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This would look great in my den, if I had a den. It also looks good on a shelf, so I have that going for me.

 

How well does it work? Hear for yourself in the video above.

If the video is choppy, view it on YouTube -  

 
Rodger (WQ9E) submitted this picture of an older version of the Globe Patrol. There are no pointers on the knobs and the layout is different, but the circuit is similar. There are no batteries. Instead of an AC adapter, there is a transformer mounted inside and the radio plugs directly into an AC outlet. This radio appeared in the Radio Shack catalog in 1970, priced at $19.95.
 
I almost bought this. It had the box and manual! At the last minute I changed my mind and an hour later it was gone.
 
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I based the approximate date of the refurbished Globe Patrol at around 1970, based on the copyright in the manual. However, here we see a totally different design in the 1970 Radio Shack catalog. To add to the confusion, the model number in the ad above is 28-206, yet the later version is model 28-205. The manual states it is custom manufactured in Japan for Radio Shack. So, like the Knight Space Spanner and Lafayette Explor-Air, we may never know who actually designed the Globe Patrol.

 
 
Science Fair Globe Patrol
Eventually, I bought an older version, but it was stone dead. The electrolytic capacitors and two transistors were replaced to get it working. It works well on the AM broadcast band but seems very insensitive on the shortwave bands. The "RF GAIN" control doesn't seem to do much on the SW bands.
 
Inside the cabinet.
 
The coils were all manually wired to the bandswitch and it has a full size variable capacitor.
 
Globe Patrol
Here they are next to each other.

 
Remember the guy in the computer room with the girl in the towel?
 
It worked for me. Sort of.

 
Here is the Globe Patrol manual, thanks to  KC6VDX
 

 
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