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February 16, 2010



wow I recognize that model of radio - my boss had one at work where I used to work. I do remember it having great reception. He might still have it stashed away somewhere, I know the knobs eventually got too scratchy to use after being on anywhere from 5-10 hours a day 7 days a week - that was probably about 10 years ago.

Ken K.

I call these "Middle of the Raod" radios. They wont knock anyone's socks off, but they also fly under the radar and usually go cheaply. And they provide decent reception and sound.

I bought a Sony ICF-700 for less than $10 on EBay a few years ago. It's a simialr size and vintage to the Panasonic and it's a fun radio to just knock around with listening to local stations.

Dan Somers

Nice restoration, Russ! Interesting that Panasonic's mid- and large-size portable radios from that era all had built-in power supplies to enable AC operation.

David S

I also have a Panasonic RF565 and agree with the above comments about sensitivity and quality. Got mine from my step-mother and I've had it at least 25 years.

Vincent Spena

Note that the PCB has no resistors - that's because they are etched into the PCB board. Those little black squares between the traces are resistors.

Frank B.

I've had mine since new, circa 1975. A little contact cleaner occasionally is all that's needed. It's been everywhere and for it's size it puts out great sound. Still use it everyday. I'd say well bought.

Jeffrey M. Martire

Russ nice job on the radio. And I am thinking of buying one for the beach. This or a RF -593 black one I bought. I am pretty sure it's 1970. The switches and back panel etc give it away. I really appreciate your story because I have a lot stories with radios in the middle of memories too since 1964 when my brother graduated HS and went to Vietnam in 67-68. Thanks fir your stories I enjoy them all. Jeff of

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