1. bluefury361

    bluefury361 Old Man with a Hat

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    Turned this little gem up at a yard sale last weekend.
    It's a Promotional radio in the form of a Champion spark plug. It houses a 110v am/fm transmitter. Fellow said it didn't work but it looked so cool I parted with a dollar bill just to look at it on the shelf.
    I opened it up and sprayed some contact cleaner here and there and the darn thing started working...
    These radios in battery, am form date from the late 40's to the 60's. The 110v am/fm version dates to the 70's and are much more rare.
    I'll probably bring it to Carlisle.


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  2. Davea Lux

    Davea Lux Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Cool Find, is it a J-11Y?

    Dave
     
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  3. odcics2

    odcics2 Active Member

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    Cool!
    First AM transistor radio was invented in Oct. 1954.

    Here's a pic of my NOS one.
    NOS champion sperk plug am radio in the box, never out.JPG
     
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  4. Davea Lux

    Davea Lux Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I had one of the old "Rocket Ship" radios in '56, clipped it on to a window screen and static powered it, tuned it by pulling the antenna in the tip up and down. Used an ear phone as it had minimal speaker power.

    Dave
     
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  5. 1978 NYB

    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    That is pretty nice stuff to find!
     
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  6. Davea Lux

    Davea Lux Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Cool

    Dave
     
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    Newport 66 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    That outta spark some conversations!!
    Very cool!!
     
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  8. cantflip

    cantflip Old Jagoff with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Wow... want to double your money on that? :poke::lol:
     
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  9. live4theking

    live4theking Old Man with a Hat

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    cool
     
  10. JC68vert300

    JC68vert300 Well-Known Member

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    Such great promo items back then, very cool
     
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