serial number 12151
MODEL Ul22 is a five-valve, including rectifier, transportable
super heterodyne receiver covering the Medium and Long wave bands. EK Cole Southend UK 1950/1 It
is contained in a thermo-plastics cabinet with built-in frame aerials,
provision being made for the use of an external aerial in areas of low
MAINS SUPPLY: 200, 25O volts DC or AC 25-100 Hz.
NOTE. An additional mains tapping screw can be provided to enable the receiver to operate from 115 volts mains. An additional screw is inserted in the 115V tapping (covered by plastic tape) of the mains adjustment panel, leaving the existing screw in the 200 / 220V tapping.
CONSUMPTION: 153.5 mA with 240 volts A.C. input, 37 watts. 43.5 mA with 222.5 volts D.C. input, 32 watts
VI-UCH42 Frequency changer.
V2-UF4| IF amplifier.
V3-UBC-41 Demodulator AVC,LF amplifier.
V4-UL4I L.F., amplifier.
V5-UY4I Halfwave Rectifier
All valves are Mullard and have BBA bases
PILOT LAMPS 6 volts 60 m.a. M.E.S
LOUDSPEAKER IMPEDANCE: 3 ohms at 400 c.p.s.
INTERMEDIATE FREQUENCY: 470 KHz.
FREQUENCY COVERAGE: MW 560 to 532 kHz LW 311 to 142 KHz.
This was Ekco's first house portable radio housed in a polystyrene case. This is a style often referred to as a "toaster radio" Murphy KB and others made AC/DC sets of this basic shape designed for portability and destined predominantly for use in the kitchen as a second radio. The term is generally assumed to be because of the shape, though cynics say that it is because of the heat dissipated by the dropper resistor and the valves in such a confined volume. Like others of this type it incorporated the 'tea cosy ' concept i.e. the case was placed down over the chassis which was secured from the underside. It was designed by Chief of Industrial Design J.K.White in 1950/1. The design is such that it can be worked on without the need for additional support as the frame aerial is much the same size as the speaker baffle.
CHASSIS REMOVAL Lay receiver flat, knobs
uppermost, then remove the four rubber feet and slide base cover along
the mains cord. Remove the four corner hexagonal pillars and the
chassis is then free to be withdrawn from the cabinet. To remove the
escutcheon, pull off the two knobs and the plastic washers beneath
them, Unscrew the two screws now exposed. With the chassis and
escutcheon removed, care must be taken to prevent undue pressure on the
wave-change lever which will snap if grossly mishandled.
DANGER FROM SHOCK: As is usual with AC/DC receivers, the chassis is connected to the mains, and care must be taken when handling a “ live ” chassis. Ensure that chassis is connected to the earth side of AC mains.
This radio was given to me by my son and
daughter in law as a Christmas present in 2014. It came without a mains
lead and the chassis was caked with years of dust. After dusting the
chassis I found that the one side of the double pole on/off switch was
open circuit and as this was an integral part of the volume control I
decided to alter the wiring to incorporate a new mains lead and use the
functioning contact to switch the live side of the mains. However
before connecting it up checked the continuity of the speaker, its
transformer, the valve heater chain and the dropper resistor. All
seemed OK so I then removed the valves and applied a gradually
increasing DC voltage directly to the smoothing capacitors to reform
them. The valve pins were cleaned treated with switch cleaner as were
the valve bases and the wave change switch. When switched on and
connected to the mains I soon had to switch off as the capacitor across
the mains started to complain and eject its intestines. when this was
replaced the set produced stations on both long and medium wave but
with a great amount of background noise. By using a 0.1mFd capacitor
connected to chassis and touching on various parts of the circuit to
find out where the source of the noise could quieted I discovered that
the holder for the frequency changer valve was making a poor
connection. A small watchmakers screwdriver was used to bend all the
contacts and this solved the problem. As the dial lamp fitted was open
circuit and the other absent I have temporarily wired up two white LEDs
with dropping resistors to take their place.