Dilks reported in the August 2013 edition of QST
on his opportunity
of a lifetime when he received a call from a friend saying that the
producers of the film Paranoia needed some really convincing vintage
tube radios as props. John is the author of the monthly "Vintage Radio"
column in the ARRL's flagship publication, and owns a huge collection
of exactly the type of equipment being sought.
is a saga starring Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth. Per IMDB, "An entry-level
employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner
office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss's old mentor
to secure for him a multi-billion dollar advantage." John, his son,
friend Nick England worked with the 'prop master' Michael Jortner to
select the requisite radios and then went to the filming location in
Philadelphia ('The City of Brotherly
Shove' ) to
set up and operate the radios. One preferred feature was a radio with
"exposed glowing tubes" (just for the effect). In lieu of that, the
stage technicians settled for rigging a 100 W light bulb inside
to light up the chassis. Radios and peripherals used were the Hallicrafters
SX-23, and SX-42, a National NC-190, a Silver-Marshall
the World Four," a Shure carbon ring microphone, and a Morse code key.
John says they were told not to talk to the stars, but Harrison Ford
(a licensed helicopter pilot, BTW, but not a Ham other than onstage)
took it upon himself to spend a few moments thanking them for their
Fortunately, even those of you who do not subscribe
to the magazine can read this "Hollywood
" article thanks to an online PDF version provided
(not sure how, legally) by OHIOLINK.
Information on the radios
from the RadioMuseum.org website:
Hallicrafters SX-42 Receiver
National NC-190 Receiver
Silver-Marshall 730 "Round the World Four"
Posted September 29, 2013