AR14 Receiver

Receiver AR14

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General Description

The AR14 Receiver was built by Radio Corporation (Astor) for the R.A.A.F. in 1942. The set was to be used in aircraft, as a substitute for the R.A.F. R1082 receiver, which was becoming unprocurable. A matching transmitter, type AT10, was built by Transmission Equipment Pty Ltd, Melbourne, to replace the T1083.

Technical Data

The receiver is a TRF design, an Australianized version of the R1082. The range from 111 kc/s to 15Mc/s was covered by 8 sets of plug in coils, Aerial and Anode coils being colour coded to avoid confusion. The coils were numbered 1 to 8, opposed to the R1082 coils, which were labelled alphabetically.

The valve count was reduced to 4 by using a 1D8, which was used as a triode amplifier and pentode power amplifier. The RF amplifier was a 1J6 feeding a 1P5. The RF output was fed to another 1P5 acting as detector. The resultant audio was fed to the triode of the 1D8.

The design of the audio circuit made provision for an intercom amplifier.

Power requirements were 1.4v for filaments and 90v for HT.

Unfortunately during the re-design some unforseen problems were introduced which made the AR14/AT10 rather a disaster. The directly heated filament tubes were mounted on their sides and quite often failed to operate. The vibrator power supply associated with the AT10 proved to be monumentally unreliable at high altitudes. Failure of the equipment was held responsible for the loss of 4 aircraft on one flight from Pearce, Western Australia. (See Hall, A Saga of Achievement, p77)

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