Tube Radio Australia
Bendix MN-26 Restoration Project

This was a Radio Rescue Special.

General Description

The MN26 is an aircraft direction finder type superhetrodyne receiver. There are at least 6 different models of this receiver, the most common being the MN 26C which tunes 100 - 1500 kHz in 3 bands. The input voltage for this model is 28 volts dc (5 amps peak) This is one of three I have all had been Hacked up.

The receiver itself was located remotely in the aircraft and operated by remote control so as to save cockpit space. For a tuning meter the MR57A is used and the IN4A for left/right homing. The D/F loop (MN20 or MN24) was located either above or below the aircraft and was hand rotated using Bowden drive through an MN22A or MN52A control head.

The MN26 was a commercial unit as opposed to one designed specifically for the military. Although many of these radios were used by the military, they were eventually replaced by the automatic D/F types in the middle of WW2, types such as ARN6, ARN7 and BC433G.

The MN26 was a popular receiver after the war as a high performance broadcast receiver. After the D/F section was removed, what remained was quite a sensitive 8 valve receiver. Published conversions included sawing off the rear end of the set, mounting it under the driver's seat and hey presto! one had a super hot receiver for the car.

Technical Data

There was provision for direction finding in other receivers by use of a manual loop such as the LF version of the ARC 5 and the RA-10B. The AWA AR8 (Australian) had D/F coils fitted to use with a manual loop.

Band change was by an electric motor and tuning by a flexible drive through the MN28A control box. Two of my sets were missing these motors I have sonce found one.

The tube line up is as follows:
   V1     6K7    Loop Amp *
   V2     6N7    Audio Osc (48 cycles) *
   V3     6N7    Modulator *
   V4,5  6K7    RF Stages
   V6     6L7     Mixer
   V7     6J5     Osc
   V8     6K7     IF Amp (112.5 kHz)
   V9     6J5     BFO
   V10   6B8  Audio Amp
   V11   6F6  Audio Output
   V12   6K7 Compass Amp *
(Functions marked "*" are for compass operation and are not needed for general reception.)

The MN26 will take D/F bearings on "Compass", act as a standard receiver on "Rec Ant" using a short vertical antenna and will also receive stations with the loop antenna on "Rec Loop".

Being fully remote controlled, few receivers remain in their original form. The display receiver is fully operational, as intended for aircraft operations. Check the short Video for a Demo of it working.

Final Radio Display

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