National RBH-2 WW II Navy CW/AM Receiver

The National RBH-2 is a WW II era naval receiver that was usually found in the officer's wardroom aboard United States naval vessels. The unit that I own was found in someone's attic and while it obviously needs some serious cosmetic restoration, the interior is in very nice shape, and the receiver does work !!

The RBH-2 is an example of what is called a "catacomb" receiver design. In the following two photos, note the catacomb (or tray) at different positions within the underside of the receiver chassis. As the radio operator moved the band switch control, the catacomb moved across the chassis to make the required connections.

A complete paint job is in this radio's future!

Copyright (c) Mark S. Bell 2004-2006