Manufactured by Nordmende, Bremen.
I have little documentation on the Nordmende Globemanager, the set apparently appeared shortly before the introduction of the successful Galaxy Mesa series and anticipated some design cues from the Galaxy Mesa 7000.
The Nordmende Globemanager is a 5.5 kg and quite bulky (46 x 26 x 11.5 cm) portable receiver, as the immediate predecessor of the Galaxy Mesa 7000, is has a similar size.
The most important operating elements of the Nordmende Globemaster are located on the front panel, the battery and mains cable compartment is on the back of the unit. On the top of the set, separate antennas for AM and FM broadcast bands can be pulled out.
On the left is the loudspeaker, on the right the large frequency dials, the frequency ranges are switched with large pushbuttons next to the dials. On the right, the S-meter indicates the relative field strength and battery voltage. Below the common tuning knob for longwaves, mediumwaves and (tropical band) shortwaves are located. The inner part of the middle tuning knob activates the turret tuner for the spread shortwave bands in the BANDS position, tuning is done with the outer ring of the tuning knob. The bandspread dial drum has coarse markings permitting you to find directions in the corresponding shortwave band. A red triangular mark printed on the drum indicates which shortwave band is actiovated. The bottom tuning knob tunes the FM broadcast band.
In the bottom row of controls are the volume control combined with the mains switch, the rotary controls for treble and bass and pushbuttons for battery test, tape amplifier operation, the AFC in the FM broadcast band and the selection of the narrow/wide IF filter.
The Nordmende Globemaster is unproblematic to operate: switch on, turn up the volume, select the turret tuner with the BANDS button depressed, select the 49 m broadcast band, the red triangular marker then points to 49M. In the 49 m band, somewhere between the markings for 6.1 and 6.2, find the Austrian Intl. Radio on 6155 kHz and wait for the interval signal…
I don't have the technical documentation and service manual for my Globemaster, the turret tuner is unfortunately no longer fully functional, so I can't tell much about the reception performance, but a bit more about the technical weak points: The rotary controls have survived ageing much better than the slider controls fashionable in later sets, but the bandselector switches tend to have contact problems due to corrosion.
In summary, the Globemanager, the predecessor of the Galaxy Mesa 7000, is a technologically outdated but representative world band receiver. A well-preserved set can satisfy the needs of a programme listener to a certain extent and is worth collecting as a contemporary witness.
Single conversion superhet; turret tuner for spread shortwave bands.
The set is equipped with semiconductors.