5.5 inch Black and White TV With AM/FM Radio



5.5 Inch Black and White TV With AM/FM Radio

This cute little 5.5 inch B/W Portable Television was manufactured around the year 2000 or thereabouts. It's a nice bit of vintage electronics that won't be seen much due to the Digital era, however it is still manufactured today for other parts of the world that still use analogue television  transmissions.

This is a very small and light TV measuring 190 mm × 180 mm × 205 mm, almost toy-like in design. It has a built-in AM/FM radio as well as full TV coverage of all the analogue transmissions - subject to availability of course. The reception of the TV channels was quite good due to the Xinfa TDQ-4D tuner and the CD5151CP single chip solution that the TV circuitry is abased around. This was a very popular chip that not only simplified the design of a CRT based television but more importantly minimised the component count.

This little telly can be powered by 10 'C' sized batteries which fit within the battery compartment located in the base part of the case. There is also a power socket providing the option to  power the unit through either a mains adapter, or a car cigarette lighter using the special cable  that is normally supplied with it.      





Although analogue transmissions are now almost gone this television is still very useful for many other purposes. It's ideal if you are interested in the early 1980s and 1990s home computers which displayed it's video through a UHF RF modulator; This TV could be used as a monitor for the Sinclair ZX81 /  ZX80 and perhaps other home computers of that era. It's also Ideal for use if you have an early 1990s Pong game , or any electronic game such as Atari that displays it's video signal through an RF Modulator

If you use a surveillance camera that has an RF signal output, then this light and small TV is ideal to use as a monitor, and the great thing is that it can also operate from internal batteries as well.

These TV's can normally be found on eBay, and since most people have very little use for them these days, they can be bought for as little as 99p (some days), and obviously a great bargain if you can make good use of it.

If you're not watching TV then you could use it's built-in FM / AM radio instead. Suffice it to say that this little television was indispensable back in 2000.





This TV was mass produced in China, and to a certain extent is still being manufactured. It was sold under many different brands, and names. Here is a list of just some of the names I managed to find on the Internet that describes the same product. Apart from minor cosmetic differences such as colour, they all tend to be the same TV with the same electronic circuitry.

Portable 5.5 inch Black and White TV with AM FM Radio



Models / Alternative Names
Bestwill Mini
MTV-506
CR503
Sonar
Cool
DSL
Go Tech
TGI
Spectra Portable TV
Vextra
Amtel Portable Model 502
GPX Model TVP4 Personal
Curtis RT062
Curtis RT068
Living Solutions
Centurion Model TV6
jWIN JV-TV1010
Cota Model CT-17680
Coby CX-TV1
Woolworths 5 inch
Norwood
Brand

In the following sections of this article - using the menu options top-left of this page - you can see the inside electronics. The miniature cathode ray tube, deflection coils, speaker, chipset, and much more.


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Author: Peter J. Vis