Historical information

After the 1939 bushfires, the Forests Commission invested heavily in a radically new communications network. After suffering some inevitable delays due to the War, radio VL3AA switched into full operation in October 1945 proudly beaming out 200 watts across the State.
The communication systems were regarded at the time to be more technically advanced than the police and the military.
Pye-Electronic Pty Ltd (which had taken over Radio Corporation after the war) decided to design a transceiver to replace the RC16B.
Designated the TRP-1, it was considerably lighter and used less power than the earlier RC16B while offering similar or better performance.
This radio was used in the Mt Wombat fire tower which overlooks the Strathbogie Ranges and surrounding farmland.

Physical description

Portable Radio PYE TRP-1.