Welcome to the home of British Early Colour Television, here you will find a wealth of information at your fingertips relating to early colour TV’s. If you’re looking to find a set from your past, doing some research or in the process of repairing a set and need help, Radios-TV is the place to start. So let your fingers do the clicking.
What Can you Expect?
I’m going to provide a look back in time at these wonderful sets, looking at the exciting period of change that took place in our living rooms right before our eyes. I hope to also help the younger generations understand our early colour TV heritage. This sites aim is to inform and provide a record of what sets were available so there are no mistaking 80’s TV’s for early first generation colour sets. I will be mainly covering the first decade 1967 – 1977 but it may stray into the early 80’s.
Background and Facts
1967 was the year colour launched in the UK, to read more about that, click here. This site will provide a glimpse of what early CRT Colour TVs were like and what was on offer to the UK market when Colour TV was new and very expensive. Plenty of period articles on individual set features and costs, also information provided to the trade on how to gear up ready for the launch. You will find many period brochures to browse through and fascinating articles. What’s more along with my early colour television collection which are in various states of repair. These include sets such as Baird, Decca, Bush, GEC, HMV & Ferguson to name but a few, you will be able to get up close and personal with them. Rather than just fancy from shots you get to see inside and watch over the shoulder as they undergo repair.
Repairs and Servicing
The TV’s in my collection are in the process of being repaired to working order, I hasten to add I prefer to repair rather than rip out all the old components many of which are still functioning well within tolerance. I replace only where necessary, there are no blanket changes. They are maintained on a fix-on-fail basis and you can follow the ups and downs as they are brought back to life in the workshop.
You will find hints and tips for certain models and plenty of technical articles all designed to assist you with repairs. As you will see I have a fondness for the BRC/Thorn chassis’ especially the 3000/3500 but there are plenty of other early British CTV models to tickle your interest. Along with stock faults for many popular models, fault finding guides and set up techniques.
There are many ex trade service engineer stories of “daring do” in the Trade Tales section of this site. You will also find there are Vintage Radio & Television Forums on offer, here you will find many members discussing and tackling various projects.
All in all a wealth of vintage information at your finger tips, I hope a one stop unique experience. So step on in, leave the modern throw-away world behind, travel back in time to a vintage world of repair and enjoy Radios-TV “The Home Of Early Colour Television”.