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1962 Dansette RT66

Horizontal shirt pocket radio
4 7/8 x 3 x 1 1/2 inches / 120 x 75 x 35 mm
2-band MW/LW, six transistors (Mullard, 3x OK1, 2x OC81, OC81D), superheterodyne circuit
Standard 9-volt battery
Manufactured by Dansette Products Ltd.; London

One of a very few shirt pocket transistor radios made in Great Britain in the early '60s. Utterly "Googie" and toy-like in appearance, this British(!) shirt pocket radio's cabinet design is reminiscent of some of the Japanese germanium diode radios of the day (Astra-Lark, Herald). Its design influence seems strongly automotive too, like a radio on a sports car's dashboard — Route 66, anyone?

The RT66 is a two-band radio – medium wave and long wave, calibrated in meters rather than frequency – but, as with the Perdio Mini 66, the LW “band” here is not a band at all, just a single frequency setting – in this case, 200 kHz (1500 meters), what was then BBC’s “Light Programme” station.

Dansette RT66

Dansette RT66

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