Harrods Kit radio
This little two transistor and one germanium diode
medium waveband radio dates
from 1957/8. It was given to me by Ian
Wilson in 2017. As can be seen from the picture above it was in
a sorry state when I received it. I reattached a couple of the
transistor leads made a new contact bracket for the negative end of the
1.5 volt cell and painted over the rust stain on the backing paper.
When connected to a long outside aerial and a good earth connection I
was able to tune in two local medium wave stations. The tuned circuit
coil is wound around the periphery of the board on
which the components are attached with brass wood screws. The coil of
in the box was presumably intended as an aerial and the aluminium peg
on which it
is wound as an earth connection. The radio has long been parted from
its other half (perhaps a food or sandwich container).
The headphones are government surplus low
resistance type CLR and the transistors are reject items probably made
by Newmarket. In the late 1950's Laskys of Tottenham Court Road in
London were advertising these as "Transistors at a reasonable
price" and were described as PNP junction type suitable for high
gain and low frequency amplifiers. The price ten shillings post free.
The headphone were available from other government surplus traders at
seven shillings and sixpence.
working with new battery contact brackets