81(B) Junior Early (3 knobs)

Philco, Philadelphia Stg. Batt. Co.; USA

  • Year
  • 1933
perfect model
  • Category
  • Broadcast Receiver - or past WW2 Tuner
  • Radiomuseum.org ID
  • 139537

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 Technical Specifications

  • Number of Tubes
  • 4
  • Main principle
  • Superheterodyne (common); ZF/IF 460 kHz; Super, reaction, but not adjustable
  • Tuned circuits
  • 3 AM circuit(s)
  • Wave bands
  • Broadcast (MW) and Tropical/Marine/Police Band(s) = 150-200m.
  • Power type and voltage
  • Alternating Current supply (AC) / 115 Volt
  • Loudspeaker
  • Electro Magnetic Dynamic LS (moving-coil with field excitation coil)
  • Material
  • Wooden case
  • from Radiomuseum.org
  • Model: 81Junior [Early ] - Philco, Philadelphia Stg. Batt
  • Shape
  • Table-Cathedral-Type (upright, round top or gothic arch, not rounded edges only).
  • Notes
  • The 80 series models (models 80, 81, and 84) were referred to as "Philco Junior" and were inexpensive entry-level radios employing a superheterodyne circuit with a regenerative stage to increase gain in the absence of an IF amplifier stage.

    Model 81B is a cathedral with a simple flat-front cabinet. An improvement it offered over the previous model 80B is the inclusion of a second band (police band, 1.5 - 2.8 MHz) with a very simple circuit, in which the oscillator tunes the same range for both bands, and only the front-end RF coil is switched, resulting in the second band being shifted upward in frequency by 920 kHz (twice the IF frequency of 460 kHz). The dial range is extended to accommodate the additional span of the police band.

    This is an early version with four controls by 3 knobs(separate controls for tuning, band, power, and volume). there is also a later version with three controls by 2 knobs (power and volume combined).

    There was also an export chassis version 81F (or possibly 81E) for 220 V power.

  • Price in first year of sale
  • 19.00 $
  • Circuit diagram reference
  • Rider's Perpetual, Volume 3 = 1933 and before
  • Author
  • Model page created by Thomas Albrecht. See "Data change" for further contributors.

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