This is the Utica MC-27 Town & Country. A 6 channel "bare bones" radio, which was manufactured in the 1960 timeframe. Sporting a stylish chrome cover, this radio featured a minimum of controls consisting of only a Volume, Squelch, and a 6 channel selector switch with a lighted indicator dial. A 1/4" phone plug style microphone jack allowed easy connection of various types of microphones, a Turner 350 being the factory supplied standard. This transceiver was powered by a compliment of 9 tubes and delivered an honest 4 watts of transmitter power. Utica was one of a few American made companies making CB radios in those pioneering days in CB radio. An interesting history of the Utica company can be found here.

This radio was representative of the state of the art in 1960, when the CB radio service was barely 2 years old, but by the time our locals started finding rigs like this in the early 70's, they were pretty much considered "boat anchors". The appeal of rigs like this was that they could be had relatively cheap, which enabled some of our "cash starved" teenagers to jump into the "big leagues" of CB without having to spend a ton of money. The featured Utica MC-27 was no exception.  Originally, one of these MC-27's found its way into the hands of one of my neighbors, Scott, who bought it at a local radio swap store called the "Electronic Exchange". This store primarily featured an eclectic collection of old ham and CB radios, which people could either buy outright or swap for. Most of the items there were relatively cheap, but many were also battle worn, so you never knew what you might end up with. The Utica was purchased for around $30 and brought home. It only had two channels in it (Ch's 2 & 8), neither one of which were compatible with our local group, which was still using Channel 14 at the time.  So when Scott wanted to use the radio, those who had the capability had to tune to either channel 2 or 8 to talk to him.  The radio put out a good signal, but the modulation was a bit low. Eventually Scott lost interest in CB and sold the radio to my next door neighbor "Spud".  By this time, most of us had obtained 23 channel radios, so we could easily change channels to talk to him (Although Channel 8 eventually became a well-used local channel, and using Channel 2 would attract the ire of Zipper). I tried adding crystals to it to give him Channel 11 (our current home channel), but this particular radio used an odd I.F. frequency (1.680 Mhz with a high side injection), so I was not able to use the more common 455 Khz offset receive crystals. I also wired an old metal cased amplified mic to it, to juice up the modulation somewhat. Spud used this radio for a few months before finally getting a Realistic TRC-11, which was much easier to add channels to.

Spud eventually sold the Utica to another kid, who used it for a while, and then lost interest in CB sometime in 1976. I would imagine it eventually ended up in his trash can or on a yard sale table, as I never saw it again....