011 Néprádió
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One circuit radio issued around 1940 under Hungarian Regent and Head of State, Miklós Horthy, and based on the German "Deutscher Kleinempfänger" DKE38 from 1938. This model was not as popular as the German DKE. The number of radios produced is not exactly known but must have been in the region of 30,000 to 45,000. Production period: 1939-1941. There is also an AC/DC version of this radio: the 011U.
The radio was also made by other makers: these makers used the type numbers 22V/22U (Philips), 140V/140U/141V/141U (Telefunken) and 2010 (U version) and 2011 AC version) (Standard).
The reddish brown bakelite casing looks like that of the German Volksempfänger DKE, but it has more ornaments and it has a square gap for the loudspeaker. The radio can only receive medium wave (280-850 meter), whereas the German DKE receives both medium and long wave.
The left knob operates the input coils coupling, the right knob operates the reaction variable capacitor.
In the rim above the speaker the Hungarian state coat of arms is visible. A small number of radios were made with the Orion logo instead of the Hungarian coat of arms.
Serial number: 57417
Numbers made: ± 45,000
Dimensions (w×h×d): 24.2 × 25 × 12.2 cm
Made in: ± 1940
Purchased in: 2008
Weight: 1.9 kg
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What was broadcast in 1940?


Listen to "Schön Rosmarin" by Fritz Kreisler, played by the Hungarian violist Albert Ferenc, recorded in 1940

On the left, the radio before restoration. A number of new components can be seen. On the right, the radio as it is now, with restored capacitors and other components.
A remarkable detail: the loudspeaker is made of pressed cardboard.
On the right the gold coloured VCL11 valve can be seen, on the left the smoothing capacitors and the VY2 rectifier. Below the two smoothing condensers a simple lever power switch is situated.
Next to the transformer, a pertinax plug-pin plate is visible with a fuse and four sockets. The radio can be used on four different voltages: 105, 125, 150 and 220 volts.
Below the transformer a pertinax plug-pin plate with 3 sockets for antenna and earth.

Advertisement for a post-war Néprádió Picture from a catalogue

Advertisement for the Néprádió by Morvai Rádio, Budapest: "The Hungarian provider of culture"

Advertisement for the Néprádió: "I announce joy. Everyone can buy this cheap radio"

This page was last edited on 27.04.2019