The Philips model 540 was manufactured by Philips Electrical Industries of N.Z. Ltd in 1945.

Other radios based on the same chassis:

5-valve miniature mantle radio - Philips' first midget radio.

This model was produced from September 1945, and was one of the first post-WW2 models available in NZ.  A Philips executive had visited Argentina while in the Navy during the war and was able to secure the dies for the bakelite cabinet as well as some components which enabled Philips to get a jump-start on domestic production once the war finished. - R. J. Hatton, Wellington VRS magazine, March 2001

Also released as the Mullard model 515 Meteor (or Mullardette) with a different grille design.

2 chassis versions, one which uses American octal valves and the other which uses English valves (540E version)

2 dial versions, MK1 has the low frequency at the left hand side of the dial while the MK2 has the opposite arrangement.

1945 Philips  model 540 'Philette'


Technical Information

Valves (5):
540 : 6SA7, 6SK7, 6SQ7GT, 6V6GT, 6X5GT or
540E: ECH35, EF39, EBC33, 6V6GT, 6X5GT

Intermediate Frequency: 455kc/s

Frequency Bands: 1

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

1947 Philips model 540

1947 Philips model 540E

General Construction Notes for Philips Electrical Industries of N.Z. Ltd:

Model codes are explained on the Philips brand page.  Philips early-mid century were probably the Google of their time - they had branches in many countries and a global brand that everyone knew - and were apparently happy to let engineers come up with new ideas and implement them.  Construction is often overly complex but very well engineered - although repairs can also take a complex path.  They used time-in-motion studies to find the most cost effective way to asemble sets and sometimes this means repairs can be nightmarish (if you've ever worked on a V7A Theaterette this will be all too aparent).  U suffix model numbers are transformerless (hot chassis) sets and great care should be taken, or the sets avoided altogether.

Other documented models using this chassis (2 in total)

1945 Mullard model 515 'Meteor'