Decca 'Deccette'
  • Battery: Ever Ready B101(67.5v HT) & Ever Ready A35 (1.5v LT)
  • Mains unit (optional): 200 - 250V AC 50Hz
  • Wavebands: Medium 200-600m, Long 1500m fixed
  • Valve lineup: X17, W17, ZD17, N19
  • Released: July 1953
  • Original price: 12 13s 7d
    • Mains unit - 5 5s

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Last updated 5th February 2003

Such evocative names! A distant age and distant places!

This is another strange set using Marconi-Osram valves. It is unusual on a few counts. Firstly, it has a high-tension 'B' voltage of 67.5 volts - the American standard. Secondly, it's internal aerial is simply 2 coils around an 'iron dust core' - a forerunner of the graphite rod. Thirdly, it has a fixed tuning position of 198m/1500KHz for the BBC's Droitwich transmitter (which now carries Radio 4 but would then have carried the Home Service) - this is reached by tuning past the 200m marker.

There were other strange sets from this time - the Pye P123BQ used a 6v low-tension 'A' supply as well as having the fixed 1500Khz tuning these were not radical elements.