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 Post subject: Notches in Zenith Royal 2000 rear cover
PostPosted: Dec Wed 06, 2017 11:45 pm 
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I've had this radio for quite some time and I've always wondered what the 2 notches on the rear door are for.

Does anyone know what their purpose is or was?

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 Post subject: Re: Notches in Zenith Royal 2000 rear cover
PostPosted: Dec Thu 07, 2017 12:33 am 
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To allow entry for a longwire and/or ground on the left rear or the lead-in for the optional WaveMagnet antenna on the right.
-Ed

What? No pic of the front? The rear view looks super-clean. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Notches in Zenith Royal 2000 rear cover
PostPosted: Dec Thu 07, 2017 2:02 am 
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You're right Ed. What was I thinking?

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 Post subject: Re: Notches in Zenith Royal 2000 rear cover
PostPosted: Dec Thu 07, 2017 3:54 am 
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Hey Matt---that's a beauty !

Did you find it in that condition ?

Thanks for the pics...

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 Post subject: Re: Notches in Zenith Royal 2000 rear cover
PostPosted: Dec Thu 07, 2017 4:09 am 
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That is radio porn if I ever saw it.

Bet it sounds as good as it looks.

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 Post subject: Re: Notches in Zenith Royal 2000 rear cover
PostPosted: Dec Thu 07, 2017 7:58 pm 
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xrhonda91 wrote:
... Did you find it in that condition ?

It looked pretty much the same when I bought it from a neighbor nearly 20 years ago. A light cleanup with some mild detergent and a microfiber cloth was all that it needed.

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 Post subject: Re: Notches in Zenith Royal 2000 rear cover
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flanneltuba wrote:
Bet it sounds as good as it looks.

- Scott
Yes. It sounds very good!

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 Post subject: Re: Notches in Zenith Royal 2000 rear cover
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That is one beautiful radio!

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 Post subject: Re: Notches in Zenith Royal 2000 rear cover
PostPosted: Dec Mon 11, 2017 10:50 pm 
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Be careful picking that radio by the handle. The radio with batteries is heavy and if the handle breaks it will break the loopstick inside the handle. You don't have to ask how I know!!


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 Post subject: Re: Notches in Zenith Royal 2000 rear cover
PostPosted: Dec Fri 15, 2017 8:37 pm 
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Be careful picking that radio by the handle. The radio with batteries is heavy and if the handle breaks it will break the loopstick inside the handle. You don't have to ask how I know!!
Thanks for the tip.

Yes. I'm aware of the handle problem with the 1000, 2000 and 3000. I always support them from the bottom when lifting.

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 Post subject: Re: Notches in Zenith Royal 2000 rear cover
PostPosted: Mar Tue 27, 2018 9:36 pm 
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i have a few of these and they are great radios! first FM portable in the USA if i remember right. that one is in great shape!

there's a mod i've been doing to my transistor transoceanics and r2000's which is to use a 6 cell AA batt holder wired in place of the stock D battery box. yes, it's not stock but it allows me to load my radios with lithium AA batts. they have a shelf life of over a decade, dont leak acid, and provide 1.7v per cell instead of 1.5. this lets me get away with just 6 batts. it makes the radio substantially lighter than when it has it's full D cell complement. downside is you have to give up the dial light on the TO's but it's a small price to pay for the convenience.


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 Post subject: Re: Notches in Zenith Royal 2000 rear cover
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They still play loudly with just a 9v battery which really cuts the weight! ZTO's are known battery misers and dislike too-high voltage, like from an unregulated wallwart, but seem to do fine on a lower voltage.

I use a 9v wallwart as well. The ZTO has so little drain, it doesn't pull down the voltage. Measure the prospective wart's unloaded voltage and choose one that is 12v or lower with nothing but the meter connected to it.
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 Post subject: Re: Notches in Zenith Royal 2000 rear cover
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If you want to save weight you can buy AA to D cell adapters, Qty 8 for $2.89

https://www.ebay.com/p/H1-Battery-Adapt ... 0005.m1851

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 Post subject: Re: Notches in Zenith Royal 2000 rear cover
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Ed in SoDak wrote:
They still play loudly with just a 9v battery which really cuts the weight!

I've yet to find an early lunchbox size Transistor set that doesn't! Early GE's, Admiral's, Arvin's, etc, that used weighty D cells -I guess because their engineers thought Transistors needed ample current- do very well using just a Transistor nine volt battery. It won't last as long, as the only downside.

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