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c.1959 Phenix

Coat pocket / micro-table radio, thermoplastic cabinet
5 5/8 x 3 5/8 x 1 7/8 inches / 143 x 92 x 47.6 mm
2-band MW/LW, 6 transistors (Thomson, 2x 321J, 324, 2x 36T1M; OC44), superheterodyne circuit
One 9-volt battery

This tiny micro-table radio, complete with feet, definitely has a "soap dish" shape to its cabinet, much like the Siemens T1 — the large-radius corners could lead you to think that the cabinet was made of thermosetting plastic, but the plastic is too thin for that.

Like many European MW/LW radios, this set's MW band is calibrated in meters and the LW band displays the handful of LW broadcasters by name. Radios made in France designated their bands as "PO" (Petites ondes) and "GO" (Grandes ondes), "PO" being MW, and "GO" LW.



chassis — click on the photo for a larger image

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