Philco 38-665B
1938
Philco Radio & Television Corp.,
Tioga & C Street,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

        The Philco 38-665B is a nine tube, four-band, tombstone radio that was manufactured in 1938.  Only the 38-670B surpassed it, in tube count and price, in the manufacturer's 1938 table model line up.  The 38-665B was housed in the same styled cabinet that was used by the next model down, the 38-643B.  The chassis was identical to that of the 37-665B from the previous year.
    Personally, I prefer this radio's flamboyant and stylish cabinet to that of the 38-670B, with it's rather boxy and stodgy looking cabinet, or any other Philco table model radio.  Unfortunately, despite the fact that Philcos are just about one of the most abundant antique radios to be found today, this particular model is one of the most elusive to find.  This set is the only one I've ever seen other than what is illustrated in various antique radio resource books.  After the total rebuilding and alignment of this set's electronics, the reception is very strong and sharp and the audio sounds great with a nice ambient sound.  This set was purchased, in May of 2005, from an auction on Ebay.

Tube Line Up:
6K7G...R.F. Amplifier
6A8G...1st. Detector
6J5G... Oscillator
6K7G...I.F. Amplifier
6J5G...2nd. Detector / AVC
6K5G...Audio Driver
2 x 6F6G...Push - Pull Audio Output
5Y4...Rectifier

Measurements:
Height...21 inches
Width...17 inches
Depth...11.5 inches

Frequency Ranges:
BC Band...530 kHz - 1720 kHz
SW1 Band...2.3 MHz - 7.4 MHz
SW2 Band...7.35 MHz - 22 MHz
SW3 Band...25 MHz - 42 MHz
I.F. Frequency...470 kHz

Power Source:
AC...110 Volts

Click here to view, by means of TerraServer, the factory complex as it looks today.  The empty block below the red dot is the lot where the origional factory stood.  A newer factory building is seen just above the red dot.

    The schematic for this radio can be found at the Nostalgia Air web site by clicking on the links below.

Schematic and information

This web page was last updated: May 7, 2006