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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Retro Sunday- Zenith Trans-Oceanic

Time to veer away from the Firearms and present one of the last of the line Zenith Trans-Oceanic radios. This line of radios were produced from 1942 to 1981. Below is a model R7000 the last of the line, introduced in 1979. During the first year of manufacture they were made in Chicago, after that Taiwan. This is a Chicago model.

It was portable sure, just load 9 D-Cell batteries in and you are off to the races! OTOH if you could carry it you could probably use it as a self defense weapon!

Click on any pic to enlarge and yes I am looking for a better camera! 

My Father bought this new and my Mother recently found this:

From Wikipedia: "This model now had complete coverage from 150 kHz through 30 MHz. Gone was the electrical band spread for improved tuning. The R7000 sported a new electrical design using modular circuit boards instead of the tedious point to point hard wired chassis of all previous models. There were many other new features also such as dual tuning meters, squelch and several added bands such as Air, VHF 144 MHz through 175 MHz."

For all of that it seemed to only pick up "both kinds of music: Country and Western" at the house. This radio introduced me to shortwave and many other things from around the globe. Proud to have it here in semi retirement.

I hope everyone has a great week! Stay safe!  


  1. My dad had a had a fancy radio similar to that.

  2. How cool is that?! My uncle collects old radios; I'll bet he'd be drooling.

  3. I liked the idea of using these as weapons(-: