Motorola 5A5

  • Batteries: Ever Ready #467 (67.5V HT) & 2 x Ever Ready #950 (1.5V LT)
  • Mains: 117V AC/DC
  • Wavebands: Standard Broadcast band only: 540 - 1600KHz
  • Valve lineup: 5 total
    • 1R5 ( RF & IF amplifiers)
    • 1S5 (Converter)
    • 1T4 (Detector/AVC/1st audio)
    • 3S4 (Audio output)
    • 117Z3 (Rectifier)
  • Released: c.1946
  • Physical size: 6" x 5" x 5" (approx.), weighs 3lbs w/o batteries

This is one of the most compact portables I have ever seen and is of amazingly robust and ingenious construction for its era. It should have a leather shoulder strap for true 'transportability' but, alas, it is missing on my example.

The construction is of all steel, apart from the plastic front lid, and the panel is of engraved and brushed steel in a very pleasing design.

Last updated 22nd June 2008