[Hallicrafters] 5R30 Continental question

Bill Gerhold k2wh at optonline.net
Fri Jul 28 20:16:44 EDT 2006

Looked at all the tube layouts of the 5R30 to 34 including the 5R30
schematic and none of them show a loopstick antenna.  They do show an L1
Antenna coil for a long wire attachment.  If you want an image of the bottom
tube layout tags let me know.  I have a digital image of the 33 and 34
models which look identical.

>From your description, I would think you have the 5R33.  There was a black,
blue, dark blue and beige radio and the 33 was beige or somewhere around
there.  None of these radios used a loopstick antenna, an external wire was
required.  Must be a modification.


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[mailto:hallicrafters-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Mike Everette
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 9:29 PM
To: hallicrafters at mailman.qth.net
Subject: [Hallicrafters] 5R30 Continental question

This question isn't about anything exotic, but I
wonder if someone knows the answer.

I recently found what looks like a 5R30-series
Continental AA5 acey-deucey radio which worked pretty
well without needing anything done to it.  My question
is in trying to identify exactly which model it is. 
The sticker that is normally on the bottom of the case
is gone.

The case color is sort of a grayish-rose-beige, which
doesn't seem to match any of the 5R30 through 34
colors.  The big difference, though, is a loopstick
antenna glued to the inside of the cardboard back and
connected across the antenna terminal strip on the
chassis.  The loopstick looks like it could be

The radio does very well on AM with just the loopstick
(too bad there isn't much to listen to but yak-yak),
and the shortwave performance isn't bad.  I have it on
my desk at work.  

Somewhere, some time, I may have read about a later
variant of the 5R30 Continental that used a loopstick;
or am I imagining this?


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