This is the second of two 1155s that I was ‘contracted’ to restore for a friend.
Since I had previously restored an R1155E with the Type 13 tuning drive, I figured
that the second one should feature the later Type 35 drive. Despite sporting a couple
of obvious modifications, this R1155L was an obvious choice; for two reasons. The
first being that since the ‘L’ was intended for Maritime use by Coastal Command,
it covered a different set of frequencies. Gone is 75KHz to 200KHz while 1.5MHz to
3MHz is added. The second reason for choosing this one was the super-
The photograph on the right shows the condition in which it was received. Note that
it came with a full compliment of valves. As well as the odd modification to the
‘Tuning Eye’, one of the two 8-
Also, the two triple capacitors in the DF circuit had been replaced with six discrete
capacitors and the tall 4uF block capacitor had been replaced with a more modern
16uF type. The side plate for the BFO/DF compartment was missing as was the block
capacitor in the DF section. There was also an additional capacitor in the BFO section.
However, because of its different frequency coverage, this was not going to be a
Odd Tuning Eye