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This radio dates back to about 1993. It is one of the earliest wind-up radios made by Baygen. I was slightly involved in the design of the winding handle and was given this one as a memento! It uses a big spring that is wound by hand which gives it about 15 minutes playing time before another winding is needed. Subsequent models didn't use the spring, but generated power to rechargeable batteries. This one, therefore can be considered a prototype and is quite rare. The condition is mint. Everything works the way it should, the radio receives on FM, AM and SW bands. You can read a bit of history here: In 1991, inventor Trevor Bayliss was watching a television programme which covered the spread of the disease Aids in Africa, exacerbated by the difficulty in educating the population who had no access to radio or television. With many of the population without mains electricity and too isolated to even use batteries for a radio, Trevor Bayliss came up with the idea for a clockwork powered radio. A clockwork mechanism is used to drive a small generator, pushing out maybe 50 or so milliwatts which is just sufficient to power a usable radio with sufficient volume to be heard by a group of people. His first prototype ran for about 15 minutes between re-winds ; however, despite appearing on a popular B.B.C. science program "Tomorrows World", UK backing did not materialise so the first production clockwork radios, the "Freeplay", were manufactured in Cape Town, South Africa.
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