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Matador V6A, V6A -06, V6A -20

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Matador V6A, V6A -06, V6A -20; Philips; Eindhoven (ID = 987777) Radio
Philips; Eindhoven: Matador V6A, V6A -06, V6A -20 [Radio] ID = 987777 933x696
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For model Matador V6A, V6A -06, V6A -20, Philips; Eindhoven (tubes international!); Miniwatt
Country:  Netherlands
Manufacturer / Brand:  Philips; Eindhoven (tubes international!); Miniwatt
Year: 1937/1938 Category: Broadcast Receiver - or past WW2 Tuner
Valves / Tubes 5: AK2 AF3 ABC1 AL4 AZ1
Main principle Superheterodyne (common); ZF/IF 128 kHz; 2 AF stage(s)
Tuned circuits 7 AM circuit(s)
Wave bands Broadcast, Long Wave and Short Wave.
Power type and voltage Alternating Current supply (AC) / 110; 125; 145; 200; 220; 245 Volt
Loudspeaker Permanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil) / Ø 20 cm = 7.9 inch
Power out
from Model: Matador V6A, V6A -06, V6A -20 - Philips; Eindhoven tubes
Material Bakelite case
Shape Tablemodel, low profile (big size).
3 Band reception:
  • LW: 725 - 1975 m.
  • BC: 198 - 585 m.
  • SW: 16,7 - 51 m.
Tuning scale light bulbs type: 8042 (4V, 500mA).
Loudspeaker Philips type 9619. There are no connectors for a second loudspeaker or pick-up. 
The differences between V6A, V6A -06 and V6A -20 are minimal and described in the technical manual
Literature/Schematics (1) -- Original-techn. papers.

Model page created by Robert Latzel. See "Data change" for further contributors.

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Philips; Eindhoven: Matador V6A, V6A -06, V6A -20
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philips: V6A; Matador
Meyer Rochwerger
Dear friends, on several occasions I came across to one IF coil of this model interrupted.
So I decided to go in to one of these parts and made a reverse engineering on it. The result is shown in attached picture.
I hope that helps with your "Matador" restoration
I think that will fit to the model variations too like Pioneiro V6, Junior V6, Junior V6A and Obertura V6.




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philips: V6A (V 6 A); Matador
Lars-G. Lundelin
  1 Gentlemen My Philips Matador V6A is now in an excellent working condition. There was more job than expected when I had to replace a lot of the cabeling since the rubber isolation had dried so badly that it fell off when touching. But the most important operation was to replace the tar condensers for the IF-filters and this resulted even to replace the tubular ceramic wirewounded capacitors with variable 6-40 pF ones. Since my signal generator (an old Heathkit ) do not go down the IF frequenxy (128 kHz) I had to use my home made function generator and the oscilloscope to ahcieve the peak IF. Oh boy, what a receiver to be 70 years old (I mentioned before it was 80 but the smart reader obviously noticed my miscalculation), its selectivity and sensitivity is excellent although the stability is not so good but it is not an object for everyday use either. Now there's only one thing left to do with the V6A, thats how to get the bakelite shiny and I think this is not the easiest job. Anyway, thanks a lot for your support and advices. The next project is waiting already on the table. Regards Lars-G.
Ake Nyholm

Hi Lars_G,

Congratulations! 70 years old playing radio is not common nowadays.
 Just for curiosity is the instability, you mentioned, random or happening a certain time after switching on the radio?
Good luck for your next project.
Maitiu Standun

hi lars ,ive just been looking up ur v6a in the archives  , i have to say ive never come across one before , a tip , theres a product called teepol its used for a cutting process by car valets , for bringing back paint work , its very good for restoring bakelite , its remarkably more modern  looking than 1936 , in design [ur radio].

i have a 525a philips restored but not great volume wise , it probably needs electrolitics etc replaced , [year1935]c .

when i was a child we had a philips 634a philips cathedral set , and after a spell of some 60 years i discovered one of my collector friends has one in h is collection.

wishing u all the best with ur v6a, regards maitiu.


