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Broadcast Receiver - Marconiphone, Type V2A, circa 1923 Object Reg. No: ST 026354

This is probably a Marconiphone Type V2A, by Marconi Company, England, in about 1923.

Tuning this radio required the insertion of two types of components - range blocks and regenerator units - that gave the wavelength range for the chosen station. These components were then adjusted for finer tuning.

For even better reception, the temperature of the valves was monitored by looking through the portholes in the front.

In July 1923, the Federal Government in Melbourne brought in the 'sealed set' concept for controlling radio broadcasting. The owner of a radio had to pay an annual licence fee of ten shillings to the Government, and a further annual fee to the radio station of choice. The owner's set was then set and sealed so that it could receive only the broadcasts of that particular station. However, resourceful enthusiasts soon found ways to circumvent these restrictions and after about a year the sealed set scheme was abandoned.
Wooden case.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from R. Moss, 1968
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 258.00 mm (Height), 198.00 mm (Width), 338.00 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Measurement From Conservation.

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Tagged with: radio receivers
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Radio
Tertiary Classification: receivers
Manufacturer: Marconi Co, Chelmsford, England, Great Britain, circa 1923

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