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1959 Perdio Piccadilly PR 721

Small portable, nylon cabinet
6 3/4 x 4 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches / 171 x 108 x 45 mm
2-band MW/LW, seven transistors (Mullard, OC44, 2x OC45, OC71, 2x OC81, OC81D), superheterodyne circuit
One 9-volt battery
Manufactured by Perdio Electronics Ltd.; London

Some references show a 1958 introduction for the PR 721, but Iíll go with James Buttersís comprehensive web page on the Perdio Picadilly as being a 1959 radio.

The Perdio Piccadilly shares the same chassis, pc board, and transistor complement as its Perdio successor, which likely was released within a year or two of the Piccadilly's release.

On this set, both the LW and MW bands are calibrated in meters — most other LW/MW radios didn't calibrate the LW band in meters but rather designated by name the few LW broadcasters at their spots on the tuning dial.


1959 Perdio Piccadilly PR 721


1959 Perdio Piccadilly PR 721


pc board


chassis — click on the photo for a larger image

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