Murphy Radio 1943 Range
By 1943 it had been two years since the introduction of a new model in the Murphy range. Therefore the A96 represented a welcome opportunity for Murphy dealers to have something fresh to display in their windows. In reality though the chassis was not markedly different from that used in the A90 from 1940. No long wave reception was provided on the A96, only short and medium wave. The cabinet was this time all bakelite, so it may be that it was becoming too difficult to source supplies of wood with which to make a cabinet. In fact war shortages were so acute by now, that the public were generally grateful to have the opportunity to buy any new set. Valve wireless sets require much more service and repair than modern equivalents, and many sets would have been silent due to lack of suitable spares (eg valves). Additionally, the war effort had meant that wireless and communications engineers were urgently needed for active service, hence there was a shortage of skilled service repairmen to diagnose faults. Acknowledging the need to keep the public informed and morale up, Murphy Radio produced a booklet entitled “Keep It Going” which gave hints on keeping a radio working. The book lists "things to do", diagrammatically pointing out where the relevant components are, when when attempting to ascertain why a receiver may have stopped working. Costing 6d, the information in the booklet could be applied to any make of receiver, though naturally the pictures used are all from the Murphy range (the 1938 A46 appears on the front cover, shown left). The top third of the cover has not reproduced too well as it is a faint sketch, but it shows a wartime tank advancing flanked by soldiers.
Full range introduced from 1943
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