1944 WWII Hallicrafters Shortwave Radio Promo

WWII-HallicraftersInteresting 15 min. video demonstrating the Army Signal Corps using an Hallicrafters SCR-299.

While certainly a promotional piece for Hallicrafters, this has great footage and captures a bit of the excitement of radio expanding into new frontiers. There is a discussion of how the radio was modified for military conditions as well as some innovations which were implemented to make such a system mobile.

As an aside, it never ceases to amaze me how clear and crisp black and white film technology of the time seems somehow better than the color images which replaced it. But that may just be me — a black-and-white guy living in a colorized world!

There is a second part to this video, as well as other WWII-era videos available on YouTube with a bit of searching, and of course don’t forget to check out the SWLing’s Shortwave Radio Archive page for more interesting shortwave audio old and new!

Robert Gulley, AK3Q, is the author of this post and a regular contributor to the SWLing Post. Robert also blogs at All Things Radio.

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2 thoughts on “1944 WWII Hallicrafters Shortwave Radio Promo

  1. Thomas

    Wouldn’t it be amazing to sit in front of a brand new Hallicrafter SX-28 or any of the WWII era Hallis? Thanks for this nostalgic trip, Robert!
    Cheers,
    Thomas

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    1. Robert Gulley Post author

      Yes!!! I can’t imagine how exciting that would be. There is something so special about these old radios – akin to the old 40s/50s cars which show so much personality! Cheers!

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