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Hi,

What are your thoughts on this little "Empire made" pocket radio. When was it made and who for? Was it made for Ekco or was it made for some other company who bought the name?

It measures 4.5 inches by 2.75 inches and does not look very well-made, the plastic moulding for the case is a bit rough and ready, and the dial does not align with the vertical end stops.

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Posted : 03/09/2013 1:04 pm
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jjl
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I'm sure my grandparents had an Invicta radio with identical PCB layout and rear panel moulding but with a different front housing and a conventional "slide rule" style tuning scale. This would have been bought new some time between 1970 and early '72. At that time, both Ekco and Invicta were Pye brands, so there may be a Pye variant of this set too.

John

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Posted : 03/09/2013 1:36 pm
Anonymous
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Pye owned a Hong Kong radio factory in the 1960, so a Hong Kong Pye.

There are "Invicta" branded radios that are Pye made in Hong Kong and Japan and also "Invicta" transistor sets that are Asian and nothing at all to do with Pye.

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Posted : 03/09/2013 2:01 pm
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My grandparents set featured the horse emblem seen on Invicta variants of Pye valve radios and tellies, so was definitely a Pye group product.

John

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Posted : 03/09/2013 2:41 pm
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Posted by: @anonymous

and also "Invicta" transistor sets that are Asian and nothing at all to do with Pye.

That was the sort of thing which I was worried about, do you think it is OK to register this radio as an GB Ekco but "Empire Made" which I seem to remember normally referred being made in Hong Kong.

It is strange, back "then" we used to look down on the goods that were Empire Made. But I bought this little radio just because of the nostalgic fact of it being made in the Empire and proudly declaring it.

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Posted : 03/09/2013 4:17 pm
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It always meant Hong Kong after 1948 (when the Sun Set on the Empire).

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Posted : 03/09/2013 7:48 pm
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Looking at the PCB the radio uses germanium transistors so will have been made in the early to mid Sixties. The later 1960s saw the introduction of the first epoxy encapsulated planar silicon transistors. Compare the 1963 Sinclair Micro-6 (germanium) with the 1967 Micromatic (silicon planar).

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Posted : 05/09/2013 12:24 am
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I had one of these in the 70's when I was a lad, I put It though hell and back.

Brings back so many memories (I am now 51). Have you got the original case that went with it I wonder ? It was a leatherette style case.

I have been promising myself that if ever I saw another I would buy it, just to say sorry. There was one on ebay some time ago, but I missed out on it. Was it this one ?

Nice to see it in such good condition too.

Pete

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Posted : 06/09/2013 11:24 pm
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I got this at a boot sale, there was no case with it. I have also bought radios that I have put through hell in my childhood in a feeling of guilt, and so I can get them working again, to make me feel better.

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Posted : 06/09/2013 11:28 pm
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I bought one of these in July 1966 saving up my £1.25 wages from my Saturday job at Henrys Super Stores. It was 4 weeks wages then. Stupidly threw it away years later. Would like another one now. Listened to a couple of the radio pirates on it. Mine came with a black mock leather cardboard case.

Jon

 

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Posted : 14/02/2020 9:43 pm
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By the middle 60’s Pye/Ekco were importing badged sets from Hong as noted from the Pye factory in HK.

I took my intermediate RTEB ( I think that name is correct, have the cert somewhere) on an Ekco PT438 transistor radio made in HK. Can’t remember what faults they put on it now.

There was a separate soldering test as well, that was a switch wafer with a number of wires and components to fit.

That was 1966. 

Frank

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Posted : 14/02/2020 10:50 pm
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On this day that Terry was laid to rest, 🌼 among his thousands of contributions made to this community, its perhaps fitting that we should let him speak in this thread via his Trade Tale on pocket transistors.

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Posted : 14/02/2020 11:03 pm
Katie Bush
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I have to admit, I hadn't seen that thread before, but I was thinking of Terry on several occasions during the day, and particularly as I signed in this evening.

It still seems impossible to fathom, how, why, Terry is no longer amongst us.

If it ain't fixed, don't break it!............

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Posted : 15/02/2020 12:17 am