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Arvin-Ford 17-A Automotive Radio Schematic
June 1935 Radio-Craft

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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio-Craft, published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.

Arvin, a subsidiary of NoblittSparks Industries, was a brand of car radios and audio equipment that was popular in the 20th century. Founded in the 1930s, Arvin quickly established itself as a leader in the field of automotive sound systems. Known for its quality and reliability, Arvin's products were widely used by American consumers and became synonymous with in-car entertainment. At a time when radio was still a relatively new technology, Arvin's car radios stood out for their compact size and ease of use. They were well-designed and offered a range of features, including AM/FM tuning, volume control, and push-button tuning. Arvin also offered a range of other audio products, including home radios and portable speakers, that were well-received by consumers. This schematic for the ArvinFord 17A Automotive Radio was published in the June 1935 issue of RadioCraft magazine. The image to the left is representative of an Arvin car radio of the era.

Arvin-Ford 17-A

Arvin-Ford 17-A Radio Schematic, June 1935 Radio-Craft - RF CafeArvin-Ford 17-A Radio Description, June 1935 Radio-Craft - RF CafeRemarkable improvements in car sets are indicated these diagrams of the new automotive radio receivers shown on the preceding page.

Arvin-Ford 17-A: A 2-way plug switch provides extreme sensitivity for country driving, and lowered sensitivity and reduced noise level for city driving. Tuning condensers and tuning mechanism float on rubber to prevent car vibration from detuning the set. Filter condensers are hermetically sealed. Noise-filter circuits are built into the set. The vibrator "B" unit is of the non-synchronous type; a type 84 tube supplies the required rectification. Field current for the dynamic reproducer is obtained by connecting the field coil directly in shunt with the car battery. A stage of tuned R.F. amplification ahead of the first-detector eliminates image frequency response. The oscillator circuit is tuned by a shaped-plate condenser.

 

 

Posted October 16, 2023
(updated from original post on 6/1/2016)


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These schematics, tuning instructions, and other data are reproduced from my collection of vintage radio and electronics magazines. As back in the era, similar schematic and service info was available for purchase from sources such as SAMS Photofacts, but these printings were a no-cost bonus for readers. There are 227 Radio Service Data Sheets as of December 28, 2020.

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