Over the past week, I asked the SWLing Post community if they’ve ever regretting parting with a radio, and then what radios they’ve owned that had the most “fun” factor.
The response from these two posts was pretty overwhelming.
I don’t actually check the SWLing Post viewer stats that often, but I was too curious: together, those two posts amounted to well over 20,000 unique pageviews in two days!
Obviously, I’m not the only radio nostalgic person around here!
These posts resonated so well, I didn’t want readers’ favorite models to be lost in the comments section. I decided to comb through the comments, make a list of all of the models, and link to sites and pages with more information and photos.
This is an interesting collection of radios since some are benchmark performers, while others much less so. Many were listeners’ first radios–the ones we cut our teeth on.
I would encourage you to read through the comments on our first and our second posts. Many great memories in there!
Below, you’ll find the full list of radios in alphabetical order, starting with receivers then moving to transceivers:
Drake 2-C (Photo: Eric McFadden)
EH Scott SLR12B
Hallicrafters SX-100 (Photo: Rick Post)
Kaito KA1103/Degen DE1103
Knight Star Roamer
Realistic Astonaut 8
Realistic DX-394 (Photo: RigPix)
Realistic Patrolman 6
Realistic Patrolman 9
Sangean 803A/Realistic DX-440
Siemens Radio E309
Sony Earth Orbiter (CRF-5090)
Sony ICF-SW1000T (Photo: Universal Radio)
Wireless Set No.19 Mk III
Heathkit HW-8 (Photo: Eric McFadden)
The Icom IC-735
Index Labs QRP+
National NCX-3 (Photo: Universal Radio)
National NCX 3
Many thanks to everyone who shared their favorite radios! I truly enjoyed checking out each of these models as I listed and linked to them. There were a number of unique models I had never seen before and many I had completely forgotten (like the Sony ICF-SW1000T)!
If you have more favorite models to share, feel free to comment here or on the original posts!
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