Vintage Airband

This page is dedicated to the first airband radio’s that came on sale in the 1960’s.

Shorrock Developments Ltd – Believed to be the first company in the UK selling airband radio’s. Located at 51 Preston New Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, England. (I believe the individual was called Stan Shorrock)

Shorrock Mk. V Receiver – Cost £36 (This would be the equivalent of £700 in 2018!)

This radio is a Decca TP85 modified to receive the Aircraft Band, with a plastic label stuck over the original dial. The Decca cost £24.

One advert says a single VHF band version was available for £28.

Shorrock VHF Receiver

Shorrock Clubman – Single VHF aircraft band

I have uploaded a video of the Clubman still working 50+ years after it was first made – https://youtu.be/iI5VSiNknq8

Check out this great post by Mike on Shorrock radios – http://derbosoft.proboards.com/thread/28068/airband-radios-1960s-pic-heavy

 

L. Gauer Electronics – Glattalstrasse, 135, Zurich 52, Switzerland.  There were 2 similar models produced 6220 & 6221.

The UK distributor was Peter S. Clifford & Co. Ltd. Aircraft Sales, Oxford Airport, Kidlington.  In 1962 the Gauers Portable 3-Band VHF radio was £35.  In 1964 the Gauers 6220 MW/LW/VHF 9 Transistors was £31. There was also a Gauers 6301 VHF only 12 Transistors at £25.

The 6221 was also sold in the USA by Scot Air Inc. 6451 Main Street, Morton Grove, Illinois.  In 1963 the cost was $99.95. This radio has a rotary knob on the top which the European version didn’t have. 

I have uploaded a video of my working Gauers 6221 – https://youtu.be/lOBtK66O5JA

Radio Kits

For those who were unable to afford a Shorrock or Gauers  one budding entrepreneur modified a radio kit to receive aircraft transmissions.  Pat Carty marketed the radio in Air Pictorial during 1964 as the first aircraft enthusiast assembled radio and called it the “PC 1ABR” for £6-£8. Pat would be very interested to hear from anyone who bought this radio or even still owns one! email patcarty2@aol.com 

Frequency Guides

Was this the first VHF airband frequency guide published?

If you have any more information please contact me at raf-fairford@gmail.com