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For model 202, General Electric Co. (GE); Bridgeport CT, Syracuse NY
Country:  United States of America (USA)
Manufacturer / Brand:  General Electric Co. (GE); Bridgeport CT, Syracuse NY
Year: 1946–1948 perfect model Category: Broadcast Receiver - or past WW2 Tuner
Valves / Tubes 6: 12SG7 12SA7 12SK7 12SQ7 35L6GT or 35L6G 35Z5GT or 35Z5G
Main principle Superhet with RF-stage; ZF/IF 455 kHz; 2 AF stage(s)
Tuned circuits 6 AM circuit(s)
Wave bands Broadcast only (MW).
Power type and voltage AC/DC-set / Either AC: 25, 50-60Hz, 105-125V or DC: 105-125 Volt
Loudspeaker Permanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil) / Ø 5.25 inch = 13.3 cm
Power out 1.2 W (1.5 W max.)
from Model: 202 - General Electric Co. GE;
Material Plastics (no bakelite or catalin)
Shape Tablemodel without push buttons, Mantel/Midget/Compact up to 14
Dimensions (WHD) 300 x 190 x 180 mm / 11.8 x 7.5 x 7.1 inch

The General Electric 202 is an AC/DC operated 6 tube BC band receiver.  The BC band frequency tuning range is 540 to 1600 kHz.  Has built-in loop antenna. 

The following models share the same chassis and schematic:

Model Cabinet
200 Brown plastic
201 Ivory plastic (Plascom)
202 Rosewood Brown plastic (Plascom)
203 Walnut wood
205 Blonde wood
205M Maple wood

Riders 20 (changes) and 18 (changes) note also that this model is electrically identical to the 200.

External source of data Ernst Erb
Source of data Collector's Guide to Antique Radios 4. Edition
Circuit diagram reference Rider's Perpetual, Volume 15 = 1947 and before
Mentioned in Table Top Radios Vol. 1 Stein 98 (General Electric Folder 1000M-PUB.NO. 175-59 for 1947)
Literature/Schematics (1) Rider's Perpetual, Volume 18 = covering late 1947 to early 1948 (General Electric Section - pages 18-19, 18-20. Also Riders 20, Changes Section - page 20-4)
Literature/Schematics (2) Photofact Folder, Howard W. SAMS (Set 8 folder 468-15 date 11-46)
Literature/Schematics (3) Beitman Radio Diagrams, Vol. 07, 1947 (Page 50)
Literature/Schematics (4) General Electric Service Notes (General Electric Service Guide Volume III 1946 to 1961 Page 109)

All listed radios etc. from General Electric Co. (GE); Bridgeport CT, Syracuse NY
Here you find 2749 models, 1922 with images and 1938 with schematics for wireless sets etc. In French: TSF for Télégraphie sans fil.


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Bill Boles

Hello i have one of these radios with out an antenna anybody have one they would part with or now how to build one?

thanks in advance.

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Vitor Oliveira

Hello dear collector's,

I need to know the reference of the dial lamp of this radio model (General Electric, Model 202), type, number, etc... can anyone help me?

And where I can find it for buy?



Konrad Birkner † 12.08.2014

It is a Type 51 ,(bayonet, 7.5 Volt, 220 mA). 

Vitor Oliveira

Thank you Kobi, but the socket here is not bayonet, is screw, and seems been for a "big" lamp (a little big than the usual miniature lamps), not miniature!!



Konrad Birkner † 12.08.2014

So it must be a modification, since the diagram says 51.

Could it be a so called "candelabra base" E12? (not popular here).


Vitor Oliveira

I not know dear Kobi, but seems all connections, support base socket, etc, original... anyway in Rider's we only can see the model 200, 203 and 205, not the 202 model!

I have one of this  and not screw in the socket (anyway the socket seems to be the same size), but the type of screw socket is not the same!

best and tanks,



Vitor Oliveira

Hello Kobi,

I mesured the volts from the wires came to the lamp socket and is 110 volts!! Not 6.3 or 7.5 volts... I burn 3 miniature lamps becouse this!

It is possible?




Robert Sarbell
  7 Dear Vitor and Kobi,

According to the Rider's tech data for the GE models 201, and 202 - they identify the items peculiar to the models 201 and 202. . . . .all other items are as depicted on the Rider's schematics data sets for the 200. 203, and the 205.

On page 3 of the Riders volumes, the tech data sheets for GE models 200. 203, and 205  is shown the PI (pilot indicator) lamp in the heater string. The PI depicts rating of 105-125 Volts with AC-DC.

On page 4, the list of parts identifies the lamp as:
GE type C7, 115 volts, 10 watts, clear candelabra, screw base

NOTE: On page 7, the parts are listed again for the models 200, 203, and 205 and the same data is listed

It is most regrettable that Vitor "sacrificed" 3 good lamps to act as a "flashbulb", to find out the lamp consumes so much energy - almost as though GE wished to offer a combination radio/night light.

The following web site provides one of the most comprehensive listings of lamps (bulbs):

Konrad Birkner † 12.08.2014

Dear Robert,
thank You very much for the correction.
I am sorry, it was my mistake to read the wrong section (82-1).
You are right: The correct listing in Rider's 15-56 G.E. quotes clearly  Type C7, 115 Volt, 10Watt, clear, candelabra screw base.

Dear Vitor,
 I had a closer look to the schematic. The lamp in question is not necessary for the radio. It is  just connected to the switched mains input in parallel to the radio circuitry (consequently the power is not important, provided it doesn't get too hot). If You need a 120 Volt, 5 Watt ,12 mm candelabra bulb, I could mail two. This size (candelabra) is hard to find here. I dont know how it is in Portugal. Anyway, let me know.

Sorry again! (Nobody is perfect).
Best regards

Vitor Oliveira

Dear Robert and Kobi,

Thank you very much for your nice's explanations and corrections about this matter... now I got try to find and try to buy a C7 Type lamp... no problem... anyway I have learned another lesson and it is good for me.

I make a search for the C7 bulb in and the minimum purchase is of $40 USD minimum plus shipping!! Jesus Christ, Kobi please tell me for send you by Paypal for 2 lamps, please.

Again thanks Robert and Kobi,




Robert Sarbell
  10 Dear Vitor,

There is a merchant who sells some of the Singer sewing machine lamps in C7 shape for $1.63 each (they are 120V 10watt) and the shipping is free.  If they will not ship free to Europe, please advise me and I will buy 10 and send you a few to ensure the authenticity  of your radio.

Tomorrow morning I will make phone call to the merchant to inquire about details.

There is a Hancock fabrics merchant near my home, and they sell the "frosted glass", Singer type 2120, C7 lamp in the 120Volt 10Watt rating, and the lamps are listed as "long life".  Price is the lowest I have seen at $1.59 each - please advise.

General Electric Co.: 202
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