BROADCAST RECEIVER COLLECTIONS
top of military radio communications, RKK Radio Museum has over 100
samples of broadcast receivers, the vast majority of them made in
Broadcast Receiver Collection started with German WR 1 (Wehrmacht
Rundfunk) troops entertainment receiver which was on Wehrmacht
nomenclature ever since 1940. To the contrast with Red Army where any
broadcast listening was strictly prohibited after German invasion to
the USSR and all thru the war, both German troops as well as US troops
and other USSR allies had several models of troops entertainment
receivers on their military supply lists.
of all we have tried to collect all the Wehrmacht troops entertainment
receivers that we knew about, and now there are all the "WR"
and "ER" receivers presented in RKK Radio Museum showcases.
Next step was to collect battery portable receivers used by Wehrmacht
officers, and we are proud to say that most of such receivers known
are in our Showcases, too.
the way to collecting battery portable receivers, we have purchased on
eBay, several unknown models that appeared to be vintage battery
portables of early 1930s never actually used for Wehrmacht supplies.
Thus we decided to have a limited collection of vintage battery
portable receivers in our museum. This part of our collections won't
get any larger in future.
Another limited collection of vintage broadcast receivers are the tube
sets of 1921-1945 that have been purchased on eBay just to decorate
the private office of Valery Gromov, the RKK Radio Museum trustee.
are about 30 vintage receivers there, and this part of RKK Radio
Museum also won't get any larger in future. There are also over 40
vintage crystals sets on display in our museum which have been
purchased just to demonstrate to the visitors something different from
military radios in their grey and khaki cabinets. No extension to this
part of broadcast radio collection is planned at present, too.
another part of our broadcast receiver collections are "People's
Receivers" (Volksempfänger) and other receivers made under the
"Gemeinschaftserzeugnis" project developed in Germany in
1933. This part of our collection is slowly widening though most of
the "Gemeinschaftserzeugnis" models are already in our
Showcases. New items are mostly accessories for "People's Receivers"
that were produced by many smaller German companies in
find below, a Table of Contents (TOC) to our Broadcast Receiver
Collection. Each of the sections listed in TOC has "thumbnail"
picture gallery and detailed model information table, both arranged by
the Manufacturer's names.
each Manufacturer listing, radios are arranged by the year of first
production, not alphabetically. Clicking on "thumbnail" in
the picture gallery or on the radio model in the information table
will bring on screen, a more detailed picture galleries consisting of
4 to 8 different radio pictures.
and Troops Entertainment Receivers of 1921-1945
top of most common home entertainment radios of desktop and
console types, there are all of our troops entertainment receivers
listed in this section, both Wehrmacht and US Army. There are also
two of "Gemeinschaftserzeugnis" receivers listed,
Radio-Union RU 1 W and DKE 38 B Militär.
Portable Tube Receivers of 1930-1945
this section you will find our vintage battery portable receivers
as well as WW II troops entertainment battery portables, both
Wehrmacht and US Army. There are also two of "Gemeinschaftserzeugnis"
portable receivers listed in this section, "German Olympic
Suitcases" (Deutscher Olympia-Koffer) DOK 36 and DOK
Receivers" (Volksempfänger) and Accessories of
in this section are all of VE 301 and DKE "People's Receivers"
that RKK Radio Museum has on display as well as other receivers
manufactured as part of "Gemeinschaftserzeugnis" project
in Germany, Austria and Hungary. Well-known Torn.E.b "Bertha"
receiver was also considered part of "Gemeinschaftserzeugnis"
project thus it is also included in this section. Separate picture
gallery is devoted to the accessories for "People's Receivers".
We already have over 20 different items of that kind and trying to
expand this part of our collections.
Sets and Accessories of 1924-1940
this section, we have picture galleries of vintage crystal sets
that are on display in RKK Radio museum as well as picture
galleries of several kinds of accessories like high-resistance
headsets, crystal holders and antennas used with the vintage
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