# philips: Variance of the model

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Dejan Momirov

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10.May.19 20:04

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Hallo everyone,

I've got one Philips 940A radio with some peculiar features. As first, it is in a wooden cabinet, what I have seen only by Czech 944A, but it has different speaker-grille at the front. Mine has the same as UK and Dutch bakelite cabinets. (by mistake, I have uploaded its photo at the Dutch model-page). Also, as far as I know, Czechs have used the Dutch chassis.

Further, it has UK chassis, but Philips tube-line: E446, E443H and 506.

The most strange is the dial disk! Instead of wavelengths, it has the names of stations - green for MW and red for LW. According to those stations, it was probable made for east- and central European market.

All parts and the wiring are original, except that I had to resuff Philips "padestoel" electrolytes.

Has anyone seen such model, or can locate its manufacturer?

Thanks for help and best regards,

Dejan

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Wolfgang Bauer

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12.May.19 10:59

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Dear Mr. Momirov.

I think your model is identical to the Philips-London 940A, except the case.
Please make a model suggestion as a variant (wooden housing).
The tubes are interchangeable.
SP4 = E446, PM24M = E443H, 1805 $\approx$ 506.

Regards WB

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Dejan Momirov

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12.May.19 13:29

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Dear Mr Bauer,

My radio diferes from UK model not only in casing, but also in the scale-disk. What do you think about this? The names of the stations on it do not seem to be intended for UK market, by my opinion.

Dejan momirov

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Jacob Roschy
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12.May.19 14:52

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Hello Dejan,

there are remarkably many German stations on the dial:

Heilsberg = location of the Königsberg transmitter, (now Oblast Kaliningrad), Breslau (now Wrocław, Poland), Frankfurt, Berlin, Leipzig, München = Munich, Langenberg = location of the Cologne transmitter, Zeesen was the location of the Deutschlandsender, Mühlacker = location of the Stuttgart transmitter.

However, at the time Philips was not at the German market, perhaps in Austria.

Best Regards,
Jacob

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Gidi Verheijen
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12.May.19 23:15

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As from 1934 Philips had a radio production facility in Germany: "Philips-Rundfunkgerätefabrik Jägerstrasse" in Aachen.

Best regards,

Gidi Verheijen

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Jacob Roschy
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The many German stations on the dial may call for a origin of a German speaking country, but the Philips tube-line E446, E443H and 506 contradicts an origin of Germany, as then it would be fitted with Valvo tubes, the German branch of Philips, as well the dial lamp made by Philips England.

As for German speaking countries then only Austria and Switzerland are left.

As the type plate of the chassis is missing, the origin of this radio may remain unknown.

There was not even a similar Philips radio model on the German market. Philips radios produced in Germany just became really succesful as the A- tube line started (AF3, AK2, etc.), that's why I assumed Philips Germany has started its production not before the A- side-contact tubes. By now, I never encountered radios from Philips Germany with older tubes.

Best Regards,
Jacob

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Wolfgang Bauer

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The model is now created.
See ==> Philips London, 940A [Export with wooden case].

Best Regards WB.

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Martin Bösch
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14.May.19 14:35

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Probably this set was not intended to be exported to Switzerland, as in Switzerland in 1935 the Swiss german language transmitter "Beromünster" was already active and Switzerland never had been allocated a long wave frequency, so a set with longwave coverage would only make sense to tune in stations of the surrounding countries, german and french longwaves were never very popular.

Only my five cents from Switzerland
Martin

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Dejan Momirov

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14.May.19 19:42

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Thanks everyone!

Very interesting and useful coments, but I am afraid the origine of this radio may remain unknown. What I can say about that, is: I inherited that radio from my grandma who (we) lived in small town Zrenjanin, northern Serbia. It was purchased just before WWII, probably by local distributer, and maybe in Hungary or Austria.

What surprises me is that no one within RM community, being member or gast, hasn't report such an set. It must have been a small (maybe experimental) series which was ended by onset of the war.  Those are just my speculations, but I am sure I own a very rare set!

Best regards,

Dejan

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