In a continuing effort
to provide archival material for researchers and for anyone seeking information on a particular radio
restoration project, this Radio Service Data Sheet for the Crosley "Chief" Model 132-1 radio from a 1933 edition
of Radio-Craft is being posted. An Internet search will show that there are many people engaging in such
activities. Restoring my Crosley Model
03BC console radio would have been more difficult if not for others who have done similar work to assist the
'community.' I generally despise the phrase "giving back" because it is usually uttered by people that really
owe nothing to anyone, but somehow feel obligated to do so or are conditioned to automatically say such things.
This is a case where I benefitted from somebody else's work and there is an opportunity to return the favor.
June 1940 Radio-Craft
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Crosley "Chief" 12-Tube Model 132-1 12-Tube Superheterodyne Radio Service Data Sheet
(Dual reproducers, class B push-push A.F. power output fed by a class A push-pull driver stage, meter tuning,
A.V.C., tone control, static control.)
Crosley Chief, 12-tube superheterodyne console model radio receiving set, is the most recent addition to the line.
This receiver incorporates the model 132-1 chassis. Although incorporating. a large number .of tubes, the power
line current consumption is held to a minimum by use of the new tubes which consume much less current than the older
Resistors: R1A; R1B, 1.5 megs. (per section); R2,- 0.4-meg.; R3, 80,000 ohms; R4, 0.15-meg.; R5, R6, 60,000 ohms;
R7, 2,000 ohms; R8, 1 meg.; R9, 7,000 ohms; R10, 40 ohms; R11, 750 ohms; R12, R13, R24, 0.5-meg.; R-14, R23, 0.3-meg.;
R15, 450 ohms; R16, 3 megs.; R17, 30,000 ohms; R18, 20 ohms center-tapped; R19, 3;500 ohms; R20, 6,000 ohms; R21,
10,000 ohms; R22, 5 megs.
Condensers C1 to C4, tuning units; C5 to C8, I. F. trimmers; C9, C25, C26, 0.02-mf.; C10, C11, C13, C14, C16,
C30, C31, C32, 0.1-mf.; C17, C15, 4 mf.; C18, 150 mmf.; C19, 100 mmf.; C20, C23, 0.006-mf.; C21, C22, C28, 8 mf.;
C24, 0.05-mf.; C27, 0.003-mf.; C29, 12 mf.
With a line potential of 117.5 V. the above figures may be taken as average readings; for "220 V." sets a line
voltage of 235 is taken as standard. Bias (unless otherwise stated), screen-grid, and plate readings are taken between
these tube contacts and the emitter; bias for V3, V5, V7 to V11, cathode to chassis.
Late chasses of this model have a 1,400-ohm resistor shunted across the visual tuning meter. Also, these later
chasses may have two 1 meg. resistors (total) in the manual volume control circuit, connected from the moving arms
to the ground ends of R1A and R1B.
The tuning meter of this receiver has a resistance of approximately 440 ohms and the deflection is approximately
The A. F. output of V6 actuates tube V11 which. in turn, controls the bias on the amplifier tubes for A.V.C.
operation. By manual adjustment of R2 the degree of background noise is controlled to suit individual preference
Note that the transformer secondary supplying tubes V1, V2, V3 is bypassed by a dual-section condenser, C30-C31.
Another unusual circuit arrangement is the use of a double choke coil arrangement comprising Ch1-Ch2. and field
coils 1 and 2. The first two choke coils are connected in the positive high-voltage lead in the usual manner, while
the second two chokes, the field coils of the dynamic reproducers, are connected as an "inductive voltage divider,"
one terminal of the two coils in series being connected to the positive output of the regular filter system, and
the other end being grounded to the chassis; the center-tap of these field coils supplies voltage to the screen-grids
of V1, V2, V 4, and to the plate of V5.
The tone correction furnished by C25-C26 applies equally to V9 and V10, the center-tap of these two condensers
being grounded to the chassis. If any portion of the tone control R3, C24, becomes grounded the A. F. portion of
the receiver will become inoperative as the entire tone control operates at the potential of the plates of V7, V8.
The manual volume control operates in the input circuit of the push-pull driver stage, V7-V8. The two sections
of this volume control, R1A, R1B, operate simultaneously as a dual unit.
The first A.F. stage, V7, V8, is driven by a so-called split-diode circuit furnishing A.F. voltage from both
the cathode and plate circuits, which are out of phase (in push-pull relationship) .
The input circuit of V1 is preceded by a band-selector which must be carefully aligned in order to maintain the
required degree of selectivity at all points in the tuning band.
The A.V.C. action is obtained through the voltage drop across resistor R4. There is an initial current flowing
through this unit and the 5 meg. grid leak, R22, furnishing a normal bias for the R.F. and I.F. stages. The A.V.C.
tube V11 is delayed by means of a positive potential on the cathode of about 60 V. When an R.F. signal of sufficient
intensity is applied to make this A.V.C. tube (D.C. amplifier) draw plate current, its plate current also flows
through R4 and furnishes an additional A.V.C. bias.
The "static" control is also connected to change the current flowing through R4, thus changing the initial bias
on the controlled tubes, so that the overall sensitivity of the set is reduced.
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