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Author Topic: What Is The Most Beautiful Radio Ever Made (In Your Opinion)?  (Read 440466 times)
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« Reply #210 on: March 28, 2016, 03:00:10 PM »

I'd have to throw my vote towards simplicity...The Kenwood 520s comes to mind, as well as the newer TS-570.  And I've always liked the layout of the FT-840...logical, simple, spartan.  But inviting in a way that the newer rigs that resemble the dash board of the space shuttle don't attract me.
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« Reply #211 on: April 05, 2016, 06:28:15 PM »

The Hallicrafters SX 115.  Simply gorgeous design and great performance.  Second would be the Collins 75A4.
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« Reply #212 on: April 11, 2016, 04:11:45 PM »

When I was about 11 years old I was given an old Hallicrafters SW Radio I think it was a S-40B .  It looked very old even by 1970's standards.  I had it for about 8 years until my Mother Dumped it along with 2 big boxes of comic books that I don't even want to think about what they would be worth today since one Box of about 400 comics was given to me by an old gentleman who had been collecting them from the 1930's.  Yeah Superman issue #1 might have been in that box  Cry
I also had several years of National Geographic magazines that the same old man had given me, I think the first issue was from 1908 and he had several years worth in series going up to the 1940's.  Yet she dumped it all!  Along with anything else she considered to be "Junk" in my room.  It was one of those times when you come home for Summer break and all hell breaks loose on day one.

Oh man! I feel your pain. I had at least a pile 3 feet high of old comics. I favored Superman, Batman, Green Lantern etc. I don't know whether it was Mom or Dad who threw them out but I still feel the pain. I'm still not talking about baseball cards that I had. :-(
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« Reply #213 on: April 11, 2016, 04:20:07 PM »

I'm with a previous poster. The Kenwood Twins T-599D and R-599D. I drooled over these why before I was even licensed. No way I could afford them as a youngster but will never forget them.
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« Reply #214 on: April 13, 2016, 02:06:59 PM »

My new Icom 7300!!!

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« Reply #215 on: April 14, 2016, 02:21:10 AM »

My new Icom 7300!!!

ron
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Yep, the little 7300 is a good looking radio, no doubt about that

My favourites are the Standard C-50 (already mentioned way back in the thread), the fact that it looks like a piece of high end hi-fi probably due to Standard's relationship with Marantz....although I reckon the C-50 reminds me more of Accuphase hi-fi. I nearly bought one on ebay a year or so ago, but noted it was in Russia and probably best not to meet your heroes, it was probably a fairly poor radio anyway.

Kenwood TW4000A, made me feel like captain Kirk at the helm of the Enterprise back in the mid 80's.

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IC-7800 and IC-7851 ... had the ic-7700 but the chrome finish buttons spoiled the look, and the chrome finish wears off the buttons after a while, notably the XFC button which tells you that you should've bought a dual rx radio. Don't like the IC-7850, looks tacky with the gold, Liberace would've had one if he was a ham  Grin

Most 80-90's Kenwood HF radios are pretty, then it went wrong when stoned lo-end hi-fi designers seemingly took over, I use a TS-2000 for vhf/uhf, it's so ugly it lives in a cupboard and I use the rc-2000 head unit. TS-990 just looks wrong.

JRC/NRD are very attractive as well
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« Reply #216 on: April 14, 2016, 09:13:50 PM »

My new Icom 7300!!!

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    How do you like it?  I wanna get one!!  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #217 on: April 28, 2016, 06:24:39 AM »

I actually think the SWAN 270B Signet is a good looking radio!

Along with the early FT series and the Drakes, Halli's, National, etc. Form follows function!

No plethora of knobs, no fancy readouts, no beeps (CW beeps yes), and overall solid well-built radios.

I think a lot of the new bells and whistles Japanese stuff is ugly. Knobs everywhere that don't match, push buttons that do what?

All this new stuff is what I call credit card radios. Any fool with a credit card can buy one! Wink

50 years from now, where will that super expensive computer defined box be?

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« Reply #218 on: April 28, 2016, 02:41:46 PM »

My new Icom 7300!!!

