Item nr.

Philips B1X18T/59G Table top

Mission radio, battery radio receiving fixed channels.

Data for Philips B1X18T/59G
ProductionThe Netherlands, 1962.
BandsFour fixed frequencies.
3x AF117, AC126, OA79, 2xOutput.
CabinetPlastic, blue. Size 29x18x11 cm. Weight 1.3 kg (w/o batt).
PowerBatt 6xD.
DocumentsUser manual.

The Design

In the early sixties Philips produced these radios at the request of Sutatenza Radio School in Bogota, Colombia.

The design is special in a few ways. First because it is a transistorized table top, which was not very common yet in 1961. Then, there is no tuning knob but a four position switch. Three positions receive fixed frequencies in the 60m Band (around 5100kHz), position 4 gives a fixed MW station. Inside the switch rotates a carousel with three crystals and coils (photo). The switch position for channel 4 (Medium Wave) actually is between the other positions rather than at the 4 on the panel.

The radio came with a brief instruction in five languages (Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish) which is a little bit peculiar in light of the fact that the radio could be used only in a single country.

Radio Sutatenza

SwitchCrystal Rec. freq.mirror
The Sutatenza Radio School was established in 1948 by Monsignor Jose Joaquin Salcedo and is one of the oldest radio schools in South America. One of their transmitters was a 120kW station ot 700kc, located in the City of Cali. Short wave frequencies were 5075, 5095 and 6075 kc, and these three frequencies are received by the radio. Observe that the Local Oscillator swings at 452kc below or above the received frequency. In the early nineties Sutatenza closed down after educating the Columbian people for over 40 years. The equipment and frequency came in use by Cardena Radio Colombial, or Caracol for short. Caracol is a commercial radio operator.

Obtained3/2001 from NVHR Swap Meet.
DisposedSold 6/2001.

This Object

Radios produced in Eindhoven were carefully packed in plastic and cardboard boxes and then sent all over the world to bring joy and education to people regardless of their race or religion. All of them? No, a small number was not sent away but put in storage in the Philips deposits near Eindhoven. The box of this radio was not opened until March 25, 2001, when I bought it.

Part of Gerard's Radio Corner.
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