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SHOWCASE 9

German Wehrmacht Equipment

  • WR 1/P - Wehrmacht troops entertainment broadcast receiver. Frequency bands: LW (150…425 kHz), MW (517…1540 kHz) and SW (5.9…15.5 MHz). Manufactured from late 1941 by Philips-Valvo-Werke in Berlin, Germany.

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The WR 1 broadcast receiver was designed by Blaupunkt in 1940. It was a high-quality rugged 6-tube superhet capable of indoor and field operations. Letters "WR" stand for Wehrmacht-Rundfunkempfänger.

Using at first Telefunken metal tubes of so-called "11th Series" (DCH 11, DF 11, etc.) made by Telefunken, the WR 1 was redesigned in 1941 for the new glass tubes of "25th Series" (DC 25, DF 25, etc.) with loctal base made by Philips. 

Because on the outside both old and new models of WR 1 receivers looked exactly the same yet requiring different spare parts (spare tubes, etc.), Blaupunkt had to mark the WR 1's in a special way. The receivers of the old model were marked by big letter "T" at the top left corner of their front panels while receivers of the new model were marked by big letter "P".

All the WR 1 receivers of Blaupunkt manufacture thru all the production period (1940-1943) had just "WR 1" symbols on their factory labels. But when Philips-Valvo started their own production of WR 1 receivers they have put all the symbols "WR 1/P" right to the factory labels.

The WR 1/P of Philips-Valvo could be powered from AC or DC networks of 90V to 250V or from 90V dry battery and either dry or storage battery for filament. Two ENL dry cells could be used or a choice of storage batteries including 2 В 38, 2,4 NC 28, 2,4 NC 58 or 4,8 NC 10. Car batteries of 6VDC or 12VDC could also be used with WR 1/P receiver. 

WHD = 395 х 485 х 283 mm. Weight with dry batteries - 32 kg, weight without batteries - 26 kg. 

Because we have not seen any Wehrmacht manuals devoted specifically to the WR 1/P of Philips-Valvo manufacture, let us refer those interested to D 1029/6 manual (in German language) devoted to WR 1/P of Blaupunkt. On our site the D 1029/6 could be found as Docket 62-42-01

Both WR 1/T and WR 1/P receivers by Blaupunkt could be found in Showcase No. 4R of this site.

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