PHILCO MODEL 200 (1948)

The Philco model 200 was manufactured for Chas Begg & Co. Ltd by Dominion Radio and Electrical Corporation Ltd in 1948. It's part of the Philco 200 series of radios.

5-valve broadcast band mantle radio.

First of a series of three radios in this bakelite cabinet (200, 201 and 202).  

The Philco model 200 is part of the Philco 200 series of radios.

The 200-series of radios were all quite different, but they all looked the same courtesy of the cabinet choice.  The first model, 200, had no tone control so is quite easily distinguished because it had 2 knobs while the 201 and 202 had 3.  The telltale differences between the 201 and 202 require a peek in the back, although there may be subtle differences in the dial screen printing - sighted models show the 201 has the lowest frequency (550kc/s) at the top left of the glass while sighted 202's have it at the top right, among other differences.

None of the sighted timber cabinets look particularly professional, although it was a budget set and so its possible it was an option.  No advertising has yet been seen that shows they were ever released in timber.

Be careful with the orignal bakelite cabinets, they are quite fragile - particularly the grille... and stocks ran out in 1956!

Philco model 200, 201 and 202 cabinets out of stock - 1956


The radios in this series are:

Technical Information

Valves (5): 7A8, 14A7, 14B6, 50L6GT, 35Y4

Intermediate Frequency: 455kc/s

Frequency Bands: 1

Chassis Notes(most schematics can be clicked to download a full size version)

Very similar to the American Philco 48-200 with exactly the same valve lineup.  The US model is a transformerless series-string set and the NZ model 200 uses a 240V-110V step down transformer to allow for this.  Take care with this set, as negative is not connected to the chassis.

1948 Philco model 200 Chassis Information

1948 Philco model 200 Schematic