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2007/17/14 Radio receiver, 'Handie Talkie' portable radio, and documents, wood / glass / electronic components / metal / paper, designed by Radio & Hobbies radio engineers, made by David Hain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1947. Click to enlarge.

'Handie Talkie' portable radio

Made
The 'Handie Talkie' radio was built by the donor from designs and parts supplied through the 'Radio & Hobbies' journal (October 1947, Vol.9 No.7). The donor was fond of this particular radio and his recollections regarding it were handwritten on the reverse of a photograph of the radio. The notes detail his expertise and fondness for the radio:

'This little radio has a long history. I built it long before the advent of transistors. It was a Radio & Hobbies project. I altered the design several times, took it on holidays to Lake Burrill and else where. When transistors became available I used it as a test bed for many circuits. I learnt a lot. I forgot the present status of its works, but I have an affection for it.'

The radio, photograph with notes on reverse, circuit diagrams and the original Radio and Hobbies journal together tell a powerful story about the radio, its creation, its use and its meaning to the donor.

Campbell Bickerstaff, 2007

Summary

Object No.

2007/17/14

Object Statement

Radio receiver, 'Handie Talkie' portable radio, and documents, wood / glass / electronic components / metal / paper, designed by Radio & Hobbies radio engineers, made by David Hain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1947

Physical Description

Radio receiver, 'Handie Talkie' portable radio, and documents, wood / glass / electronic components / metal / paper, designed by Radio & Hobbies radio engineers, made by David Hain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1947

Portable wooden radio with textured brown vinyl covering and three slot speaker grille in upper half and three control knobs in lower half. Volume knobs on left and tuning on right. Plywood surround for knobs painted gold and white. Leather handle attached at either side.

Two pieces of paper with hand drawn circuit diagrams in blue and black pen.

One photographic print of the radio in a workshop with hand written notes on reverse.

One copy of Radio and Hobbies magazine October 1947, Vol.9 No.7.

Production

Notes

Radio and Hobbies magazine October 1947, Vol.9 No.7, included this radio design in that issue. The R&H fixed the supply of chassis and cabinets with dial plate and knobs to match. The article on the "Handie Talkie" commencing on page 24 details the parts required and construction method for the radio.

History

Notes

Some time prior to the death of the donor notes regarding the history of this radio were handwritten on the reverse of a photograph of the radio. The notes detail his expertise and fondness for the radio. The notes are transcribed here:

'This little radio has a long history. I built it long before the advent of transistors. It was a Radio & Hobbies project. I altered the design several times, took it on holidays to Lake Burrill and elsewhere. When transistors became available I used it as a test bed for many circuits. I learnt a lot. I forgot the present status of its works, but I have an affection for it.'

Source

Credit Line

Gift of David W Hain, 2007

Acquisition Date

14 February 2007

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Handie Talkie' portable radio 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 5 March 2021, <https://ma.as/362363>

Wikipedia

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