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Old 04-28-2004, 01:49 PM
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Show us your portable AC/DC transistor radios!

This early 70's Panasonic RF-1600 has IMPRESSIVE sound! The bass and trebble response is damn-near HI-FI like. The set is AM/FM/SW/AIR/VHF running on 4 D-cells or 120v AC. It has a really cool lighted tuner drum that turns when you select the band. That way, you only see the scale for the band you choose. This radio is HEAVY... even without the batteries!

Only two drawbacks with this set... the antenna is broken (but still picks up well), and there is a dent on the front.
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Old 04-28-2004, 02:04 PM
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This Sears multiband set runs on 6 C-cells or AC. Plays great! I used to carry this on the ship with me before we got satellite TV. This radio traveled all the way to east Africa providing us tunes and news.

I think I have seen the same set before with the Soundesign badge on it.
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Old 04-28-2004, 06:58 PM
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This mid to late 60's RCA is about half the size of the two previous sets. Model RHE10E. This set is only DC, running off three C-cells. It's AM/SW. It has a few minor scratches, but otherwise in fair shape. I think there may have been a lable on the top left by the antenna because there is some glue there. Plays great!
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This Sears multiband set runs on 6 C-cells or AC. Plays great! I used to carry this on the ship with me before we got satellite TV. This radio traveled all the way to east Africa providing us tunes and news.

I think I have seen the same set before with the Soundesign badge on it.
Charlie if you have that Soundesign and want to sell it please let me know. It was the very first all-band radio I ever had, picked out of the garbage and rode it home on the front handlebars of my Free Spirit chopper bike from the West Side of Buffalo back when I was about 11. Spent a whole summer listening to different things on that radio
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Old 04-28-2004, 08:06 PM
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Charlie if you have that Soundesign and want to sell it please let me know
Tim,

No, I never actually had the Soundesign model. I saw it in a thrift store a few years back and noticed it was the same exact radio as this Sears radio. I don't remember why I passed it up. I guess I had more sense then than I do now!
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Old 04-28-2004, 10:17 PM
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I've got a matched pair of GE P4930A's, rock solid units, with TV band
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airline multiband 1970

Nice forum you started charlie!

Heres a 1970 airline multiband. Built like a tank!
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Soundesign/Sears

Tim,

If this Sears set looks like the Soundesign you had back then, you are welcomed to it if you would like it. I really think the only difference between the two is the name label. If you want it, I'll send it to ya when I get home... that would be around June 17th.

I rarely use the radio anymore now that we have satellite TV and tunes on the ship. It plays very well on all bands.

Yours for the having if you want it.

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Old 05-19-2004, 07:41 AM
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Show Us Your Portable Multiband Radios

I enjoy the zenith transoceanics as much as I do their televisions. The great thing about zenith is that their TVs and radios show the same care and pride in craftsmanship and performance. Here is a Royal 1000-1, 1958. This radio was made from 1957-1962. You could also get a royal 1000-D which is the same radio with LW band, available in 1959 (I think?).
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Royal 3000-1

Zenith made the royal 3000 from 1963-1969 (It was last sold in 1970 however). The 3000 included the FM band. Many collectors dont like this model as much as zenith "bulged" the rear door because of the added FM sub chassis. Its more or less a face change of the original 1000. This is my favorite TO model. This one was one of the last, built in June of 1969. Zenith date stamped the cabinets on these. Its easily seen if the chassis is removed.
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Royal D7000Y

The royal D7000Y is the newer generation of the 7000 series, from 1973-1978. The D7000Y has padded vinal sides and a tuneable weatherband. Also to note, the D7000Y has black in place of brushed aluminum on the front fold down door. The 7000 was indroduced as competition from panasonic (RF5000) and the Grundig Transistor 5000 were superior to the zenith royal 3000. The 3000 is still the same basic electronic design as the 1957 R1000. So zenith really never "upgraded" untill the 7000 series. the R7000 was introduced in 1970 to compete with foreign makes. Zenith wins in my opinion.
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Zenith Inter Oceanic Royal 94

Zenith made a lower end all wave receiver from 1966-1972. The royal 94 "interoceanic". This is another true zenith design, with a solid point to point chassis and plug in transistor design. Its in a molded plastic cabinet with a chromed metal grille/frame. This one is from 66.
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Zenith royal 790

Here is a small portable, royal 790. This radio has the "wavemagnet" in the carry handel. This is the "super navigator". in the NAV mode, the signal is greatly reduced so you can pin point station direction. Like any portable AM radio, If the ferrite rod is perpendicular to a station, the station will null, thus indicating its direction. However, the stations could be 180 degrees from where you think it is comming from. Its main reason was for those on boats to help find direction twards a city.
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Zenith Royal C52Y

This is a royal C52Y, which includes AM FM and PBS (150-174mhz) This receiver is from 1972, however its made in Japan, so its really not a true zenith IMO.
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