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A trip down memory lane.

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I was browsing eBay for some bargains on ham radio equipment, and came across the radio that got me started in CB>Shortwave>Scanners>Amateur Radio 40 years ago. The GE 3-5970 Walkie Talkie. It's a crystal controlled, 2 Channel HH CB radio. The year was 1977, and I was 11 years old. My friends and I bought these radios at a local store, and I was hooked. I picked this radio up for under $10 brand new in the original box. I'll probably never use it, but it will proudly be displayed in my radio collection, and I'll smile every time I see it. :)
 

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Nice find ! My first scanner was a GE Searcher Tuneable Scanner from about that same time and I proudly display it on my desk.
 

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My first scanner was a 10 channel HH from Radio Shack. I don't even remember the model. Maybe I should look for that one too. ;)
 

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My first, and I wish I still had it, was my grandfather's Radio Shack patrolman 8 channel with the big orange lights on the panel. The first, I actually bought, was a 4 channel Radio Shack HH. Don't remember the model. After that, I bought a Regency HX-1500 which I still have and it still works great.
 

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Before I had a scanner I had one of the 1970's Radio Shack police band radios. The first great scanner I had was the Pro-2004 which I pre-ordered. I had it for 20 years before it failed. I still have another one I picked up on eBay a few years ago.
 

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Great post, thanks. You can also find used CBs for reasonable prices too on ShopGoodWill. Back in '75 had a Midland CB SSB radio, cost $300 bucks back then! Prices have really come down.
 

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Nice find ! My first scanner was a GE Searcher Tuneable Scanner from about that same time and I proudly display it on my desk.
I had a Panasonic AM/FM/VHF High band tunable radio. No selectivity as one would expect. It did have a Battery/Tune meter. AC/DC.

About the same time, I had a passive tuner that had to be held next to an AM radio to receive the aircraft band. Better than nothing. I also recall the Electra Bearcat's crystal controlled scanner that needed to be inserted into a 8 track tape deck for audio.
 

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First CB

I started with a Knight Kit C 100 3 transistor CB kit, which sold for $9.95. My first scanner was a RS 20-168, a 4 channel VHF crystal model.
 

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When I was young I started with those small radioshack walkie talkies

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Just trying to recall a radio I had in the mid 70's. I believe it was a Midland.
It had a remote head that was about 4x6 and kind of half-moon shaped that mounted in the car,
and a cable that mounted the main electronic unit in the trunk.
Anyone recall what this radio might have been?

Chuck
 

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I used a Lafayette VHF low/high receiver in my VW! It was tuneable with one crystal position for each band! I need to determine the model # and look for one!!!
 

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First radio I had was a no name brand VHF Hi radio, used to listen to the Bronx NYPD when they were still on VHF, and listened also to FDNY. First scanner was a four channel Fanon Courier. Ah the good old days
 

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Great site TheSpaceMan, this has got to be the top one-stop-shop for info! I also check Universal Radio's site which has an archived photos and descriptions of pre-owned radios (shortwave, scanner, wideband, vintage) that have been sold by them.
 
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+2 with TheSpaceMan's link to the "American Radio History"! Will spend most of today just seeing what they have. lol

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Not a day, not a week, not a month will get you through what's at that site!!! Maybe a life time searching and reading there.
Absolutely loaded with info; for those who like nostalgia in the radio, electronic, music, broadcasting of yesteryear, this site has it!
 
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