Globetrotter TN 6001 / Globetraveler III
überarbeitet am 21.10.2010
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.
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 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.
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 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
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.
© Martin Bösch 18.6.2010