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Bajazzo Sport 3591K

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For model Bajazzo Sport 3591K, Telefunken Deutschland (TFK), (Gesellschaft für drahtlose Telegraphie Telefunken mbH
Country:  Germany
Manufacturer / Brand:  Telefunken Deutschland (TFK), (Gesellschaft für drahtlose Telegraphie Telefunken mbH
Year: 1964/1965 Category: Broadcast Receiver - or past WW2 Tuner
Semiconductors (the count is only for transistors) 9: AF106 AF135 AF136 AF138 AF137 AC122 AC116 AC117 AC117
Main principle Superheterodyne (common); ZF/IF 460/10700 kHz
Tuned circuits 6 AM circuit(s)     10 FM circuit(s)
Wave bands Broadcast, Short Wave plus FM or UHF.
Power type and voltage Dry Batteries / 6 × 1,5 Volt
Loudspeaker Permanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil) - elliptical
Power out 1 W (unknown quality)
from Model: Bajazzo Sport 3591K - Telefunken Deutschland TFK,
Material Plastics (no bakelite or catalin)
Shape Portable set > 8 inch (also usable without mains)
Dimensions (WHD) 280 x 175 x 85 mm / 11 x 6.9 x 3.3 inch
Notes Betrieb im Auto über Autohalterung aus 6-V- oder 12-V-Autobatterie, dann NF-Ausgangsleistung = 2,3 W.
Net weight (2.2 lb = 1 kg) 2.8 kg / 6 lb 2.7 oz (6.167 lb)
Price in first year of sale 399.00 DM
Source of data Handbuch VDRG 1964/1965 / Radiokatalog Band 1, Ernst Erb
Picture reference Das Modell ist im «Radiokatalog» (Erb) abgebildet.

All listed radios etc. from Telefunken Deutschland (TFK), (Gesellschaft für drahtlose Telegraphie Telefunken mbH
Here you find 3462 models, 3032 with images and 2007 with schematics for wireless sets etc. In French: TSF for Télégraphie sans fil.


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Telefunken: Bajazzo Sport 3591K
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telefunken: Bilder: Bajazzo Sport 3591K oder 3691K?
Jörg Holtzapfel

Bei einigen Bildern fängt die Skala oben mit KW an - bei den anderen mit MW.

Es könnte sein, dass hier Bajazzo Sport 3591K und Bajazzo Sport 3691K

verwechselt wurden, zumal "3591K" sich nicht am Gerät befindet - mein Radio hat zudem kein Typenschild.

Jörg Holtzapfel

Herr Wolfgang Bauer hat mir freundlicherweise Daten zur Verfügung gestellt, mit denen man die Bajazzos Sport 3591K (L) und 3596K (L) besser unterscheiden kann.

u.a. ist

3591K ohne Kurzwellenlupe

3691K mit Kurzwellenlupe.

Vielleicht sollte man diese Infos zu den Bajazzos 3690 verlinken.

Vielen Dank





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telefunken: 3591K; Bajazzo Sport
Jeff Miller
  1 I recently aquired a 1964 Telefunken Bajazzo Sport, similar to this one:

My question is, "what are the two push buttons on the far right for"? (reference attached photo)

One button shows an image of an automobile and the other has what
appears to be an envelope. Maybe the automobile swtich was for
using the radio in the car through a designated connector?

What is the "envelope" button for, an early form of email?
Please let me know!

- Jeff


Robert Sarbell
  2 Jeff,

I feel confident that your Telefunken has the capability to be inserted into an "auto-mount bracket" very similar to my Nordmende Globetraveler. A number of the combination Koffeeradio-Auto radio units provided the switching controls to transfer to the 12Vdc (and the Nordmende will accept a + or - ground) the Auto symbo. . . . .

The "envelope" switch is not really an envelope. . . . .for the younger members, the symbol represents the "rabbit ears" that were so prevalent during the earliest days of TV when the standard antenna was a dipole that could be rotated and moved as needed to achieve maximum signal for enjoyment of TV.

There is an antenna connector on the mounting bracket - so that the portable radio will have an "outside antenna" (outside of the auto body sheet metal). Makes a huge difference in reception.

On the Nordmende mounting bracket, there is also a receptacle to allow the use of the electrically-operated antenna motor to extend and retract the antenna.

