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Zenith H500

Published: September 23, 2021
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The H500 'Super Trans-Oceanic' was introduced in May 1951 at an initial price of $99.95 (equivalent to around $1,050 today). It had a redesigned front face and incorporated many frequency coverage and electronic changes ordered by Zenith founder Eugene McDonald. There were 245,000 H-500s sold. There also was a production run in 1953-54, of 27,218 "militarized" H-500's, designated R-520/URR, ordered by the U.S. government for the Korean conflict. This set added a sixth tube, the 50A1, to eliminate power fluctuations. The Zenith H500 was the last of the trans-oceanics manufactured with only 5 tubes, a 3V4, 1U5, (2) 1U4, and 1L6 (RF, Converter, IF, Detector/AGC/first AF stage and AF output) and a selenium rectifier. Subsequent Trans-Oceanic models were manufactured with 6 tubes. In addition to the Broadcast band, Shortwave coverage is provided in six
ranges (2-4MHz, 4-8MHz, and the 16m, 19m, 25m and 31m bands).

zenith h500

The H500 was manufactured from 1951 to 1953, and the radio has 7 bands selected by pushbuttons to the right of the dial:

  • Standard Broadcast from 540 kc to 1600 kc (555M to 188 M)
  • Weather Band from 4 Mc to 8 Mc (75 M to 38 M)
  • Weather Band from 2 Mc to 4 Mc (150M to 75M)
  • Short Wave from 17.5 Mc to 18.1 Mc (16M)
  • Short wave from 14.9 Mc to 15.5 Mc (19M)
  • Short Wave from 11.6 Mc to 12.0 Mc (25M)
  • Short Wave from 9.4 Mc to 9.8 Mc (31M)

A detachable 'Wavemagnet' loop antenna is fitted into the lid of the receiver  that operates on the Broadcast band (when detached it can be mounted on a window with suction cups), and a very long telescopic whip (‘WaveRod’) is provided for Shortwave reception – an external antenna/ground can also be attached if needed.  When used as a portable, batteries are installed in a compartment located beneath the chassis.  One of the nice features of the Transoceanic series is the 'RadiOrgan' switched tone control system – providing adjustments for Treble, Voice, Alto and Bass.

Trans-Oceanic H500 documents

Repair service manual

Need a copy of the service manual or schematics?
Download the Trans-Oceanic H500 service manual (PDF).

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Zenith H500 value and price guide

What's your Zenith H500 worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
Zenith ZENITH TRANS OCEANIC H500 1952 ZENITH TRANS OCEANIC H500 1952 07/2021 $ 469.76
Zenith 1952 Zenith Trans Oceanic H500 1952 Zenith Trans Oceanic H500 Portable 07/2021 $ 289.96
Zenith Zenith Trans Oceanic Wave Zenith Trans Oceanic Wave Magnet World 09/2021 $ 260.98
Zenith Zenith Trans Oceanic Wave Zenith Trans Oceanic Wave Magnet H500 07/2021 $ 230.82
Zenith ZENITH Trans Oceanic H500 Tube ZENITH Trans Oceanic H500 Tube SHORTWAVE 08/2021 $ 231.97
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