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 Post subject: Hand held / pocket transistor radios
PostPosted: Dec Sat 03, 2016 1:27 am 
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Is anyone collecting or interested in the small radios usually powered by a 9 volt battery that were so common in the 1960's?
Overall, I'm not but this one radio is something that I sort of cherish. Back in the late '60s I was buying all my gas at a nearby Pure brand gas station/ service center. They were good to me, letting me, a kid in my late teens, use one of their hoists at times when I need to do major work. I swapped an engine there once. Much easier there than at home. Anyway, somewhere along the line I must have purchased enough gas to get this radio as a premium.

I recall it being hard on batteries, so didn't use is a lot. Somewhere along the line I lost track of it. But it seems to have followed me through four moves to different places over the decades in a box that somehow never got unpacked. I found it a month or so ago. I was actually excited to find it. It brings back memories.
The last battery was still in it. It was pretty dead. I put in a new Everready GOLD (so it says on the battery) and just for the hell of it brought it with me a few times recently as I had to 'hostle' the steam locomotive overnight, the last time being last night. I just turned it on and let it run all night each night. The battery is still doing well.

But there are questions.
Has anyone ever seen one similar to or same as this radio?
It was the first and only AM/FM pocket radio I have ever seen.
After all these years it must have been made with some quality components because it's working just as it did 50 years ago. Even the dial cord is still doing fine. Often times they're degraded and rotten and break on bigger radios.

Also, are they still making new pocket AM/FM radios?

Has anyone seen a radio of this same look only without the PURE brand name? PURE oil company was eventually absorbed by Union Oil in the early '70s. But I'm guessing that this radio wasn't designed just for Pure Oil company. I'm betting a million of these were made, but have never seen another one. I was excited about it back then, just because it IS AM/FM both. It has good volume, reasonable selectivity and good sensitivity. Internal antenna is, of course, quite directional. It has an extendable whip antenna that reduces that somewhat.

Mark D.


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 Post subject: Re: Hand held / pocket transistor radios
PostPosted: Dec Sat 03, 2016 2:04 am 
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Mark D wrote:
Is anyone collecting or interested in the small radios usually powered by a 9 volt battery that were so common in the 1960's?
You will find that there are several voracious (Is that the proper word to use? Yes, I think it is.) collectors of transistor radios on this forum, myself included. (Now I'm thinking that 'enthusiastic' might have been more appealing that voracious.)
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I was actually excited to find it. It brings back memories.
That's how it always starts: excitement and memories. I'm predicting that you will be an enthusiastic collector in no time.

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Has anyone ever seen one similar to or same as this radio?
I have not. At first glance it looks like a magnavox. It was common in those days for a company to give away transistor radios with the company logo as an advertising gimmick.
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It was the first and only AM/FM pocket radio I have ever seen.
There are many, many AM/FM pocket transistors, most appearing in 1970's.
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After all these years it must have been made with some quality components because it's working just as it did 50 years ago.
Yeah, these were pre-made-in-China years. Things lasted. I love listening to a little radio that has been neglected for decades sing away.

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Also, are they still making new pocket AM/FM radios?
Oh, yes. You can find them at X-Marts and drug stores. They are made in China.

Thanks for posting!


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 Post subject: Re: Hand held / pocket transistor radios
PostPosted: Dec Sat 03, 2016 4:53 am 
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Neat story, Mark---Glad that the radio survived your moves !

You might watch Ebay for awhile to see if similar sets show up...

Have never seen that set or one with the Pure emblem.

And yes, many collect those sets...

John


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 Post subject: Re: Hand held / pocket transistor radios
PostPosted: Dec Sat 03, 2016 10:49 am 
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Mark D wrote:
Is anyone collecting or interested in the small radios usually powered by a 9 volt battery that were so common in the 1960's?

Naw.


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 Post subject: Re: Hand held / pocket transistor radios
PostPosted: Dec Sat 03, 2016 6:16 pm 
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Mark D wrote:
It was the first and only AM/FM pocket radio I have ever seen.
After all these years it must have been made with some quality components because it's working just as it did 50 years ago. Even the dial cord is still doing fine. Often times they're degraded and rotten and break on bigger radios.

