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skyking_comms 8th Nov 2020 7:37 pm

Vintage Airband Website
 
A bit of self promotion - if you like vintage airband radio's then I've created a site dedicated to them www.airband-radio.co.uk

Hope you like!

Andrew2 9th Nov 2020 8:57 am

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That looks like a great site! I'll peruse it at my leisure with a cup of tea later. I used to have one of those Midland airband converters back when I were a lad in the late 60's. It was a very simple cct and seemed to consist of some kind of super-regenerative detector which radiated the resultant 'IF' to any nearby MW radio. It worked very well.
I think I eventually took it to bits....:wall:

Nickthedentist 9th Nov 2020 10:20 am

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Yes, a very interesting read, even for someone like me who has no real interest in airband radios. Well done!

Andrew2 9th Nov 2020 12:04 pm

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I've just remembered that we used to stock the little Sharp FX range of MW/Airband radios. They weren't the best receivers in the world, but I liked their neat styling and they were easy to tweak up to the Amateur 144 MHz band.

electronicskip 10th Nov 2020 5:41 pm

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Excellent site.
Im quite into airband stuff myself living by an airport so this was right up my street.
Was quite interested to see a Fantavox branded product again, not seen one for a few years now .
I think it was an importers name brand rather than a manufacturer.

gezza123 10th Nov 2020 7:44 pm

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Hi. Skyking-comms
I have a couple .

An Emeltone Winsor.

Steepletone SAB9 MKII.Mains/Bat recharge

A TELETON Vintage 1970-1973?
Multiband 5(AM/FM/SW/VHF/P-B Transistor Radio.
Made in Japan,
Serial No.00216
Model No.136F1
The radio operates on 4 C Batteries or with the attached internal
AC Cord, in its original condition from new I am its second owner.
I have tested the radio on AC and DC can pick up all stations on
AM and SW bands,FM,VHF Bands.
Picks up P-B static and some signal noises.
works great. Excellent radio.
Here are some pics of the Teleton.
Good luck with your site, and thanks for the post.
gezza123

skyking_comms 10th Nov 2020 8:54 pm

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Thanks for all the comments - I decided to create the site as I struggled to find any information on these early airband radios. The only site that seemed to list anything of interest was radiomuseum.org and then other sites started from the early digital radio's such as the Signal R-532. But these came out 25+ years after the vintage radios!

I think that Teleton is an AB 21 - they were 34 in 1969, which in todays money was around 479
http://www.airband-radio.co.uk/wp-co...448-scaled.jpg

peter_scott 11th Nov 2020 10:21 am

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I can add another to Andrew's Air/FM. Mine is a Sharp Air/MW.

Peter

electronicskip 12th Nov 2020 12:25 pm

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A couple of my Airband radios.
Bush VTR 178 from about 1973, its a recent addition to my collection, it works but the case is very pitted and the chrome is bad so will need some TLC to make it good.
The other one is a Steepletone MBR10 radio with direction finder and cassette player .
Works great and is my main radio when listening to the Aircraft , no idea of date of manufacture but ive been told its quite a rare model by all accounts.

majoconz 11th Jan 2021 3:22 am

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I have a Signal Communications Corp R-532 which works very well- so well in fact I think it's a bit over-sensitive! Also it does need a bandpass filter in the aerial input to keep the FM radio out. 100 channels in banks of ten and that dinky little red light! My main grouch is there is no delay after the signal drops so you have to wait for the bank to go around before you hear the reply.

Anyone got a circuit diagram or better still service manual?

Radio Wrangler 11th Jan 2021 5:48 am

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I suppose I'd better join in:

Trig TY91, TY92 and TY96. Maybe a bit too modern, and transceivers as well.

I designed the transmitter and receiver sections!

David

Squipper 4th Feb 2021 12:53 pm

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I have a Gauers 6521 (Swiss) set - all working now, and cords re-strung... based on the Minerva Perfect.

Looking forward to hearing a bit more traffic on it - slim pickings this last year...

HECTOR63 4th Feb 2021 1:42 pm

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Originally Posted by majoconz (Post 1329473)
I have a Signal Communications Corp R-532 which works very well- so well in fact I think it's a bit over-sensitive! Also it does need a bandpass filter in the aerial input to keep the FM radio out. 100 channels in banks of ten and that dinky little red light! My main grouch is there is no delay after the signal drops so you have to wait for the bank to go around before you hear the reply.

Anyone got a circuit diagram or better still service manual?

Martin-many thanks for the post with this receiver intrigued I was I did a scout round and found this on you tube and looks a real good bit of kit:)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=3CxlTCz7kLU

https://www.radioworld.co.uk/second-...-band-receiver

Quite Tempted for a purchase now ;D

Julesomega 6th Apr 2021 7:25 pm

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I used to get given these, back when airband listening was popular - they always seem to come with wrist straps! I keep coming across them: here's two contrasting models, a cheap and nasty AM-band, FM-band and air/weather/PMR-band Elftone, and a half-decent portable multi-band radio from Saisho

Restoration73 6th Apr 2021 9:42 pm

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I have recently acquired a Realistic DX-66 sold in the UK by Tandy ;
http://www.radiopics.com/Scanners/Sc...20(12-767).htm

I built a very similar set to the Kit set on your site - the "Incomparable VHF" cost 4 and the advert is easily found in Practical Wireless and Radio Constructor magaines in the mid-
1970's "Johnsons (Radio) of Worcester"

Julesomega 6th Apr 2021 11:36 pm

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Here's another of the Hongkong cheapo variety which was aimed at the more enthusiastic aircraft spotters: it has a squelch control to save on brain and battery power. The bands are interesting: Air + Weather + 'Public Band' (not sure why they always called it that), then Band I TV + Band II FM, and then a novelty of a 'CB' Band: in this case it covered something like 21.5 - 31MHz. The exact type number has worn off the rear label during a short but active life, which has seen an aerial repair and the removal of the control knobs

It has the necessary wrist strap, and is unusually large and heavy for this class of receiver

Julesomega 6th Apr 2021 11:53 pm

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Belcom of Tokyo mad very nice semi-pro transceivers and monitor receivers. Their AMR-217B was an FM receiver which scanned its crystallised channels and was supplied with a few crystals for the marine band. I think they were used in some Lifeguard stations

I wonder if they ever made an AM equivalent model for use in the airband?

Radio Wrangler 7th Apr 2021 1:09 am

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Originally Posted by Julesomega (Post 1361328)
Belcom of Tokyo mad very nice semi-pro transceivers and monitor receivers.

Don't let that lead you into a false sense of security. Their Liner-2 transceiver for the 2m amateur band was a stinker.

David

skyking_comms 3rd May 2021 11:12 am

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Spent some time updating the website - thanks to all those who have contributed information and pictures http://www.airband-radio.co.uk/

gezza123 I've now got a Teleton Model 136, although mine is an F4. I have no idea what the difference is between an F1 / F4 / AB 21
http://www.airband-radio.co.uk/teleton

Also trying to find out what the difference is between a Lafayette HA-55 and a HA-55A - welcome any ideas - http://www.airband-radio.co.uk/lafayette

Tom williams 3rd May 2021 11:36 am

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I own a Zeon Tech multi band radio from roughly 1985. Just need to replace the tuning string and it should be good to go!

Tom


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