver: the way those dials and meter glowed gave me goose bumps.

Bill in Pasadena, NK6Q

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« Reply #24 on: July 20, 2013, 10:32:08 AM »

Although I have had a lot of equipment in my lifetime, the one that I think makes the grade is a Hallicrafters SX-88.

Runner up is the Johnson Invader and CE 200v
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« Reply #25 on: July 20, 2013, 12:06:39 PM »

Although I have had a lot of equipment in my lifetime, the one that I think makes the grade is a Hallicrafters SX-88.
Runner up is the Johnson Invader and CE 200v

Wow the SX-88 is a beauty.  That's why I started this thread so the newer Hams could get a look at the best design from the past and present.  BTW I also like the collins gear but I had never seen a SX-88 before

Found these great images of the exterior and interior of the SX-88.  What a work of art.
http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=105476
Scroll 3/4 way down to see the pictures.
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« Reply #26 on: July 20, 2013, 01:19:08 PM »

I'm probably a bit weird because I think the Ten Tec radio's (Orion II, Omni VII, Eagle) are not that bad. I like the simplicity of their design.

When I started this hobby, the FT 1000 Mark V field was the top of the line from Yaesu. My first QSO's were made with an Elmers FT 1000 Mark V field and I was on top of the moon.

The vote for the ugliest rig goes too the FTdx 3000/1200. Another good contender is the Elecraft K3. We often call it "President Lincoln" or "Uniden Bearcat 9000 XLT".

How a transceiver looks is not that important to me and I realy mean that. To prove my point, the transceiver in my shack is a... K3.  Wink
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« Reply #27 on: July 20, 2013, 01:51:52 PM »

Although I have had a lot of equipment in my lifetime, the one that I think makes the grade is a Hallicrafters SX-88.
Runner up is the Johnson Invader and CE 200v

Wow the SX-88 is a beauty.  That's why I started this thread so the newer Hams could get a look at the best design from the past and present.  BTW I also like the collins gear but I had never seen a SX-88 before

Found these great images of the exterior and interior of the SX-88.  What a work of art.
http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=105476
Scroll 3/4 way down to see the pictures.


If we are talking antique radios, how about an Atwater Kent model 5  Shocked
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« Reply #28 on: July 20, 2013, 01:52:03 PM »

IC-7200 in green camo paint  Grin
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« Reply #29 on: July 20, 2013, 03:15:43 PM »

Kenwood TS2000 - Looks like it was designed by an Italian sports car designer.
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