Many thanks to SWLing Post reader Cap, who writes:
This little gem just popped up on eBay UK, it’s working and looks to be in very good condition and is also open to offers:
Click here to view on eBay.
[More info about the Mark 328 (a.k.a. MK.328) can be found here.]
This follows on from the FS5000 spy radio you posted about in April.
If I had a respectable amount to offer this Seller, I think I would.
True–by today’s standards–the Mk.328 isn’t a high-performance receiver. It’s single conversion and probably not über-sensitive.
Still, it’s a working piece of Cold War history and, back in the early 70s, probably packed the biggest punch for the size. I bet it’s over-engineered and will probably outlive most of us.
Mighty tempted to make an offer. I should probably distract myself about now. Thanks, Cap! 🙂
In response to Guy Atkin’s recent post, Psst, Buddy! Wanna Buy a Spy Radio?, @Cipherguerrilla comments via Twitter with the following videos of the FS-5000:
Click here to watch the FS-5000 being unpacked and assembled, and here to watch the FS-5000 in operation. I’ve also embedded both videos below.
Many thanks for sharing these videos,@Cipherguerrilla! The FS-5000 is certainly a fascinating purpose-built radio. I’d love to have one.
This unusual Ebay posting is one of the most interesting I’ve seen in a long time: a genuine, new spy radio transceiver!
Given its rarity and new condition, the $1,900 asking price seems reasonable to me for what a well-heeled collector might pay. The set is referred to as a “FIELD SET MODEL FS-5000 SHORT WAVE SPY RADIO”.
It comes as one carton containing four larger fiber boxes and three smaller fiber boxes, all containing modules that are combined to make a digital radio transceiver system.
The seller says that the equipment (complete with shock-absorbing transit containers) bears no manufacturer marks, but was likely made in Germany by Telefunken. The various components look to be extremely well made, and the seller has provided these links for more information on this unusual 0.5-30 MHz transceiver:
Be sure to check out all the clear photos provided by the Ebay seller of this fascinating transceiver.
Guy Atkins is a Sr. Graphic Designer for T-Mobile and lives near Seattle, Washington. He’s a regular contributor to the SWLing Post.