PYE PZ103 (1957)

The Pye PZ103 was manufactured for G. A. Wooller & Co. Ltd by Akrad Radio Corporation Ltd in 1957.

All-wave version of the PZ102.  Note: tone control is push-pull on the volume control.

A word of caution with this radio (and the PZ102) - the back panel is poorly designed and sits too close to the output tube, which runs very hot.  Almost all sighted examples have burned through the back panel and it might be a good idea to either remove and store the panel, or modify it to ensure its held away from the valves

Technical Information

Valves (5): ECH42, EF41, EBC41, EL41, EZ40

Frequency Bands: 3

General Construction Notes for Akrad Radio Corporation Ltd:

Akrad sets often consist of 3 (or 4) numbers (eg: 518, 1059) or number-letter-number (5M4), and a common pattern exists for these sets: The first digit(or 2 digits in the case of 10-or-more valves) is the number of valves, the second is the number of bands and the third is the last digit of the year. Where the middle digit is a letter rather than a number it generally refers to the type of set - M for mantle, P for portable, G from radiogram etc

Often sets can be dated by the speaker, as many Akrad sets from the Pye era have the date of manufacture stamped on the back of the magnet housing.