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Yes the 7300 I think is certainly worthy



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« Reply #219 on: April 30, 2016, 09:27:59 AM »

For me, High End- Has to be the IC-7851. Upper Mid range- Kenwood TS-990, Lower mid Range, IC-7600, Entry level, TS-590SG...(The reason I didn't pick the IC-7300 is I feel it's just an econo version of the 7600 looks wise) Classic oldies...Anything Collins but Drake is nice too. Can't pick just one.

I like buttons and knobs...lol.

Todd-KT0DD
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« Reply #220 on: May 01, 2016, 05:08:44 PM »

I still love the looks of my Icom ProIII        Kiss

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« Reply #221 on: May 05, 2016, 12:54:07 AM »

    Drake twins, T-4XB and R-4B
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« Reply #222 on: May 09, 2016, 06:39:15 PM »

LIKE WOMAN ,THEY ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL
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« Reply #223 on: May 10, 2016, 06:29:15 AM »

Everyone has their own opinion of what rig was the most beautiful. From the classic boat anchors to the ones that are so jammed with features that the average person would never use them all. Mine? The Drake TR4C, Kenwood TS520S 530S 820S 830S series radios. The Heath SB series and the later HW series (not the 100/101) would be my choice. Yeah-plain Janes but I don't need to have a computer control it or need to be a member or Mensa to remember where every function is. Not to mention every time you update the firmware you have to reset all the settings. God help you if you get hit with a virus...

I prefer the rigs that have either a mechanical dial or mechanical dial/digital readout radios. The radios now have too many functions crammed into multilevel menus. On top of that that big display that might as well let you watch TV and stream videos while you chase DX or have a lull in contacts at 4 AM. With the lead free solder (that will grow tin whiskers), cheap SMT electrolytic caps, proprietary ICs, and the 128/256 pin flat packs all it takes is one main IC to die and no longer be available. Most electronics these days are lucky to make it 3 years without a failure. Once that main display dies you have a box of parts that may be good for parting out if you can't afford the high cost of fixing it IF you can't fix it yourself.

So now I've opened a BIG can of worms....
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« Reply #224 on: May 10, 2016, 02:11:43 PM »

Everyone has their own opinion of what rig was the most beautiful. From the classic boat anchors to the ones that are so jammed with features that the average person would never use them all. Mine? The Drake TR4C, Kenwood TS520S 530S 820S 830S series radios. The Heath SB series and the later HW series (not the 100/101) would be my choice. Yeah-plain Janes but I don't need to have a computer control it or need to be a member or Mensa to remember where every function is. Not to mention every time you update the firmware you have to reset all the settings. God help you if you get hit with a virus...

I prefer the rigs that have either a mechanical dial or mechanical dial/digital readout radios. The radios now have too many functions crammed into multilevel menus. On top of that that big display that might as well let you watch TV and stream videos while you chase DX or have a lull in contacts at 4 AM. With the lead free solder (that will grow tin whiskers), cheap SMT electrolytic caps, proprietary ICs, and the 128/256 pin flat packs all it takes is one main IC to die and no longer be available. Most electronics these days are lucky to make it 3 years without a failure. Once that main display dies you have a box of parts that may be good for parting out if you can't afford the high cost of fixing it IF you can't fix it yourself.

So now I've opened a BIG can of worms....

LOL Make sure to drink that cup of coffee in the morning before posting  Wink

I am pretty sure the Spark Gap club had the same reaction when the FT-101 hit the market.  And here we are almost 50 years later and the 101's are still working.   In all seriousness I have no idea were you are getting your info, but it is seriously flawed.  There are a ton load of Icom 756 PRO III's and 7800 that have been in shacks for 12 plus years and the displays and everything else is still working just fine.  I am pretty sure they will still be fine in another 12 years but by then who would want one?

As for the firmware update and losing your settings.  Almost all the new rigs allow you to backup all your settings and save them onto a USB key or SD card.   After you do a firmware update you can just restore your settings.

About the only thing I agree with you is that we have no idea how well the touch screens will hold up over the years and yes FPGA's are something that when they go it's not going to be pretty.  Your going to need a whole new board.  The only good thing is that they ar very reliable, so once again I doubt that many people will ever have a problem.

73s
Rob
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