A History of The Radio Shack Weather Cube

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KE5FNB, Jan 14, 2020.

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  1. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I had one on the windowsill of my office at HIPAS Observatory for years. I think it got bought at the auction after HIPAS was decommissioned.
  2. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    I did just that as a teenager - a 2m modified Weathercube was in fact my very first 2m receiver. I paired it with a small 2m transmitter board that a friend gave me that was crystal controlled and paired the two together for "bicycle mobile" in the summer of 75 :)

    EASY to convert - just change the main LC coil to lower coverage to 2m

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  3. AG6QR

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    I had a similar unit, by Radio Shack, but it was portable, about the size and shape of a very small HT. Definitely not cube-shaped. It had a switch on the back to select one of three frequencies. It was silver-ish in color. I may still have it somewhere.

    But I have so many other radios capable of recieving NOAA weather broadcasts these days that I don't want any more!

    EDIT: Found my old radio on google. It was a Pocket Weatheradio 12-151A.
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  4. KB0MLR

    KB0MLR Ham Member QRZ Page

    In my three years at RadioShack I sold exactly one of them - to my grandfather.
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  5. KE5FNB

    KE5FNB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you for that awesome picture.

    The only Weather Cube I own was made in 2011.

    I did see one at a ham radio flea market back in 2017, but the battery door was missing so I didn't buy it...
  6. KE5FNB

    KE5FNB Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have one of those as well. Mine was made in May of 1987...They are one of the better receivers as far as distance is concerned even though they don't get all seven weather channels...
  7. KE5FNB

    KE5FNB Ham Member QRZ Page

    What years was that?
  8. KE5FNB

    KE5FNB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you in addition to being an amateur radio operator, I am also an amateur blogger!
  9. KE5FNB

    KE5FNB Ham Member QRZ Page

    I wouldn't want to modify something like that, but if I did, it would be for railroad and marine, but to each his own!
  10. KP4SX

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    I had one of the cubes way back when that I tried to move, I think to the aircraft band. I was unsuccessful. Yes, I understood 'slope detection'.
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