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 AWA Pressmatic Model 690 MA Mantle Radio
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 8:09:16 PM on 13 September 2011.
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 Location: Maclean, NSW
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Does anyone have a AWA Pressmatic Model 690 MA Mantle Radio or photos of one please.
I need to know year and rarity, I have a chance of a freebie but would like to see it first. I have not seen this radio yet.

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 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Grab it!

According to an article I have on that model: "few were made as they were intended for country listeners, whose local stations ran relatively low radiated aerial power, in some cases as low as 100 watts."

Issued in 1959-60 it's a six valve 240v mains operated receiver with a tuned RF stage, incorporating the front end of AWA's Pressmatic car radio, giving 5 preset stations.

And here's what it looks like:

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 7:17:51 AM on 14 September 2011.
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 Location: Oradell, US
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Over at
you can download a schematic diagram and service instructions as a pdf. scroll down to find 690-MA

It looks like a nice high performance 3 gang tuning circuits (3 variable inductors,as mentioned above like a tube car radio) superhetrodyne radio with an IF stage as well, similar to an All American 5ive with an extra RF stage tube (thus an AA6), except with a power transformer.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 9:02:40 PM on 22 September 2011.
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 Location: Maclean, NSW
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I was told by my Father, that the push button mechanism was from the AWA car radio and these radios were one of the last that AWA made, not sure how true, but Dad knows a bit about AWA's history.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 7:42:48 PM on 5 November 2011.
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