This page lists German receivers. Currently
only receivers which were produced after WWII and which are based on tube
technology are taken into account. The receivers are sorted by
The company was founded
in 1923 in Berlin; the original name was "Ideal". The company produced
headphones which were marked with a blue point as a sign of quality. This
blue point became so famous that the name of the company was changed to
"Blaupunkt" (which means "blue point" in German) in 1938. In 1932 "Ideal"
produced the first specialized radio to be used in a car in Europe. Blaupunkt
now mainly produces car audio equipment.
Betriebsgesellschaft für drahtlose Telegrafie mbH") was founded in
1911. Debeg was a company specialized in the area of radio communication
and navigation equipment on seagoing vessels. In these days the famous
name "Debeg" is used for marketing purposes only; the company has become
a part of another bigger company.
The company Hagenuk
("Hanseatische Apparatebau-Gesellschaft Neufeld und Kuhnke") was founded
in the city of Kiel in 1937. Nowadays HDW-Hagenuk
is supplying electric and electronic ship equipment; communication with
ships is still a part of their business.
Carl Lorenz started
the company around 1870/80. In 1906 the C. Lorenz AG was formed. 1958 the
C. Lorenz AG became part of the Standard Elektrik Lorenz AG (SEL). SEL
was sold to Nokia in 1987/88.
RFT was the manufacturer
of communication equipment in the former GDR. After the breakdown of the
GDR RFT was bought by a major West German manufacturer and the production
of RFT equipment was stopped.
Rohde & Schwarz
is a German company famous for its HF, VHF and UHF technology. The company
was founded in 1933 by the physicists Dr. Rohde and Dr. Schwarz. Rohde
& Schwarz is still active in the production of communication equipment.
Siemens is a huge
company founded in the middle of the 19th century by Werner von Siemens.
The original name was "Siemens und Halske" (see the logo). Siemens
is not active in the area of HF radio communication any more.
The company of Telefunken
was founded in 1903 by Siemens & Halske and AEG ("Allgemeine Elektrizitaets
Gesellschaft"). Telefunken is probably the company among the German companies
which has provided the greatest contribution to the development of radio
communication equipment. An overview of the Telefunken history can be found
on the Telefunken web
page. "Telefunken SenderSysteme Berlin" is still active in the production
of broadcast transmitters and antennas.