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Telefunken: Elite [Radio] ID = 1298886 933x700
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For model Elite, Telefunken Deutschland (TFK), (Gesellschaft für drahtlose Telegraphie Telefunken mbH
Country:  Germany
Manufacturer / Brand:  Telefunken Deutschland (TFK), (Gesellschaft für drahtlose Telegraphie Telefunken mbH
Year: 1955/1956 Category: Broadcast Receiver - or past WW2 Tuner
Valves / Tubes 7: DC90 DF96 DK96 DF96 DF96 DAF96 DL94
Main principle Superheterodyne (common); ZF/IF 460/10700 kHz; Export model
Tuned circuits 7 AM circuit(s)     11 FM circuit(s)
Wave bands Broadcast, Short Wave plus FM or UHF.
Power type and voltage Line / Batteries (any type) / AC 110; 125; 150; 220 / 1.5 & 90 Volt
Loudspeaker Permanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil) - elliptical
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from Model: Elite - Telefunken Deutschland TFK,
Material Various materials
Shape Portable set > 8 inch (also usable without mains)
Dimensions (WHD) 380 x 270 x 150 mm / 15 x 10.6 x 5.9 inch
Notes The Telefunken model "Elite" is an export version of Telefunken Bajazzo, imported and distributed in the USA by American Elite, Inc., 7 Park Ave., New York, NY. It therefore has broadcast band, two SW and FM instead of LW, broadcast, SW and FM. It uses a Nickel-cadmium storage battery. Be careful and take it away because they often leak after such long time. Photofact shows on the title page the possible voltages but in the part list it shows a transformer for 117 volts primary. The speaker is 4" x 6" in diameter.
Net weight (2.2 lb = 1 kg) 7.5 kg / 16 lb 8.3 oz (16.52 lb)
Literature/Schematics (1) Photofact Folder, Howard W. SAMS (Date 1-57, Set 343, Folder 11)

Model page created by Ernst Erb. See "Data change" for further contributors.

All listed radios etc. from Telefunken Deutschland (TFK), (Gesellschaft für drahtlose Telegraphie Telefunken mbH
Here you find 3440 models, 3024 with images and 2020 with schematics for wireless sets etc. In French: TSF for Télégraphie sans fil.


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telefunken: Elite Alignment correction
Joe Sousa

Fellow Radiophiles,

I found an error in the Sams Photofact FM IF alignment instructions for the Telefunken Elite.

The error is in the instructions at step 18:

This step is under the IF instructions, but it is not an IF adjustment. It should be done as the first step of the FM front end alignment.

The purpose of this step is to balance the front end mixing bridge to minimize antenna radiation of the Local FM oscillation produced by the DC90.

The adjustment is done with an insulated tool at the trimmer capacitor marked by A24. The following excerpt is from the Photofact instructions and is correct.


The measurement is done with an VHF RF voltmeter at the FM antenna terminals, or with an oscilloscope with >100MHz bandwidth and mV sensitivity.

Turn A24 to minimize the presence of local oscillator frequency at the antenna, with the dial set to 98MHz. The local oscillator will be running at 98MHz+10.7MHz=108.7MHz.

For comparision with correct instructions, the following excerpts show the equivalent trim for the Telefunken Bajazzo 55, which has a very similar chassis. The trim is done at C under similar conditions, with the dial centered at 94MHz.

I made the adjustment with a Tektronix 7854 oscilloscope and 7A26 vertical plug-in. I coupled the 240 Ohm FM antenna with a ballun transformer to step down to 60 Ohms, and terminated the 2 foot 50 Ohm coax cable with 50 Ohms at the scope. The Local oscillator leakage seen at the scope varied from an optimum of 10mVp-p, to 200mVp-p when the trimmer was rotated for worst leakage.

The exact impedance and termination for this measurement are not important. I gave them here to support the circumstances of the voltage measurements. The important thing is to minimize the radiated oscillation. You will also notice that the leakge is not constant throught the dial, and this is the reason why the 98MHz center frequency is chosen for the adjustment.



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