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 Post subject: Rare 70's radio
PostPosted: Oct Sat 24, 2020 7:35 pm 
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Here's a rare radio that operates on one 1.5v battery!

Https://www.ebay.com/itm/184407804268


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 Post subject: Re: Rare 70's radio
PostPosted: Oct Sat 24, 2020 8:20 pm 
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I'm always amused when someone is selling a Hoffman solar radio and says they haven't tested. All you need to do is turn the switch to solar and go outside.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Hoffma ... 0667.m2042


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 Post subject: Re: Rare 70's radio
PostPosted: Oct Sat 24, 2020 8:47 pm 
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3Transistors wrote:
I'm always amused when someone is selling a Hoffman solar radio and says they haven't tested. All you need to do is turn the switch to solar and go outside.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Hoffma ... 0667.m2042


That looks mighty rare! Even Zenith had the Royal 555 solar model.


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 Post subject: Re: Rare 70's radio
PostPosted: Oct Sat 24, 2020 9:16 pm 
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Zenith Royal wrote:
Here's a rare radio that operates on one 1.5v battery!

Https://www.ebay.com/itm/184407804268

Actually Transistor sets operating on one 1.5 volt battery were not entirely that rare. Some of the "micro radios", about half the size of conventional "pocket" sets (Ross, Bradford, Juliette, Lloyds, Standard, etc.) also used a single battery, usually an AA.

3Transistors wrote:
I'm always amused when someone is selling a Hoffman solar radio and says they haven't tested. All you need to do is turn the switch to solar and go outside.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Hoffma ... 0667.m2042

Well actually the radio has to be turned on, and the dial set to a local broadcast station, in addition to the rear slide switch being set to solar. Lotta work there for the uninitiated, LOL.
In fairness though, the solar panels can fail, as the ones in my Hoffman have, so could be that they tested it outside and it didn't work (so of course they are going to say "untested").


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 Post subject: Re: Rare 70's radio
PostPosted: Oct Sat 24, 2020 11:50 pm 
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fifties - There was a seller on eBay who had a Hoffman solar radio and posted that there wasn't enough sunlight outside to test the radio! I'm not kidding! As for the Zenith Royal 56 "Sun Charger," there isn't a switch to go to solar power, but you still need to turn it on and tune in a station.


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 Post subject: Re: Rare 70's radio
PostPosted: Oct Mon 26, 2020 8:06 pm 
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Untested = unlikely to work, in market-speak. :lol:

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