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Author Topic: What Is The Most Beautiful Radio Ever Made (In Your Opinion)?  (Read 164547 times)
K9IKE
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« Reply #120 on: December 13, 2013, 09:52:38 AM »

     The Icom 7800 is the best looking hf rig. While the Icom 2800 is the best looking
vhf/uhf rig ever.
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KD8MJR
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« Reply #121 on: December 16, 2013, 11:44:11 AM »

Ok I am going to break my own rule and ask this question because it's killing me not knowing.

The Icom 2800 looks great yet it was only made for 2 years and seems like it never became very popular. From what I have read it seems like it's very hard to find one.

If anyone knows I would love to know what was the problem with the 2800 that made Icom drop it so soon?  Or was it just replaced by something else?  I have searched the web but found nothing.
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KD2E
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« Reply #122 on: December 23, 2013, 03:38:55 PM »

Kenwood TS-900

Ugly?....TS-2000

I can also name several radios in each category...but these two are my top choices.
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WA2DTW
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« Reply #123 on: December 27, 2013, 09:59:39 AM »

Most beautiful:  Hallicrafters SX23.
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ZENKI
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« Reply #124 on: December 28, 2013, 05:55:39 PM »

IC7800 for a modern radio
AR88 receiver
AEG E1800 receiver
Siemens E311
Siemens E310
Telefunken E127
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N4DSP
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« Reply #125 on: December 28, 2013, 07:06:53 PM »

Wilderness Radio Sierra by Burdick and QRPBob.

Seriously. Does what a radio is supposed to do. Green. Portable. Well Designed. Fun to operate. Great Ergonomics. What qrp radio is supposed to be.

john
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KB2FCV
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« Reply #126 on: January 07, 2014, 08:13:11 AM »

Collins 75A-4/KWS-1... I had the "Gold Dust Twins" for a short while a few years ago but sold them to buy baby room furniture and other baby stuff for our incoming daughter. It sure was pretty in the station! I had the matching lighted speaker, etc.
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K9MHZ
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« Reply #127 on: January 07, 2014, 11:34:20 AM »

Ugly.... HEATHKIT, all of them.

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KD8MJR
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« Reply #128 on: January 07, 2014, 01:36:06 PM »

Wilderness Radio Sierra by Burdick and QRPBob.

Seriously. Does what a radio is supposed to do. Green. Portable. Well Designed. Fun to operate. Great Ergonomics. What qrp radio is supposed to be.

john


John has been banned from posting in this thread  Grin Grin Wink
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AD4DQ
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« Reply #129 on: January 08, 2014, 07:03:52 AM »

Swan 350
Drake twins, T-4XB and R-4B
Drake TR4

I second the Swan line, 350, 500 and 700. Grey/Black Siltronix too.... basically same as Swan
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MM0TFU
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« Reply #130 on: January 17, 2014, 03:20:37 PM »

Wow...9 pages so far, and no one has mentioned Japan Radio Co.

The JST-245 has got to be one of the nicest looking radios ever made.

Big, clear, multi-coloured display, well laid out controls and no button marked "menu".
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ZL2MC
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« Reply #131 on: January 18, 2014, 02:48:31 PM »

Ooooh! I don't know about all Heathkits...

My Mohican must be every boys idea of a shortwave receiver - lots of shiny chrome knobs and a huge dial! Pity about the performance though. Wink
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KD8MJR
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« Reply #132 on: January 19, 2014, 09:52:40 AM »

Wow...9 pages so far, and no one has mentioned Japan Radio Co.

The JST-245 has got to be one of the nicest looking radios ever made.

Big, clear, multi-coloured display, well laid out controls and no button marked "menu".

JST-250 almost looks like a Kenwood of that time period.  Nice looking Rig, I assume they got bought out or the company went belly up.
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MM0TFU
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« Reply #133 on: January 19, 2014, 11:09:30 AM »

Wow...9 pages so far, and no one has mentioned Japan Radio Co.

The JST-245 has got to be one of the nicest looking radios ever made.

Big, clear, multi-coloured display, well laid out controls and no button marked "menu".

JST-250 almost looks like a Kenwood of that time period.  Nice looking Rig, I assume they got bought out or the company went belly up.

There are some similarities. granted, but the JRC build quality is second to none.
They are still in business, but unfortunately they decided to pull out of the amateur market a few years ago, and concentrate on their main business which is marine radio. They have even stopped producing their receiver range. It would be nice if they decided to come back, but they were never in the same league as the big three volume wise (mostly due to the cost of their products), so I doubt it will happen. Pity.
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AF5CC
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« Reply #134 on: January 19, 2014, 06:48:26 PM »

Hilberling sure makes some nice looking rigs:

http://www.rigpix.com/hilberling/pt8000a.htm

The fact that it will do 600 watts out of the box doesn't hurt either!

John AF5CC
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