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After 1969 Nordmende changed the circuitry and the appearence of their "Globetrotter" sets: only these sets carry the model designation on the front panel, they come with square bandswitch pushbuttons, the shortwave band selector and shortwave tuning knobs have been moved in the lower position of the two tuning knobs and the bandspread dials feature coarse frequency indications.

Single conversion, I.F. 460 kHz

Analog dial

AM, FM(VHF)

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

Selectivity -6 dB

Sensitivity

S-Meter

The new model of the improved Nordmende "Globetrotter" can be easily recognized from it's square waveband pushbuttons, identification is made much easier, es the model designation is indicated on the frontpanel.
The predecessor from 1968/9 carried the Designation "Globetrotter TN6000", the Export variant without written stations names on mediumwaves "Globetraveler II".
The 1969/70 model has been renamed "Globetrotter TN6001", the corresponding export variant might have been the "Globetraveler III", there have also been variants "Globetraveler IV" "Globetraveler VIP", the differences between the sets remain unclear to me. It would be very helpful, if You could send me images of Your set, so I could try to find out more on this subject.

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 has been changed to a design with coarse frequency indicators that allow to determine (or to guess) the reception frequency directly.

The Globetrotter / Globetraveler III 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 4,3 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, the telescopic antenna is found in the left upper corner, the slightly bigger signal strength / battery meter right next to it. The volume, the bass and treble controls are located just below. Pressing down the bass control will illuminate the dial, the treble control can be pushed down to display battery status instead of signal strength.
The square pushbuttons at the top of the frequency dials select the different bands: S or MB stands for the 1,5 - 3,5 MHz Marine band, M or BC for medium waves or "broadcast band", L stands for longwaves. The leftmost button activates AFC for Fm reception, the following switch 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 L / M / MB tuning knob and it's outer ring as FM tuning control. The shortwave band selector and shortwave tuning knob are now found in the lower right corner of the front panel.

The battery compartment is located at the bottom part of the receiver, 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, but the best message is: this set comes with an integrated 110 / 220 V mains power supply.

Operation of the Globetrotter TN6001 / Globetraveler III is not complicated. Connect the mains after having checked that the radio is set to correct voltage, pull out the antenna and turn on the set using the volume control. Pushbutton BANDS will active the shortwave bandspread bands, use the lower rotary control to select the 49 m shortwave band and try to find the interval signal from Cologne on 6.075 MHz somewhere in the region of the correcponding 25 kHz mark of the band spread dial in the turret tuner window.

When compared to other portable radios in the same years, the Nordmende Globetrotter / Globetraveler has a sensitivity and selectivity good enough for the reception of the major international broadcasters on shortewaves, listening to the BC band and FM audio is very pleasant.
For serious shortwave listeners, the set is still less then optimal, no coverage of out of band signals (and no 21 m band) as the set is not general coverage, BFO to listen to CW and single sideband amateur radio signals has not even been sold as option.

Nowadays, I consider the Nordmende Globetrotter TN6001 / Globetraveler III 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 to make tuning in a station on a known frequency less guesswork.
The Nordmende sets are less well known then the contemporary Grundig Satellit sets; in 1970 Grundig's Satellit 210 / transistor 6001 has been the direct competitor: Being slightly heavier and more expensive, it offered a double conversion design and an external BFO for SSB reception.

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

© Martin Bösch 18.6.2010