My Radios

Over the years I have owned a variety of different radios, from the small transistor bought by my grandma for me to one of the latest WiFi receivers. Some have been excellent, some have been good, and some have been a bit poor!


Moving at 12 years old to an old cottage with my mum we discovered an old Fidelio Sobell had been left and this radio provided many hours of enjoyment for me. It was the radio I first heard Radio North Sea on in 1974 and Radio Caroline on in 1975. Happily I still have this radio, although it no longers works, but I have been in touch with someone that thinks he can fix it for a reasonable cost, so one day we might get it functioning again.
Interesting photos and info on the Fidelio here

The first radio I actually owned myself was afore-mentioned small no-name transistor set bought as a present by grandma. I remember it having a black plastic housing with a bit of pretend wood style embellishment. I recollect a faux leather sleeve and strap as well. It was a basic MW/LW/FM set with an telescopic aerial and ran off a battery.


A year or two later and my mother seeing my growing interest in radio very kindly bought me a Vega Selena B210. These veritable beasts were heavy, power sucking monsters in a wooden case. But they sounded fantastic and had great SW coverage. I ended up owning at least three varieties of the Selena, and still have one to this day, although it needs some work on it if it is to function properly again.

The trend for ghetto blaster type systems saw me purchase a couple over the years, although I did tend to go for the more restrained models. One particular one I owned had excellent sound quality and, rare for the time, had a line-in stereo RCA socket for an external source, so I used it as a studio monitor when recording radio programmes.


The advent of digital SW radios in the late 80’s saw me buy a Sangean ATS-803 which was an excellent radio. Being what was termed a DXer/SW Listener I spent many happy hours trawling the bands for pirate and foreign stations. It was still going strong many years later when I swapped it for some computer equipment from a friend.
Interesting photos and info on the Sangean here


I inherited a venerable Bush TR82 radio from my father some years back. It was a mainstay in our house as I grew up. About seven years ago I was in the Trago Mills store in Newton Abbott and I came across the updated version of this set which had the addition of VHF/FM as one of the major selling points. At about 30 pounds, I thought it worth a gamble. It’s not a bad set, but not as solid or as good sounding as the orginal set, but it looks the part, so it’s now in the collection. Go here for an excellent, if critical, review of the reproduction version