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Author Topic: What Is The Most Beautiful Radio Ever Made (In Your Opinion)?  (Read 440604 times)
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« Reply #225 on: May 10, 2016, 04:06:44 PM »



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

No, just moved from the topic of the thread, visually pleasing radios, to yet another performance/reliability discussion.
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« Reply #226 on: May 12, 2016, 09:13:44 PM »

I still vote for the Kenwood TS2000 in all it's variations!





This radio is FUGLY & FUGLY.1st time I ever saw one was at HRO in Atlanta & I thought the radio had over heated & it caused the face too warp outwards in the center.BUTT FUGLY as they have ever been produced for sure.If you want Beauty then an ICOM 7850 or 7851 hands down are two Beautiful transceivers & are drool worthy as is my ICOM 7600.  Shocked   Grin

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« Reply #227 on: May 13, 2016, 10:14:51 AM »

1.-ICOM IC 781,
2.-KENWOOD TS 940- 950
3.-YAESU FT9000.

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« Reply #228 on: May 15, 2016, 05:56:56 PM »

Zenith 12S-232 Walton's tombstone
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« Reply #229 on: May 21, 2016, 09:05:27 PM »

Going back to what was both beautiful and totally unreachable (radios only Wink ), I'd say Collins S-Line plus the "Gold Dust Twins", add a 30S-1 too Grin

In UK the high end Eddystone 888A receiver was ultra desirable as well.

Drake gear looked great as did the Ten Tec Corsair later on.

As for ugly, never liked the looks of most Hallicrafter gear (except SR-400 or -2000), ditto National.

Modern rigs? I think Yaesu has the best looking these days.

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« Reply #230 on: May 23, 2016, 01:47:35 PM »

S line or 74A4.
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« Reply #231 on: May 23, 2016, 08:22:35 PM »

I still vote for the Kenwood TS2000 in all it's variations!





This radio is FUGLY & FUGLY.1st time I ever saw one was at HRO in Atlanta & I thought the radio had over heated & it caused the face too warp outwards in the center.BUTT FUGLY as they have ever been produced for sure.If you want Beauty then an ICOM 7850 or 7851 hands down are two Beautiful transceivers & are drool worthy as is my ICOM 7600.  Shocked   Grin

Clayton
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Clayton,

I agree.  The TS2000 wins the ugliest radio award.
(This is what happens when you put a radio in the oven.)    Grin Grin

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« Reply #232 on: May 28, 2016, 07:57:31 PM »

Hallicrafters "Hurricane" and very similar looking "Cyclone" were my favorites. They just looked like what a ham radio should look like. The Heathkit SB101/102 series were also nice looking rigs.
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« Reply #233 on: June 12, 2016, 09:55:32 AM »

I like the Heathkit SB-100/101/102 design in distinctive contrasting green/grey, and its panel layout with the attractive controls and dial and rounded corners on the cabinet... I don't recall anything else ever imitating it.  Also in vintage, a well-restored Kenwood TS-900 with matching speaker, all in brushed or anodized aluminum looks very clean and very classy, especially when powered on to show the dial and displays.

Although not a transceiver, I think the Hallicrafters SX-42 receiver is a very attractive and distinctive design, and worthy of mention.

In modern radios, the Yaesu FTDX-3000 is certainly a very attractive piece of electronics that stands out from its peers, and the new Icom IC-7300 is extremely eye-catching, no matter what technology is inside that box. 

At the other end of the spectrum, my Kenwood TS-2000 appearance is so irrititating to me that I delayed a long time, and even then I could barely buy it, even though it was the only 1.8-1296 MHz + satellites shack in a box at the time.  The LCD display is great, but I dislike that ugly front panel appearance and random control layout far too much.... so much in fact, that I now own an Icom IC-9100.
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