PYE PZ230 'MESSENGER' (CIRCA 1961)

The Pye PZ230 was manufactured for G. A. Wooller & Co. Ltd by Akrad Radio Corporation Ltd in about 1961.

5-valves plus magic eye tuning, multi-band bandspread

One of the early radios to use a printed circuit board rather than a chassis. These can be nightmarish to repair these days as the circuit boards did not handle heat well - so a well used set will likely have blackened / scorched PCB around the output and rectifier valves.

Technical Information

Valves (5 + magic eye): ECH81, EF89, EBC81, EL84, EZ80 and EM81 Magic Eye

Intermediate Frequency: 455kc/s

Frequency Bands: 5

Chassis Notes(most schematics can be clicked to download a full size version)

Service information (Pye_PZ222-223-224.pdf) here

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.

Other documented models using this chassis (2 in total)

YEARMODEL NAME
1958 Pye model 222 'Printed Circuit'