Globetrotter / Globetraveler 4/601 green
überarbeitet am 21.10.2010
In 1964 Nordmende presented it's earliest portable shortwave multiband receiver. These sets carried the name "Globetrotter" in Germany and "Globetraveler" in the U.S. and they were considered as direct competitors to the Grundig Satellit radios.
The earliest Nordmende Globetrotter set, designations in U.S. "Globetraveler", is a portable single conversion receiver covering the long- and mediumwave band, the marine band in the 1,5 - 3,5 MHz range, the FM broadcast band and 11 shortwave bands. The bandspread dial in these ranges comes only with a 0 - 100 logging scale, so You can write down the setting of the dial pointer when You have identified Your favourite station's frequency, can come back to this frequency the following day, but there is no possibility to directly read the station's transmitting frequency. You only get an idea whether the station is located in the lower, middle or upper frequency range of a shortwave broadcast band. In those years, accuracy of frequency indications on direct readout dials has been quite poor, so this is a minor drawback of the set when compared with other contemporary shortwave radios.
The Globetrotter / Globetraveler is constructed in a wooden cabinet with
leatherette finish, the dimensions of the front panel at the top of the set
are 31 x 10,5 cm, the height of the radio is 21 cm and it's weight 3,8 kg.
On the frontpanel, at the left hand below the telescopic antenna, the bass, the treble
and the volume control with combined on/off - switch are located. The treble
control pushed down sets the meter to display battery status instead of signal strength,
pressing down the bass control will illuminate the dial.
The battery compartment is located at the bottom part of the receiver, You have to unscrew the two big screws to open it up, five UM-1 / D or mono cells are needed for operation, You can also connect the set to a 7,5 V DC external power supply. A small cover at the bottom of the radio covers a row of contacts that could be used to connect the set to Your car's radio bay, there is no internal mains power supply.
Operation of the Globetrotter / Globetraveler is fairly easy. Insert five batteries in the battery compartment, pull out the antenna and turn on the set using the volume control. Pushbutton BANDS will active the shortwave bandspread bands, use the upper rotary control to select the 49 m shortwave band and listen for the news or the interval signal from Cologne, in western Europe, You will probably be tuned on 6.075 MHz. You might write down the indication of the logging dial, to find the station again next day, there are no dial marks that will tell You that You are receiving in the 6 - 6.1 MHz range.
When compared to other portable radios in it's era, the Nordmende Globetrotter /
Globetraveler seems quite sensitive to me, the BC band and FM audio is very
Nowadays, I consider the Nordmende Globetrotter / Globetraveler as a collector's
item, the receiver can used to listen to Your local AM or FM stations without
problems with nice audio, for serious shortwave listening, I would recommend
You a set with a digital frequency display, so You know on which frequency
You are looking out for this faint signal coming from South Africa...
© Martin Bösch 17.6.2010