December Contest: Your holiday radio memories!

My Hallicrafters SX-24 in the holiday spirit!

[Update: This contest is over, but you can read all of our radio memories on this Christmas Eve post.]

It’s the winter holiday season here in North America, typically a great time to slip into the shack, sip some warm mulled cider/eggnog/coffee, and explore the world via the shortwaves, mediumwaves, and longwaves. Truly an experience of comfort and joy.

Fred Osterman at Universal Radio contacted me recently and offered to support a little contest to celebrate the holiday season–with a little gift!

The contest

We’ve put together a simple contest; both a US and international winner will be chosen at random. All you have to do is share the following with us using the contest entry form below:

Do you have any special holiday memories that involve…well, radio? Perhaps you remember a seasonal broadcast, received a special radio as a gift, or otherwise enjoyed the holidays through radio? Please share your story!

Of course, this contest encompasses any holiday–Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Easter, or any other religious or secular holiday in which a particular radio memory played a part.

We’ll select a number of these memories and share them in a post here, just to put us all in the holiday spirit.

The Prize

Universal is offering a handy Grundig Edition Eton Mini to our US winner and another to our international winner!  Merry, merry!

How to enter

Simply fill out the form below (or by clicking this link), and share your story. Please only enter this contest if you’re willing to share your story with others.

This will be a short contest:  all entries must be received by 00:00 UTC on Sunday, December 18, 2016.

We’ll announce the winners, picked at random, on Monday December 19th, 2016, and the holiday prizes will be shipped the same week.

We look forward to your holiday stories!

A special thanks to Universal Radio for sponsoring this holiday contest!

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3 thoughts on “December Contest: Your holiday radio memories!


    WOW! The year was 1971 and the memories of my many visits to the Hygain factory in Lincoln, Nebraska to see the blue label beauties of the Hygain Galaxy R-1530 receivers being assembled flashed back through my memory as I gloriously browsed the recent Hygain advertisement of the unforgetable Hygain R-1530 and it’s companion speaker SC-1530. I had worked super hard during the school year and earned enough to order one of these blue beauties. My heart palpated when I unwrapped my box while sitting under the real 6 foot Norway Spruce tree. Santa had been extra good to me this year and I was eagerly waiting to experience an unforgettable night in my life. After unwrapping the two boxes, I quickly took the receiver and speaker into my bedroom and placed both on my school desk.The magical mystic adventures began as I meticulously tuned the shortwave bands. I immediately fell in love with my brand new Hygain Galaxy R-1530 and SC-1530 station. This night was so memorable in so many ways as this transistorized boat anchor unlocked my knowledge to the world. I kept this blue beauty until my early college days and the marvel faded away. Today, I have been lucky enough to own three of these unique receivers. The marvel has returned after 45 years and the candle is once again lit! What more could a guy ask for?

    Merry Christmas to all and create your own memories during this holiday season!


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