Troop entertainment radios.

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Re: Troop entertainment radios.

Post by Larry E Long » Wed May 25, 2016 12:54 pm

Here's the SC 66.
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Here's one you might find interesting. This is a Zenith 6G601D portable radio owned by Co. D, 1st Medical Bn., 1st Div (The Big Red 1).

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Re: Troop entertainment radios.

Post by topfmine » Wed May 25, 2016 3:58 pm

Nice radios thanks for showing. I suppose these type of era portable radios similar to a cased crosley like the zenith shown would most probably be a private purchase by anyone in the services who had an ear for music and radio shows.

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Post by Larry E Long » Wed May 25, 2016 5:58 pm

Now this one isn't mine but it's an example of a privately owned radio in the military. The Zenith portables were by far the most popular.

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Re: Troop entertainment radios.

Post by topfmine » Fri May 27, 2016 1:11 am

I like the artwork. Thanks for showing. I am sure there were other radios private purchase they used just wondering what the rules and regs were of playing these in camp and on the front during R&R.

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Re: Troop entertainment radios.

Post by MkDorney » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:40 pm

I have a Templetone BP2-A5 I'm restoring to working condition. Anybody have a copy of the Station Log Card they can send me in .pdf format?

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Post by 33rdsignal » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:21 am

MkDorney wrote:
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I have a Templetone BP2-A5 I'm restoring to working condition. Anybody have a copy of the Station Log Card they can send me in .pdf format?

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Re: Troop entertainment radios.

Post by MkDorney » Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:27 pm

I have a Templetone BP2-A5 in the shop right now. This radio takes the BA -48 battery that ran the receiver section of the BC-1306. The inverter guy in Italy just started making the inverter to replace the BA-48, so this radio should become more interesting to display, as a power source will be available

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Re: Troop entertainment radios. BP2-A5 Power Supply

Post by GPW43 » Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:20 pm

You can easily build a power supply for the radio as it only needs two voltages. Get couple of small transformers to get you 90V DC and 1.5 DC (for 1.5V plan on having about 1.0 AM juice).
I have two of those radios and built a PS for them using a dual tap transformer (custom made);
Another options is Pitero as mentioned earlier or : http://www.6v6.co.uk/power-supplies/90- ... nator.html
What I don't like is the 300ma cap on the 1.5V output.

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Re: Troop entertainment radios.

Post by wa5cab » Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:11 pm

If the radio originally had separate A and B batteries, just use the inverter for the B+ and use a separate D-cell or two for the heaters.

And if you parallel two Alkaline D-cells, check the battery temperature before you put them in the holder, and again after an hour of being paralleled. Alkaline D-cells have a bad history of one cell trying to charge the other when in parallel.
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Re: Troop entertainment radios.

Post by KacyHoppe » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:19 am

Hello...I wound my own and radio works relatively well. I also made a 110v power supply that provides the power for it to operate the voltages it needs as to not mess with making batteries for it.
I have seen there are Army and Navy models that folks enjoyed listening to AM bands. Another post will follow.

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Re: Troop entertainment radios.

Post by GPW43 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:41 pm

Can you share additional details, you are getting both 90V and 1.5v from the same transformer, what did you use etc. I am working on using a DC-DC upconverter to give me the 90v and then use some Lipo pack (like three cell and DC-DC down converter form 3.5 v to 1.6V);

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Re: Troop entertainment radios.

Post by Radtech » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:44 pm

An old radio power transformer with 90v and 3v center tap.

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Re: Troop entertainment radios.

Post by creinemann » Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:11 pm

I've got a few morale radios in my collection, here's and early version of the Minerva Tropic master
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