Musen Co. Amateur Radio Equipment in Australia During The 1960's
by Greg Whiter, VK4IG (Ex VK3CA)
Below is the first page of a three page Trade Review on the FL-50, which featured in the October 1968 issue of the Wireless Institute of Australia's Amateur Radio magazine.
Go to Page 2 of the FL-50 Review
is the Yaesu 50 Series in a photo taken for Bail's by
Victorian photographer and fellow ham Alan Elliot, VK3AEL in June
1967. From left can be seen the SP-50 speaker (mostly
hidden), FR-50 receiver, FL-50 SSB transmitter and FV-50
VFO. The first shipment of FL-50 transmitters and FV-50
VFO's arrived in Australia in August 1966. The 50 Series
equipment was of mainly all valve construction.
The FR-50 receiver didn't see the Australian market until April 1967. Even then, Bail Electronic Services wouldn't sell any FR-50's until they had performed a number of modifications on them. These included changes to the AGC and Product Detector circuitry as well as adding an additional filter capacitor to the power supply.
Fred Bail passed away in the late 1970's, Jim Bail passed away in the early 1980's. Following Fred's passing their company was sold to Stan Roberts of Teletramel, who continued to run Bail Electronic Services into the early 1990's from the Victorian country town of Wangaratta.
The author would
be happy to hear from anybody who has very early Yaesu equipment,
such as FL-20 Mark's 1 and 2, or FL-100B Mark's 1 and 2. By way
of some background information on the author, Greg Whiter was
employed by Bail Electronic Services (see
1974 staff photo) from the late
1960's through to 1977. Following this period he formed the company GFS
Electronic Imports, GFS Electronics and then
Portable Masts Australia Pty Ltd, of which he
is a director today.
Any comments on this web site should be directed to the author, Greg Whiter at : GregWhiter@portablemasts.com.au
|Next Page - FL-50/FR-50 Magazine Review, 1968, Page 2 of 3|
Pages at this site, include: FL-100B,
the first Australian Yaesu radio, F-Line
of the mid 1960's, FL-10/40 Details,
photos, BES 1974 Staff
Cards, FL-50 Magazine
and photos, Photo and details of Yaesu's
first SSB Transceiver, the 1966 released solid state
Trouble Shooting Guide is shown HERE, the 1968 released FTdx400,
Other web articles by the same author: The Chronological History of the Development of Radio
Origins Of The Handie Talkie
The History Of Clark Masts
The Early History of GFS Electronics
Any comments on this article should be directed to the author, Greg Whiter at: GregWhiter@portablemasts.com.au
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