Murphy Radio Model Civilian Wartime Receiver From 1944
At one stage during the war it was estimated that up to a million sets were out of service due to lack of service engineers or unavailability of components and parts. The situation was relieved to a degree by the importation of foreign sets, particularly from the USA, however the Government realised that this situation could not continue so looked for other ways to increase supply. The result was a single design of receiver that would be built by all radio manufacturers. Named the “Civilian Wartime Receiver”, it was available in a mains and battery version. Designed for medium wave reception only, it aimed to offer a satisfactory and reliable performance using the minimum of components and labour. The cabinet was constructed from inexpensive wood, according to a design by the British Radio Cabinet Makers’ Association. Murphy Civilian Wartime Receivers were designated U7, and featured a valve line up of 21x, 24x, 26x & 27x, where x is the manufacturer’s code number. For reference purposes these valves are electrically similar to UU5, OM6, EL33, OM10.
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