Medium wave, 4 valve, plus rectifier Superhet AC mains radio
Valves; BVA276 BVA243 BVA267 BVA211
Power supply; AC mains, 200 to 250 volts
Dimensions mm; W=305, H=343,
See the KB War-time Civilian Receiver in the Radio Museum
The mains transformer seen in these images is form
another make of WCR.
These radios were made by the radio industry
towards the end of the 2nd WW, by the direction of the Government.
The radio set was designed by Dr. G. D. Reynolds of Murphy Radio Ltd.
44 different manufacturers were involved in making the sets, all to the same
Over 175,000 were made.
The label on top of the radio reads;
"WAR-TIME CIVILIAN RECEIVER
PROVIDED BY THE RADIO INDUSTRY
UNDER GOVERNMENT DIRECTION"
The manufacturers of the radios
were not obviously identifiable, and the valves all had a standardised BVA
identification. But there was a prefix (U code) to the serial number which
could be linked to the particular manufacturer.
The example seen here has the prefix U32 indicating that it was manufactured
by Kolster Brandes.