Very Early Yaesu Musen Co. Amateur Radio Equipment in Australia

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.


FL-50 Review, Part 1

Go to Page 2 of the FL-50 Review

Complete F-50 Series
Above 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 & Jim Bail Shown at left are
Fred Bail,
VK3YS
and Jim Bail,
VK3ABA.

At right are depicted
various Bail logos.

Bail Radio & TV Service Logo
Bail Electronic Services Logo, early version
Bail Electronics Services Logo, late version

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, of which he is still a director today.

Any comments on this web site should be directed to the author, Greg Whiter at : GregWhiter@clarkmasts.net.au

Next Page - FL-50/FR-50 Magazine Review, 1968, Page 2 of 3
Other Pages at this site, include: FL-100B, the first Australian Yaesu radio, F-Line of the mid 1960's,  FL-10/40 Details, FL-20 Circuit and photos, BES 1974 Staff Photo, Yaesu/VK3YS/VK3ABA QSL Cards, FL-50 Magazine Review and photos, Photo and details of Yaesu's first SSB Transceiver, the 1966 released solid state FT-100, FT-100 Trouble Shooting Guide is shown HERE, the 1968 released FTdx400, The Yaesu Museum (German Site)

Other web articles by the same author   The Chronological History of the Development of Radio
Origins Of The Handie Talkie
T
he History Of Clark Masts
The Early History of GFS Electronics

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