Tag Archives: Radios in Movies

Adam spots a Racal RA17 in Johnny Mnemonic

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Adam Sampson, who writes:

One for your “radios in movies” collection: in “Johnny Mnemonic” (1995),
there’s a Racal RA17 in one of the racks in the Lo-Teks’ headquarters.

There’s also a Rohde and Schwarz SMDF/SMDA RF signal generator in the
next rack which plays a pivotal role in the final scene…

Great catch, Adam! Thank you for sharing!

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Can you ID the radio in this Andy Griffith Show episode?


Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Andrew Webber, who writes:

Does anyone know what kind of shortwave this is that appears in this episode of The Andy Griffith Show from the Sixth Season entitled “The Gypsies’. The Gypsies put a curse on the town of Mayberry and use the radio to magically predict rain within 72 hours by listening to weather reports from Greenland. The final scene is hilarious when Andy and Goober are listening to the radio and Andy takes the back cover off of the radio, only to discover the radio is just an empty case.

Thanks for sharing, Andrew. Can anyone ID this radio? Please comment!

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Dan spots a Hammarlund SP-600 in “The Shape of Water”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dan Robinson, who writes:

Did anyone ever notice this [in The Shape of Water]?

I have not seen the film yet, but how could we miss that classic Cold War rig?! Very cool–thanks for sharing, Dan!

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Emilio’s favorite scene from “Never Cry Wolf”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Emilio Ruiz, who writes:

I [note you] have published movies scenes with radios and I remember one of my favorite movies about nature, science, silence, wolves and Inuit culture called “Never Cry Wolf” I’m sharing with you and all readers of SWLing Post blog a radio (I don’t know what brand is, I think is military radio) appear in Never Cry Wolf movie.

I love this scene because the heterodyne sound is a particular sound that drives us crazy to everyone who loves radio!! jaja 😛

The video was extracted from the original Beta format movie, sorry for
the quality.

Thank you for sharing, Emilio!

That heterodyne sound leads me to believe they obtained it using a regenerative receiver. I’ve heard that squeal so many times tuning regen receivers!

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Radios in Godzilla 2 trailer

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ron Chester (W6AZ), who notes that the new Godzilla film contains a number of boat anchors.

What I think is so funny is how they’ve altered the logging/fine tune dial of the Hammarlund SP-600 to look like signal strength meter! For someone who has owned an SP-600, this is a little strange to say the least!

Click here to view on YouTube.

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