Arkay S5E

Arkay S5E


Bands: AM

Tube Lineup: 12SA7, 12SK7, 12SQ7, 50L6, 35Z5

The Arkay S5E was sold as a kit between 1946 to the mid-sixties. When I first acquired the radio, the cabinet and knobs were painted a dull metallic blue. I repainted it in ivory and then later stripped down to the original brown bakelite. The radio needed serious repairs; the audio was bad and sporadic so the radio required recapping, rewiring, and some alignments. There were many telltale signs of amateur assembly such as sloppy solder joints. The radio is based on the common AA5 (All American 5) circuit configuration, but the burned out 35Z5GT was interchanged with a miniature 35W4 via a homemade socket adapter because I had no 35Z5's tubes on hand at the time.

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