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This area is added just for fun. There are many motion pictures and TV series where radios and/or hams appear
in various ways. I will try to list as many as possible here.

Callsigns may be either fictive or real. Hams are sometimes used as consultants, and since we like to promote
the hobby wherever possible, there may be hidden messages, especially when morse code (CW) or digital
modes are used/heard.

100 days in the jungle2002Michael Riley
Aidan Devine
Jonathan Scarfe
Adrien Dorval
In this drama based on a true story, the negotiators are using a Kenwood TS-820S to keep in contact with the kidnappers.
ID by: SM0OFV.
20122009John Cusack
Amanda Peet
Danny Glover
Woody Harrelson
About 30 minutes into this nature disaster movie, in Charlie Frost's camper we can see, among other radios, a Yaesu FT-736R and a Realistic Pro-2020 scanner.
ID by: SM0OFV.
2047 - Sights of death2014Danny Glover
Daryl Hannah
Michcael Madsen
Rutger Hauer
2.22 minutes into the movie, a President JFK ASC CB radio is briefly seen. And at 22:53 a Baofeng UV-5R is used
ID by: SM0OFV.
Aliens vs Predator - Requiem2007Steven Pasquale
Reiko Aylesworth
John Ortiz
Johnny Lewis
About 60 minutes into this SciFi flick, an Icom IC-756 Pro II is used. There are also promotion posters for both the Pro II and the Icom IC-7000 clearly visible.
ID by: SM0OFV.
American made2017Tom Cruise
Sarah Wright
Domhnall Gleeson
Jesse Plemons
In this crime movie based on a true story, Barry Seal is using a Ray Jefferson 680/ADF to navigate his plane. It is very briefly seen at around 25 minutes into the movie.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Baywatch 20172017Dwayne Johnson
Zac Efron
Alexandra Daddario
Kelly Rohrbach
At about 1:27.34 in this comic remake, an Icom IC-M324 is briefly but clearly seen.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Bird box2018Sandra Bullock
Trevante Rhodes
Rosa Salazar
In this post-apocalyptic thriller, Malorie (Sandra Bullock) is using a Cobra 38 WXST on several occasions throughout the movie.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Blast from the past1998Brendan Fraser
Alicia Silverstone
Christopher Walken
Sissy Spacek
About 6 minutes into this comedy, a Hallicrafters S-40 is briefly displayed.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Blå måndag
(Blue monday)
2001Göran Gillinger
Eva Röse
Viktor Bolin
Linda Ulvaeus
This is one of the crappiest movies I've ever seen. However, it qualifies for this area as we can see in the beginning when a classic Motorola GP-300 is clearly visible. During a shootout towards the end, we can briefly see a police officer grab an Ericsson P-305 from his patrol car. A fun fact is that most of this movie was shot in my home town of Solna.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Cliffhanger1993Sylvester Stallone
John Lithgow
Michael Rooker
Janine Turner
About 30 minutes into the movie, the villains make a distress call from a crashed jet. Rocky Mountain Rescue receives the call on a Yaesu FT-101ZD. At about 1h11m, we can briefly see one of the villains´ HT's, a Kenwood TH-27A.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Contact1997Jody Foster
Matthew McConaughey
Tom Skerritt
Angela Bassett
In the beginning of the movie, young Ellie, with callsign W9GFO, sits by her ham station, a Collins KWM-2A, calling CQ. She has a brief QSO with K4WLD in Florida. About 30 minutes into the movie, the SETI crew is using non-ham HT's of unknown brand.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Death race2008Jason Statham
Joan Allen
Tyrese Gibson
Ian McShane
At about 1:16.22, we get to see a CB radio from a distant past; a Hallicrafters CB-3A
ID by: SM0OFV.
Death wish2018Bruce Willis
Elisabeth Shue
Vincent D'Onofrio
Dean Norris
At about 1:22.22, we can see the well known Hytera MD-785 FM/DMR transceiver
ID by: SM0OFV.
Die hard1989Bruce Willis
Alan Rickman
Bonnie Bedelia
About 55 minutes into this movie, on Thornburgs desk, a Kenwood TS-711A can be seen together with two Realistic Pro-48's and one unidentified scanner. Also, the terrorists are using Kenwood TH-21BT HT's (referred to as CB) with UHF rubber ducks mounted. These HT's are capable of amazing things such as full duplex and very sensitive VOX (movie fake of course).
ID by: SM0OFV.
