PYE PZ65MBQ '65' (1954)

The Pye PZ65MBQ was manufactured for G. A. Wooller & Co. Ltd by Akrad Radio Corporation Ltd in 1954.

Battery / mains portable 7-valve set with huge 8" speaker, blue and grey plastic and metal cabinet, retractable handle.

Announcement in Radio and Electronics, March 1954:

Pye PZ65MBQ Product Announcement, Radio and Electronics March 1954

Advert from the April 1954 issue of Radio and Electronics

Pye PZ65MBQ advert - April 1954, Radio and Electronics

Valves (7): DF91, DK92, DF91, DAF91, DL94, UL41, EZ40

Intermediate Frequency: 470kc/s

Frequency Bands: 1

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

Full service info 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.