Posts Tagged ‘pye’
Rogers recent ramble here made me reach for the desk drawer. Out I pulled a PF1 receiver still complete with case.
I cut my teeth on a PF1 with my first taste of 70cm receive back in the early 1980's. What I seem to remember I picked up quite a few of these at a radio rally for about £5 each! But the crystal was about the same price again, which was required to replace the original to get them working on one lonely channel, or tuned up on a single repeater frequency, in my case being Stafford GB3ZI (433.275MHz). What I seem to remember tune up was quite a fiddle, they used to break into oscillation, as the pull was quite a bit out of the zone of where they had originally been working in the commercial world.
This one has seen better days, but most of it is still quite complete apart from the metal shield over the front end. The battery was rechargeable 9V long time expired, but soldering in a 3F23 or PP3 would make it burst into life. So as you can see I have been around quite a while to remember the older PYE generation, but not quite as long as G3XBM. :-)
Some years ago I was professionally involved in the design of this innovative transceiver. I am sure I mentioned this on the blog not too long ago.
Some people managed to find rare examples on the secondhand market and converted them to 70cms use. They are hard to find as not that many were made.