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July 14, 2013

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Angelo

It looks fantastic. Nice style----sort of reminds me of a 1960s era car!

Bob Balser

This radio in its day was on a par with Grundig Satelits,if you search you'll find the Nordmende comes with different colour cases,even a wood effect,it was available with SW broadcast bands on the rotary tuner & an amatuer band version,I have about 4 versions in my collection,cannot verify exact number as collection is in storage due to restricted house space for 100 odd radios!You did well to restore it after it apparently being on the shelf for years in the shop

FARMERIK/Richard Hayden

I have several NordMende Globetrotters/travelers too, and they beat my best Grundig 5000 and 6000 models from that time on both sound and station getting here. The simpler Globetrotter II is very good on AM and FM and the limited SW coverage it has as well. If you tune carefully you can find really weak AM and FM stations next to powerhouses, and hear the weak ones without interference. They are easy to miss without careful tuning.

FARMERIK/Richard Hayden

The NordMende radios were designed for use in 6 volt autos, and run fine on 6 volts instead of 7.5. Most have a Motorola antenna jack for a car antenna, but some have a European antenna jack. They also have powerful audio amps in them for portables, and drive efficient Hi-Fi speakers VERY nicely too. Both Grundig and NordMende large portables usually have 5 pin DIN sockets with stereo line in and outs for tape or home use.

Drive-In-Freak

Does she tune past 104 on the FM dial?

Drive-In-Freak

Never mind. I see the 108 in one of the pictures. Cool.
A lot of those strange looking Euro models like that one had 104 as the top of the FM dial. Also most of them had a backwards dial for some reason.

Gregory Mosher

Yea, FM goes to 108. The Nordmende Globemaster named units were for export to USA, thus the proper freq range for FM. The comparable unit in Germany were named Globetrotter. Apparently RCA owned that name for radios here, so Nordmende changed it for US export. Some stuff was not changed - all the input\output jacks on the side of the radio - for audio, power, antenna are weird, non standard from stuff I'm familiar with.

I spent some more time tonite after sunset doing a side-by-side compare against a Panasonic rf 2200. Sound quality with a good signal was better on the Nordmande but it does not equal the Panny for selectivity/sensitivity. Still - fun the tune around on.

Seems I'll also have to crack the case again sometime - the Marine band select switch needs a cleaning as sometimes one has to "engage" it a few times to activate the band.

Farmerik - I recognize your name from ultralightdx. Do you have a manual for one of these things. I'd pay you for photocopy\postage chgs.

Regards,
Gregory

Bob Balser

Gregory

Sockets etc were standard for Europe,DIN etc Others have mentioned 104 on FM not being standard, that was standard at the time for Europe,there has always been a world outside the USA! (lol)

Gregory Mosher

Sorry for my poor wording - yes, there are equipment standards other than what is used here in the US.

FARMERIK/Richard Hayden

No manuals here, just many years experience owning them. When looking for weak stations, use both hands and turn up the volume as you tune away from strong stations, and the weak ones appear. If you don't do that you will miss them. Some of these vintage radios have two or three gang 'volume' controls which are custom made for the model, and connect to the RF, IF and Audio amplifier stages with different tapers. It takes a little time to get used to the quirks, but once you do you should hear far more than most any other portable. Years ago a friend had a brand new Panasonic RF-2900, and my mid level NordMende [Globemaster?] heard more on every band it tuned and cost less than half as much.

alex


I have this radius friend
but I have no idea how to turn on, then turning the right mouse button pressed down should stop folowing button on the right if let loose this button gives hear absolutely listen, can you explain as turning the radio please?

alex

Gregory

I have this radius friend
but I have no idea how to turn on, then turning the right mouse button pressed down should stop folowing button on the right if let loose this button gives hear absolutely listen, can you explain as turning the radio please?

FARMERIK/Richard Hayden

The on-off switch is in the volume control which is in the lower left corner when the numbers on the dials are right side up. It is on the same end of the radio as the pull up whip antenna. Mine has a tiny square window next to the volume and on-off switch in which you can see red when the radio is on and white when it is off. Then you still have to push down one of the 5 square buttons to the right to select which band to listen to. If both the FM and MB buttons are down, you have selected the Tape or Auxiliary input from the DIN jack, and you will hear nothing.

alex

Thanks Richard, I already did, but still not heard, even I press and hold the second button (circular, silver has drawn a spotlight and spiral) to be heard on radio, only in this way can hear AM and FM if I release the button (which automaically jump up) no longer hear anything. You know something?. in advance thank you very much for everything

FARMERIK/Richard Hayden

That is not the way it should work. When you push that knob, it should light the dial lamps. Rotating that knob is the bass control. There should be a C clef symbol for bass. Next to that knob is treble control marked with a G clef symbol [as used in written western music] Push that knob to test the battery which will show on the tuning indicator while you hold it down.

Sounds like a poor connection of power which only works with the added load of the dial light bulb. Battery contacts or power plug, and switch contacts could be dirty.

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