Patterson Radio Company - Los Angeles, California

I currently have a PR-10 and rare matching Pre-Selector, a PR-16 and a Pierson Delaine PR-15.

California was home to a number of manufacturers of communications receivers in the 1930's. Names such as Gillfillan Brothers, Patterson, Sargent and the Breting Radio Manufacturing Company in Los Angeles, California were some of the better known companies. Emmitt Patterson started the Patterson Electric in 1919. The chief engineer was Ray Gudie who also designed the Breting receivers. Ray Gudie left Patterson during the design of the PR-12, Karl Pierson joined the company in 1934 and was instrumental in the design of the PR-15 and PR-16 receivers. Patterson built receivers from 1935-1940. The Patterson receivers were high end receivers with high tube counts, chrome chassis', crystal filters and many other features not available on Hallicrafters and National radios of the same vintage. All the Patterson chassis' were manufactured in the Gillfillan plants. Patterson went out of business in 1939.

PR-10

 

Frequency Range: 540 kHz to 21 MHz

Number of Tubes: 10

Years Built: 1933-1934

Original Price:$70.25

Other comments:

Schematic: PR-10


 

 

 

 

PR-12

 

Frequency Range: 550 kHz to 32 MHz

Number of Tubes: 12

Years Built: 1934-1935

Original Price: $83.70 ($89.70 with Crystal)

Other comments:

Schematic: N/A



PR-15

 

Frequency Range: 550 kHz to 30 MHz

Number of Tubes: 15

Years Built: 1937-1939

Original Price: $109.50

Other comments:

Schematic: N/A


PR-16

 

Frequency Range: 550 kHz to 32 MHz

Number of Tubes: 16

Years Built: 1935-1936

Original Price: $89.70

Other comments:

Schematic:

PR-16

PR-16-2


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Deluxe 16

 

Frequency Range: 550 kHz to 37 MHz

Number of Tubes: 16

Years Built: 1935-1936

Original Price: $69.50

Other comments:

Schematic: N/A




Pierson Delane PR-15

 

Frequency Range: 550 kHz to 30 MHz

Number of Tubes: 15

Years Built: 1937-1939

Original Price: $109.50

Other comments: Same as Patterson PR-15 with minor design changes

Schematic: N/A




Here are a few 1930's pictures of stations using the Patterson PR-10 receiver.

The first is W8DUV who was the uncle of my friend Bob, K7ZB. This station picture is from his station in Ohio taken in the mid 1930's. He not only has the PR-10,  but he also has the now a days rare preselector.





The second picture is W4IR. Year unknown but it looks to be the 1930's





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