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Old 08-24-2007, 09:18 PM
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Next is a Juliette AK-6. It's AM and 9 volts. Still has the original box, instructions, earphone, and plastic carrying case. Fresh battery and plays fine!
That looks just like my first radio, except mine was black. Mine was "AITC" brand, and it cost US$2.69 at a local discount store in our neighborhood. I got it for my 11th birthday in 1971.
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2 transistor boy's radio & Arvin USA made transistor

I don't have many transistor radios; but, these two are my favorite pocket radios. The white one is a two transistor boy's radio that has it's own stand to sit it up & is made in Japan. The red one is a USA made Arvin in a genuine leather case. I think both of these date from the early '60's. I'm sure USA made pocket radios are rare, especially by the '60's.
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More pocket radios

Here's a few more plain looking radios that date from around '65 to about '70. The first picture is a Sears Silvertone 7209. This is a hefty radio with a chrome metal front. This is a model 7209 and uses a round 9V battery.

The second picture is of four pretty plain models.

From L to R:
1. Realtone 10 transistor AM made in Japan.
2. AITC 8 transistor AM. Printed label says assembled in Singapore. The back has printed in tiny letters at the bottom "British crown colony of Hong Kong."
3. Philco-Ford AM made in Taiwan.
4. RCA AM/FM made in Japan. Model RHM19E. The antenna is broken and I think the band switch is erratic. This one has a stand on the bottom.

Pocket radios seem to be getting harder to find. The last one I saw was in a local flea market. It was one of those later model silver Radio Shack weather radios. They wanted $29.99 for it. I laughed and moved on.
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Old 02-09-2008, 09:22 PM
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My avatar is actually an AM radio! I am into novelty radios and have over 1500 sets so far! I have over 520 transistor radios too, these things are just great!
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Old 02-10-2008, 12:29 AM
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I don't have many transistor radios; but, these two are my favorite pocket radios. The white one is a two transistor boy's radio that has it's own stand to sit it up & is made in Japan.
I had a "Coronet" two-transistor "boy's radio" in the late '60s; got it from one of my cousins when his family was getting ready to move. The radio didn't work very well where I lived at the time; only picked up one station, a local station about three miles east of me. These two-transistor radios work great if you are in a very strong signal area, within a few miles of powerful stations, but if you are in the far suburbs of a city or even further away from the transmitters, these sets won't work worth a darn. I remember reading right here in this forum that these 2-transistor radios were little more than glorified crystal sets, with a very small amplifier to drive a speaker.
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I had a "Coronet" two-transistor "boy's radio" in the late '60s; got it from one of my cousins when his family was getting ready to move. The radio didn't work very well where I lived at the time; only picked up one station, a local station about three miles east of me. These two-transistor radios work great if you are in a very strong signal area, within a few miles of powerful stations, but if you are in the far suburbs of a city or even further away from the transmitters, these sets won't work worth a darn. I remember reading right here in this forum that these 2-transistor radios were little more than glorified crystal sets, with a very small amplifier to drive a speaker.
They performed poorly because they were only a crystal set with a two-transistor audio amp. Amazingly enough, they'd suck the life right out of a 9 volt battery in no time.
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Candle 10-Transistor



Here's my latest catch from eBay...a Candle 10-Transistor. In very good cosmetic shape...not as loud as it was in its prime, but for an early 1960s radio it does fine. Quite sensitive, at night I can do some DXing with it. I don't know how many transistors are actually used in the circuit...the radio uses an 006P 9V batt.

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Old 04-13-2008, 02:08 PM
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They performed poorly because they were only a crystal set with a two-transistor audio amp. Amazingly enough, they'd suck the life right out of a 9 volt battery in no time.



Boy's radios actually used a reflex circuit. Once I redid the antenna coil on an Angel 2-transistor (that was dumb, I'd sure like to have that radio today)...I replaced the smaller coil with one using more turns. The radio became much more sensitive and selective (and also drained the 9V battery quicker). Now I have several boy's radios from eBay...one of them oscillates at the high end of the band when I attach the whip antenna to it.

The first transistor of a boy's radio is actually an rf stage...

Chuck
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Old 04-13-2008, 02:22 PM
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Here's a few more plain looking radios that date from around '65 to about '70. The first picture is a Sears Silvertone 7209. This is a hefty radio with a chrome metal front. This is a model 7209 and uses a round 9V battery.

The second picture is of four pretty plain models.

From L to R:
1. Realtone 10 transistor AM made in Japan.
2. AITC 8 transistor AM. Printed label says assembled in Singapore. The back has printed in tiny letters at the bottom "British crown colony of Hong Kong."
3. Philco-Ford AM made in Taiwan.
4. RCA AM/FM made in Japan. Model RHM19E. The antenna is broken and I think the band switch is erratic. This one has a stand on the bottom.

Pocket radios seem to be getting harder to find. The last one I saw was in a local flea market. It was one of those later model silver Radio Shack weather radios. They wanted $29.99 for it. I laughed and moved on.


I've got that RCA...the bandswitch is erratic on mine too, have to get it just right on FM. FM reception is weak, only the strong stations are good, but it does improve when I connect a random wire antenna to the collapsed whip. Very good on AM! A good DXer on the AM band! I have to tighten the tuning dial every now n then, luckily the screw for that is accessible...

Chuck
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Old 04-13-2008, 02:28 PM
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Boy's radios actually used a reflex circuit. Once I redid the antenna coil on an Angel 2-transistor (that was dumb, I'd sure like to have that radio today)...I replaced the smaller coil with one using more turns. The radio became much more sensitive and selective (and also drained the 9V battery quicker). Now I have several boy's radios from eBay...one of them oscillates at the high end of the band when I attach the whip antenna to it.

The first transistor of a boy's radio is actually an rf stage...

Chuck
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Old 04-13-2008, 04:52 PM
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transistor radio find!

I finally found another transistor radio this weekend! Theya re getting way too scarce now. This is an Empire model td-810, made in Japan and included the box. Its rare to find one that has the box too! Its an unassumming little number, but hey, I got it!!
If I have posted this twice I am sorry; still learning the ropes of posting.
If the picture does not show up: someone please tell me how to upload it, I have tried twice!
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Old 04-14-2008, 01:35 PM
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Gary, nice Empire radio!

Gary,



Nice Empire, that's not a brand name I see often. The trim is even intact. Does it play? I think I'll try to recap a few of my simpler transistor sets and see how that goes. So many radios have lost their volume...would be nice to restore them but I wouldn't wanna ruin them in the process.

I think I've bought a couple of radios from you. Ahhh, yes, what a hobby!

Chuck
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Old 04-14-2008, 02:25 PM
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Great radios,guys.Here is my little guy.A Panasonic Toot-A-Loop.The first transistor I ever brought home that my wife was jealous of.
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Old 04-14-2008, 04:25 PM
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Thanks for the kind words Chuck! It did play, even tho I had to replace the battery connector! I wish the picture didn't go big sized. I will have to learn how to do the smaller picture posting!
I am up to 611 transistor radios, and over 1520 novelty radios! I am like you, what a hobby!!
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:43 PM
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Gary...resizing pictures...

Gary, do you have any basic photo editing programs on your computer? I've been resampling my large pics down to more usable sizes...I think most photo editing software lets you do that...

But my favorite radio pics I still do save originals in their large size just so I can study them later...

Chuck
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