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King of the Walkie Talkies

Post by Greg Davis on Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:55 pm

Today while trolling through an antique mall, I ran across what I once considered the absolute ultimate walkie talkie... the Realistic TRC-101.  It's a 23 channel 5 Watt, CB you carry in your hand.    Of course, it's a bit of a workout to carry it.  It weighs over 3 pounds without the batteries.  With the 12 AA batteries close to 4 pounds.  I seem to recall back in the day it sold for $199 or $299... whatever it was, it was out of my reach.  Today I bought it for $10.



Granted, the antenna tip was missing... but easily replaced with a computer board post from my collection of screws.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:29 pm

It feels good to finally find something you wanted REALLY badly, but could not afford, back in the day.  Good score.  Enjoy... Very Happy 

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Post by Marco-ni on Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:31 pm

hmm.. very nice TRC-101. I had a pair of walkie-talkie some years ago but not comparable to a TRC. It's fun..
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Post by Guest on Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:53 pm

I think it's great to get something that escaped you when you were young.  Very Happy 

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Post by 75X11 on Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:16 am

How is the traffic on it these days? You ought to get batteries relatively cheap from Home Depot or Big Lots. Rechargeables are reasonable on Ebay.
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Post by Greg Davis on Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:41 am

I usually get my batteries at Harbor Freight, since they are easy walking distance from my office. I'll let you know about traffic as soon as I get it powered up.
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Post by Greg Davis on Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:45 pm

Okay, loaded it up with Big Lots batteries... heard someone chatting with a skip talker on channel 6 and distance broadcasts on a few other channels. Otherwise, very quiet these days.
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Post by 75X11 on Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:28 pm

That could be a good thing. I used to have one of those. I dropped it off at goodwill shortly after buying a Motorola tough talker phone. I guess either one would be a collectible these days.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:37 pm

I still have my grandpa's old white-faced Johnson CB radio. He ran the battery on his Buick down many a night "ratchet-jawing" on that thing.

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Post by Greg Davis on Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:59 pm

It was cheaper than I remembered... only $149.95!

http://robco.ath.cx/cb_tricks/radios/realistic/trc_101/ad/index.htm
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Re: King of the Walkie Talkies

Post by krystallo on Wed May 28, 2014 1:04 am

Hey Greg,

I too spent HOURS looking through the RS and La Fayette catalogs 30 to 40 years ago drooling over such "big ticket" items that I could NEVER afford as a kid.

A while back I got a fairly modern 40 channel digital readout walkie (can't recall model # w/o looking) for $10. It has an antenna jack (RCA type !) but no mike jack (bummer).

I made up a quickie thin wire 27 Mhz dipole and made up a portable "kit". Last time I used it I copied CA (from here in MA) quite loudly.

Some days LOTS of skip from Dixie here and some locals still active.

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Re: King of the Walkie Talkies

Post by Greg Davis on Wed May 28, 2014 9:37 am

Well, it won't be long before I'll be back in TX. I'll give the radio a try there and see if there's any traffic. Here in WA, I get only static and a little sideband garble from afar. As an aside, I also have a base station and an Astatic D104 microphone. Maybe I should try putting those together some day...
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Post by krystallo on Wed May 28, 2014 4:17 pm

Hey Dave ,

I ASSUME that the walkie has an external antenna jack. So obviously, the better the antenna , the more you'll hear. I'm sure you already know that.

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