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c.1962 MZK BC-Telecon

Small portable radio / Citizens Band walkie-talkie, thermoplastic cabinet
6 x 3 x 1 1/2 inches / 152 x 76 x 38 mm
Nine transistors (Toshiba)
superheterodyne MW receiver circuit, AM CB transceiver
One standard 9-volt battery
Manufactured by Toa Musen Company Ltd.; Tokyo

A very interesting and beautiful oddball — an AM radio combined with a Citizens Band transceiver. Beautiful for the large and rich reverse-painted plastic dial area, nearly 2 inches by 3 inches in size and red, black and silver in color. Interesting for it being also a CB walkie-talkie: the transmit/receive crystals on this example are 27.005 MHz and 26.550 MHz.

MZK BC-Telecon

MZK BC-Telecon


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