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Philco 38-2 art deco tube radio

I cant find any directions to hook it up. I was told that it works fine and when i plugged it in I did get a radio station, but very weak. How to hook up antenna? how long of an antenna? Just a link to a manual would be very helpful.

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Hi sundancevic

These old sets work best with a long piece of wire, the longer it goes and the higher in the air you can get it the better signal. The best results are obtained with hooking up a decent earth against the aerial. get the best earth for the set by hammering a piece of copper pipe (or water pipe) into the ground, then connecting your earth wire to this. Just use thin hookup wire, is all that is requires. There is often a 2 wires hanging out the back of the chassis. The black/green one will always be the earth, the other, the aerial.
I found a picture of the chassis, notice the thin wire next to the power lead. This is where you will find the earth and Aerial connections.
I am more than happy to answer any other questions you may have about it, please get back to me here, or use the ASK function to go straight to me :) If you are still unsure, have problems, or we need to look at the situation more deeply, then before you give a rating for this advice, hit the ASK button Thanks for using FixYa, If you consider the advice I have given you as sound, a FixYa rating is a great reward for my efforts to help you. Cheers.


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