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I don't remember the year, but in the early 1960's sometime I would guess. Don't remember the number of transistors either, just that as kids the more you had the better... in the cool factor as well I suppose. I remember at night in bed, you could pull in more stations with careful tuning, pirate radio that would play tunes others didn't... say like Wolfman Jack baby, ha! Try to get the most out of a 9v battery you could too... cost money!
In school, I also had an "elective" class in electronics and we built our own crystal radios, plus other neat stuff too... :)
 

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My Mom had one in the 60's, it was hers, not mine! She would have it with her while she was gardening, so she could listen to the Cardinal Baseball games when Jack Buck and Harry Caray were doing the broadcasts.

BTW OLSKOOL, my brother had a kit radio, kind of a do-it-yourself Ham radio setup he built, it was called a "Caravelle". Is that what you had?

PJ :bandit:
 

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I seem to recall the first radio I got was a Radio Shack Science Fair kit like this (internet image):



I didn't listen to it much because the closest ground pipes were in the hall bathroom. I got tired of sitting on the bathroom floor trying to tune in stations while listening through an ear plug.

Dad later upgraded me to a real transistor radio, another Radio Shack Science Fair kit. I remember building it and taking it with me to school; I was in junior high school so that would put it around 1973 - 1974. I still have it:





I don't know if it still works.

Before these I just used Dad's radios. Broke a few of them too.
 
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I seem to recall the first radio I got was a Radio Shack Science Fair kit like this (internet image):



I didn't listen to it much because the closest ground pipes were in the hall bathroom. I got tired of sitting on the bathroom floor trying to tune in stations while listening through an ear plug.

Dad later upgraded me to a real transistor radio, another Radio Shack Science Fair kit. I remember building it and taking it with me to school; I was in junior high school so that would put it around 1973 - 1974. I still have it:





I don't know if it still works.

Before these I just used Dad's radios. Broke a few of them too.
Great memories, thanks
 

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The last transistor radio I had I kept around to adjust the "points" on the last two vehicles I had which had "points" to adjust. A Volkswagen microbus and a 1974 Yamaha RD-350. Any and all vehicles after those had, by then, electronic ignitions with no "points" to adjust.

I ought to get one soon, to have during the hurricane season, which started today.

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My first pocket transistor radio was a Radio Shack one my uncle gave me. Don't know what happened to it. I have my late uncle's Radio Shack radio. It still works.

I've had a Sony ICF-S10MK2 for a few years. Too bad they discontinued them. This has been my best pocket radio for am reception. I listen to it when I sit out on the porch and when I go fishin and/or camping
 
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