Murphy Radio Model A36 From 1937
Until 1936 Murphy receivers had not featured a SW band, the A36 went to the other extreme and provided SW reception that was probably about the best available at the time. The A36 was a double superhet, a technique employed by high quality communications receivers. This set also featured a new tuning system developed by Murphy that could indicate the station names alphabetically (also used on A34 and 40C of the same year, shown next page). It consisted of a drum that rotated with a series of lines against each station of a fixed panel. A close-up photograph showing the operation is found on the Murphy 1939 (second) page here. When the desired station was reached the line changed into a block indicating that tuning was complete. This set is especially notable as it features a separate variable tuning capacitor for the shortwave bands (see picture below). Also provided was a magic eye (AC/ME) to assist in accurate tuning. A very fine set, but rarely seen nowadays, presumably due to the fact that it was twice about twice the price of the AD32 at the lower end of the range. Valve line-up of the A36 as follows: AC/TP, AC/VP2, V914, AC2/PEN, AC/VP2, AC/TH1, UU4, AC/ME.
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