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BC-348 RCA (Tube type)



6 Band LW,SW Receiver. Coverage is continuous from 200khz to 500khz & 1.5mhz to 18mhz, only the AM broadcast band is missing. This WWII vintage receiver was from a B-17 bomber. This unit has been modified with a 110vac power supply, crystal calibrator, ANL, and Meter

All tubes are still original metal envelope tubes and all caps are oil filled. Unit is in perfect working order. This unit is as rugged as they come.

Made in U.S.A.



Schematics: (left click to enlarge, then right click to save)









Zenith TransOceanic (Transistor and Tube type)

openedZenith TransOceanic (Transistor)

Classic 1961 Royal 1000D:

9 Band LW,MW,SW Receiver. Coverage is almost continuous from 150khz to 22mhz. (the D added the LW band) The LW,MW antenna is a "Wavemagnet" mounted on top of the Radio. An external "Wavemagnet" was provided to improve reception. SW antenna is a telescopic whip concealed inside the carrying handle. The handle unlatches from the left side, tips into a vertical position where the whip can be extended. Case and chassis are all metal construction which provides great shielding and stability, the negative side being great weight (13 lbs). Made in U.S.A (Chicago, IL)
Note: The 1000 model first appeared in 1957, and was one of the first transistor radios.

This unit is fully functional with none of its original parts replaced
Missing its external wavemagnet and earphone, and cover to battery case
The dial is still fairly accurate, showing WWV spot on
Performace is superior to any other portable AM shortwave unit.
Performance is simply amazing when you fold away the whip and attach an external antenna.






closedOpen front view of the Royal 1000D:

Bands are selected using a rotating drum mechanism designed to select and display one band at a time. (This system was copied by many manufacturers). The drum has an internal backlight for night viewing and operates from a single D cell. I have removed the spring return on the Light Switch. I leave it on when operating the unit.


insideInside view of the Royal 1000D.

9 germanium BJT PnP transistors all in sockets. Gear reduction 3 gang air-tunning capacitor and multistage IF tuning for all bands. The battery pack (not shown) fits in the lower right side and contains 9 D cells (1 for the backlight). Original Dry-Cell batteries were rated at 300hours of operation. New Alkaline batteries should last X2 or X3 times that long. This radio does not have provision for AC operation (there really is no need when the batteries will last years).


Transistors: Germanium PnP type

RF= 121-44, OSC= 121-48, MIXER=121-49, 1stIF=121-180,2ndIF=121-181, 1stAudio=121-64, Driver=121-46, Amp=(2) 121-47

121-44 = NTE126, 121-48 = NTE160, 121-49 = NTE160, 121-180 = NTE160, 121-181 = NTE160, 121-64 = NTE102A, 121-46=NTE102A, 121-47 = NTE102A

The very first transistor radio sold was in 1954, and the first Royal 1000 was sold in 1957. This unit (from its serial# is from 1961)

BFO option (Model# S-53472): This was a seldom heard of option and is field installed.










This image is after replacing the standard incandescent E10 miniture screw bulb with a white LED E10 bulb. Then I removed the spring return on the Dial Light switch, since the D cell battery will allow the light to work for hours of use.











Movie Appearances:

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961): The 1000D sits behind the Sofa in Mrs. Stones apartment throughout the entire movie.


Zenith TransOceanic Tube Type.

A600Classic 1958 A600.

7 Band MW,SW Receiver. Coverage is almost continuous from 550khz to 18mhz. The MW antenna is a "Wavemagnet" mounted on top of the Radio. An external "Wavemagnet" was provided to improve reception. SW antenna is a telescopic whip concealed inside the case. The case is wood with a cloth covering. Most of the size of the radio is due to the high voltage battery required to operate a tube radio (the space below the knobs is just for the Battery). A clever retractable 110vac line cord on the side allows for either mains or battery operation. Made in U.S.A (Chicago, IL)



Right Click to download the A600 Service Manual and schematic

Movie Appearances:

Kiss Me Deadly (1955): The A600 sits on the nightstand in the penultimate scene in the movie..


Sony Portable (Transistor type)

phicoSony Shortwave

Model TFM-1600W (circa 1972)

6 Band AM/FM Shortwave. PCB based.Notorious tarnishing contacts on the switches and jacks. Not as sensitive as the Zenith Royal 1000D












Philco Console (Tube type)

phicoPhilco Console

Classic 1942 Radio/phonegraph Model 42-1008

2 Band MW,SW Receiver. MW band has extended range to cover into the Police band (of the day) and goes upto the 160m band. The SW band covers just below 9mhz to just above 15mhz. Both bands use a large built in loop antenna on the inside of the cabinet and can be rotated +/- 45deg. Unit has a combination of standard and loctal style tubes.

Behind the front grill is a phonograph that uses a needle that transmits the audio back to the amplifier via a light beam.


Made in U.S.A (Chicago, IL)












Old Time Radio

Classic Radio Shows in and around the Chicagoland area:

WIND AM560: AM Broadcast & Streaming: Saturday 8pm-12am Hollywood360 Old Time Radio shows. Sunday 1am-3am Twilight Radio Drama

WSPY AM1480:

WAKE AM1500:

WCSJ AM1550:

WCGO AM1600:

WRLL AM1690:

AM1710: Streaming: Old Time Radio shows