Zenith Model 7-J-232 (7J232) Waltons Tombstone Radio (1938)
The 7-J-232 (7J232) "Waltons" tombstone is so named today
because of its use by the family in the television series of the
same name. The radio actually came in four flavors, the 7-J-232,
7-S-232, 9-S-232 and 12-S-232, where the first number
represents the number of tubes used. The -S- models are
ac-powered sets featuring a tuning eye and, in the case of the
domestic 9 and 12 tube models, motorized tuning. The 7-J is
basically a dual-use farm set, capable of running from either the
110V ac line or a 6V storage battery. It has neither a tuning eye
nor motorized tuning. However, all four models cover three bands
and feature Zenith's much beloved robot dial (known nowadays
as the shutterdial). See my 12-S-267 and 9-S-367 pages for
further discussions on this dial. The radio had an original
purchase price of $79.95.
The tube complement for the 7-J-232 is:- 6S7G (RF amp), 6D8G
(mixer/LO), 6S7G (IF amp), 6T7G (2nd det/AGC/1st AF), 6L5G
(2nd AF), 1J6G (duo-triode used for push-pull o/p) and 6ZY5G
(rectifier). The audio output power is 1.75W. Overall band
coverage is from 540-18,400kc.
I bought this radio in the fall of 2006 and it is in working condition.
However, my initial try-outs have revealed the controls to be noisy
in addition to it having some other minor electrical issues.
To be perfectly honest, the styling of this radio will never put it at
the top of my list of favorite radios. However, all the Waltons
radios are highly collectible and no self-respecting Zenith
collection should be without at least one example!
Zenith...America's most copied radio ...again a year ahead.