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Author Topic: What Is The Most Beautiful Radio Ever Made (In Your Opinion)?  (Read 200151 times)
AD9DX
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« Reply #45 on: July 23, 2013, 11:54:28 AM »

If we are talking antique radios, how about an Atwater Kent model 5  Shocked

My Eyes my eyes  Cry Cry

Too bad they are not good performers.
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« Reply #46 on: July 23, 2013, 02:21:00 PM »

Well, Boat Anchors always have the votes here. kind of like classic cars, metal parts and chassis make for a better look, feel, and longevity. plastic radios are cheap looking, fragile to an extreme, and surely will not last 50+ years - unless they are just shelf fillers.

1) SX-28A  looks absolutely astonishing !

2) SX-73 has great model number and looks like a love affair, I'd risk having if ever one was to be found.

3) The National 183D is gorgeous !

Nice looking receivers indeed.

The "ugly puppy awards" go to National for the the HRO series.
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« Reply #47 on: July 23, 2013, 04:14:31 PM »

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

Just personal preference, but I don't agree with the 2000--although its a half way descent radio, it looks like someone stood it on its backside and let it melt!  They just tried to 'streamline' the radio front panel a little too much!

IMHO the TS2000 is good looking enough that I have two of them: TS2000(X) with 1.2GHz module and a TS2000.  The ergonomics are great, the layout of the buttons is logical and the most used functions are available with one or two key presses, as compared to other radios with absolutely byzantine menu systems.
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« Reply #48 on: July 23, 2013, 05:04:44 PM »

If we are talking antique radios, how about an Atwater Kent model 5  Shocked

My Eyes my eyes  Cry Cry

Too bad they are not good performers.

At least they didn't design it to look like a Performer  Grin 
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« Reply #49 on: July 23, 2013, 08:05:19 PM »

Definitely homebrew- of course, I am biased- my HF RX:
http://www.parelectronics.com/images/homebrew/W7ZOI-front-angle-lg.jpg

All the new offshore stuff looks the same. For a commercial piece- either the Elmac ATR-4 or the Sonar monobander/quadbanders.

Dale W4OP
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« Reply #50 on: July 24, 2013, 05:36:35 PM »

For me it is either my RCA AR88 or my CR88
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« Reply #51 on: July 25, 2013, 10:00:33 AM »

Kind of a stretch to call it a ham level radio, but the R390a internals with all the brass gears and clockworks adjusting the variable capacitors and mechanical filters always impressed me.
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« Reply #52 on: July 25, 2013, 02:38:09 PM »

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

Wow Just got an email from another Ham letting me know that I hit the Nail on the Head  Grin
Both the Atlas 210 and the Swan 260 are designed by the same guy named Herb J.
What are the odds that the two ugly ducklings from different companies came from the same Father  Grin
A Big thanks to Dale for the email.

Robert


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« Reply #53 on: July 26, 2013, 05:16:59 AM »

W4OP,  Nice clean looking rig!  73!
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« Reply #54 on: July 27, 2013, 06:54:28 AM »

Just had a tour of Ten Tec, and they could not have been nicer people.  The factory tour was wonderful, and quite impressive.  Even the people working on their lines would look up, smile and give a nice greeting.  

They do have a display room of their earlier models over the years, and many look really, really bad. The current ones however have been cleaned up nicely and it seems that Ten Tec has finally gotten with it in eye-appeal.  The "fit and finish" of their hardware has vastly improved as well.  Overall, a very positive experience meeting them and seeing their operation.  The current models were available in their station for on-air demos and operation, and they performed very well.

Disclaimer....no ties to Ten Tec here, and 99% Icom over the years.  Just very pleasantly surprised, and will buy some of their gear in the future.  BTW and FWIW, they mentioned to look for some SDR products in the future.

  

  
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« Reply #55 on: July 28, 2013, 10:55:52 PM »

SX-42 and the SX-28. Classics.

Pete

and, Ten Tec rigs are ugly?  At least an average technically inclined ham can repair them when the time comes.
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« Reply #56 on: July 29, 2013, 01:53:23 AM »

The Kenwood TS-530SP and the TS-830 are at the top.

Current production rigs would be the Kenwood TS-590 and the Icom IC-7600

Yeasu has nothing, but they make dammed good rotors.

Old transmitters from the past: Johnson Viking Vallant and the Hallicrafter HT-37
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« Reply #57 on: July 29, 2013, 06:28:17 AM »

Great thread!

I had really never given aesthetics much thought until I saw your post.

After reviewing most of the rigs everyone is commenting on, I'm not impressed with most rigs.  Most look very utilitarian in design, with aesthetics a distant after thought...  This seems particularly true with modern radios.  Although the "fish finder" of the newer Icom rigs is starting to grow on me. 

My vote would have to go this way:

1.  hallicrafters sx-100
2.  Yaesu FT101E   (particularly with the entire station setup)
3.  honorable mention:  Kenwood TS-2000   (At least it appears they TRIED to make it look attractive).



Ugly:
Ten Tec Omni V

Sorry Ten Tec, but that radio is just plain ugly.


This would be a great topic to compile the top 5 contenders and then run a "survey" to vote for the favorite!

73
Dan

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« Reply #58 on: July 29, 2013, 11:10:55 AM »

It looks like votes are being placed for the ugliest radios too. The ugliest radio is the TS-2000 followed by anything Gonset.
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« Reply #59 on: July 29, 2013, 11:21:50 AM »

The TS-2000 must be the most polarizing radio ever designed.
In almost every aspect of it I find that some people Love it and some people Hate it.

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