Pye - Jetliner C2

This radio has quite unusual styling, an unusual case, and unusual circuit design. Made from around 1963 to 1966, it used the brand new family of Alloy-Diffussed Germaininium transistors. Performance easily surpassed any valve set up until that time.

Costing the very expensive 39 pounds when released, it was some 79 dollars in late 1966. A television, albeit a monochrome set, could be had for around $150 at the time.

It was probably imported through Astor, which Pye has a controlling interest at the time. However, the cost probably meant that the numbers were very low. Astor possibly made more profit selling “outdated” valve radios, at a time when people were saving to buy their first televisions.

The first thing that is noticeable when picked up is the weight. This is no cheap Japanese trany. For its size it weighs almost as much as the much larger National Panasonic T-100 and R-100 without the transformer.

The sound is rather good, but doesn’t match the T-100 of the time. Nonetheless, it is good for a radio of diminutive size with two speakers.

Power consumption is very good, the batteries that were in it were long past their expiry date and a new set brought about even better performance. 

The example here has a slight crack in the dial “glass”, and the leather case while in good condition has splits. The leather is also inscribed by the original owner! Anyone who stole the radio could easily just have thrown the leather case away as there is no identification on the radio itself.

I am in two minds whether to restore the radio or not. It works rather well as is, but I know that the capacitors need replacing after 55 years. It also needs a good clean as the volume control and tuning are both “scratchy”.

Ian Batty waxed lyrical over this radio in the September 2014 issue of Silicon Chip magazine.


Photographs to follow.

Last updated: 8 June 2021.