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A general purpose communications receiver during World War 2 The Marconi CR100 B28 is a self contained Communications Receiver of super heterodyne type with AVC for use on CW or Phone reception.

As with other versatile equipment of the Forties, the CR100 was subject to a number of variations, most of them minor in specification, to suit particular Service needs.

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  • I have one I was given by an uncle about 30 years ago. It was black with a white front. I wanted to put it back to proper colours so I found a light green colour inside the case between it and the chassis. I got a match and painted it all this colour. I have been told they were never made in this colour but another comment here also mentioned the light green. I would like to find the correct power lead plug and also the correct PSU condenser capacitor as it has failed and oozed all its contents out. Soon to be restored.
    .......... Ross, Dover Kent UK, 17th of December 2013

  • I purchased my B28 from the original owner, Major Thomas Grey. He used it in India during WW2. Although he was in the Army he said, in his opinion, the Navy B28 was superior to the AR-88, so he had it delivered to be used in place of the AR-88.
    .......... Gary, Hebron, CT, USA, 24th of November 2013

  • When I was about 12 years old. My father bought me a CR100 communications receiver. The radio came from a local radio amateur for 20. That was around 1968. I still have that CR100 which works reasonably well having had occasional repairs. It is finished in light green and bears the label of a company which appears to have refurbished it for re-sale after its military service.
    .......... John, Manchester, 11th of November 2013

  • My late Father had one also, and I often listened in to regular operatic programs between crowded foreign stations before pop music took over. After regaining my interest in wireless sets I have amassed a collection of eleven, all in various states of disrepair and awaiting attention. I have also twelve HRO's and six WS52's to consider. The five AR88's were reasonably easy to restore.
    .......... Michael Marshall, Rustington, West Sussex, United Kingdom, 4th of October 2013

  • my late father had one he loved it, I have the CR.100 MANUAL here bit dusty good read great site thanks from Tracy
    .......... tracy hodges, sea palling, norfolk, 9th of September 2012

  • The Royal Navy Volunteer service used the B28 with a special transmitter, 2 valve, crystal controlled, that fitted inside the lid of the receiver and was used to train operators after WW2.
    .......... Ben Nock, Military Wireless Museum., Kidderminster, Worcestershire., 25th of February 2012

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