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Long before Al Gore and Pete Townshend invented the Internet, we used to talk (live) over the CB (Citizen's Band) Radio. It was a lot of fun in its day. Here are some of the radios I've collected over the years...

Pictured below are 3 Tram base stations. 2, Titan IIA's (all tube) and a Titan IV (hybrid). On top of them are several Realistic (Radio Shack) mobile radios, a frequency counter and a Tram Diamond 10 VFO (Variable Frequency Oscillator). The tall, "lollypop" looking microphones are Astatic D-104's.

Tram Titan IIA, Tram Titan IV, Tram Diamond 10

My Original Tram Titan IIA (with unused Astatic Gold D-104 and (2) Tram Diamond 10 VFO's. I originally purchased this radio in 1975! In 1981 I figured out how to modify the receiver to extend to 40 channels (see picture below). By adding a 15 pf capacitor to the tuning coil (with a toggle switch), effectively doubles the range of the receiver (the same modification can be performed on the Diamond 10). I sold this radio to friends 2 or 3 times between the mid 1980's and 2010's - only to buy it back and give it a permanent home as part of my CB Radio collection.

Tram Titan IIA, Tram Diamond 10, Gold D-104

15 pf capacitor added to the tuning coil (with a toggle switch) to extend the receiver range +40 channels

Tram Titan IIA - 40 Channel Modification

Tram Titan III

Tram Titan III

Below is Browning, Golden Eagle Mark III (Separate transmitter and receiver). The equipment on the top of the transmitter (left). Is a Siltronix Model 90 VFO and a Courier Porta-lab on top of it. Next to the Siltronix is a Pal VFO. On top of the receiver is a Courier Royal, tube base station.

Close-up of the Browning, Golden Eagle Mark III (Banana mic, Turner 776 mic, Astatic Gold D-104 and Siltronix Model 90 pictured)...

In this "sloppy" picture, is a Tram Corsair mobile (left), with an Astatic D-104 on top of it. Next to that, is a Cobra 139XLR base station. And... on top of that is a brand-new-in-the-box, Turner +2 Microphone.

Cobra 139XLR

Pictured below is a close-up of the Cobra 139XLR and a rare, Cobra 135XLR sitting on top of it... 

Cobra 139XLR, Cobra 135XLR 

Pictured below is a Lafayette Comstat 25A, tube base station, with a Turner +2 microphone.

Lafatyette Comstat 25A

Pictured below is a Lafayette Telsat SSB-140, Tram Corsair, Pal VFO, Turner Super Sidekick (Mic) and an Astatic D-104.

Lafayette Telsat SSB-140, Tram Corsair

Pictured below is a Courier Royale, Lafayette HE-20d, Realistic TRC-449, Realistic 452 and an Astatic Night Eagle D-104. The TRC-449 was my favorite all-time sideband (SSB) radio and the TRC-452 (the very first 40 channel CB radio released) was my favorite AM radio. The 452 (with slight modifications) could exceed the performance of the Tram Titan IIA (pictured above). A fantastic radio (and best coupled with a Turner Plus 2 desk mic).

Courier Royale, Lafayette HE-20d, TRC-449, TRC-452

Pictured below is a Courier BL-100 <Base> Linear Amplifier

Courier BL-100 Linear Amp

Tram Diamond 60

Tram Diamond 60

Tram Diamond 40

Tam Diamond 40

Pierce Simpson Lynx 23 (My Very First CB Radio in 1974)

Pearce Simpson Lynx 23

Turner Plus 2 Microphone (Unused)

Turner Plus 2 Microphone (Unused)

Hygain IV VFO

Hygain IV VFO

Glen 326 VFO

Glen 326 VFO

To ensure all my tube equipment is functioning 100%, I have 2, tube testers - one of which is pictured below.

Tube Tester

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Browning LTD

Browning LTD

Cobra 132

Cobra 132

Courier Gladiator PLL 40

Courier Gladiator

Hygain Utopia 623

Hygain Utopia 623

Hygain Afterburner Linear Amp

Hygain Afterburner Linear Amp

Browning Mark 100 Linear Amp

Browning Mark 100 Linear Amp

Browning 180 Linear Amp

Browning 180 Linear Amp

JC Penny 6247 (Same guts as the Lafayette Telsat 140)

JC Penny 6247

Tram XL

Tram XL

Realistic TRC-458

Realistic TRC-458

Realistic TRC-30A (One of the most popular radios ever sold and probably the worst!)

Realistic TRC-30A

Realistic TRC-48

Realistic TRC-48

Realistic TRC-455

Realistic TRC-455

Realistic TRC-448

Realistic TRC-448

Cobra 138XLR

Cobra 138XLR

SBE Formula D

SBE Formula D

Browning Golden Eagle Mark II

Browning Golden Eagle Mark II

Browning Golden Eagle Mark III AM / Browning R2700

Browning Golden Eagle Mark III AM / Browning R2700

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