Mark D.


Pocket sized AM / FM radios seem to have become relatively inexpensive in the early 1970's, although the coat-pocket sized Zenith Royal 51 was available in 1966.
Count yourself lucky that yours still works well, only about half of the 1970's Hong Kong made sets I have encountered still work (compared to the 1960's Japanese sets, most of which still work).


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 Post subject: Re: Hand held / pocket transistor radios
PostPosted: Dec Sun 04, 2016 12:25 am 
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Cool story for sure Mark, I have a few radios myself that have followed me through the years as well.

I'm guessing that your radio was probably re-branded more than once, here's one that's similar to yours currently selling online.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-AFCO-So ... SwAKxWbWPM


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 Post subject: Re: Hand held / pocket transistor radios
PostPosted: Dec Tue 06, 2016 5:19 am 
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We have a match! It's even tuned to the same spot on the dial, what are the chances of that? :lol:

Mine saw heavy use and rough storage after. I did enjoy using it ages ago. This one is a Gambles Coronado RA80-5259A. I only know that info since it's printed in huge letters on the bottom. No back, and it got a little close to the soldering iron one night. I stubbed on a 9v clip and amazingly, it still works loud and clear on AM. FM is dead silent.

Would the speaker number 346 relate to early November 1973? Back when I bought it, I probably used it more for FM, I'd spliced onto the antenna wire since reception was usually weak to fringe due to mountains. Maybe it got parked when FM quit and I couldn't figure it out. Now, AM-only suits me fine. Most my AM/FM radios are never switched to FM.
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 Post subject: Re: Hand held / pocket transistor radios
PostPosted: Dec Tue 06, 2016 6:09 am 
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fifties if you throw out those books you could add more radios. I like your Trav-ler collection. I just got my first one the other day.


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 Post subject: Re: Hand held / pocket transistor radios
PostPosted: Dec Tue 06, 2016 6:16 am 
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Hey Joel, I keep the Encyclopedia's because I figure they make me appear more intelligent! :wink:

Yeah, love them Trav-ler's (and the Sonora on the right end); big for a Transistor "pocket" set, clunky, not terrific in performance, but just somepin 'bout them...

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 Post subject: Re: Hand held / pocket transistor radios
PostPosted: Dec Tue 06, 2016 7:08 am 
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Same here fifties I just like the look of those Trav-lers. Just finished the repair of the one I have. A little disappointed with the sound. Plugged in an external speaker and the sound was much better.
Maybe the old speaker is a little stiff. No bottom end at all. I was hoping it would sound more like the emerson 888 series. I will say it is built like a tank on the inside. Large volume control pot. Simple tear down, only one screw and its out of the case. .......


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 Post subject: Re: Hand held / pocket transistor radios
PostPosted: Dec Tue 06, 2016 8:56 am 
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Now you have an idea as to why you see lots of Emerson's on eBay and very few Trav-lers.

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 Post subject: Re: Hand held / pocket transistor radios
PostPosted: Dec Sat 10, 2016 10:06 am 
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I had a radio like that in my youth, except mine had a Union 76 logo on it. Late 1960s I believe and somewhat sketchy build quality.


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 Post subject: Re: Hand held / pocket transistor radios
PostPosted: Jan Tue 03, 2017 10:25 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Hand held / pocket transistor radios
PostPosted: Jan Tue 03, 2017 11:59 pm 
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HEY MITCH, WELCOME BACK!!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Hand held / pocket transistor radios
PostPosted: Jan Fri 06, 2017 2:24 pm 
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HEY MITCH, WELCOME BACK!!! :D
Shhhhhh......!!!! Keep it quiet. Don't want the mods to know I'm here. :wink:

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PostPosted: Jan Fri 06, 2017 8:42 pm 
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I bought this little Sangean SR-25V so that I could listen to the TV sports while on night shift. Still has the two Duracell AA's in it from 15 years ago!
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