Tuesday, February 14, 2017

International Radio Day - Sharp Transistor Radio

As part of my 117 in 2017 project, the prompt for 13/2/17 is International Radio Day

What better item to photograph than my Dad's trusty Sharp transistor radio

Sharp Transistor Radio

In my investigations to determine just how old this device is, I turned to Google :)

I came across this information, from this website:  http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/sharp_transistor_eight_bxs_327b.html

Country: Japan
Manufacturer / Brand: Sharp; Osaka
alternative name
Hayakawa Electric Co.Ltd.
Year: 1961Category: Broadcast Receiver - or past WW2 Tuner
Semiconductors (the count is only for transistors)8:
Main principleSuper-Heterodyne (Super in general)
Wave bandsBroadcast and Short Wave (SW).
Power type and voltageDry Batteries / 4 x 1,5 Volt
LoudspeakerPermanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil)
Power out0.2 W (unknown quality)
from Radiomuseum.orgModel: Transistor Eight BXS-327 - Sharp; Osaka
MaterialModern plastics (no Bakelite or Catalin)
ShapeVery small Portable or Pocket-Set (Handheld) < 8 inch.
Dimensions (WHD)152 x 90 x 40 mm / 6 x 3.5 x 1.6 inch
NotesSharp Transistor Eight BXS-327 SW range is 6...18 MHz (49...16 m).
Similar to model BX-327 (SW 3.9...12 MHz).
Net weight (2.2 lb = 1 kg)0.6 kg / 1 lb 5.1 oz (1.322 lb)
Collectors' prices
Source of data- - Data from my own collection
Model page created by Eckhard Wegner. See "Data change" for further contributors.

This radio was rarely out of his possession - it went everywhere - even in the car in the early days as it was better than a car radio, it went to work with him, and even went out in the boat fishing with him.  Unfortunately, the salt water eventually deteriorated the stitching in the leather carry case that came with it, and over time the case has been lost.   When my Dad passed away in 2014, I brought it home with me (amongst other stuff I just couldn't bear the thought of other people having) and it sits on my display cabinet.  Every time I walk past it, I think of him and can hear the crackle of the speaker as you turned the dial to tune it in just that little bit better :)  Good times and great memories are priceless!

Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

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