Tag Archives: Vintage Radio

Dan spots a rare Eddystone 40A HF receiver on eBay

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dan Robinson, who shares a rare Eddystone 40A find on eBay. Dan notes:

What is interesting also about this is the similarity to the Drake SW8 — notably the
carrying handle.

40A s are rarely seen on the used market, and in line with other older Eddystone
equipment, they are built like a tank.

I agree, Dan! This receiver is built like a tank! It would be a seriously fun (though relatively heavy) field radio–I love how even the chassis corners are rounded and the entire radio can be protected for transport. Obviously, these were designed with durability and stability in mind. Great find and thanks for sharing!

Click here to view on eBay.

Ever Ready Model N attache case radio spotted in charity shop

The 1955 British Ever Ready Model N. Click to enlarge. (Photo: Mark Hirst)

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mark Hirst, who writes:

A vintage radio appeared briefly in one of my local charity shops.

A little Googling turned up this video (part 1 of 2) showing an example in operation:

Click here to view Part 1 on YouTube.

Click here to view Part 2 on YouTube.

Wow–thanks for sharing Mark!  So did you grab this radio?  I don’t think I could have resisted!

I love how the radio turns on as the case is opened and that the MW and LW antennas are in the lid.  Brilliant!

Radios spotted in The Walking Dead series

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Balázs Kovács, who notes that he discovered, “some radio equipment in the latest episode of The Walking Dead series”:

Can anyone ID the rigs above?  Please comment!

I’ll add this post to our ever growing archive of radios in film.

Radio spotted in “The Day the Earth Caught Fire”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mark Hirst, who has discovered yet another radio in film:

Spotted this in the 1961 sci-fi movie, ‘The Day the Earth Caught Fire‘.

I’m guessing it’s an old military set.

I believe it is indeed, Mark!  Perhaps an intrepid SWLing Post reader can sort out the model number?  Please comment!

I’ll add this post to our growing archive of radios in film.

UA searching for family of console radio struck by meteorite in 1954

Meteor that struck Ann Elizabeth Fowler Hodges. (Photo source: University of Alabama)

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mike Hansgen, who shares the following story from Forsythe County News (which could win Headline of the Year) and notes, “No One Is Safe! Build a bunker!”:

University of Alabama searching for family of owner of radio struck by meteorite

If anyone in Forsyth County knows the family of Eugene H. Hodges, officials with the University of Alabama are trying to contact them to talk about a radio struck by a meteorite.

Mary Beth Prondzinski, collections manager with the Alabama Museum of Natural History on the university’s campus, said the museum is searching for family members of the late Eugene Hodges, the owner of a radio of struck by a meteorite in the 1950s that is on display.

“The radio is part of an event that occurred here in Alabama back in 1954,” she said. “It was actually called the Sylacauga Meteorite Event. It fell in Sylacauga, Alabama, and it went through somebody’s home and struck the radio that we currently have on exhibit, which hit the woman who lived in the house.”

The woman struck by the meteorite was Ann Elizabeth Fowler Hodges, then-wife of Eugene Hodges.[…]

Continue reading at the Forsythe County News.