Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ed, who writes:
The new 6-part Netflix series ‘The Spy’ about the Mossad agent Eli Cohen (played by Sacha Baron Cohen) who infiltrated Syrian military intelligence from 1962-1965 dramatizes his careless use of QRP HF CW transmissions in Damascus, which were DF’d to track him down.
SWLing Post readers might find the series interesting, especially segments depicting Mossad’s use of covert QRP HF CW transmissions.
Radio-savvy viewers will find unintended humor in the use of a transistor AM radio circuit board, tiny batteries, and no antenna(!) to send CW messages from Damascus to Israel–and in the comical depiction of a Soviet/Syrian radio HF DF van. You’d think a TV series with star power could’ve found a willing ham or film crew member to lend some basic technical expertise.
Thanks for sharing, Ed! I’m sure this is a great series. And, yes, I suppose this wouldn’t be the first time the movie industry made an attempt at authenticity but fell just a little short! Since that’s such a key part of the film (no pun intended!), you would think they could have consulted an expert to make the setup authentic while preserving the integrity of the scene.
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mark Hirst, who adds the following to our growing archive of radios in film. Mark writes:
I’d spotted this radio in the Netflix time travelling series Travelers early on, but it was never in focus to nail a decent image.
In spite of that, it does have a distinctive design that SWLing readers might recognise.
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Sitting in the book case next to the stacked books, I’m guessing it’s ornamental rather than functional.
Mark, you obviously have a knack for detecting radios in film! Thank you for sharing!
Post readers: Can anyone ID this radio? I love the design–guessing it’s a Bakelite chassis?
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mark Hist, who writes:
I’m currently enjoying season 2 of Fargo on Netflix. This radio popped up in episode 9, in use by the South Dakota police.
Sharp eyes, Mark! I’m impressed with the number of radio sightings you find in present-day TV and film.
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mark Hirst, who writes:
I spotted a Sony ICF-SW7600GR in episode 5 of the Netflix bio-thriller ‘Helix‘:
On a roll, I spotted another shortwave radio [in a different scene].
You’ve got sharp eyes, Mark! Thank you for sharing.
Can anyone identify the solid-state receiver in the second screen shot?
I know I’ve seen this model before, but I can’t recall the make or manufacturer.
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mark Hirst, who has once again spotted a classic radio in film:
This shot of some Heathkit radios came up in the first episode of “Stranger Things”.
The teacher mentions the brand by name, having sourced them for some enthusiastic school friends who then proceed to talk straight into the mike without any kind of call sign. I’m guessing none of the gear was turned on at that stage.
Thanks Mark! There’s no mistaking the classic styling of Heathkit!
I’ll put Stranger Things on my Netflix watch list. If it has a Heathkit in the first episode, it must be worthy entertainment! 🙂