Just add (a lot of) batteries! Vernon McNabb was one of
the first to package a complete, commercially available
system for single channel.
This Citizen-Ship receiver was available for 27 MHz or 465
MHz frequencies. The required voltages for the receiver
were 1. 5 on filament or A batteries and 67. 5 on the plates
or B batteries. It took three 22.5-volt photoflash batteries
to achieve this. The recommended filament batteries were
two pen cells in parallel.
Don Brown is shown here at the Labor Day event in Selinsgrove PA, with his DB
airplane and early multichannel proportional radio system.
for the transmitters were 135 volts (two
at 671/2 volts) for the plates and one at
11/2 volts for the A supply.
Vernon established the Citizen-Ship
Radio Corporation in 1953. The first
magazine ad I can find about this name
change is in the December 1953 issue
of Flying Models. The ad states: “Vernon
C. MacNabb Co. announces change
That 1953 ad also announced
a “Revolutionary new
CITIZEN-SHIP 465 mc
Model AR Receiver for small
R/C planes including 1/2A—
requires only 21/2 inch wide
fuselage.” It was priced at
Vernon MacNabb and his Citizen-
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