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1961 Stern T100

Micro-table radio, thermoplastic cabinet
6 1/8 x 3 5/8 x 1 7/8 inches / 156 x 92 x 47.6 mm
3-band LW/MW/SW, seven transistors, superheterodyne circuit
Four 1.5-volt cells
Manufactured by VEB Stern-Radio Berlin, DDR (GDR)

A beautiful minimalist-design cabinet face, this example just a little bit compromised by its cabinet's back half, a stylish mottled blue-and-gray color design — most T100 units had a solid-colored back. The slide rule dial area is covered in clear plastic — the radio tunes three bands, all calibrated in MHz: LW, MW and SW (continuous tuning across the 49- and 41-meter bands, 5.8 - 7.6 MHz). The T100 was also available in a tabletop clock-radio dock — see photo below.

One odd note about the transistors here: the only two identifiable transistors on this example's chassis are a pair of Mullard OC72s, made in Great Britain — either these were replacement transistors or else Stern actually employed Mullard transistors in some or all of its T100 units.

This Stern T100 and other vintage Stern radios, being available on eBay.de from sellers living in the former DDR, are much easier to find in the West than are vintage transistor radios from other former East Bloc countries.

1961 Stern T100


1961 Stern T100


back face


an eBay.de photo showing the T100 docked in a tabletop clock radio housing


chassis — click on photo for a larger image


chassis — click on photo for a larger image


schematic — click on the image for a larger view

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