Lars-G. Lundelin
  4 Thanks Ake and Maitiu! The instability occurs only during the first 10 to 20 minutes and will be within acceptable limits when been on for more than 30 minutes. The tubes here in this set are original ones wrapped with the Philips banderole. Thanks Maitiu for the tip. Have washed the cabinet several times now and going to follow your tip using the teepol stuff, if I can get it here. I've also heard that brass polishing stuff would be good for this purpose. kind regards Lars-G.
Maitiu Standun
  5 yes lars, here in ireland its called brasso , but any kind of metal polish will suffice , a good idea is to try a small area first underneath the case , just incase what u are using is too severe , ull soon see if that is or is not the position , good luck with it lars , , u may have resisters needing replacement , and the voltages to the valves might be too high , i presu me u are using a multimeter to check the voltages ? regards maitiu.
Lars-G. Lundelin
  6 Hi Maitiu! In the beginning when the V6A was very weak, all of the anode voltages were too high (abt 267 V). According to a dutch voltage scheme for this radio the L1, L2, L3 and L4 should be 230, 230, 60 and 246 volts accordingly. I measured the resistors and all of their values had rised especially the ones over 0.2 Mohms. These were replaced and the voltages now is abt 10 % too high. Maybe I have to replace the rest of the resistors to achieve the correct values for the anode voltages. +++++++ It seems that my ability to make simple calculations nowadays has faded away, but the voltages now is 5 % (not 10) too high i.e 241V and the output tube has 250V. Regards Lars-G.
Maitiu Standun
  7 hello lars , u could get ur valves tested , or im told that sometimes by reducing voltages below the recomended amount it helps to stabalise them ,also if u have a variable  transformer [mains] u can set it to a higher setting and that will reduce the voltage to the valves , some people  swap valves around to test for an improvement , thats if their lucky enough to have a few spares , regards maitiu.
Lars-G. Lundelin
  8 Hi Maitiu! That did the trick. Almost everey old tube radio are prepared for 220 volts and when I measured the mains it showed 235 Volts and changed the transformer selector to 245 V, now the +B rail shows 228 Volts and the radio is steady like a rock, no creeping anymore. Thanks a lot Maitiu for the tip, I'd never even been thinking about the main voltage before. I remember now, for a few years ago they increased the main voltage to 240 Volts and this means that every mains transformers in my old tube radios will be checked. Regards Lars-G.
Maitiu Standun
  9 ta she sin go howling ar fad lars , im delighted to have been some help , my criteria is always assist ur  fellows , because what goes around comes around ,  and i have been given more encouragement by the members here than i can ever repay , please keep in touch , im not an expert ,but i can give practical help , slainte agus slan agut , maitiu .
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philips: V6A (V 6 A)
Lars-G. Lundelin
  1 Dear Radio friends! When restoring my Philips 6VA I found that the power smoothing capacitors didn't come up to the rates according to the schematics. Well, when I unsoldered the dropping resistor (R2, 2k Ohm) it was damaged and I'd to renew it. This resistor is a quite big one (in fact 3 R:s in paralell)) and is probably wire wounded. Doe’s this wire wounded resistor make any sense to the +B rail when considering the inductive reactance, or does it act like a choke too? Regards Lars-G.
Roy Johnson

Dear Lars-G,

The inductance of the wire-wound resistors in that part of the power circuit has no significance.

Provided you do not seek to repair as an "original", you can replace with any combination of resistors in series or parallel to achieve the correct power rating and resistance.

Happy restoring!

Best regards,


Lars-G. Lundelin
  3 Dear Roy! Thank you for the advise. Proceeding now with the rest of the work. In this set there are "golden" tubes and I red somwhere that if this paint for some reason is removed the tube won't work satisfactory anymore. Is that rubbish or true? Regards Lars-G.
Ernst Erb
  4 Dear Lars
The "electro-magnetic shield" is most often necessary.  There are several techniques how to restore them but up to now we probably have only articles in German abolut that.

You can naturally also use a metallic "can" as it was done mainly in the US instead of a color coating with an electrical conductor in the color.

If we are lucky, somebody will post such an article like Rüdiger Walz has done in English ;-)
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philips: V6A (V 6 A)
Lars-G. Lundelin
  1 Hello Radio friends! Trying to restore my newly acquired Philips Matador II V6A but I can't find out how to tune the IF-filters because the trimmer capacitors (as they suppose to be according to the schematics) do not have any facilities for that. Attaching a pic of the second IF-filter with caps arrowed. The caps are tubular ceramics and are wire wouded as can be seen from the picture. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Kind Regards Lars-G.
Walter Haring
  2 Hi Lars-G.

These caps are often seen / used in Philips electronics. When new, there was more of that wire wound around the ceramic body and then, during alignment, unwound (and cut) to the point of optimal alignment.

So - these are not really "trimmer capacitors" as you expected to find and they are only once "adjustable".

Kind regards, Walter
Lars-G. Lundelin
  3 Hi Walter! Thanks for your prompt reply. This is good to know and a little bit relieving because my signal generator doesn't even go down to the IF-frequency wich is 128 kHz. The receiver works but is weak, maybe I have to replace the tubes, each of them are original ones with the Philips banderole around them. They are 80 years old, unbelievable. Kind Regards Lars-G
Walter Haring
  4 Hi Lars-G

If your tubes have the Philips-banderole they presumably really are the original ones!

If reception is very weak, check for proper working of the oscillator.

Did you already check / replace the paper caps and the electrolytics? Also resistors with more than 0,5 MOhm are prone for failure.

Let us know what you've already done/reached!

Kind regards, Walter
Philips; Eindhoven: Matador V6A, V6A -06, V6A -20
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