Many thank to SWLing Post contributor, Paul Evans (W4/VP9KF), who writes:
I was watching a TV advert (well, no I wasn’t), but then this one
comes on with a drug for COPD.
On the kitchen table, along with the inhaler thing there just happens
to be a radio 🙂
Let’s see who can find out what it is! Thanksgiving Quiz!
Oooh…good challenge. The resolution is pretty poor int he photo, but I’m almost certain I can ID the radio. Can you? Please comment!
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ed, who writes:
Recently I’ve been watching some pandemic-themed movies and found “The Last Man on Earth”, a pretty good 1964 post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film (which was remade in 1971 and 2007 with different titles.) In this film, the main character (well played by Vincent
Price) uses an HF transceiver in a fruitless effort to find other survivors of a global plague. It was shot in Italy, and the transceiver doesn’t look like any American radio I’ve ever seen. Perhaps some of your SWLing Post readers can identify it?
BTW: SWLing Post readers might also be interested in knowing this film can be downloaded for free from The Internet Archive. https://archive.org/details/lastmanonearth-1964
What do you say, SWLing Post Community? Is this radio a fabricated stage prop, or a real model? Please comment!
In the meantime, I’ll add this post to our ever growing archive of radios in film!
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Adi, who writes:
i just finished watching this BBC piece:
In the background are two “blurred” receivers, they are unrelated to the story as far as being told or shown.
They look as top $$$$ type but what are they?
Post Readers: Can you ID the commercial-grade rigs in the background? Please comment!
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ray Robinson, who writes:
Hi, Thomas. In the 2019 movie Ford v. Ferrari, a battered old shortwave radio is used in California to listen to commentary on the 1966 Le Mans race from France.
I’ve attached a few stills from the movie (which I highly recommend, by the way). Might any of your subscribers know the model of the radio?
Post Readers: Please comment with links if you can ID the make and model of this radio. It looks very familiar, but then again the design is similar to so many other models of the era. Ray, I look forward to checking out the film, too!
Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Bud Glass, who writes:
I am attempting to find out more information about this particular radio [see above]. The photo is from around 1959–no idea how old the radio is.
Thanks, Bud. I did a little research and it appears this photo was taken of Elvis while he was traveling in Germany. The radio has a familiar design from the era with a large speaker and round, front-facing tuning dial. I can’t make out the manufacturer’s name in the image.
Post readers: Please comment if you can help Bud ID this portable radio!
Yesterday, at the marché aux puces de Sainte-Foy (Sainte-Foy flea market) in Québec City, I stumbled across the little receiver above in a box of junk under a vendor’s table.
I’ve actually worked up a short post about this radio and will publish it tomorrow, but first I’m curious if any Post readers can identify it based only on the photo above.
I’ve purposely cropped the image so it’s slightly more challenging. Still, there are so many radio enthusiasts here on the SWLing Post, no doubt someone will quickly ID this radio.
Please comment with the make/model and type of receiver if you think you’ve got the answer to this radio challenge!
Here’s a hint: I haven’t seen a receiver like this in decades. Good luck!
UPDATE: Click here to read our follow-up post.
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Aaron Kuhn, who offers up this challenge:
Here’s a fun challenge for the SWLing Post readers. On the Fox show Prison Break Season 5 Episode 7, they show this “Marine Notification System” printing out a wanted message as the captain sits in his ship and looks on.
What is this gadget?
Thanks for the fun challenge, Aaron.
So I guess we first have to decide if this is truly a device that’s in service in the real world, or simply a prop made for the episode.
I’m willing to bet that someone in the SWLing Post community can ID this device!