Channel Master Model 6518 Transistor Radio (1960)
This largish 14-transistor radio reminds me a bit of the
"coatpocket" tube portables of
the early 1950s. Measuring 9.5 x 5.5 x 2.25 inches,
it's a little longer and narrower than the typical tube portable,
but the size isn't that different.
The leather case shows moderate wear, with the usual scuffing
and some makeshift restitching on one side. But
it did a good job of protecting its occupant over the
years. You won't find a scratch or dent anywhere on the
Out of the case, the radio has a distinctive shouldered profile.
The chunky portion on top of the case houses the AM antenna and
its top provides two parallel troughs into which twin FM antennas
can fold down when not in use. Both of the FM antennas have been
broken on this set, but, fortunately, they're a type that's easy to
The radio is powered by four 1.5-volt C batteries
held end-to-end in a single tube. Looking inside, it's evident
that the radio's length was dictated by the decision about
how to stow the batteries. Putting all four in a row simplifies
the battery carrier, but it also defines a minimum length
for the cabinet.
This is a nice-sounding radio on AM. As soon as I replace the
broken antennas, it should sound good on FM, too.