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überarbeitet am 21.10.2010

The latest variant of the classic Nordmende "Globetrotter" (designation in Germany) and "Globetraveler" (U.S. designation) came with another design change in 1966/68: The selected waveband is not indicated in a window but with a pointer outside of the band selector knob.

Single conversion, I.F. 460 kHz

Analog dial

AM, FM(VHF)

LW, MW, Marine Band, 11 shortwave bands, 0-100 bandspread logging dial
80/61/59/49/41/31/25/19/16/13/11 m

Selectivity -6 dB
3,2 kHz

Sensitivity
MW 6 uV, LW 12 uV, KW 1,2 - 9 uV

S-Meter

The latest variant of the Nordmende "Globetrotter", in U.S. named "Globetraveler", was produced in 1966/68, a orange coloured pointer visible in a circular window around the band selector knob will indicate the selected shortwave band. I have been sent an image from an Export variant of the "Globetraveler" with green coloured band markings around the bandswitch knob, the production year remains unclear.

The receiver is a portable single conversion superhet 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 still comes with a 0 - 100 logging scale, so You have to write down the setting of the dial pointer when You have identified Your favourite station's frequency, so You can find it's frequency again 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.
All controls and dials can be found on the front panel at the top of the receiver, the speaker grille is facing to the listener. But the set can be used tilted usind the carrying handle as tilt stand.

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 round pushbuttons at the top of the frequency dials select the different bands, L stands for longwaves, M or BC for medium waves or "broadcast band", S or MB for the 1,5 - 3,5 MHz Marine band, this has also been used for police communications in the U.S. and includes the 120 and 90 m tropical bands. In FM mode, the leftmost button activates AFC, in AM mode it toggles between a wider and a more narrow AM bandwidth.
The upper one of the two big tuning knobs at the right hand of the front panel acts as shortwave band selector and shortwave tuning knob, the center part of the lower one is the L / M / MB tuning knob and the outer ring the FM tuning control.

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 a car adaptor, that had to be installed under the dashboard of Your car; there is no integrated 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 pleasent.
For serious shortwave listeners, the set is less suited, no frequency dial marks on shortwaves, no coverage of out of band signals as the set is not general coverage, no BFO to listen to CW and single sideband amateur radio signals.

Nowadays, I consider the Nordmende Globetrotter / Globetraveler radios as collector's items, the receiver can used to listen to Your local AM or FM stations without problems with pleasant 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...
The Nordmende sets are less well known then the contemporary Grundig Satellit sets; from my point of view, construction quality is above average but not as excellent as the one found in Grundig Satellit receivers, most of the early Globetraveler sets (except the rare Globetraveler Pro / Globetrotter Amateur) are single conversion only.

further reading:
e: model page at www.radiomuseum.org

© Martin Bösch 18.6.2010