Home-built portable broadcast-receiver, 1925-1935

Made:
1925-1935 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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Home-built portable broadcast-receiver with removable base plate, unknown maker, British, 1925-1935.

In the 1920s the establishment of the BBC made radio listening a mainstream activity, and commercial radio receivers became increasingly available for listeners to purchase. However, a large number of listeners continued to build their own radio receivers. In some cases because they were enthusiasts for the technology and enjoyed tinkering with their equipment, and in other cases simply because it was cheaper to build a radio receiver than buy a commercially manufactured one. This example is home built and portable.

Details

Category:
Radio Communication
Object Number:
1973-433
Materials:
copper (alloy), iron, metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified), textile and wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall closed: 220 mm x 450 mm x 450 mm, 11 kg
overall open: 600 mm x 450 mm x 520 mm,
type:
transceiver
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Donated by C. H. C. Swaine

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