Radiola VA (5A) AR885A

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Radiola VA AR885A; RCA RCA Victor Co. (ID = 2618945) Radio
RCA RCA Victor Co.: Radiola VA AR885A [Radio] ID = 2618945 1400x643
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For model Radiola VA (5A) AR885A, RCA (RCA Victor Co. Inc.); New York (NY)
Country:  United States of America (USA)
Manufacturer / Brand:  RCA (RCA Victor Co. Inc.); New York (NY)
alternative name
RCA Manufacturing || Victor Talking Machine
Year: 1923/1924 Category: Broadcast Receiver - or past WW2 Tuner
Valves / Tubes 3: UV199 UV199 UV199 or UV201A UV201A UV201A
Main principle TRF with regeneration
Wave bands Broadcast only (MW).
Power type and voltage Storage and/or dry batteries
Loudspeaker - This model requires external speaker(s).
Power out
from Model: Radiola VA AR885A - RCA RCA Victor Co. Inc.; New
Material Metal case
Shape Tablemodel, Box - most often with Lid (NOT slant panel).
Dimensions (WHD) 23.5 x 11 x 7 inch / 597 x 279 x 178 mm

The Radiola V Model AR-885-A is an updated Radiola V Model AR-885 with modifications allowing it to use either UV-199 or UV-201-A tubes rather than the old tubes with 1 amp filaments. It provided for a 4.5 volt "C" battery for UV-199 grid bias and also used higher resistance rheostats to control UV-199 and UV-201-A low current  filaments.

According to RCA's AR-885-A Operating Instructions dated March 1923, the choices for tubes in the AR-885-A are either three UV-199 or three UV-201-A tubes.

According to the book, "Radiola, the Golden Age of RCA", RCA continued advertising the set as the Radiola V, without mentioning that they had updated the Detector-Amplifier unit. The metal tag on the front of the set will show that it is either a Radiola V Model AR-885, or a Radiola V Model AR-885-A.  A decal inside the Detector-Amplifier unit will say either AA-1400 or AA-1400-A.

Net weight (2.2 lb = 1 kg) 35 lb (35 lb 0 oz) / 15.890 kg
External source of data Ernst Erb
Source of data Radio Manufacturers of the 1920's, Vol. 3
Circuit diagram reference Rider's Perpetual, Volume 1 = 1931/1934 (for 1919-1931)
Literature/Schematics (1) Radiola, the golden Age of RCA
Literature/Schematics (2) - - Manufacturers Literature

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