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Regency (brand of I.D.E.A.)

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Name: Regency (brand of I.D.E.A.)    (USA)  
alternative name:
Idea (I.D.E.A.)
Abbreviation: regency

Regency; Indianapolis, (Ind.); USA: Later brand of I.D.E.A., Industrial Development Engineering Associates. In October 1954 Regency introduced the worlds first Transistor Radio (4 transistors only) to the market, the Regency TR-1. Texas Instruments delivered a sample and then the transistors. The TR1 was just about three months earlier of Raytheon with it's 8TP, having a much better performance with 8 transistors. TR1 was the only pocket radio Regency manufactured. The site shows probably most details about the story and the product.

1945-I.D.E.A., Industrial Development Engineering Associates, created as a partnership company by former RCA employees Joe Weaver and John Pies
1947-I.D.E.A., Inc. becomes full corporation
1950's-Several divisions within I.D.E.A. created
Regency Division (transistor radios, television accessories, citizens band transceivers). Radell Division (resistor manufacturing group-sold and transferred to Texas Instruments Inc. Dallas facility in 1955 with John Pies as chief officer). Monitoradio Division (built FM, VHF, and UHF equipment). Electronic Equipment Division (special application commercial and military contracts and private label manufacturing).
1955-Radio Apparatus Corporation merged with I.D.E.A.
1961-Parent company name changed from I.D.E.A. to Regency Electronics Inc.
1989-Regency name changed to Relm Communications Inc. (2-way communication scanner systems) present-still operating as Relm Communications Inc.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  72 Monitoradio All Transistor TM-L2   Crystal controlled FM receiver. 
USA  68 Monitoradio All Transistor TM-H1   Crystal controlled FM receiver with one channel.  Frequency range 137 - 174 MHz. 
USA  69 Imperial II 12BH7A  23 channels cb radio with double side band reduced carrier and two 6AQ5A push-pull modulat... 
USA  57 Monitoradio Crystal Controlled FM Receiver MRC-33A    
USA  51 Signal Booster DB400   Television signal booster for channels 2 to 13. Also available in blonde finish. 
USA  63 World Traveler Monitoradio WT-4 6CL8A  Coverage: 545 kHz to 30 MHz in four bands. BFO, ANL. Essentially identical to Realistic... 
USA  56 Monitoradio DR-200A   FM receiver, XTAL- or VFO-controlled, with 2 bands: LO 30 to 50 mc, HI 152 to 174 mc. ... 
USA  77–79 Digital Flight Scanner ACT-T-720A   Airband, AM 108 MHz to 136MHz. 108 ... 118 MHz 50 KHz steps 118 ... 135.975 MHz... 
USA  53 Signal Booster DB-410A   TV booster for VHF bands. 12 W power consumption. 
USA  72 Monitoradio/Scanner TMR-1H - TMR-IH   1 channel. 150-174 MHz. Made in USA. 
USA  72 Monitoradio/Scanner TMR-4H   4 channels. 150-174 MHz. Made in USA. 
USA  72 Monitoradio/Scanner TMR-8H   8 channels. 150-174 MHz. Made in USA. 


Further details for this manufacturer by the members (rmfiorg):

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