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've now been contacted by Jerry
Mayfield who worked in Bridgnorth at the old ATE factory which
was once RGD. The factory appears to have ceased production of
domestic radios badged RGD in 1952, then continued with the name
Regentone, who bought them out, until 1960 when they were bought
by STC who sold sets badged as KB or ITT. RGD had moved to Bridgnorth
around 1940 as part of the government plan to move military radio
production away from areas likely to be bombed. ATE took over
the factory in 1952 until 1964 when it was taken over by Plessey
who had bought out the ATE company. Plessey were rationalising
production over their new empire so various sites switched over
to new product lines or were simply phased out. The Bridgnorth
factory was adopted by Decca Radar in 1968. I'm a little unsure
of the dates and the goings on but Decca Radar was bought by
Plessey and part of the business moved to a factory in Liverpool
city centre where I worked for 20 years, whilst the design and
manufacture of the Radar hardware was moved to Cowes on the Isle
During all this takeover business,
Jerry tells me he remembers the R210 being made at the Bridgnorth
factory. Maybe this set was a natural follow on to the WW2 radios
made by RGD because the older technical staff at the factory
must have been RGD trained? After rationalisation of product
lines Plessey concentrated the design and production of military
radio equipment at Southleigh (research), West Leigh (development)
and Ilford (production).
I bought this example of the
R210 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
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.
Better pictures will be forthcoming....