Zenith Radio Corp , Chicago, IL
Trans Oceanic Royal 3000
überarbeitet am 3.11.2010
In 1958, Zenith presented the first solid state "Trans Oceanic" shortwave receiver, the Royal 1000, the variant Royal 1000-D covers also the longwave band. The Royal 3000, which came five years later in 1963 was the first "T/O" covering the FM broadcast band, but there was no space left for the shortwave "Wave Magnet" antenna in the cabinet, so this had to ordered as separate accessory.
The Royal 3000 is the first of the solid state "Trans Oceanic" receivers
to be equipped with a FM tuner, but due to space restrictions on the frequency
dial and in the cabinet, the 13 m shortwave band and the "Wave Magnet" antenna
have been omitted. The size of the receiver is 32 x 27 x 13 cm and it's weight 2 kg.
You can unlock the left part of the carrying handle, the handle can be rotated to vertical and a telescopic antenna can be pulled out.
In the upper part of the front panel, You find the frequency dials, the Trans Oceanic Royal 3000
has a turret tuner arrangement operated from a band switch at the right small face
of the receiver, a similar arrangement is found with Sony's CRF-5090 "Earth Orbiter"
or the Braun T1000.
The receiver has a similar sensitivity as found in Grundig Satellit receivers made in the same years, there is only one AM bandwidth, the dial calibration is acceptable only in the 31 - 16 meter bands, bandspread in the 49 m band important in Europe is not available.
Summary: The Zenith Trans Oceanic Royal 3000 is a nice collector's item
and can still be used as a simple travel radio, as long as You have no high
expectations from it's performance on shortwaves, it performs well on mediumwaves
and in the FM band to listen to Your favourite local stations.
© Martin Bösch 4.2.2009