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Old 08-22-2014, 09:12 PM   #1
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Default The multi-band radio appreciation thread

Multi-band radios; Who loves them? I do. I've always loved the fact that they can go beyond mere AM and FM bands. Sadly, the closest thing I've ever had to one was a one speaker model that has VHF-TV bands, a cassette recorder, and a jack for an extra speaker.


I may never own a Zenith Trans-Oceanic radio, or anything similar but I can always post images of them here (and I'm pretty sure I have one in one of the "post any random pictures" threads). I even remember JC Whitney catalogs that sold multi-band car radios.


Anyway, here's an old GE 10-band radio. I'll post more.
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Here's an unusual one; It's a Sonnet 181P. It claims to have AM, Sports Band (before All-Sports radio stations existed), FM, Aviation Band, Police Band, and Weather Band.

And this is somebody who mentioned the radio in a forum:
http://antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=1374644
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My dad had one. They are neat. As kids we would try and pick up the police scans. I wish we had not of gotten rid of it.. You don't see them anymore.
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I once stayed in a motel room that had a multi-band radio in it. I spent the evening listening to short wave broadcasts from around the world!
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I once stayed in a motel room that had a multi-band radio in it. I spent the evening listening to short wave broadcasts from around the world!
Ooh, where?
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Here's one of the last Zenith Trans-Oceanic radios.
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I have a Trans-Oceanic like this one from the late 40s (though I haven't even tried to fire it up for many years):



My workhorse was the Sangean ATS-803, from the late 80s:



From Western Pennsylvania, I was able to pick up signals from all over Europe and South America, Nigeria and South Africa, the Middle East, and Australia and New Zealand. I'm pretty sure that every time I picked up a station from continental Asia (excluding the Middle East), it turned out to be relayed from somewhere closer.

Usually people associate shortwave with international broadcasts, but in the tropics the frequencies are often used by local stations. So a good radio could pick up local music programs from Venezuela and Colombia.

I built a little one like this from a Radio Shack kit about 40 years ago. It was very limited in what it could pick up, but it played clearly:



Obviously, the internet has put a pretty good dent into picking unclear signals off of the atmosphere. It's been years since I even fired up the Sangean.
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This is an old thread, but I have to keep it alive. Here are three more, by three different manufacturers.
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This is an old thread, but I have to keep it alive. Here are three more, by three different manufacturers.
I had one just like the first one in the picture
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Of course now, the police transmissions are digitized (at least in Vancouver). The TV bands are obsolete, what's left really?
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Of course now, the police transmissions are digitized (at least in Vancouver). The TV bands are obsolete, what's left really?
I have an app for emergency radio broadcasts throughout the country on Kindle Fire. Unfortunately, a lot of these are either being moved to things like this or Satellite radios. From the moment I heard of the band "TV On the Radio," I thought they got their name from the broadcast of TV stations on VHF-bands. I still remember car radios and stereos in JC Whitney catalogs with TV-Bands. I think HM Radio seems to be one of the few channels left for them.

Hopefully, I'll drudge up more images of these radios soon.
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Nice one here, a Grunding Satellit 2100. Note the copyright tag on the bottom, it was hard to find an image of one that didn't have a copyright tag.
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I think my dad had one...I may buy one from amazon.com, those things look cool!
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Still trying to keep this thread alive. Here's an old Hallicrafter:

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