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 Post subject: Re: Just bought this German "Universum" radio - Any info?
PostPosted: May Wed 22, 2019 1:22 am 
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Sure looks like a match and there is one different control that mine doesn't have, its labled " LUPE".
Know what that means? Its in German I guess.
There were two other models very similar if not exact, RF 885Y, RF 895L. I tried downloading the Schematic for the Emerson from RadioMuseum but all it did is Email me the same page without any schematic. I tried twice and gave up.

It seems that there is a problem with noisy switches, Maybe whiskers causing static? so (It does use Germanium Transistors). I also have a lot of popping when changing frequencies on both shortwave bands.. The other models have the same issues. From my browsing.

I noticed on one posted in Vietnam had a label showing
Made in South Africa by license.

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 Post subject: Re: Just bought this German "Universum" radio - Any info?
PostPosted: May Wed 22, 2019 2:32 am 
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RF-885Y schematic.
https://www.kevinchant.com/uploads/7/1/ ... f-885y.pdf

Emerson Model 31P51 was advertised in The Salem News (Ohio) Monday, July 25, 1966

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 Post subject: Re: Just bought this German "Universum" radio - Any info?
PostPosted: May Wed 22, 2019 5:15 am 
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German to English for 'Lupe' is 'magnifier' or 'magnifying glass'. Hope that makes sense to you.

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 Post subject: Re: Just bought this German "Universum" radio - Any info?
PostPosted: May Wed 22, 2019 7:58 am 
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"Lupe" is the shortwave fine tuning.
RM doesn't have the schematic on the model page, so you might activate the search function. If it will be uploaded sometimes you'll get a message.


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It's a small world; Salem, Ohio is right down the road from me, about 15-20 miles.

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 Post subject: Re: Just bought this German "Universum" radio - Any info?
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I did a little more digging into on the web and found these images.
so I edited my previous picture post by deleting my small image an inserting a couple of better pictures. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Just bought this German "Universum" radio - Any info?
PostPosted: Jun Fri 14, 2019 1:22 am 
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Marc, I suspect that, like the US, West Germany quickly ceded radio manufacturing to Asia once transistors came along. In the 1950s West German vacuum tube radios were truly distinctive, the Germans really made good sounding sets. The engineering limitations of solid state meant that electrical engineering expertise mattered a lot less, and also engineers trained on hollow state circuits were less effective on solid state circuits, the properties of which wouldn't be fully understood for quite a while. Then it simply came down to cost, and the Asians simply could build a cheaper radio, even when the cost of shipping was included.


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 Post subject: Re: Just bought this German "Universum" radio - Any info?
PostPosted: Jun Fri 14, 2019 1:58 am 
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Good post.
Thanks!
Very true!


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 Post subject: Re: Just bought this German "Universum" radio - Any info?
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Hey Dalton, I just stumbled across your post while googling a radio like this my friend has an opportunity to buy. How did the radio work out for you? Was it any good? I didn’t see any followup posting. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Just bought this German "Universum" radio - Any info?
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Many German radios of that period were the same style as they were designed to be fitted into a cradle in your car and run off the car battery and external antenna. The UK required you to have a separate radio licence if it was permanently wired but if it could be removed and used it's own power then no licence needed - perhaps Germany was the same. My Nordmende is the same style too....

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 Post subject: Re: Just bought this German "Universum" radio - Any info?
PostPosted: Sep Thu 26, 2019 10:28 pm 
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majoco wrote:
Many German radios of that period were the same style as they were designed to be fitted into a cradle in your car and run off the car battery and external antenna. The UK required you to have a separate radio licence if it was permanently wired but if it could be removed and used it's own power then no licence needed - perhaps Germany was the same. My Nordmende is the same style too....

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Very nice Nordmende - thanks for the pist and info!


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