Two Way Radio To Make Over? Use The Decorator In You!
On ebay this week, there is a very cool boat two way radio, 6 volts and all. Now, you may be thinking, thats cool, but what in the hell would I do with that thing. I have this thing called a smart phone. Ya.. ya gotta think outta the box with this idea. Or maybe I should change that to, think inside the box.
Okay. now if you own a smaller boat, this story may not be for you, or maybe it inspires an idea for you. Either way the concept is the same.
First you buy this thing, HERE ON EBAY or something vintage like it that’s size appropriate for your boat. GUT IT! Yup. Chuck all the useless crap inside.
The concept here is to use the shell. And then. this is the easy part. Insert a Jam Box, Blue tooth compatible. That’s it. It’s basically a shell for a modern speaker. This way you retain the vintage look, but the sound, the music comes from new technology.
Your phone is the broadcaster of course. See? just cause its old doesn’t mean its useless. At least that’s what I keep telling my wife and kids.
OR, take it to the next level and put a Black Velvet version in your boat house. People will think you hired an interior decorator.
That steering wheel logo from the 50’s CC is actually Chrysler’s Plymouth logo. That’s where it came from. One of many automotive steering wheels used by Chris Craft.
I would take a picture of my old speaker that has been gutted, with Bluetooth installed, and post it but,,,,,,,
Dang! thats where I have seen it. Thanks Greg. We can add that one to the Galleon list of things you can cram into your house. Hub caps? Maybe even a car in the living room. The list goes on and on now!
Very cool, so this boat is the Mayflower. Which may be why its all over the place during that time frame. You can expand on your decorator theme. Pilgrim hats, cornacopeas. how eevr that spelled.
We went from 6 volt radios to Pilgrims landing at Plymouth captured on video? I am going to assume that was recorded on Betamax since they probably didn’t have VHS yet, and Go-Pro’s can’t do that artsy zoom thing.
Yes, todays story is a bit of a journey. Like the Pigrams. Pilgrems.. people with hats..
He has a hat!
If you noticed the brand name of the radio set, it’s a Hudson. So I would assume the ship depicted on it would be the explorer Henry Hudson’s ship the Half Moon.
Good detective work
I came across a Zenith Transoceanic shortwave radio like the one in a Lyman promo ad from the 50’s and bought it in working condition. Stuck it on my boat at a show for ambiance. An older gentleman came up to me and commented that he used to work at the factory building and repairing that model radio. An unexpected connection from just a prop on the boat.
Or, you could have it restored back to operational. Our 1938 Zenith radio gets AM stations just fine, and also receives shortwave radio transmissions from all over the world. Long range reception is better at night, when there is less electromagnetic traffic.
Kentucky Wonder, mine isn’t as fancy as yours, but it also receives AM and several shortwave bands! Fun to listen to in the office.
On Mainstays’ transom I had a friend create a vinyl stick-on decal using the Mainstay Logo from their cane liquor bottle!
“Mainstay” logo from the bottle.
The Radio we had in our garage growing up. I believe it’s a 1926 Philco. There were a lot of cars, trucks, boats, and motorcycles repaired listening to music coming out of that old thing. Its still in the same place, and still works!
Great idea Matt! Though there is something to be said for leaving it original if operational and if it would communicate with other two-way radios still in use – but I think using the vintage shell to house new tech is cool. Some how I ended up with a marine intercom/phone that is era appropriate for the Tolly and may just get installed as is, between the bridge and galley. It would be useful on long runs… 🙂
Aloha and happy Tuesday! Here’s a photo of the radio they used to listen to the landing of the pilgrims in Plymouth. Not that far from MIT. This radio is before Ben Franklin did his kite experiment but must have used his wire for the antenna. Plus for those who like green power, this one does not use any power since it’s a crystal set. I loved it as a kid and even have the matching headphones. Unfortunately, no Bluetooth though.
I tuned in the Amos and Andy show yesterday with it.