A construction article for a simple
receiver called "The little General" first appeared in the
Australian publication Radio & Hobbies in April 1940. The
set was an immediate success with many of these receivers being built
from kit sets and junk boxes. Variations of the set continued to
appear for many years with the last articles appearing in Radio &
Hobbies March and April 1961.
Recently, I came across what I thought
was a Little General. A little bit of investigation has shown that
may not be the case. The valve line-up is a little different from the
versions I have seen. The chassis looks to be purpose built for this
set and I get the feeling it was probably a kit of some kind.
The cabinet is made of solid wood not
ply and at first glance looks to be mass produced. Closer
investigations reveal a hand made cabinet of high workmanship. The
dial is a no-name brand to suit Melbourne stations. The electrical
workmanship is quite good with only one mid-air joint and it seems
the constructor took a lot care in the layout of the set.
One curiosity in the set was the
connection to the grid of the mixer valve. There is no hole in the
chassis to accommodate a wire from the antenna coil to the gang. The
constructor melted a little hole in the base of the coil and passed
the wire up through the coil can to the grid cap then ran a wire from
the grid cap to the gang.
Here is the circuit. (I think I got it
Perhaps someone out there can shed some
light on its possible origin or make comments regarding the circuit