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I've got my Phantom working (for now, it decides to just quit every once in a while, still troubleshooting that intermittent problem)

Anyway I have a few questions on how to operate it:

  • How should the antenna system be connected.  I'm used to using a 6 foot piece of lamp cord connected to the antenna connection with the other antenna connection jumpered to ground.  The schematic looks like it should be connected differently.  What is the best way (for all bands)?
  • Wave switch has a 5th position that is labeled "P".  The schematic suggests this is for television and ultra bands, but there is nothing on the dial plate that identifies this band. Should the P band be labeled on the dial plate?
  • Where is the radio/phono switch located?  Schematic says it is ganged with the selectivity switch, but there is no P position on that switch?
  • What is the tuning eye adjustment pot for?  I assume it will change the amount of deviation on the eye tube?  Is there a proper setting for this pot?
  • I'm working on a motor boating problem on the SW bands that occurs at the lower end of the bands.  Replaced all the filter caps, but problem is still there.  Will be tearing into the tuner chassis tomorrow.

Any help would be appreciated.


Joe Miller

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Hi Joe,

A copy of the owners manual would help you with antenna and control functions. I don't have a Phantom, nor a Phantom manual copy to offer. 

The "P" position on the wave change is "Phono" , just like on my Sixteen, and Super XII models. That position substitutes the phono ahead of the volume control.

The pot for the eye tube is to adjust closure. Complete any electrical restoration work.  Tune in a powerful station (meaning one that comes in strongest).  Adjust the pot so the eye image "just closes" on the strong station. Probably should do it with after dark when reception is best. Unless there are other performance issues, that should do it.

Late 1930's Scott models have two antenna screws (intended for twin antenna lead in from the Scott Super Antenna)  Using only a single wire antenna:    manual says strap the ground screw to the nearer antenna screw, and your single  antenna wire to the farther antenna screw.  To get good results, a much longer antenna wire is advisable - like 50 feet if you have a way.

As for motor boating, are you sure you replaced all the wax/foil/ paper caps, including any "newer" replacements in the receiver ...   and any in the IF cans. Also, substitute tubes one at a time, lest it is a tube problem.  Tubes make good contact in the sockets?     ....     Anyone else?

Good luck - Dave

More on the phono/radio switch that was the "P" position on the wave change switch in standard models..

However, if the customer ordered the television band option for his radio, then the radio/phono switch was moved to another control and the P position of the band switch became the TV station band. And the dial had the ultra high frequency 22 MC to 60 MC TV band added in red screen print . For the brief period before WWII, audio for TV was broadcast separately as an AM signal for which you needed a radio receiver.  This "red band" TV band option was also available for the Super XII  (for an additional $19.50  per my price list) and Scott Masterpiece (my AM Masterpiece has it).

Thanks for all the good info.

I thought the tuner chassis had been recapped, but given the few problems it has, I took the bottom plate off and, surprise--it is all original.  I will be recapping it and cleaning the controls and swithches soon.

The Phantom 19 must have a number of variations--the schematic I have shows the P position on the wave switch is for television and a "T" terminal on the set for connecting the "T" antenna.  Mine has the "T" position on the antenna terminal strip, but no dial scale (red or black) for the higher frequency band (22 MC to 60 MC). 

I'll have to look at what I have when I start the recapping project.  My guess is the P on mine is for phono since I don't have the "Red" scale and I don't see any other place for the Phono switch to be.

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