Die hard 21990Bruce Willis
William Atherton
Bonnie Bedelia
The terrorists are using Kenwood TH-45AT HT's throughout the film. The counter terrorist team has a Kenwood TS-940 with the SM-220 station monitor on top of it.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Die hard 3: Die hard with a vengeance1995Bruce Willis
Samuel L. Jackson
Jeremy Irons
Graham Greene
At about 30:40, McClane is using a Cobra 19 Ultra to make a fake emergency call.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Die hard 4.0: Live free or Die hard
2007Bruce Willis
Timothy Olyphant
Justin Long
Maggie Q
McClanes car is equipped with an ADI AR-147 as can be seen in the beginning of the movie. Towards the end of the film, we can also see a Uniden Bearcat BCT-15 scanner, which is installed in a semi trailer. McClane use this one as a transceiver to communicate with Freddy "Warlock" with his Cobra 2010 GTL WX, both tuned to 66.6 MHz, haha!
ID by: SM0OFV.
Dr No
(James Bond)
1962Sean Connery
Ursula Andress
Joseph Wiseman
Bernhard Lee
About 4 minutes into the movie, a female agent with callsign W6N, is using a K.W. Vanguard to call G7W in London. Next to it is an Eddystone 840/A. The woman is killed and the scene shifts to London, where more than ten Racal RA-17L or RA-117 receivers are displayed (it's impossible to see the difference between the two).
ID by: SM0OFV.
Dukes of Hazzard2005Seann William Scott
Johnny Knoxville
Jessica Simpson
Willie Nelson
There are several CB rigs seen in this comedy. The Duke's Dodge Charger sports a Cobra 29 WX NW ST, Boss Hogg's Cadillac has a white Cobra 75 WX ST and Cooters tow truck is equipped with a radio I haven't ID'd yet.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Frequency2000Dennis Quaid
James Caviezel
Shawn Doyle
In this movie, a Heathkit SB-301 plays a central role. It's used as a transceiver, but as you probably know, it's actually a receiver only.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Getaway2013Ethan Hawke
Selena Gomez
Jon Voight
A Kenwood TM-D710A is briefly displayed on the dashboard of the specially customized Shelby Mustang.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Heat1995Robert DeNiro
Al Pacino
Val Kilmer
Jon Voight
At 0:09.54 in this crime flic, the robbers listen to the police with a RadioShack Pro-2030 and a Pro-2036.
ID by: SM0OFV.
High heels and low lifes
(Flag Blackmail)
2001Minnie Driver
Mary McCormack
Kevin McNally
In the beginning of this action comedy, a Kenwood TM-V7 is used to eavesdrop on cellphones. The frequencies displayed are far from any cellphone segment, but I don't really care as it's still nice to see "our" equipment on the silver screen.
ID by: PU4RRM.
Highwaymen2004Jim Caviezel
Rhona Mitra
Colm Feore
Around 7:30 minutes into this thriller, a Cobra 148 NW ST with the S-meter replaced by a LED bar, and two Uniden Bearcat BC-760XLT can be seen in Rennie's car. The police listens on a Cobra 18 WX ST II about 42:43 minutes into the movie.
ID by: SM0OFV.
How it ends2018Paul Schiff
Forest Whitaker
Kat Graham
Mark O'Brien
About 30 minutes into this disaster thriller, some native americans are searching for radio transmissions on a Hallicrafters S-53A.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Independence day: Resurgence2016Liam Hemsworth
Jeff Goldblum
Maika Monroe
Bill Pullman
At about 1:19.49, the crew on one of the ships in the mid-atlantic salvage expedition hooks up an old Yaesu FT-101E so they can communicate with Area 51.
ID by: PS7JN.
Jaws 2
(Flag Hajen 2)
1978Roy Scheider
Lorraine Gary
Murray Hamilton
Jeffrey Kramer
At around 22 minutes into this horror/thriller flic, chief Brody is using a Hy-Gain 12 (1292) to communicate with deputy Hendricks while he is at sea.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Lethal weapon 2
(Flag Dödligt vapen 2)
1989Mel Gibson
Danny Glover
Joe Pesci
Patsy Kensit
In the beginning of this action movie, the police officers are listening in on Riggs & Murtaugh's hot pursuit with a Realistic Pro-48 and a Pro-2001.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Nightcrawler2014Jake Gyllenhaal
Bill Paxton
Rene Russo
Riz Ahmed
In this disturbing crime movie, the main character "Lou Bloom" acquires a Realistic Patrolman Pro-78 to listen in on the action. This can be clearly seen beginning at about 13 minutes into the movie. He later upgrades to a bunch of modern scanners, among them a Uniden Bearcat BCT-15X and a Radio Shack Pro-197.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Nightwaves2003Sherilyn Fenn
David Nerman
Bruce Dinsmore
Francis X McCarthy
This Canadian TV-movie is a crime story woven around eavesdropping. The scanner in question appears to be a Uniden/Bearcat BC-898T which is hooked up to all sorts of audio equipment and controlled by a computer.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Paul2011Simon Pegg
Nick Frost
Kristen Wiig
Sigourney Weaver
In this sci-fi comedy, a Regency ACT-10R can be seen about 47 minutes into the movie.
