Wavebands - MW, LW (1500m preset)
Valves - X17, Z17, ZD17, N19
Date - 1953Status - In my collection
This is one of those radios that I "killed" when I was a child, so I have been looking out for another one. This one cost me £50 in the auction at the Summer 2004 Wootton Bassett. It is in as-found condition, so assumed to be non-working.
The rado itself is battery powered, and has a battery eliminator for mains operation. This has exposed contacts at he 90V HT level, which would not be acceptable today. Placing the radio on the eliminator automatically switches the set to mains operation.
The tuning scale covers MW only, and has a preset 1500m setting which is accessed by tuning off the end of the scale to the "Droitwich" position.
Although it is technically quite interesting, this is not a particularly attractive set so I will probably sell it (on eBay) once it is restored and working.
Double Decca 46
Wavebands - MW, LW
Valves - X14, Z14, HD14, N15, Met Rect
Date - 1946Status - No longer in my collection
This radio was another eBay purchase. It was missing one knob, but I have a similar knob (same style but different fixing) from an old Decca record player. It is also missing the back panel and the vinyl covering is coming away slightly in the corner. The set was packed in a cardboard box with no packing material, but fortunately it survived its journey through the post!
This is a mains or battery portable set. The valves all test OK, and I carried out the usual electrical repairs (capacitor replacements), which got it working. I then lost interest and sold it!
Wavebands - MW, LW
Transistors - OC44, OC45, OC45, OC81D, OC81, OC81
Date - 1961Status - In my collection
This is a classic and somewhat unusual radio, intended for kitchen or bathroom use. It can hang on the wall or stood up using a wire stand on the back.
I bought this set at the Autumn 2003 NVCF. I think it cost me about £25, which is reasonable for one of these sets. The printing on the front is worn as usual, and the insides are a bit loose. It shows some signs of life but there is no reception. It runs from two PP1 6V batteries which are no longer available, so I will probably modify it to use 8 AA batteries (in two sets of 4) instead.