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 Post subject: The biggest and or the heaviest radio?
PostPosted: Mar Thu 08, 2018 7:47 am 
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Let's hear some thoughts on what you think is the biggest radio ever? First by square feet then by weight!! Pre-1950 only!
Mostly thinking consoles here!!

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 Post subject: Re: The biggest and or the heaviest radio?
PostPosted: Mar Thu 08, 2018 8:33 am 
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Hmm... Seems easy. Is there any other hugest radio besides the Scott Quaranta?

http://www.campx.ca/dubois.html
http://www.antiqueradio.com/bkrev1_02-03.html
(Scroll down near the bottom to see a picture of Norman Braithwaite with his 3-cabinet Quaranta.)

Of course, we've never seen how this 55-tube Midwest was housed...
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=271721&start=20
(Michael may have to repost the pics for us... They were fantastic.)

The WLW may be a contender itself, third runner-up or something like that... "only" 37 tubes and one cabinet. :D

Going back into the '20s, there were some massive battery radios like the Leutz Transoceanic Phantom that were just huge when installed in desk tables. I'm just not having much luck finding pics of them right now. Impressive things! Somebody help!

This thread on Giant Radios is a fun read, too.
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=271721&start=0

Last thought: For a pre-1950 yet post-war option, consider the RCA Berkshire.
http://www.antiqueradio.com/Dec07_Brait ... shire.html

I'm with you, Linda, the bigger the better!

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 Post subject: Re: The biggest and or the heaviest radio?
PostPosted: Mar Thu 08, 2018 10:41 am 
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In the realm of tabletop sets, I suspect that the Philips 990X of circa 1940 would be near the top with regard to weight (62 lbs), if not overall dimensions.


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Not exactly what you were picturing, but the world's largest all-wave radio receiver: http://antiqueradios.com/features/allwave.html


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 Post subject: Re: The biggest and or the heaviest radio?
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Absolutely the biggest radio I have ever seen was at the Hearst Castle in CA. He had it custom built and it was tuned to only receive his radio stations. I don't know the dimensions, but it was taller than me and at least 6 feet wide. Last time I saw it was about 35 years ago.


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 Post subject: Re: The biggest and or the heaviest radio?
PostPosted: Mar Thu 08, 2018 12:36 pm 
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'taint the biggest or heaviest, but anyone who has had to singlehandedly lug an ARC-27 radio out to the flight-line would probably disagree.....

http://members.home.nl/a.k.bouwknegt/in ... /ARC27.htm

70 LBS..... :|

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 Post subject: Re: The biggest and or the heaviest radio?
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The largest and heaviest one I have ever had to deal with is actually a TV/Radio/Phono.

The 1947/48 General Electric 901. It is one absolute BEAST! But it has a huge 30 inch projection screen!

The sad thing is I saw the 901 at the ETF museum in Hilliard Ohio and it sits with even LARGER contenders making it look dinky.

Especially next to the RCA Berkshire TV/Radio/Phono. HOLY CRAP that thing is HUGE! :shock:

Then there is Dumont with their 30 inch CRT, but I think it is 1950 or later. The GE and RCA are both pre1950.

I have several heavy hitters, such as a Zenith 40A, Sparton 99, Sonora A-44, Brunswick Panatrope PR-148C, RCA D-22 and Capehart 406D.
I could also include the Zenith 22-H-699 as it has some gross tonnage.

Stromberg Carlson made some VERY HEAVY radios in the early 30s such as the 12A 14A which the chassis alone weighs in at 80 pounds!

That is some serious heavy metal! :lol:

Probably some of the largest radio/phonographs would be the Capehart 500 series which you could probably live inside the cabinet. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: The biggest and or the heaviest radio?
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This may be way out in left field but what about the great receiving station of the Waldorf-Astoria?

The largest centralized radio reception system ever designed, capable of intercepting and delivering six selected radio programs to loudspeakers in the 2000 rooms of the new Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, will be in operation when the building is opened to the public, according to the designer, J. J. Kuhn, of the Bell Telephone Laboratories, New York. The entire installation will cost nearly $200,000, and besides the speakers in the guest rooms there will be thirty-nine large horn speakers concealed in the walls or ceilings of the fifteen public rooms. The largest power amplifier ever designed, consisting of twentyone separate panels, larger than any similar broadcasting station equipment in the country, will be used to intensify programs received over the radio or the addresses or music picked up from a function held within the hotel. More than 1,000,000 feet of wire, in the form of strands in metal shielding, will convey the programs from the amplifier to each of the rooms Telegraph & Telephone Age. (Sept. 1930)

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The Zenith Spanish Deluxe I had from 1928 was the largest set I ever owned or saw.


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 Post subject: Re: The biggest and or the heaviest radio?
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The Crosley WLW was by far the largest and heaviest I have ever had.


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 Post subject: Re: The biggest and or the heaviest radio?
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The biggest receiver I've ever seen or restored is an RCA R3, circa 1958.
Weight is approx 1 ton and it fits in two 7 foot equipment racks.
Its an ISB (independent side band), dual diversity monster that was
designs for commercial point to point service. It covers 2.8 to 28 MC
in 4 bands.

As far as I know only RCA shore stations and the VOA used them.
Probably due to their cost and size.
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 Post subject: Re: The biggest and or the heaviest radio?
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 3:14 pm 
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all time winner is the MUSA receiver.56 bays of equipment & 16 rhombic antennas for diversity shortwave radiotelephone service to london


http://americanradiohistory.com/Archive ... 940-01.pdf

plus , 2500 acres of land for the antennas & its own building (1939 building construction blueprint is titled MUSA receiver building)


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 Post subject: Re: The biggest and or the heaviest radio?
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My RCA Berkshire is stated as 545 lbs in the Regency cabinet its 6 feet wide 4 1/2 feet tall and 2 feet deep.
The Maggie Windsor Imperial is tallest at 8 feet high with the top crown trim piece installed.


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 Post subject: Re: The biggest and or the heaviest radio?
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My best estimate is that our Stromberg-Carlson weighs 450 pounds: http://antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtop ... 1&t=266330

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 Post subject: Re: The biggest and or the heaviest radio?
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I would think that the 3-console, 50-tube version of the Scott Quaranta owned by ARF member Norman Braithwaite would certainly qualify.

Here is a picture that was in ARC of Norman with his 3 piece 48 tube Scott:

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How can we have a thread with over 14 posts and not a single picture?

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