The R210 communications receiver

 I must admit to knowing nothing about this model but my thanks go to Jan Poortman, PA3ESY from Goor in Holland, for sending me some very useful info. Jan has a T1154 which can work on 40 or 80 metres and when I get my vintage station back on the air I look forward to a QSO!

I bought this example at the Ringwood street auction (before it stopped) for a couple of pounds. This was quite a high bid! I remember the auctioneer, each week saying before the start of proceedings, "a pound is the minimum bid NOT the maximum bid". In the end they packed it up as they couldn't make ends meet. The set came with an external mains power supply and it worked OK except the filmstrip dial was damaged.

The receiver has a tremendous weight for its size and must have spent its service life in something like a Centurian tank. It formed part of the "Larkspur" range of British Army sets introduced in the 50s. The mechanical design has lots of similarities to the R206 (see elsewhere in this site) having a chain drive and loads of gearwheels together with the very long tuning scale fitted between two rotating drums.

The set uses a collection of B9A and B7G valves fitted in diecast chassis sections.

Frequency coverage is in 7 bands viz.

2-3MHz, 3-4.5MHz, 4.5-6.8MHz, 6.8-9.1MHz, 9.1-11.4MHz, 11.4-13.7MHz and 13.7-16MHz.

Front view

 The set was evidently abandoned when the dial filmstrip broke. I removed it but haven't worked out how to fix it!

 Side view showing part of the wavechange switch assembly


Top view showing dial film winding drums, chain drive and gear trains

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