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Author Topic: What Is The Most Beautiful Radio Ever Made (In Your Opinion)?  (Read 166786 times)
K9EID
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« Reply #165 on: May 18, 2014, 04:29:11 AM »


Oh my…. so many to choose from in my 55 years in this great hobby but without a doubt
the true winner in a beauty contest is the National NC 300   Called the 'Dream Receiver'.

National built some 'pretty' radios.   One of my other picks  is the NC 54. 

Bob Heil, K9EID
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« Reply #166 on: May 18, 2014, 06:49:09 AM »

Hands Down!  Still the Kenwood TS2000 in all it's variations!
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« Reply #167 on: May 18, 2014, 03:04:54 PM »

Hands Down!  Still the Kenwood TS2000 in all it's variations!

Seriously  Huh Huh
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« Reply #168 on: May 18, 2014, 04:47:08 PM »

I Love my Icom 730 easy to use and to me looks great
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KG8LB
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« Reply #169 on: May 19, 2014, 11:30:27 AM »

Somewhat a toss up between the RCA AR-88



And The TMC GPR-90 Shwn here just left of the also fine looking Johnson Five Hundred .  :

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« Reply #170 on: May 20, 2014, 03:42:30 PM »

Hands Down!  Still the Kenwood TS2000 in all it's variations!

Seriously  Huh Huh

YES, seriously!  It has elegance of design and implements a superior man/machine interface.

Just curious, have you ever actually operated one for an hour or two?  Everyone who has used my rig has learned to appreciate it.
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KG8LB
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« Reply #171 on: May 21, 2014, 06:38:06 AM »


Oh my…. so many to choose from in my 55 years in this great hobby but without a doubt
the true winner in a beauty contest is the National NC 300   Called the 'Dream Receiver'.

National built some 'pretty' radios.   One of my other picks  is the NC 54.  

Bob Heil, K9EID

  Hello Bob ,
  Yes indeed , National built some pretty radios , as did Hallicrafters . The old man had the good sense to hire Raymond Loewy , a well known designer of the day . The SX-42 was a prety sharp radio . Good ergonomics ,very easy to use and look at . No ugly TV screens and no need for "menus" , menus are for beaneries  Wink



  Check out some of the Loewy radio designs here :

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=+loewy+radios&qpvt=+loewy+radios&FORM=IGRE#

  One nice looker
 
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« Reply #172 on: May 22, 2014, 08:41:32 PM »

Nicest receiver I have ever operated was the Racal RA1217, nice simple controls that did what they said, good filters down to 200Hz.

Easy to change bands just dial up the Mhz then Khz dials.

A sort of slim understated look about it, just sat back in the desk at angle ready to do its job.

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« Reply #173 on: May 23, 2014, 08:01:14 AM »

My dad's (orig W6ZKH) homebrew Pr 813's modulated by a pair of 813's in homebrew 5 foot rack.  All multipliers, etc were also homebrew.  Granted, this was in the 1950-60's before SSB, but that thing cranked out an honest 1kw, just beautiful work my dad did on both wiring and also cabinet painting and lettering.  I went into the service and it disappeared, so have no idea what ever happened to it.

As far as a receiver, any of the Collin's 75A-series... still a classic to me.

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KD8MJR
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« Reply #174 on: May 24, 2014, 08:27:13 PM »

Whats so odd is that it has that design look that I sometimes see with the new expensive modern stuff at high end stores. Yet it's a decades old radio!



Thanks for sharing.
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N6BIZ
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« Reply #175 on: May 27, 2014, 08:52:40 PM »

THE COLLINS S LINE
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W3RSW
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« Reply #176 on: June 07, 2014, 06:20:56 AM »

12th page. -- great!
Haven't read them all but maybe someone's already suggested a compilation of rigs, all neat picks, I'm sure.
Almost enough samples to divide into classes.

Who's the big daddy of handsomeness? Who's da winnah?

Classics - receivers, transmitters, transceivers, amplifiers.
Moderns- ditto for all.
Misc. -     Hey, maybe you are especially enamored with that WWII freq. standard or an old General Radio audio oscillator.

Well for starters just a quick count of same rigs , slight variants included.
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« Reply #177 on: June 10, 2014, 01:56:17 PM »

Hello.

The nicest radio from a looks standpoint was the custom set built for FDR in the White House.
It was a 30 watt all mode transmitter, if you consider CW and AM all mode!
It was rosewood with an all nickle plated front panel.
It was intended to allow communications with "crate".
http://coldwar-c4i.net/crate/the_presidential_communications_railroad_car_crate.pdf
The White House radio had a limited self contained antenna and mast and could be rolled out onto the White House lawn.
It still exists! Just not in the White House.
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« Reply #178 on: June 13, 2014, 03:52:00 PM »

It still exists! Just not in the White House.


Very interesting, thanks.   After reading it I don't see any mention of what happened to everything after the 1960's.  You say it still exists, where is it and are there any recent pictures of the equipment.
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« Reply #179 on: June 18, 2014, 10:09:33 PM »

Always liked the IC 780. Just liked those rack mount handles.  Smiley
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