Behold the epic Sony CRF-320!

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Phil Ewing, who highlights this tweet from @Ea4Hng:

“Testing the good old Sony CRF-320 after many years not in use. It works flawlessly in all bands”

EA4HGN’s photo, above, reminds me that the Sony CRF-320 sports one of the best designs I’ve ever seen in a portable radio. A proper Apollo era aesthetic!

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13 thoughts on “Behold the epic Sony CRF-320!

  1. Stewart Rosendaul

    I have a CFR-320 in my in my small home office ( i guess you could call it that ) that i use everyday for 30 years I’d guess … I am the 2nd owner and it was a gift .. my oldest son will have it some day as my road gets shorter .. It’s in great shape and I have the Sony book that came with it .. It set’s next to a Zenith Wave Magnet of the 40’s vintage I’d guess … It was my father’s .. We would take it on Vacation to a little lake and would camp in a tent for a week so .. It had an antenna that was stored in the back of the case the he stick the antenna on the back side window of the 41 Plymouth ( it has suction cups on it for window use ) …. I an 79 and I believe he had it before I was born ( not sure ) it is complete and I would guess not working … My youngest son will get this one … I just happened on to the site

  2. Dan Robinson

    It’s probably good to observe that 320/330 receivers should be used frequently — otherwise the chances of gear deterioration and other problems increase over time. The older rotating drum style clocks were replaced by LED clocks in later production. I have both a 320 and 330 with LED clocks — those clocks also used both C cells and later, AA batteries, which need to be closely watched and changed and left out of the radio if it’s not being used for a long period of time.

    For those owners, and others, interested in exchange of information about these classic sets, please see the group at:

  3. 13dka

    I behold and admire most CRF series radios when I see them! 🙂 I’m strictly refusing to fill my man cave with vintage radios and such, but for a CRF-320 I’d make an exception. 🙂

    By coincidence, I saw a somewhat less spectacular but still pretty cool CRF-230 offered on German “eBay Kleinanzeigen” today, allegedly located on an island 40 miles out in the North Sea and only 145€! Of course the single pic and the sparse and confusing blob of description was stolen from a Swiss auction platform and the whole thing was yet another scam with collectibles, otherwise I would’ve asked someone to pick up that $1,000 radio by plane. 😀

    1. Dan Robinson

      The CRF-230/B was a much earlier version of the SONY megaportables, using drum style band selection — the 230s are beautiful sets but condition varies and many of them are in poor shape. As with all of these beautiful SONY mega-portables, you have to ask numerous questions of the seller.


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