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Happy 75th Birthday to Motorola's Handie Talkie

Happy 75th Birthday to Motorola's Handie Talkie - One of the First Walkie Talkies

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This year is the 75th year anniversary for the pioneer of all two-way radio communication systems. The Handie-Talkie SCR536 was revolutionary and changed the logistics of two-way radio systems forever.

Is bigger really better?

The Handie-Talkie proved bigger is not always better!

Prior to its invention in 1940, portable two-way radio systems were a nuisance with soldiers having to carry them on their backs and soldiers were also using huge radios installed in vehicles which were often abandoned. This struck a light bulb to Motorola’s then engineer Donald Mitchell that radios should be portable and be able to carry out long distance frequencies. This was a creation to aid soldiers at war. Very handie indeed!

The war medal of honour goes to…

The Handie-Talkie ran on an AM frequency and very soon after in 1943, new models of the Handie-Talkie became known as the walkie-talkie and were introduced to businesses; the walkie-talkie used FM frequency. With this came longer distance communication and less static.  It is safe to say the Handie-Talkie played its part in history and assisted in the successful win of World War Two!

The Handie-Talkie is still handie…

The handie-talkie paved the way for more inventions such as the pager and the ultimate piece of technology we all cannot live without, the mobile telephone!

Now considered a vintage trophy, the Handie-Talkie is still available for purchase. This is through websites and auctions where vintage fanatics are refurbishing and using this masterpiece. 

All hail the Handie-Talkie SCR536, the founding father of fuss free portable two-way radio communications. For that, the SCR539 is at the height of all two-way radio communication systems’ hall of fame. 


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