|NOTES||The model 840A remained in production for some 6 year, being pitched towards
the bottom of the Eddystone range. The single-conversion superhet design
is not too dissimilar to a typical domestic radio of the era but with an
additional RF amplifier stage plus a beat frquency oscillator (for receiving
CW transmissions) accounting for the two extra valves.
There are four wavebands :-
The majority of Eddystones are AC supply only, however this set is an AC/DC design with a live chassis housed in a nice metal cabinet ! Ouch ! By now the majority of domestic households had AC supplies, however this receiver was also intended for use aboard ships, which generally had DC supplies.
"Eddystone" was the brand name for Stratton & Co. Ltd. whose manufacturing works were located just a few miles down the road from where I live here in Birmingham.
The slow motion tuning dial is something else ! Opposite shows the amount of movement for one full turn of the tuning knob (hope you wern't in a hurry to retune to the Archers !). It'll be interesting to see if this set has has the level of selectivity to back this up.
|SERVICE DATA||Came with the original manual ; well, OK, not so much a manual as a single fold-out sheet but all the information needed is there.|
inside and out, no doubt helped by the fact that it was stored in it's original
packaging. The mains dropper resistor shows no sign of heat damage and the
UL41 looks new, so the set must have seen little if any use.
The only minor problem is the instructions. A previous owner decided to re-inforce the edges and folds of the "manual" using selotape, which is now falling off leaving behind stained paper.
|WHERE FOUND||January 2004 Radiophile auction at Wetwood for £150.|
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