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Radio Data Sheet 346 - General Electric Farm Radio Model 280
May 1947 Radio-Craft

May 1947 Radio-Craft

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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio-Craft, published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.

For many years, I have been scanning and posting schematics & parts lists like this one that appeared in radio and electronics magazines in the middle of the last century. Most use vacuum tubes. This General Electric Model 280 Farm Radio "Radio Data Sheet" was in the May 1947 issue of Radio-Craft. The Radio Museum website has more information on the GE Model 280 Farm Radio. Farm radios were designed to work on storage batteries since until the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 was put into effect, most rural properties had no commercial AC electric power service. 11 years later, work was in progress to light up the entire country, but many locations had to wait while resources went to service war production needs. No actual example of the Farm Radio could be found online. There are still many people who restore and service these vintage radios, and often it can be difficult or impossible to find schematics and/or tuning information. I will keep a running list of all data sheets to facilitate a search.

Radio Data Sheet 346 - General Electric Farm Radio Model 280

Radio Data Sheet 346 General Electric Farm Radio Model 280, May 1947 Radio-Craft - RF Cafe

 

Posted _ May, 2020

Radio Service Data Sheets

These schematics, tuning instructions, and other data are reproduced from my collection of vintage radio and electronics magazines. As back in the era, similar schematic and service info was available for purchase from sources such as SAMS Photofacts, but these printings were a no-cost bonus for readers. There are 222 Radio Service Data Sheets as of July 10, 2019.

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