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Here at “WARTIME SOUNDS” I specialise in the collecting, restoration and repairing of what has become one of the symbols of the hardships faced by wartime Britain, the Civilian “Utility” Receiver.

The Civilian Wartime Receiver

Commonly known as the “Utility receiver” and manufactured in June 1944  under Government License. 

Designed for Medium Wave only reception to produce a satisfactory performance with a minimum of raw materials and labour used (Long Wave was added after the war as an optional extra when broadcasts resumed

A single wave, four thermionic valve, superhet, designed by the Radio Manufacturers` Association.

Over 40 manufacturers produced an AC mains and Battery version to a standard design. Manufacturer identification being made by use of a “U” number to avoid favoritism of a particular maker and to aid the trade with warranty repairs.

Standard designation prefixes (BVA) being also used on all valves fitted in the receiver to again aid warranty repairs and avoid particular manufacturer preference.

By the end of the War over 170,000 AC sets were sold at a cost of £12 3s 4d.

The Battery version retailing at £10 19s with the batteries extra.   

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