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 `The Fisk `Radiola, large floorstanding wireless.
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 2:16:23 PM on 11 January 2015.
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Hi Radio enthusiasts. I have just seen an ABC show on Peter Sheridan`s collection and it has renewed my interest in my Grandfathers wireless. I have sent some photos to Brad.
It is a large floor standing wireless. The serial # is F 768.
It has push button and will scan and stop on stations. The buttons are for Melbourne stations, but the display shows all states.
The sticker on the back shows 'G.W Green and Sons Pty Ltd` Melbourne. I presume they made the case ?
Not sure. Could anyone give me some background please.

Thanks, Peter.

AWA Fisk Radiola Console Radio
AWA Fisk Radiola Console Radio
AWA Fisk Radiola Console Radio


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 3:42:32 PM on 11 January 2015.
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AWA Fisk Radiola from 1938, one of their grander models. If you had a pushbutton radio in 1938 you pay packet would have been a big one.

G.W. Green and Sons Pty Ltd made the sticker with ARTS&P information on it. It is just to show that the manufacturer had paid a royalty on patents used in the radio's design. The "F" prefix indicates the receiver was made in 1938(typo) 1939.

The cabinet would have either been made by AWA themselves or a specialist cabinet maker such as Ricketts and Thorpe.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 5:31:18 PM on 11 January 2015.
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It would be worth putting a model name to that set (if nobody already knows it).

Let us know the valve line-up in it, but be careful to pull valves only by the bakelite bases not by their glass envelopes, and be gentle with any valves that have top caps on them as the connectors can be corroded onto the caps.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 6:11:46 PM on 11 January 2015.
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Hotclay, in response to GTC's comment, the model number for AWA receivers is usually stencilled or stamped at the top left of the back of the chassis.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 6:14:00 PM on 11 January 2015.
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I'll take a guess and say an AWA Fisk Radiola model R280 or R313, both had push pull 6V6 output valves. The R313 obviously had AGC (AVC) but it also had AFC (Automatic Frequency Control), I'm not sure if the R280 had this. I have an R283 which is almost identical to the R313 apart from covers that open over the dial and front panel. An absolutely fantastic sounding radio with near FM quality from the Sydney stations nearly 100km away. It would have been worth around $4-5000 when new in today's $'s.

Warren

Edit - I just had a quick look at the R280 circuit, it had push pull 6F6's not 6V6's so that might be a clue.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 6:14:47 PM on 11 January 2015.
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I think it could be a model 264, but can't confirm until I get home later on tonight. In the meantime someone else might come up the right model. There is also a monster ultra deluxe radiogram, model 307, that uses the same chassis.

Hotpoint/Bandmaster may have a version as well.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 6:42:08 PM on 11 January 2015.
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I think it could be a model 264

The 264 has push buttons, but according to this video clip they are in two columns of 4 buttons, rather than 12 in a row:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgEoTK2VlF4.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 6:49:42 PM on 11 January 2015.
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9 valves, F prefix 1939 - 1940 narrows it down considerably.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 7:12:40 PM on 11 January 2015.
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^ Has somebody confirmed the photographed set has 9 valves?

There are plenty of high-end radiograms, but some that show as consoles are:-

9 valves:
257 (1937)
264 (1938)

8 valves:
280 (1939)

7 valves:
266 (1938)


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 7:18:20 PM on 11 January 2015.
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It certainly looks like a 9 on the ARTS&P label.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 7:26:29 PM on 11 January 2015.
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The flash is too bright for me to read much detail apart from the label serial number.

I wasn't aware that a valve count was on any ARTS&P labels.

The labels on my sets are either missing or missing the edges.


 
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Thanks for the youtube clip. So it is clearly not a 264 after all.

I think Scraps is on to it with that well spotted 9 on the ARTS&P label. The serial numbers on the label are quite low which would indicate early 1939. So maybe it is a model 280, which is nine valves if you include the magic eye.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 7:37:50 PM on 11 January 2015.
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Radiomuseum description (which may be erroneous) for the 280 says: "This model has motorised automatic tuning with eight push buttons."


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 7:52:03 PM on 11 January 2015.
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The 283 has the same push button panel as the one that is the subject of this thread.

AWA 280 Circuit Diagram.

Also, see Kevin Chant:-
http://www.kevinchant.com/uploads/7/1/0/8/7108231/282_283_313_314.pdf.

It has twelve buttons, but only the centre eight are used for tuning. The other four must be for extra functions such as scanning and set up.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 15 · Written at 7:59:02 PM on 11 January 2015.
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The 283 looks a likely candidate.

This is a very interesting high-end set and deserves to be documented on Radiomuseum, which can be arranged if Hotclay can provide some higher quality photos.


 
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