CAPITAL YT-282

This fascinating little Capital YT-282 is a real mystery. This is the only one that I’ve come across and I can find no reference to it on the Net or in any of my reference books. It was manufactured by Yashima Electric Ind. Co. Ltd of Osaka Japan circa 1962. It is small measuring just 125mm L x 70mm H. Yashima Electric manufactured two other radios that I’m aware of, the Captain YT-161 and the Captain YT-781.
 

 

 



 

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This attractive Capital YT-282 features a black and gold reverse painted slide rule tuning dial. It has a textured gold speaker grill and a nicely designed little cloisonné badge. The plastic cabinet is colored light mauve or pale lavender depending on where you’re from…. it’s a unique mix of blue and gray!

 






 
 

 

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Design wise this two band Capital YT-282 resembles the Sony TR-714, Sony's first pocket multi-band radio. Looking inside I can see that it uses 8 Hitachi transistors to pull in stations far and wide.