Pye Model T19D

Read about this set's refurbishment

 This set was rescued from a coal hole but cleaned up so well it looks almost brand new. There were two slightly different versions made.. the 19D and the T19D having slightly different shortwave coverages. This one, a T19D is now in very good condition but was originally given to me for parts. These receivers were pretty special as domestic sets went because they had no less than six shortwave bands. These are not general purpose, but bandspread over the broadcast bands, thus making reception of distant stations much easier. Click the picture below to see the 19D.

  The rear view with the cover removed shows a clean chassis which is painted and therefore much less susceptible to rust.
 The identification plate includes the valve line-up. These are all International Octal types made by Mullard. Mullard, Philips and Pye were all related when this set was made hence the choice of valves. The use of more than one brand name meant that more sets were sold, relying on the attractiveness of each name and user's experience and loyalty of the particular brand. This was extended when, for example, Philips introduced the brand name "Stella" to their factory's output.


 The designers made it easy to adjust the set to line up with its dial, a necessary feature because of the definition of the readings due to bandspeading.


 Here's a close-up of the dial. In the 1950s amateur transmissions were mainly AM so the coverage of 160m and 80m was a useful feature.

You'll notice the mix of units maybe?... Long and Medium wavebands are shown in metres but shortwave bands in Mc/s, although the ranges are headed in the recognised units of metres. I'm not sure what M.S.W. stands for? Note it's range about 1.5Mc/s to 4Mc/s; the 19D is different. The 19D didn't have the Trawler Band but had the 13m band and it's M.S.W. band tuned from 2.8 to 8Mc/s. In this model the 49m band is bandspread.


 Here's the circuit diagram which applies to both the Model 19D and the T19D. Click it to see it full size.


See the Model 19D


 Pye Model P76

A 4-waveband receiver from 1953



This Pye receiver is in virtually new condition and arrived in what I thought was its original box but whose labelling is a trifle confusing. I then thought that the Murphy A867G may have been the owner's replacement for his Pye radio because the Murphy was sold in 1973, 20 years after the Pye, but it seems the Murphy A867G was a "fully transistorised mains operated record player" without a radio.


 Below is a closer view of the dial. On the right you can see a wavechange indicator with the letters "TB". Back in the era when this set was made many listeners tuned around to hear interesting broadcasts. Of course Short Waves were the most popular with dozens of foreign countries broadcasting English language programs. Each had a unique signature musical ditty which preceded the program. Examples are tunes from Radio Moscow, Radio Sofia and Radio Bucharest. Once a listener had exhausted the delights of these the Trawler Band might have been an option. In those days thousands of fishing boats surrounded the UK and listeners could eavesdrop on chatter between them. Not many sets had the Trawler Band but this Pye is one of them.



Below are pictures of the labels attached to the rear of the set.




Inside you can see the set uses loctal type valves with B8A bases which are identified on the blue label


 Finally a view of the back of the receiver and the circuit diagram from a 1954 magazine.




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