The German engineers did not overlook anything when the Ameriacn auto manufacturers began to install electric antenna motors - I had one in my 1953 Pontiac Catalina and one in my 1956 Packard.

The views below depict the various connectors and selectors for proper operation:

View 1 - Mount with power cable and in-line fuse holder; and the antenna lead-in extension (if needed) the the probe and master connectors on the mount mate up with the respective portion on the bottom of the Globetrotter (European) or Globetraveler (US version)
View 2 - Self-explanatory. . . . . . for the mount with Part number/Serial number
View 3 - Connectors for a. Auto speakers x2 b. Antenna motor power c. Gnd lead d. Power in
View 4 - small brown terminal board - Voltage Selector: 6V - 12V;
and selector for Antenna: Li - internal antenna; La - automobile antenna


Jeff Miller
  3 Thanks Robert. I remember rabbit ears on our family TV in the 1960s.

- Jeff
Robert Sarbell
  4 Good morning Jeff,

According to your "atombaum website" article discussing the fine points of your Bajazzo Sport koffee-radio (I believe that is the correct German description), I read in your bulleted features there is the button with the graphic symbol depicting the "Auto antenna input". . . . very good!

Jeff Miller
  5 Robert, Thanks for reading the details of my page. I just added a new bullet which reads, "Thanks to Robert Sarbell and the site for the information about the automobile push buttons and feature set." Seriously, many thanks. I am however, in doubt as to whether the radio I have (the Bajazzo Sport) was really supposed to be hard-mounted (screwed into place) in a bracket such as would be located under the dashboard because of its fine vinyl exterior. What do you think? Perhaps the creators of this radio thought that it should be set on the floor of the passenger foot-well or on the seat beside the driver. At this point, I believe the Bajazzo Sport was to be used (primarily) as a portable radio to carry about to picnics, sports events, out in the garage, that sort of thing. What do you think? Jeff
Robert Sarbell
  6 Jeff,

The koffeeradios were never meant to be "permanently installed". . . .the automount bracket was meant to be installed very neatly along the lower edge of the instrument panel. Keep in mind the fact that EVERY instrument panel in the early 60s was still being produced from stamped steel.

The radio could be inserted into the mount, and the locking levers would retain the radio without damage of any sort; and the radio could be removed equally as easy. It was all based upon an "early rack mounting" concept that had been used in commercial and military airplanes for years. Very well executed for the portable world band receivers.

The fine vinyl (or leather) would not be harmed in the least.

I will submit another photo to show you what the installed radio looks like in its mount. It would have been quite elegant in my 1949 Packard, but I sold it about 5 or 6 years before I bought the Globetrotters (Globetravelers - US).

PS: I believe that I may stand corrected regarding the "rabbit ears" analogy in reply number 2 above.

Views 5, 6, and 7 depict the stages to insert the Globetraveler into its mount. . . .
NOTE: View 5 depicts the "jacks" and receptacle on the base of the mount to align with the bottom of the radio. When the radio is inserted, the carrying handle of the radio rotates approximately 90degrees to "latch" it securely to the mount - this is necessary to maintain good security and firm electrical contact for all items.
If you observed in great detail, there are even very thick pieces of color-coordinated grey felt which actually make contact with the radio at ALL corners and high spots.


Jeff Miller
  7 Robert, Thanks for the new photos. I understand what you are saying. The radio looks really nice, BTW.

Marc Gianella
  8 Gentlemen

The "envelope" switch is the automatic frequency control, common abbreviation is AFC.

It's used to stabilise the FM-oscillator according to a control tension out of the ratio discriminator. The oscillator frequency drift causes unsymmetric tuning of the discriminator. This results a tension that can be used to realign the oscillator to center tuning. It is switchable because the AFC suppresses weak stations close to strong ones.

The discriminator needs to be aligned symmetrically at the end of each realignment procedure, otherwise the AFC isn't working properly. You can check this by center-tuning with AFC engaged, after switching off the AFC the station must still be in the midst.

Respectfully, Marc


"Koffeeradio" seems to be the german "Kofferradio". The expression consists of the two german words Koffer which means (suit-)case and Radio, common a portable radio. I don't know if the expression is based on the first portable radio from pre-Zenith which was indeed built as a suitcase.

Jeff Miller
  9 Thanks Marc.

Telefunken: Bajazzo Sport 3591K
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