General Electric 7-4691 A
AM/FM Two-Band Table Radio

Overview of General Electric "7-4691 A" AM/FM Table Radio

All photos iPhone 13 unless noted.

Another Achievement from Radio Headquarters





Photo: September 19, 2022 / new rubberized feet affixed to base / Great Pines Inn / Fourth Lake, NY

Fidelity I / High Performance FM/AM Digital Clock Radio
Made in Singapore / 1983

Tuning Range
AM 550 kHz - 1600 kHz
FM 88 MHz - 108 MHz
  • Serial № (obscured - see notes, and photo)
  • Date Code 83202 (February 2, 1983)
  • 500 mw RMS audio output
  • 5" x 7" oval speaker
  • Illuminated tuning dial (orange)
  • Blue fluorescent digital clock display (adjustable at rear via pot)
  • Separate bass and treble controls
  • Rosewood grain finish on polystyrene
As Found / Indian Lake, NY
Photos: September 16, 2022 / 2:48 p.m.
Waiting for a new owner. Original label retained after 39 years! This was intriguing. Who would do this? Maybe a caring owner, or collector. A quick internet search proved it was more common than expected. Power cord (interesting, external, strain relief solution), 300 Ω indoor dipole FM antenna, some FCC mumbo jumbo, and more (click to see full-size photo).

September 16, 2022 (Friday): For the third day in a row, went to the Adirondack Antique Show at Indian Lake hoping to get into the sprawling, higgledy piggledy, in-transition, dank, poorly lit, no-name antique store at 6135 NY-28 (a.k.a. Main Street). The building is on the north side of the street, diagonally across from Stewart's Shops (its new location) at the corner of State Street. On Wednesday (9/14/22), it had a Back at 3:00 sign on the door. Went back at 3:20 p.m., but it was still deserted. Returned Thursday (9/15/22), and although the sign had been removed, the door was still locked. Friday (9/16/22), at about 2:40 p.m. it was open. Browsed the store, and eventually found this radio. It was on a chair near the front window, plugged into an outlet (radio turned off), and surprisingly, it had a 300 Ω indoor dipole FM antenna with spade terminals (extra bits are commonly stripped by the vultures).

It somehow retained its original advertising/feature overview label on top (see photo), which would typically be removed after purchase. The rubber feet were missing, and overall, the radio cabinet and controls were dusty with only a hint of schmutz. Also missing was the metal, "connecting bar" at the FM antenna connections. The hidden, flip-up compartment at the top for clock, and alarm settings had collected it's fair share of dust, and debris, but nothing unexpected. While testing the radio in the store, I was able to pull in Science Friday from one of the North Country Public Radio (NCPR) stations on FM (most likely WXLH Blue Mountain Lake 91.3 FM), but nothing on AM. Also verified the clock radio time-setting buttons were functional, as well as the bass and treble controls. It seemed like it could be the "store radio" (i.e. NFS) but the proprietor said it had only been plugged in to test for a customer. He then also examined, and tested it, and finally said I could have it for $10.00. He then continued moving other antiques outside for display. I continued my inspection, and finally brought it out to the front porch into the warm sunshine where I got him to throw a puzzle into the deal, which pleased my wife.

Details, and Discoveries
Photo: September 18, 2022 / Long Lake, NY

Listening to NCPR, and writing.
Photo: September 19, 2022 / Fourth Lake, NY

Hide-away compartment for clock/alarm controls.
Photo: September 19, 2022 / Fourth Lake, NY

Illuminated tuning dial. Correct time, but should have been "PM."

Back at the Shamrock Motel in Long Lake, performed a basic cleaning, and detail. This is when it was discovered the tuning dial was illuminated (orange) – an unexpected bonus! Later in the evening, pulled in numerous regional FM stations, and AM stations from as far away as Boston (50,000 Watt / WBZ-AM 1030 kHz), and Toronto (50,000 Watt / CFZM-AM 740 kHz).

Self-Adhesive Replacement Pads 

Photos: September 19, 2022 / Great Pines Inn / Fourth Lake, NY
September 18, 2022 (Sunday): Purchased three different types of replacement pads/feet at the Inlet Department Store (Ace Hardware) in Inlet, NY. 
  • Ace Hardware № 54330 – package (28), round, 3/8", green, self-adhesive, felt pads, $2.39
  • Ace Hardware № 5044524 package (16), round, 3/8" clear, self-adhesive, vinyl/rubberized "dot" pads, $3.99
  • Ace Hardware № 54379 package (20), round, 3/4", beige, self-adhesive, felt pads, $3.99
Cleaned Up, and Ready For Prime-Time  


Photo: September 19, 2022 / Fourth Lake, NY

New feet elevated radio slightly.


Photo: September 20, 2022 / Fourth Lake, NY

Affixed clear, vinyl/rubberized, self-adhesive pads.
Ace Hardware № 5044524


Photo: September 20, 2022 / Fourth Lake, NY

Power cord, antenna connections, clock brightness knob, etc. Missing the "connecting bar" at the FM antenna connections.

September 19, 2022 (Monday): Decided the vinyl/rubberized "dot" pads suited the radio best, and installed them. Radio sits slightly off the table.

Inside detailed, switches cleaned, and lubricated with DeoxIT, all features working smoothly.
 

Photo: September 26, 2022 / N2AWA workbench


Disassembled—before cleaning, and lubricating switches.


Photo: September 26, 2022 / Studio A


After cleaning—all hide-away controls working smoothly again.


Photo: September 27, 2022

On display in Studio A.

September 26, 2022 (Monday): Disassembled radio, vacuumed inside, cleansed, and detailed all the nooks and crannies. Lubricated switches with DeoxIT. Verified the sliding, "ON / OFF" power bar, and the "FAST / SLOW" reverse (REV) time adjustment buttons were working correctly.

To Do
  • Perhaps find a donor radio, and grab the missing "connecting bar" at the FM antenna connections.
  • TBD


Ownership History

Photo: September 17, 2022 / Long Lake, NY
  • Date Code 83202 (February 2, 1983)
  • Serial № (obscured)
  • Quality Checks
  • Ownership Sticker

The base included an owner's sticker "Robert M. Silverstein / 1702 Euclid Ave / Syracuse, NY 13224." Unfortunately, the sticker obscured most of the serial number. Found an online obituary for a Robert M. (Milton a.k.a. Milt) Silverstein from Syracuse who died February 26, 2007 at age 90. If this was the same person, and he bought the radio new in 1983, he would have been 66 at the time of purchase. The route it took from Syracuse to an antique store in Indian Lake is anyone's guess.

According to the obituary, "He was an internationally recognized expert on the chemistry of insect communication. His pioneering studies led to the development of the field of chemical ecology. Born in Baltimore, MD, he grew up in Tottenville, Staten Island. He earned a B.S. in chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. and a Ph.D. at NYU."

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry—Professor Emeritus Elected to National Academy of Sciences





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Last Update: November 07, 2022
Black Sparrow Photography / Jeffrey P. Miller (N2AWA)