VTR103 (1962) serial number 01283
The VTR103 was first introduced in 1961, the radio offered VHF as well as the standard Medium and Long wave stations.
The coverage was from 88 to 100 Mhz and was the first VHF British portable radio. For the first time the AF series of transistors were introduced as these offered improved HF performance over the O.C range, though of course we all know the issues with these Alloy-Diffusion transistors. I find some radio's have real issues while other do not with these and I can only come to the conclusion that production issues were involved. This radio being the early version means it was first introduced in 1961, due to the low serial number I would say the first 16 months of production, the difference in this model is the colour scheme of a red Rexin that I have fitted to the body, i feel it compliments the red tuning dial to the front..
The radio works very well as all the capacitors including most of the electrolitics have been replaced, the Tuner and I.F have been set up with a spectrum analyser , well above Bush's original specification and the original telescopic aerial is present with the red tip. As always with few exceptions the band select switches have faded a little due to use, for some reason unlike the 2 band TR series the 3 band VTR switches were not embossed so unless the radio was often used on one band the lettering would wear.
Technical point of interest is in the VHF side, unlike most radio's of today Bush used a mute system when no signal is present similar to Hacker inter-station mute, but always on. Often these radio's on VHF can be of low gain and the fault can be found to be due to de-coupling components in the Audio stage which at first you would think was odd, so you can have great medium and long wave performance with low output on FM , if you have an issue please call me for advice on how to re-solve it.
Comes complete with 1 years gurantee and the PP9 battery required.