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Heathkit GR-64

Knight Star Roamer

Allied A-2515

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Some shortwave receivers from the 1960s and 1970s

PLEASE NOTE that this gallery is still being built -- most of the subpages will be ready by early 2008.

This is a small gallery showing SW receivers from the '60s & '70s that I've collected over the past few years. There would be more here, but I live in Slovakia now, and the Slovak Customs Office makes getting every radio an adventure.

My first SW radio was a Heathkit GR-64 that I assembled in 1968 when I was 12. My second was an Allied A-2515 -- a very nice "economy-priced" receiver at the time, and a huge improvement over the GR-64.

You'll notice that there are no "high-end" sets here -- no Collins, Drakes, Hammarlunds, or Nationals -- mostly because I couldn't even have considered buying them as a young teenager, and so they hold no emotional interest for me. Back then I spent my time pondering the affordables -- the Realistics, Lafayettes, Allieds, and Heathkits that make up this gallery.



a page from my handmade logbook, 1970

(A page from my logbook, 1970, obviously a handmade affair...)



2007 by Robert Davidson, transistors@abetterpage.com