ID by: SM0OFV.
(Joy ride)
2001Paul Walker
Steve Zahn
Leelee Sobieski
Jessica Bowman
The main radio in this movie is a Cherokee Nightrider 150. It features a LED bargraph in place of the original analog S-meter.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Smokey and the Bandit
(Flag Nu blåser vi snuten)
1977Burt Reynolds
Sally Field
Jerry Reed
Jackie Gleason
The intro sequence reveals a Pace Sidetalk 1000M CB and a Pace Scan 10-4U scanner on the dashboard of Snowman's Kenworth truck. Bandit's Trans Am "Bandit One" is equipped with a Pace CB-166 23 channel CB and a Pace Scan 10-4U as can bee seen at about 0:17.10, 0:28.19, 0:37.42 and 1:21.20.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Some like it hot
(Flag I hetaste laget)
1959Marilyn Monroe
Jack Lemmon
Tony Curtis
George Raft
About 1:04.30 into this classic comedy, a Hallicrafters S-20R is used by Osgood Fielding III as a marine VHF telephone.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Spectral2016James Badge Dale
Emily Mortimer
Max Martini
Bruce Greenwood
About 11 minutes into this SciFi movie, in the US base in Moldova, a Kenwood TS-940S is briefly seen.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Spiderman 32007Tobey Maguire
Kirsten Dunst
James Franco
Thomas Haden Church
Peter Parker has a Realistic Pro-48 to monitor police activities.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Taken2008Liam Neeson
Famke Janssen
Maggie Grace
About halfway into this action movie, Bryan Mills is using an Alinco DJ-S41C together with a Nokia cellphone to fool the french security agents.
ID by: SM0OFV.
The island of Dr. Moreau1996Marlon Brando
Val Kilmer
David Thevlis
Fairuza Balk
At about 0:47 and 0:54 in this scifi drama, we can se the island's radio station, consisting of an Icom IC-765 with an SM-8 desk mike and a Yaesu FL-2100Z amp. This could possibly be Brando's own equipment as he actually was an active ham.
ID by: SM0OFV.
The ring 22005Naomi Watts
Max Rourke
Elizabeth Perkins
About 11 minutes into this movie, we can see a Regency ACT-E106, a Regency R-2060 and a Uniden BC-9000XLT in action in the news reporters office.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Tomb raider -
The cradle of life
2003Angelina Jolie
Gerard Butler
Noah Taylor
Lara Croft goes Yaesu! Yes it's true. About 58 minutes into this movie, Lara and Terry enters a bio lab, where Lara grabs a VX-7R from an unconscious guard.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Transformers -
Age of extinction
2014Mark Wahlberg
Nicola Peltz
Kelsey Grammer
Stanley Tucci
About 51 minutes into this scifi movie, we can clearly see a Cobra 148 GTL inside the cockpit of Optimus Prime when he is in truck mode.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Tremors 6 -
A cold day in hell
2018Michael Gross
Jamie Kennedy
Tanya van Graan
Jamie-Lee Money
At about 0:48.16 we can see a Trio 9R-5DS fall from the radio desk during a tremor. This desk also sports an assortment of other radio gear.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Twister1996Helen Hunt
Bill Paxton
Jami Gertz
Cary Elwes
Philip Seymor Hoffman
Cobra fiesta! At about 00:24, Dr Jo Harding has a 19 LTD Classic CB in her yellow pickup truck. Dr. Melissa Reeves has a 23 Plus CB and a Bearcat BC-350A scanner in her red pickup. At about 00:28, back i Jo's yellow pickup, she also has a 25 LTD Classic (Older 5-pin side mike) CB. At 1:29, Dr. Jonas Miller talks on a 19 DX CB.
ID by: SM0OFV.
