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Old 10-11-2009, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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One of the better radios for the money is a Kaito KA 1103, a Chinese brand.

Try this link:

Kaito KA1103 Product Reviews

Also on this site you will find reviews of many radios, and tons of information.
Nice, very nice! Thanks.
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Another great source: Home

They produce an SWL magazine as well, Monitoring Times.
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Old 10-31-2009, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Syracuse IS Central New York.
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I just ran across this thread. When I was young, my dad and I used to listen to shortwave radio.

Guess what? I have a Zenith Trans Oceanic radio in an upstairs closet and in virtually mint condition and packed in its original box.

Tomorrow, I'm going to check it out and see if it still works. It probably does.

Thanks for this thread!!
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:35 PM
 
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I used to have a Grundig 400PE and the reception and quality were great. It tended to go thru batteries quickly and I did not care for plugging it in. So I switched to a smaller Grundig 550PE which works great for stronger signals. I was never one for trying to pull in weak and fading sw signals anyway. I listen to people like Ronnie Whathisname on the PRophetic Watch most days and find SW is a good culture.
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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All you need is a longwire antenna to boost the weaker signals.
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Old 11-01-2009, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I just ran across this thread. When I was young, my dad and I used to listen to shortwave radio.

Guess what? I have a Zenith Trans Oceanic radio in an upstairs closet and in virtually mint condition and packed in its original box.

Tomorrow, I'm going to check it out and see if it still works. It probably does.

Thanks for this thread!!
What a lucky fella! The Zenith Trans Oceanic radio was, and still is, one of the best SW radios ever made. It's still a standard that new radios are compared to.
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Smile Where do I find service work?

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What a lucky fella! The Zenith Trans Oceanic radio was, and still is, one of the best SW radios ever made. It's still a standard that new radios are compared to.
Does anyone know where to get one of these serviced?
I have my dad's he had in the army up in Alaska when it was only a territory in the 50's.
The case is leather and in good shape, carry handle needs replacing. The strings on the tuner need replacing as does the antenna. I just assume all the tubes should be replaced as well. It might just impress dad to see it work again.
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Does anyone know where to get one of these serviced?
I have my dad's he had in the army up in Alaska when it was only a territory in the 50's.
The case is leather and in good shape, carry handle needs replacing. The strings on the tuner need replacing as does the antenna. I just assume all the tubes should be replaced as well. It might just impress dad to see it work again.
Contact these folk's who have been in radio since 1942. They should know or can fix it themselves.

Universal Radio Information Page
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:22 AM
 
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Does anyone know where to get one of these serviced?
I have my dad's he had in the army up in Alaska when it was only a territory in the 50's.
The case is leather and in good shape, carry handle needs replacing. The strings on the tuner need replacing as does the antenna. I just assume all the tubes should be replaced as well. It might just impress dad to see it work again.
Any decent audio/stereo/radio repairperson can do the job. Replacing the string is easy and you could do it yourself (do a Google). The antenna is an easy fix as well. The tubes may well be fine. You or the repairperson need ony use a tube tester to find out. Replacements are not a problem.

My guess is the biggest issue will be recapping it- replacing the capacitors which may have dried out. Again, not an impossible job and any pro can do it.

These guys are still around if you look. There are even ones you can mail the radio to. Having it done right may cost a bit, but it will then last another 40 years. The Transoceanic is well worth it.
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Old 11-04-2009, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Thanks everyone, my wife is getting excited about the radio now. I do have a friend who repairs stereos, the nice old ones with tubes. I'll ask Danny if he is familiar with them.
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