Pye Telecom History
    75+ years history in radio communications

Pye Radio Ltd evolved into;
  Pye Ltd, Pye Telecom, Philips RCS,
Philips Telecom-PMR, Simoco International,
Sepura PLC, Team Simoco Group
The virtual museum of Pye Telecom, Cambridge, England

The Pye Telecom Historic Collection material formed the internal museum of Pye Telecommunications Ltd

Introduction to the History of Pye Telecom

This web site is dedicated to the people who worked for Pye Ltd, Pye Telecom, Philips Radio Communication Systems, Simoco International, Sepura PLC, Team Simoco Group and related Pye radio communications companies from 1939 to the present day.

The objective is to research, document and celebrate the history and product related technical achievements in radio communications of Pye Telecommunications Ltd. of Cambridge, England, its forerunners and successors.  Over more than a 75 year period the radio communications activities of the Pye Group was known as Pye Ltd, Pye Telecommunications, Philips Radio Communications Systems (PRCS), Philips Telecom-PMR,  Simoco International Ltd, Sepura PLC and Team Simoco Group.

The Pye Telecom Historic Collection material was the Company's own museum collection of radio communications equipment which until 2002 was exhibited at the Pye/Philips/Simoco buildings at St. Andrews Road, Cambridge, England.
The core time period of Pye in radio communications is from 1939 to 2002 although some parts of the company such as Sepura PLC and Team Simoco Group have continued to be leading companies in the field of radio communications to the present day.

The story of Pye in radio communications began in early 1939 with the involvement of Pye Ltd in the development of Coastal Defence (CD) radar for the Army and airborne radar for the RAF.  In 1940 Pye began work on
wireless equipment for the Army and did pioneering work on the artillery proximity fuze.  Post World War 2 Pye progressed smoothly into the development of the commercial Private Mobile Radio (PMR) industry (known as Land Mobile Radio (LMR) in the United States) using analogue transmission and 50 years later into the digital communications of today which use the Tetra system and TCP/IP protocols etc.

Grateful acknowledgments are due to the former management and staff of Simoco Radio Ltd of Derby (formerly Mobicom Ltd)  for allowing much of the material from the Pye Telecom Historic Collection to be saved in 2002.  Donations of various equipment and documents from various donors are also gratefully acknowledged and listed in a separate web page on this site.

The company names and logos for Pye Radio Ltd, Pye Ltd, Pye Telecommunications Ltd, Philips, Philips RCS and Philips Telecom-PMR, referred to on this web site, are or have been, the registered trademarks of Philips Electronics UK Ltd.  From 1996 to 2002 the Simoco name and logo was the registered trademark of Simoco International Ltd.  Sepura is a registered trademark of Sepura PLC.  Team Simoco Group is the registered trademark of Team Telecom Group.

Policewoman using a Pye PF85 portable
                            two-way radio

Policewoman using Pye PF85 portable two-way radio
Contact information:  pthc1  [at]  pyetelecomhistory . org ( re-type and remove all  the  spaces )
Please note:-  The Pye Telecom Historic Equipment collection does not have any information on Pye or Philips domestic broadcast radio, television or audio equipment.

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