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This in its day, late 50s , was a popular personal Radio. It was capable of operating using the ship's mains, which at that time was usually DC. Most of the personal radios available used AC and needed a converter. The only extra required was a Belling Lee suppressor.The radio had a good spread of the short wave bands, useful for listening to Voice of America and Russian jamming. This one was had a wooden case but there was a slightly less expensive plastic version. A price of 24 pounds sticks in my mind, a fair amount,but I was single,and believed in gear before beer.
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OLD STRAWBERRY

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Registered: January 2006
Location: Chickerell, Nr Weymouth.
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Thu, 28 August 08 02:13

Yep, I had one of those. brilliant bit of kit I used to get that in My suit case also carrying a guitar and amp, no gear though.LOL

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Steve Farrow

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Registered: September 2006
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Thu, 28 August 08 03:59

I had an Ecko Mariner in 1966 which I bought in Port Talbot when on the ore carrier La Colina. It was so big that I made a canvas hold-all for it! A capable radio but quite a handful on train journeys!

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Fri, 29 August 08 12:11

I've still got one in my loft somewhere I think. I was the favourite man on the ship as I could get all the sports reports. That was on Manchester Liners in the late 50's early 60's. Mind you I had a good aerial slung between two samson posts.

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Masirah
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Registered: June 2004
Location: Malaga
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Sat, 30 August 08 03:06

The radio of choice no doubt. I had mine for many years after swallowing the hook. Sadly valves finally gave up and I was unable to get replacements. Great loss.

Considering all it had to go through it was very robust and the wood version was i nice bit of furniture.

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harry pennington
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Wed, 10 November 10 18:19

I had the plastic model and what a great receiver it was, bought late 50s in Eastham London.Went up town to Marconi office then to the shops. The Old man said don't be long, we leave at noon.When i got back to EastIndia dock the ship had gone. Found it going through the locks. Had to climb up a rope ladder with my new wireless under one arm. Used it for many years when i left the sea as well.
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