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circa 1959 NVC 7TA-1X "Hi-Delity"

Small portable radio, thermoplastic cabinet
7 1/16 x 4 x 1 3/4 inches / 179 x 102 x 44 mm
MW / SW, seven transistors (National, MC101 (bright green can), NC103 (bright green can), OC45B (yellow Euro), OC45C (yellow Euro), OC71B (black Euro), 2x OC72 (silver can), + 0A70 diode, MA23 varistor)
Superheterodyne circuit
Four 1.5-volt cells
Manufactured by Victor Co. of Japan Ltd.; Tokyo (NVC)

I haven’t been able to find out much about this radio’s history — the electrolytics in the example here date from June 1959, but that really doesn't give much to go on in establishing the original manufacture date of this NVC radio model.

All seven transistors on the chassis are marked as "National", and as Alan Kastner explains on his National AB-145 page, National bought transistor production rights from Philips Corp., thus the European body design found on several of the transistors here.

This radio's cabinet has a MASSIVE underpainted face, the entire area that appears in gray/off-white. The short wave band, displayed on the main dial area, covers 4.5 — 12 MHz, and the MW band is displayed in a small window within the tuning dial. The radio has an 85mm 13-section telescopic antenna built into its cabinet.



chassis — click on the photo for a larger image

inside back cover

back face

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