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#1 PastorGary

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 03:25 PM

Thought that it might be fun to see vintage radio equipment and accessories that members here still use or have in storage. This would include older equipment or accessories for GMRS, Amateur, Business, Commercial, CB Class A, CB Class D, SWL and any other unique equipment not falling into these categories.

 

The photo below is one of 3 of my 1963-64 model year E F Johnson Messenger 215, low band VHF, AM, 15 watt base/mobile business radios that is still fully operational and still type accepted.  We use these as backup on occasion where temporary base to base station interoperability between two command posts is required without tying up a VHF high band or UHF frequency. The E F Johnson 250-888-2 "Dispatcher" desk mic is original to this radio and has a crystal voice element that provides 85 to 90 percent modulation at one foot from the mic without a preamp. This radio shares some common chassis components and case with the vintage Johnson Messenger I and Messenger II CB radios from the early 1960's.  However, the transmitter section uses a 7868 output tube.

 

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 06:21 PM

those crystal mics have a great sound to them clean and crisp. man I miss those.


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 06:22 PM

+1000 :)



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 04:44 PM

Anyone have any personal photos of your vintage radio equipment?



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:20 PM

will have to post pics of what I have in my office. mostly 70's 80's


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:39 PM

Thanks, John - When we see vintage equipment, especially equipment that is still in service, it shows us the step by step changes in technology over the years. From the early electromagnetic experiments from the 1880's to the first Marconi telegraphy system in 1894, we can see that in the past 135 years, there have been huge strides in communications progress.

 

Think of the 1920's when amateur radio first started on 80/75 meters and how those pioneers started shrinking the world with long distance communications. That equipment, if it has been taken care of, still does the same job today to a high degree.

 

Thanks to any members who place photos and stories here for members to look over and to be taken back in time for awhile......



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 06:06 PM

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 06:13 PM

VERY COOL !!!!!!   Thanks so much, John, for adding to the interest here in this section.

 

Here are two 1960's CB Base Stations... tube type, crystal controlled.

Left one is a Halicrafter CB3A 6 channel all original and still works.

 

The one on the right is a Robyn T-123B 23 channel tube type and fully operational.

 

The little mobile in the center is a rare Cobra 19M  23 channel first generation solid state and fully functional.

 

Bottom left is a mid 70's Cobra 21 23 channel - also operational.

 

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 06:42 PM

Just bumping this thread in case anyone else would like to add...



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:15 AM

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My Ritron Patriot HT's, a little big by todays standards but true 5 Watt radios with excellent audio, great battery life and are true FCC Part 95 Type Accepted.  This one is late 80's vintage.

 

My two CB's in the garage from my youth.  I like to listen to skip while working outside.  I have a Hamstick Dipole mounted in the attic that does a great job pulling in the stations.  One is a Midland and the other is a Lafayette with Power Supply/External Speaker combo.  Both work great. 



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 11:01 AM

Thanks, Billy - nice additions to our Museum Thread !! :)



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Posted 03 November 2014 - 04:09 PM

Love old radios.  Nice photos.

 

I used to have a Realistic TRC -212 40 channel CB radio, that I purchased way back in 1983 or 1984.  It was a great radio.  Also my father had an old RCA shortwave, probably from the 1950's that we used to play with as kids.  I used to love listening to it, and hearing stuff from all over the world. 

 

Been kind of a radio nut since I was a kid. I love old radio equipment. 



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Posted 03 November 2014 - 04:45 PM

Hey, Tim - if you have any pictures of the old equipment to share, save it at a place like Photobucket and place the [IMG] link here in a new post.

 

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Posted 03 November 2014 - 07:07 PM

Where should I begin? At last count I had 5 Micor stations (1 low band, 1 VHF high, and 3 UHF) with most of the parts to another.

 

This a 12W UHF Micor that is going to be torn apart in the near future.

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R100's (One is actually a MCR100)

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GE Mastr II (VHF, in a Micor cabinet)

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GE Mastr II Exec (UHF, the one in the case tried to play submarine in when the car it was in took a dive, I'm saving it to pull the harmonic filter)

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GE Custom MVP (Most of these were pulled from service around 1995, going into repeater service)

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Need some speakers?

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Posted 03 November 2014 - 07:58 PM

First cruiser I was assigned in 1970 had a GE two channel radio in it very similar to the ones in your second from the last photo.  Repeater Ch1 - Car to Car Ch2.  Those were the days when a 600 watt ERP VHF highband repeater could be heard daily 140 miles away.  No cell and pager harmonics destroying the receiver sensitivity.



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Posted 04 November 2014 - 12:27 PM

First cruiser I was assigned in 1970 had a GE two channel radio in it very similar to the ones in your second from the last photo. Repeater Ch1 - Car to Car Ch2. Those were the days when a 600 watt ERP VHF highband repeater could be heard daily 140 miles away. No cell and pager harmonics destroying the receiver sensitivity.

I've got a couple off single channel, two channel, and 6 channel. Most of them are VHF 7-25W models (backup repeaters is how I'll probably repose them) and then I have a couple of 7-25W UHF and one 21-35W UHF. They make great little repeaters. The 7-25W radios have a 29% transmitter efficiency...higher than almost anything I've seen to date.

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 03:37 PM

Pinned this Radio Museum thread to the top of the posting area where new members may see it more easily and participate.


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Posted 28 June 2017 - 04:38 PM

Now I gotta dig out a few I have.. great idea for a post

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 05:15 PM

The oldest I have is a couple Uniden GMR-325's and a Cobra 19 Plus with an unknown mag-mount antenna. Anyone know?

 

 

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 07:37 PM

Here is some of the radios, MDT I had in my squad car back in my LEO days.

BTW this was one first MDT placed in to service in the US.

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