World Radio Laboratories

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World Radio Laboratories, WRL, was a major supplier of amateur radio equipment from the 1950s to the 1970s. WRL was located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA, and run by Leo Meyerson (W0GFQ) and his family.

WRL manufactured some of its own products, notably under the Globe and Galaxy brand names. Globe Champion transmitter models appeared in 1948 and were reportedly the first to have the Globe logo on the front panel. The Champion covered 160-10 meters with a power input rating of 150 watts. A companion speech amplifier and modulator were sold as accessories. WRL Globe subsequently produced other amateur transmitters including the Globe King, Globe Scout, Globe Chief and the Globe SideBander.[1]

In 1960, the Globe line was sold to Textron.[2]

Founder Leo Meyerson, W0GFQ, of Omaha, Nebraska, died on 13 April 2011. He was 100.[3]

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  1. ^ "Whatever happened to Globe?". Archived from the original on 11 May 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  2. ^ Robert Sobel (1 December 1999), The Rise and Fall of the Conglomerate Kings, Beard Books, pp. 42–, ISBN 978-1-893122-47-5, retrieved 23 July 2012
  3. ^ "Leo Meyerson Obituary". Desert Sun. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2016.

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