UFO Sweden2022Inez Dhal Torhaug
Jesper Barkselius
Sara Shirpey
Eva Melander
Oscar Töringe
Håkan Ehn
Isabelle Kyed
Mathias Lithner
Niklas Kvarnbo Jönsson
Clas Svahn
This SciFi movie (with a touch of comedy) is set around the city of Norrköping in 1996. About 7 minutes into the movie, we can see an Ericsson C-602 Maxicom in a police cruiser. It's set to channel 34 in the now defunct 79 MHz police and rescue band. Cool thing is that this was the actual channel for Norrköping at the time. Now that's attention to details folks! At about 16 minutes in, we can see Denise's dad's Yaesu FT-767GX with an MD-1B8 desk microphone on top. At about 1.09 hr they're using CB HT's which I can't accurately ID. They're either Silver Star WE-910A, Pony CB-16 or CB-26. They're all very similar. And finally, at about 1.28 hr, we can see an unidentified UHF HT, possibly of the Zodiac brand.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Up front and personal
(Flag Tid att älska)
1996Robert Redford
Michelle Pfeiffer
Stockard Channing
After about 45 minutes, we get to see a Realistic Pro-54 in Warren Justice's home.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Vanishing point1996Viggo Mortensen
Jason Priestley
Peta Wilson
Keith David
In this remake of the 1971 movie, Kowalski buys a used Realistic Pro-48 from an ex marine to monitor the police activities. The local broadcast station (KBHX) is listening in with a Realistic Pro-2022.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Virus1999Jamie Lee Curtis
Donald Sutherland
William Baldwin
Joanna Pacula
In this Sci-Fi movie, the crew is running around on a science ship, using Kenwood TH-27A HT's. For one brief moment, one of them is clearly displayed.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Where eagles dare
(Flag Örnnästet)
1968Richard Burton
Clint Eastwood
Mary Ure
Sir Michael Hordern
Smith (R.Burton) is using a British Wireless set no.18 to keep in contact with HQ ("Broadsword" calling "Danny Boy"). The short telescopic whip antenna is a movie fake though. The real antenna is made for the lower HF spectrum and consists of a number of copper tubings that threads together.
ID by: SM0OFV.

El Chapo2017->Marco de la O
Humberto Busto
Alejandro Aguilar
Rodrigo Abed
In season 2, episode 4 of this crime drama based on a true story, a pair of Icom IC-R71A is used to tap in on the action.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Fear the walking dead2015->Kim Dickens
Alycia Debnam-Carey
Lennie James
Jenna Elfman
In the beginning of episode 11 in season 4, Morgan steps into a truck stop where he finds a working Kenwood TS-830S and a bunch of HT's It can be seen even more in season 4 finale.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Gotham2014-2019Ben McKenzie
David Mazouz
Sean Pertwee
Camren Bicondova
Robin Lord Taylor
In episode 1, 2 and 4 of season 5, we can see captain Gordon communicate with the mainland on a National NC-173 or possibly an NC-183. A nice Turner desk mike is connected to it.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Lost in space2018->Toby Stephens
Molly Parker
Maxwell Jenkins
Taylor Russell
In s1, ep5 of this re-imagined sci-fi series, the ground team tries to contact the mothership "Resolute" with what appears to be a Yaesu FT-2980R. It can be more clearly seen in s1, ep9 although it has been taped to cover the brand and model number. In s1, ep10 they're aven communicating via the good ol' morse code.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.2013->Clark Gregg
Ming-Na Wen
Chloe Bennet
Elizabeth Henstridge
Iain De Caestecker
In season 5, episode 3 of this sci-fi series, agent Coulson is tuning in on an Icom IC-756 Pro aboard an alien spaceship. The model number is impossible to see, but the Pro has a meter scale in red, green and yellow, as opposed to Pro II and III with their meter scale in red, green and white. The Pro can be seen at about 19:10 and 25:30. It's powered by a Samlex SEC-1223 PSU.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Stranger things2016->Winona Ryder
Noah Schnapp
Millie Bobby Brown
Gaten Matarazzo
The main characters are using CB HT's to keep in contact. Two of these are the huge Realistic TRC-206 and TRC-214. In the school's A/V-club, they also have a Heathkit DX-60 and an HR-10.
ID by: SM0OFV.
The Blacklist2013->Megan Boone
James Spader
Diego Klattenhoff
Ryan Eggold
In season 5, episode 9, Elizabeth Keen transmits on a Swan 270 Cygnet in her country hideaway. It's supposed to be a VHF radio for weather reporting, but in the real world, we all know it's a ham transceiver for the HF bands.
ID by: SM0OFV.
The Blacklist: Redemption2017Ryan Eggold
Famke Janssen
Edi Gathegi
Tawny Cypress
In episode five of this short lived spinoff, a Uniden UM-380 is used to send distress beacons.
ID by: SM0OFV.
The last ship2014-2018Eric Dane
Adam Baldwin
Bridget Regan
Charles Parnell
In episode eight in the fifth and final season, CMC Russ Jeter is using a Galaxy DX-2547 to alert commander Chandler and his team about the command center takeover.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Timeless2016-2018Abigail Spencer
Matt Lanter
Malcolm Barrett
Goran Visnjic
In the pilote episode of this scifi series packed with historic references, we briefly get to see a Uniden Bearcat BCT-75XLT and a Yaesu FL-101.
ID by: SM0OFV.
Young Sheldon2018->Iain Armitage
Zoe Perry
Lance Barber
Annie Potts
In season 1, episode 16, Sheldon is using the PA function of a President Dwight D. located in the principal's office. It has the matching speaker and a Turner desk mike connected to it.
ID by: SM0OFV.