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Production Year 1963 - 1964 at $99.50

The Hallicrafters Little Fone CB-6 is a compact, single channel walkie-talkie transceiver that operates in the 27 MHz citizen band(CB) frequencies. It is a crystal controlled transceiver that employs 9 transistors in its circuit. The CB-6 is some what similar to the Hallicrafters CB-11.

From the factory, the CB-6 is only able to operate on one frequency. The user is not able to simply spin a dial to change frequencies. Although it is possible for the transceiver to operate on any of the lower 23 channels of the citizen band. In order for it to do so, the unit will need to be disassembled and the plug in quartz crystals will need to be replaced with those of the desired frequency. As was so often the case, there are two of these plug in crystals, one for receive and the other for transmit. The loudspeaker which faces out towards the front of the unit is of the permanent magnet moving coil design. Received signals exit through a perforated section on the front of the unit. This speaker is rated at 10 ohms and has an audio output rating of 190 Milliwatts. The speaker doubles as a microphone and should be held about four inches away from the speakers mouth when transmitting. The entire transceiver is housed in a sturdy metal cabinet.

The CB-6 has a built in telescoping whip antenna and a plug for earphones located on the top of the transceiver. On the left side of the transceiver is an On/Off plus Volume control dial and a Push-To-Talk(PTT) button. The transmitter section is rated at 100 Milliwatts input and is able to produce an Amplitude Modulated(AM) signal. This transceiver requires a total of 8 size "AA" batteries as the power source. The back cover which is held on by a single center screw will need to be removed for battery replacement. The 8 double A batteries are loaded into the unit four at a time into two separate packs. The Little Fone CB-6 was manufactured in Japan.

In both of the above photographs, each unit on the right is shown with the carrying case removed. The picture on the left is of the front of the transceiver, while the photograph on the right is of the back. The carrying case is secured to the CB-6 by a zipper that runs along the sides of the carrying case.

  

  

  

These next two photographs show the Hallicrafters CB-6 with the back cover removed. In the picture on the left the white protective circuit board cover can be seen. This circuit board cover is made of plastic and held on by three screws. The protective circuit board cover does not need to be removed for battery replacement.

The photograph on the right shows the CB-6 with the two battery containers moved to the side and the white circuit board cover removed. The 8 double A batteries are loaded into the unit four at a time into two separate packs.

  

  

  

The photograph on the left is of the left side of the CB-6 Little Fone transceiver. The unit on the right in this picture has the carrying case removed. In the unit on the right, the top item that is silver in color is the mounting bracket for the carrying strap, the red item is the On/Off and Volume control, and the black round button is the PTT(Push-To-Talk) switch. The zipper on the carrying case can be seen in the unit on the left.

The picture on the right is a close up of the top of the circuit board. The large gold colored square item is the back end of the 10 ohm speaker.  

The photograph on the left is of the top of the CB-6. The unit on the left has the carrying case removed. The round item at the left is the telescoping antenna. The plug on the right is for headphones.

The picture on the right is of the bottom of the transceiver. The unit on the left has the carrying case removed. Stamped into the bottom of each unit is the word "JAPAN". The word "JAPAN" has also been pressed into the carrying case and strap. The zipper on the carrying case can be seen in the unit on the right.

  

  

  

The picture on the left is a close up of the Hallicrafters sticker that is located on the back of the transceiver. This sticker is made from metal and reads as follows, "HALLICRAFTERS MODEL CB-6 TRANSCEIVER This device complies to specifications of part 15, Paragraph 15.205 of the Federal Communications Commission Rules and Regulations. It may be operated, unlicensed, for voice communication with other units of the same type. This device must be used, as supplied, with a single element antenna not exceeding 60 inches in length. Modification of this equipment will void this certification. CHAN. 11 MFGD 9/10/64 SER. NO. 406000437956 the hallicrafters co.".

The photograph on the right is of the sticker that is located on the inside of the rear cover. This sticker is made from paper and has the model number of the transceiver printed on it along with a description showing the location of the circuit board components.

 

Resources:

Radios by Hallicrafters with Price Guide by Chuck Dachis

Hallicrafters owners manual

Sam's photofacts by Howard W. Sams & Co., Inc.

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