the Hallicrafters Co., Chicago
TW - 1000 A
überarbeitet am 4.11.2010
It looks like as if Hallicrafters might have found some inspiration for their TW-1000A from some Zenith receivers, the Trans Oceanic series had an immense success as travel shortwave receivers, and the Hallicrafters has some similarities to the Zenith H600 and even comes with a tone control similar to the Zenith "Radioorgan" and a detachable shortwave antenna.
The heavy "suitcase" travel radio Hallicrafters TW-1000A has an appearence very similar to the Zenith Trans Oceanic H600: With it's dimensions of 43 x 30 x 20 cm and a weight of around 10 kg, You can image, how "heavy" it has been to keep contact with news from home on a trip abroad.
The receiver has - like the Trans Oceanic - a cover which can be tilted up, it covers the front panel control when the receiver is carried around. At the top face, next to the carrying handle, You find a telescopic antenna for shortwaves, the receiver has an internal ferrite antenna for mediumwaves and a detachable shortwave loop antenna which can be attached to a window in a train or a hotel by means of two suckers. The upper compartment accessible at the rear is meant to store the large and heavy battery for heaters and anode / B+ voltage, these batteries are not sold anymore for many years.
The set has only a few front panel controls: the on/off / volume switch and
the band selector switch are located at both sides of the oval speaker. Four little
sliding switches are used for tone control, they do their job slightly better
then the simple speech/music selector.
The Hallicrafters TW-1000A can be considered as a collector's item today:
no one will bother with such a heavy and bulky radio on an airplane trip.
The batteries are not sold anymore, in Europe, You need a 220/110 V transformer
to operate the radio.
© Martin Boesch, 20.3.2008, translated 6.11.2010