Arvin 518 "Phantom Baby" - 1936

Five tube, two band radio covering BC and SW. This was my first old broadcast radio. I got this in 1965 by trading a homebrew VFO for it.

Arvin Bakelite - 1940?

Five tube, covering broadcast band. Model number is unknown.


Delco 1105 - 1935

Five tube, two band radio covering BC and SW.


SX-9 Super Skyrider - 1936

Nine tube superhet covering 540 kHz to 42 MHz with a crystal filter and built-in speaker. This is an early version according to the Dachis book.

S-41W - 1946

My first receiver. My dad loaned me his in 1962 and by listening to this I got interested in amateur radio. I got this on on Ebay last year as my dad would not part with his. This is a 6 tube receiver covering 540 kHz to 30 MHz. The "W" designator indicates a white cabinet. Also made was an S-41G for gray cabinet. See below


Meissner - Mid 1940's

Five tube, two band radio covering BC and SW. A very sensitive radio. Appears to be the same chassis used in the highly desirable Tropicana mirrored radio.


Military BC-611

WWII Walkie Talkie made by Motorola. This is still seen in many WWII movies and most recently in the movie Pearl Harbor. Radio uses miniature tubes powered by a 1.5 volt battery for the filament and 105 volts for B+. This unit is on 3840 kHz.


HRO-7 - 1947-1949

12 tube, 9 band receiver with plug-in coils, separate speaker and separate power supply. Basically an HRO-5 in a new cabinet - the first post war HRO.

NC-101X and Factory Speaker - 1936-1939

12 tube ham band only receiver covering 160, 80, 40, 20 and 10 meters. This is the later version with an S-meter. Earlier version has a tuning eye. This is a moving catacomb coil receiver and a ham band only version of the NC-100ASD which is shown below in the photo.

NC-46 - 1945-1947

10 tube general coverage receiver covering 550 kHz to 30 MHz. Neat to look at but not the greatest performer. I also have the factory speaker although not shown.

NC-98 and Factory Speaker - 1954-1956

9 tube general coverage receiver covering 550 kHz to 40 MHz with factory speaker


Philco 37-60 Cathedral Radio - 1937

Five tube, two band radio covering BC and SW.

Philco 48-464 Bakelite -1948

Six tube, two band radio covering BC and SW. Beautiful bakelite radio; lousy picture


RME-69/LS-1 - 1935-1940

Eleven tube, six band communications receiver covering 550 kHz - 32 MHz. This model has the noise silencer in the lower right hand corner and the factory speaker.


Sonora Clock Radio - 1940's?

This belonged to my Grandmother. I found it in my aunt's cellar in Chicago while visiting in November of 1999


Zenith 6D2615-N "Boomerang" Dial - 1942

Six tube, broadcast band. A very nice sounding radio.

Zenith 4B-131 Tombstone - 1937

Four tube, broadcast band farm radio

Various Smaller Radios and Canoe Anchors

From left to right and top to bottom

  • Hallicrafters 5R33 Continental BC/SW - (1951-1952)
  • Hallicrafters 5R100 BC/SW (S-38D w/o BFO) - (1951-1953)
  • National SW-3 "Thrillbox" -(1931-1942)
  • Hallicrafters S-41W - (1945-1946)
  • Hallicrafters S-41G - (1945-1946)
  • Hallicrafters S-38B - (1947-1953)
  • Sonora Clock Radio - (1940's?)
  • Howard 436 Communications Receiver - (1939-1940)
  • National SW-5 - (1930-1934)
  • Hallicrafters HT-40 Novice Transmitter (my first transmitter) - (1961-1963)
  • Hallicrafters HA-5 VFO - (1962)
  • Hallicrafters S-107 - (1958-1962)
  • National SW-54 BC/SW - (1951-1958)
  • Philco TH-3 "Transitone" Bakelite BC Radio - (1939)
  • Hallicrafters ATCL-7 Atom Clock Radio - (1952-1953)

More Classic Boatanchor Receivers

Starting at the top from left to right

  • Hallicrafters SX-11
  • Hallicrafters SX-100
  • National NC-98
  • National NC-46
  • NC-200 and Factory Speaker
  • NC-100ASD
  • RME-84
  • NC-100 "Art Deco" and Factory Speaker
  • Two Unbuilt Meissner Beginner's Broadcast Radio Kits
  • Breting 12
  • Howard 440
  • Howard 430
  • Hallicrafters SX-9
  • RME-69 and Factory Speaker

Bottom row which is not visible in photo

  • National Speaker
  • National RCE Receiver
  • National FB-7
  • National NC-44
  • Howard 438

My Second Operating Position

I use the Meissner Signal Shifter with it's 8 watts out as my transmitter and I can switch between the following receivers: Hallicrafters SX-28 and PM-23 speaker, National RAO-7, National HRO-5T and factory speaker and RCA ACR-175 from 1936. The three keys are: a 1940's Vibroplex bug, my original E.F. Johnson straight key that I got as a novice in 1963, and a brass Signal Electric key. I have always preferred straight keys with skirts as I find them more comfortable to send with.

The HRO-5T is special to me. It belonged to my Elmer, W6BAM and I used to use it at his station back in the early 1960's when I was a kid (ages 11-14). Even though I had a top of the line Hallicrafters SX-115, I thought it was a really neat receiver. He had bought it new when he came back from WWII and used it up into the late 1980's. He sold it to me in 1995 and I brought it back to Phoenix from northern California on the airplane in my carryon! I stopped at a packing store and had them pack the coils, speaker and power supply which were than checked as baggage. I threw my expensive 3 piece suit, tie and shirt into a paper shopping bag and carried it on the plane also. Although it looks stock, he added a voltage regulator circuit to the oscillator which results in it being a much more stable and usable receiver. He also modified a couple of the plug-in coils so that I have a 15 meter bandspread coil and a 160 meter bandspread coil which was made from a broadcast band coil.

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