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BWBF radios are built to last


A listener has sent their old radio back to BWBF – which they’ve had since the mid-1980s – and it still works!

Roberts RP20
Roberts RP20

The British Wireless team was surprised to receive a Roberts RP20 in the post yesterday. (Tuesday, August 30th).

It’s one of our older models which was first issued in the mid-1980s and discontinued in 1996.

A lovely letter from the recipient accompanied the set, explaining that they have been using it regularly for all those years and it still sounds just as good as the first day they got it.

The reason they have returned it to us is because the volume button has started to stick and they were hoping we might be able to fix it for them.

Even after more than three decades that’s the only thing that’s gone wrong with it.

Although we aren’t likely to be able to repair the radio as the parts will no longer be available, we will of course contact the recipient and offer them one of our newer models.

BWBF’s IT Administrator Dave Beard said: “It was a surprise to find this set in the post yesterday morning but it just goes to show how well made our radios are.

“The sets we issue now are made to stand the test of time and are designed to be used regularly – and this one is proof of that.

“We are very proud of our relationship with Roberts.”



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