Now available! Replacement trays for your favorite Radarange!
MARCH 2011: After a brief dry spell, I currently have the "FRONT"
style Amana trays in stock. Based on previous demand, these won't last long!
These are genuine Amana trays, begged, borrowed and stolen from machines long since gone to the great scrap dealer in the sky. Trays are sorted, cleaned and inspected before shipping. I will do my best to provide as nice an example as I can, but being used, you may find the occasional wear mark or dulling on the top center surface.
The "Front" style tray fits most if not all Touchmatics, Cookmatics, RR-xx and RRL-xx series radaranges (1968-early 80's). Trays run $25 plus USPS shipping and are carefully packed to arrive at your front door in one piece.
To order, send me your address and I'll calculate honest to goodness shipping. Parcel post is currently running around $10 to $12 depending on US location. No false handling or packing charges here. If interested, contact me at the email image below:
Over the course of the next year, look for an expanded selection of Radarange parts and services to be offered! Thanks!
AND NOW, THE FEATURE PRESENTATION:
Believe it or not, a collection of Amana Radarange microwaves... the ones that close like a bank vault, sport as much chrome as a '58 Buick and somehow manage to keep on working as years tick by. My attraction to these beasts is only natural. I like cars and chrome, I really appreciate thoughtful over-engineering and timeless design elements, and when you combine all of these cues with digital control, a computer in your kitchen, well, how can you go wrong?
It started when I picked up two of these microwaves at a garage sale, in working condition after years of use by nurses in a hospital breakroom. Well, I hit the net looking for info... Mind you, I had been a long-time admirer. But what did I find? Nadda. A lot of the same verbage about the history of the microwave oven and even more about the latest machines for sale; so I figured I better do something about it. It's a modest start, and at least a place to see some pics that aren't on the net anywhere else.
A Radarange display case of '80s vintage.
There are a lot more Radarange models out there than you think. Early machines (RR), Touchmatics, streamlined versions of the classics (RRL), built-in wall ovens with mechanical timers and digital timers (RO), countertop-saving under-cabinet models (MVH), commercial and industrial workhorses and even combination convection units (RMC)! Factor in the engineering and appearance updates and you soon realize making sense of all these machines can be a bit of a task. So to keep it simple, I'll attempt to focus on the earlier pre-84 machines....mostly because they're the iconic microwave one thinks of when the word Radarange is mentioned, but also because they're the most fun too.
Timeline- The first machines were full-power only and mechanically timed. It took a couple models but defrost was introduced next by cycling the amount of time the magnetron was "on" each minute. Early machines make a curious clunking noise as the power is intermittently applied while defrosting. Next came the Cookmatic series, which essentially cycled the magnetron electronically rather than by a motorized cam and allowed the user to set the percentage of time for a given cycle the magnetron was powered via a slide control. Touchmatic debuted with the RR-6 allowing digital time entry, but only a simple defrost function. The temp probe, programmable cooking and digital Cookmatic levels were to come. By the end of the 70's, some machines were given an updated control panel and vacuum fluroescent display rather than red LEDs and these machines were coded with a "TD" after the model number. Similarly, it appears RR-9's and RR-10's (Touchmatics and Touchmatic II's) could be had in the old-school chrome look or the stream-lined '70s smoked-plexi variety all at the same time. The "new" look has an RRL prefix rather than RR. Dates of machines in the collection confirm this phenomenon.
Needed for Collection
Here's what I know... The RR-1 has an electromagnet for the magnetron and weighs in at 90lbs according to Amana service literature. These units have two buttons- START (blue) and LIGHT (green). Also, the timers are additive so you can get 5 + 25 min total. The 5 minute dial is on the bottom, while the 25 min dial is on the top. RR-1's have a matte chrome finish along the top and bottom horizontal recesses of the front.
Now in Collection!
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Essentially an RR-1 with the addition of a STOP button.
The timers are still additive but the 25min timer has been bumped to 30min.
Upper and lower timers swap locations where they will stay through the
4D series. The front is now entirely bright chrome. The perforated door
screen continues to lack clear plastic panels on either side, making splatter
cleanup difficult. RR-2's still lack an end of cycle chime/buzzer.
