General Electric model 50 TRF clock radio

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Re: General Electric model 50 TRF clock radio

Post by Dr. Radio on Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:02 pm

Hey Wildcat,

I checked my Beitman's on my computer and it shows the exact dimensions in which the pully system needs to be set-up. If you were to find a radio in which the tuner was damaged, you'd simply need a ruler and cut some dial cordage appropriately and "restring".

Maybe I'm looking at the schematic incorrectly, but there are (2) slugs--one appears to be purely apart of the tuner, the other slugs seems to be there to alter the effectiveness of the long-wire antenna--making it more effective at higher or lower frequencies as the tuning is changed by the owner. ?

I checked both of mine (I have them in Brown, not sure what year they are as they are still sealed up for restoration at a later time). Both have what appears to be the factory installed long wire antenna. It's a black wire, about 22 or 24 gauge, and several feet long.
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Re: General Electric model 50 TRF clock radio

Post by Tony V on Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:04 am

I have several of these and they don't work half bad when gone through concidering what they are. Yes, they are a pain to work on but the space opens up conciderably once the newer and smaller caps go in it. Thankfully I never had to restring any of mine.
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Re: General Electric model 50 TRF clock radio

Post by Wildcat445 on Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:45 pm

I have the specs for the length of the string. Knotting it and getting it all on is the concern I would have. I have never in my life re-strung a dial and had the exact amount specified actually work. I hope to not have to restring one of these radios. I'm surprised it worked as well as it did, considering our area. Even strong radios have a challenge receiving anything here. The tracking adjustment on the tuner is bizarre. I have a couple TRF 9 tube consoles and they work pretty well, but I still need to use a long antenna.

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Post by Guest on Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:46 pm

Now my interest is peaked, I need to find one! Very Happy

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Post by Wildcat445 on Wed Aug 05, 2015 4:26 pm

The wife broke one of her Fiestaware dishes and the antique store that had the GE 50 also has Fiestaware. We have a trip up there scheduled. She can talk with Juanita about Fiestaware and I can ask Charlie if he still has the radio. IIRC, he had it priced at $50, which I obviously thought was too much at the time. Rolling Eyes

This radio was built before the days when there was an outlet on the radio to power a coffee pot.

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Re: General Electric model 50 TRF clock radio

Post by Bill Cahill on Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:49 pm

The 1950 models had that outlet.

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Post by Ragwire on Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:06 pm

This has been an interesting topic. Glad you posted it. I had no idea that GE made TRFs that late. I did know there were some cheap import TRFs in that era.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:42 am

The neighbor lady thinks this little POS is a Hallicrafters. She has strung up an antenna outside among a bunch of oak trees. (She is gonna mess around and get lightning stuck) She comes over almost every day with a big grin on her face. She's having fun remembering her grandpa, so it was worth the effort. Personally, I'm glad to have it gone.......

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Post by 75X11 on Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:51 am

Long as it makes her happy. You can't ask much more from a collectible. Funny you should mention Hallicrafters. On another site a gent is working with one that uses a pulley string and slug spread tuner. Thought of your project when I saw about it.
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Re: General Electric model 50 TRF clock radio

Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:47 pm

I have a couple Zeniths and one Silvertone that use a guillotine tuner setup. But they are not run by a string like that little GE was. That setup was just plain scary.

I did not charge the neighbor a dime to work on her radio, so she got more than she paid for. I was grateful for the experience, so it was worth it to me.

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