In my childhood I've built different types of the Pionier.
Over time I lost a lot of parts, sadly.
But in 2014 I managed to buy an original construction box of the Pionier II.
Philips Pionier II
And there it is, over 50 years old!
Of course the traces of dirt, moisture and light are clearly visible, as to be expected.
The lid off and tadaah ...
The first thing we see is the cardboard box.
made a little model
Then the rest of the contents, everything neatly packed.
And what a catchy text:
blijvend plezier met een PHILIPS Pionier
lasting pleasure with a PHILIPS Pionier
Here some recognizable parts , as the OA79, the ferrite rod, the potentiometer and the tuning capacitor.
Now the pressing question:
do I leave everything intact or do I built it?
Everything unpacked and sorted.
The decision has been made:
Yes, build it!
The book was not there, but fortunately I still kept that one.
The first steps, the input for antenna and earth (very important), the potentiometer and the tuning capacitor mounted.
grounding on a heating radiator
Detail with the OA79
The coil wound.
It struck me that the rubber rings were not dehydrated.
Connecting the windings.
And all that without soldering!
but there is still room left..
Well visible here are the transistors, 2x OC13, the three resistors and the two elco's.
Detail: at the back, at the top left, there is actually room
made for the cord of the earphone.
Start listening ...
of course, battery forgotten
Unfortunately, there are almost no more Mid-wave transmitters, but a self made AM transmitter does the trick
End of a Nostalgic Story