Damaged 3H Panel
This is all I've got from a half destroyed RR-3H. "Cooking" logos have been added to each of the timer dials. Whereas model 1 and 2's allowed one to open the door (to stop the machine), the 3H includes a sliding LOCK lever at the top of the control panel. I'm unsure how long the 3 series was offered, but it must not have been long.
RR-3 Does such a beast exist?
RR-4 The 4 loses the LOCK slider. Perm magnet machine? The LIGHT button is no longer blue, but white.
RR-4D (D for Auto Defrost) According to my records, the 4D was released in 1974, and the 4DW in '75. The documentation I've seen for the 4DW claims it has an air-driven stirrer. Up until this point, all the RR's had motor driven stirrers. The defrost function of the 4D is very distinctive, when activated a loud solenoid/relay clunks on and off every so many seconds. The 4D is in the collection.
This particular model is in perfect condition with the original instruction manual, also mint!
RR-4DW After August 7th 1974, the gov't mandated that all microwave ovens have secondary lock circuits so that if the first interlocks were bypassed or failed, the oven would not operate. The 4DW adds a board with two protective fuses (one thermal) to disable the machine if the interlocks fail.
Note: The 4D & 4DW models must have proved very popular as there are quite a few of these still going strong in kitchens today.
RR-5B Now when I got into this game, I said I was going to stick to the Touchmatic style Radars' and pass up the Cookmatics. Of course, when I got a tip from a friend about some Amana being placed at the curb, I had to check it out. Nowhere does it say Cookmatic, and in fact it has a block off plate where a Cookmatic slider would go, decorated with "scrollwork". It was a pure mess but cleaned up nicely, and works as well. Date of 1981. Includes end of cycle bell, but no COOK light. RR references indicate a COOK light on Canadian 5Bs only, perhaps to satisfy Canadian regulations?
5B's act like 7's in that if START is pressed without a time set, a circuit prevents operation for 5 minutes.
RR-6W Hey, I like it. Lots of chrome, digital controls, and a neat egg timer function. Punch in your desired time interval, hit the Timer button and the display counts down to 0, followed by a pleasing tone very similar to the '84 unit below. The '81 has a very loud, unmistakable beeeep. Machine is in collection. See below for internals and repair info-
RR-6 also an Amana model but the differences are not yet clear......possibly the non-secondary interlock version of the Touchmatic.
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RR-7A The Cookmatic
Series featuring a 5 minute timer, a 30 minute timer and a Cookmatic slider
that controls cooking on-time from 10-100% each sec. via an electronic
variable power control module. Circa 1979. Similar appearance to the 5B.
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RR-7B The 7B appears to be equivalent to a 7A Conversion. It features a 30 min. timer on top and Cookmatic Percent Timer on bottom (10%-100% on-time). Circa '82.
Interestingly, if START is pushed before the timer is set, a safeguard will prevent operation for 5 minutes! This appears to be true of ALL RR-7s
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RR-7DA I'd like to see one of these. It appears to be a 5B setup but has a COOK light and an internal surge relay to lessen power surges to the transformer and thus keep kitchen lights from dimming during defrost cycles.
|RR-8A A very feature-packed machine! Feb 1979, this RR features an electronic Cookmatic slide to control power from 10% to 100% like the 7A, but adds temp probe capability with a frontlit setpoint control and needle indicator for measuring food temp and hold operation. When the probe is plugged in, the Temp Control scale illuminates and the pointer indicates current temp. Turn the dial to increase the red area behind the scale and the machine will run to meet that temp, then enter a cycling hold mode.|
|RR-8B This is really a 7B with an electronic temp slider at the top with hold LED. When the temp probe is connected the timer's contacts are bypassed. Note the slider is for temperature, not power level like the original 7A.|
|RR-8T is a very basic Touchmatic with temp control but has an updated vac fluorescent display used in the xxTD series. October 1981|
|RR-9 Modified While the tag says it's a straight-up RR-9, the panel begs to differ. And what a strange panel it is. Looks like an 8T with orange borders. You get a Timer and adjustable power level.|
|Panel in Collection/Need Machine||RR-9 Essentially a 6W with a Cookmatic slider. It still retains the Timer & Defrost buttons and adds a Cookmatic (two words stacked) button to activate the slider. The 9T (below) improves on this idea by going completely digital.|
|RR-9T This is the machine most people recognize instantly as a "Radarange". This landmark machine is the first to debut the Touchmatic name, incorporates both a digitally controlled Cookmatic Level, a digitally controlled temp probe and the capability to store two cooking programs. July 1978 and used daily.|
RR-9TA The stealth looks of a 9T from February 1981. From the front, the only difference beteween this and a 9T appears to be the control panel border- The TA having a flat chrome surround, the T having a painted border and ridge- Check these pics for the minor difference- 9T border 9TA border
However, some TA's have significant internal differences-
this TA has been cheapened up. No ribbon cables or connectors to the faceplate,
cheap PCB material, protective housing made of tin rather than heavy aluminum
that doubled as a heatsink. And a whole mess of generic discrete components.
