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1961 Telefunken Partner IV

Small portable / coat pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
6 15/16 x 3 5/8 x 1 3/4 inches / 176 x 92 x 44 mm
3-band LW/MW/SW radio, seven transistors (Telefunken, 3x AF105, OC602, OC604, 2x AC105), superheterodyne circuit
One tubular 9-volt battery
Manufactured by Telefunken Deutschland

A completely different radio from the three previous Partner models — it's larger, it has three bands (LW/MW/SW) rather than one (MW), and it looks infinitely more stylish.

The entire black area on the face (and curving around both corners) is reverse-painted plastic, the grille is a white-painted metal, and the cabinet body itself is a beautiful pale gray. The vinyl handle has yellowed over time — I assume it originally was white or gray.

Note that the short wave band (KW, "Kurzwelle") is marked in meters, unlike the MW and LW bands which are marked in MHz and kHz respectively.

(Telefunken also made a MW/UKW (AM/FM) radio utilizing this cabinet, the "UKW Partner.")


1961 Telefunken Partner IV


1961 Telefunken Partner IV

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