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RCA Victor Models 9T and 9K2, 9-Tube, 5- to 566-Meter (Beam Power Output) Set
January 1937 Radio-Craft

January 1937 Radio-Craft

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RCA Victor Model 9K2 (radiomuseum.org) - RF CafeRCA Victor was one of America's leaders in electronic  design for military, commercial, industrial, and domestic products. The company led the way for many innovative features in reception and sound quality, as well as customer convenience features like self-tuning and pushbutton selection of bands and channels. The Model 9T and Model 9K2, a tabletop and a floor console design, respectively, were virtually the same electronically with the exception of a smaller speaker in the 9T. RCA included a "Magic Eye" for tuning as well as a "Magic Brain" IF section for providing enhanced frequency discrimination between bands. The "Magic Voice" setup assured that "low tones emerge in phase, and thereby eliminate boominess, or reverberation." Wow, the 9T / 9K2 really must have been truly magic, at least according to RCA.

RCA Victor Models 9T and 9K2, 9-Tube, 5- to 566-Meter (Beam Power Output) Set

RCA Victor Models 9T and K2 9-Tube, 5- to 566-Meter (Beam Power Output) Set, January 1937 Radio-Craft - RF CafeThe 9K2 cabinet with back open shown by reflection. At the bottom, "Magic Voice" tubes preventing low-note resonance.

The two models are alike in all but cabinet and reproducer; 9T, table type, has an 8-in. speaker; 9K2, console type, with 12-in. speaker, incorporates the "Magic Voice." 5 metal open-end tubes inserted in the cabinet base, to make low tones emerge in phase, and thereby eliminate boominess, or reverberation. (The model 9K2 is illustrated.)

The R.F. oscillator and 1st-det. stages form a detachable unit ("Magic Brain") feeding the 460-kc. I.F. amplifier. The 5 bands are X, 150-410 kc.; A, broadcast, 530-1,800 kc.; B, medium, 1,800-6,400 kc.; C, short-wave, 6.4 to 23 megacycles; D, ultra-S.W., 23-60 mc.

An unusual method of switching is used in the antenna and detector circuits, by which parts of the same windings are used in more than one range; the oscillator stage, for greater stability, uses separate windings. Thus coil "X" is part of the secondary, in the X band, and "X Pri." transmits the input signal; in the "A" band, "X" becomes the primary, leaving "A", "B", "C" in the secondary; etc. For band D, a separate L-turn coil is used. Consult switching details above and coil connections shown (right). The I.F. transformers are new "magnetite" type, with fixed condensers, and tuned by adjusting the cores to obtain correct inductance. Magnetite-core wavetrap L1 cuts out 460-kc. interference.

"Music-Speech" control is an addition to the tone-filter (on Vol. Con.) which balances tones at different settings; Sw.5 (on power Sw.4) cuts in additional 0.1-mf. capacity to reduce L.F. response and increase intelligibility of speech. This is in addition to regular "Tone Control" over the output of V7.

"Magic Eye" tube, VB, with maximum volt-age (developed by 0.22-meg. resistor across input of V5) shows resonance to signal tuned-in by minimum width of dark area on its fluorescent end. Tuning knob has 20:1 and 100:1 dial-drive ratios, latter for the shorter waves especially.



Posted August 17, 2017

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