It's more like a Yorx stereo in here than anything else.
|RRL-9TA You're looking at an RR-9TA with an updated front appearance known as the RRL series. Still retains solid steel and expert craftsmanship and also features the classic red LED look, but the door and controls are more in-line with late 70's early 80's styling without the corner cutting.|
|RRL-9TC The mystery is solved. This is the late version of the 9TC with a white border on the door and Amana written in orange. The earlier version ('83 and prior) has a door like the RRL-9TA. Note the newer style control panel.|
|RR-10 The RR-10 is a Touchmatic II with the features of the 10A but is identifiable by not having a brown background to the buttons. It more closely resembles an RR-9T with 2 additional programs for a total of 4. Also programmable Start Time. The machine in the collection was manufactured Oct '77.|
This one will need a little electronic work, but I'm bound to "collect
'em all" regardless of as-found functionality. This one sports a woodgrain
pattern cabinet and is in amazing shape considering it was on its way to
the crusher. Note the solid color buttons and 20-key keypad. Known also
as the Touchmatic II.
See below for internals and repair info-
RRH-10 Very Interesting... an RR-10A in disguise. This machine was probably built during the transitional phase to the new styling. The date is Dec 1978. Click for a close up of the Heritage badge.
RRL-10A This is the Touchmatic II version of the RRL line. (See RRL-9TA) Still featuring an LED display and a lot of quality. Build date of January 1980.
|Needed for Collection||RRL-10C Very similar to the RRL but the control panel features a different appearance especially in the vent area. This is still an LED machine but ready for the transition to the new look. May '82.|
|Needed for Collection||RRL-10TD Is really a continuation of the 10 series but uses the "TD" control panel with blue/green display and cheaper materials with rounded corner START/STOP/LIGHT buttons. Circa Sep 82.|
|RMC-30 Added here chronologically. The RMC-30 was part of the Radarange Plus series. Not only is it a 2-program Touchmatic II, but it's also a convection oven! As expected, this thing is huge. Door swings sideways. Unsure on original price but they are very tough to find these days. Complete with probe and interior baking shelf.|
|RR-700 A throwback to analog appearance with a digital flair. One knob is a rotary encoder for setting cooking time & temp, the other is a variable pot to vary the Cookmatic level (and shows as progressive bars along the bottom of the display). Classy & Classic.|
RR-700 Built-In An interesting RR-700 designed to be built into a wall cabinet. The above-control panel exhaust port has been blocked with an Amana badge and sheetmetal unique to this model exhausts out the top. More interesting, the door swings to the side and has the interlock built into the 'detented' handle. And yet, it's still marked RR-700 like the countertop units, despite being exclusively different. Sep '85.
|RRL-820 What a bare-bones machine. You'll note the "L" designation for the squared-off cabinet and, as is typical of the "hundred" 20, 50, whatever series, the elimination of the traditional Start/Stop/Light mechanical switches and glass touchpad that were a hallmark of the traditional Radarange. Manufactured Sep 1985.|
|RR-900 An even "hundred" series. Like the 700 above, you still have mechanical switches, but a weak vacuum fluorescent display and smaller "pushbuttons". Functionally, this is a basic Touchmatic with adjustable cooking power. Sep 1982.|
|RR-1050 A continuation of the "hundred and some" series. Features "Accu Temp", "Accu Thaw" and programmable Start Time. Pretty high end. All plastic faced controls. Aug 1985.|
|RCM-9 A Frigidaire! microwave manufactured by Amana. Note the Start/Stop/Light buttons have been moved above the keypad. "Woodgrain" cabinet is a slightly different shade than the Radarange counterparts. July '77.|
Repair Info for Touchmatic Models