Rare General Motors Gm Ashtray Art Deco Tube Remote Control Converter Model 281
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General Motors GM Ashtray Art Deco Tube Remote Control Converter Model 281
Up for sale is a an early 1930's General Motor Ashtray, Art Deco Tube Remote Control Converter Model 281. This museum quality is in excellent cosmetic condition with no damage except the usual scratches and nicks from use. Please note that this is not a repainted remote control/converter, it's all original. As you can see in the pictures, the AC power cord is missing so the converter is untested and being SOLD AS IS.The following is interesting information I found on the internet about the GM Model 281:
"This 1931 device has probably caused more confusion as to its real purpose than any other radio item. Most importantly, the 281 is not a radio receiver - it is a converter. A converter receives an incoming radio signal at that signal's frequency and then converts that frequency to another frequency by heterodyning the signal with a local oscillator. This intermediate frequency can then be connected to the antenna input of a radio receiver and amplified and detected, resulting in better selectivity, stability and sensitivity. The GM 281 is a heterodyning-type converter which was designed to be connected to any receiver to provide several different functions. First, as a converter, when used with a TRF (Tuned Radio Frequency - a non-superheterodyne) receiver, that receiver would then become a superheterodyne - providing the advantages of better sensitivity and selectivity. If used with a superhet receiver, that radio would then become a double-conversion superhet - advantages were better image rejection. An added advantage to the 281 installation was that it allowed for remote control of any receiver it was used with, providing remote tuning and remote volume control. Finally, it was also a floor-type ash stand. The IF frequency was 535Kc - so the receiver used with the 281 had to be tuned to 535Kc in order for the combination to work together. The 281 AC plug was to provide the 6.3vac heater voltage for the two tubes in the converter but B+ (high voltage) had to be supplied by the receiver (connecting wires were from the metal "coupler unit" which was mounted in the receiver cabinet.) A 25' cable allowed the 281 to be placed anyw in the room, preferably next to the "over-stuffed" easy chair and the pipe. Today, many GM 281 converters are encountered with the cables removed and the seller trying to convince the buyer that the 281 is a radio receiver - it isn't. Neither was it ever intended to be set up in GM automobile dealerships for customer entertainment. The erroneous auto-related story variations are endless. The 281 was designed for home use and was to provide the user a way to upgrade his older TRF console radio into a remotely controlled superheterodyne radio. "
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Please don't forget to check my page for more rare tube radios with price.On May-16-13 at 13:11:13 PDT, seller added the following information:
The General Motor "GM" Converter is about: 22.5" tall and10" diameter by the base.