D|E|R Service “The Best”

Submitted By Guest: Malcolm Page I was a mobile Repair Man for DER out of the Maidstone Office 1961–1963 we were give a Ford 5cwt Van 100e engine in Bright Red livery and after 6 months upgraded to a brand new Anglia Van. I had a huge area to cover. This was defined as Maidstone …

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The one that got away

Submitted By Member Nuvistor Reading on UKVRRR about multi path problems with FM reminded me of a similar situation. This was in the 1970s, and we had installed a decent Hacker radio record player, I think a GAR500 or similar. A 3 element FM aerial was also supplied. The problem started on a wet, misty …

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Technical information

Submitted By Member : Sundog I worked for a small TV repair company with just 3 engineers. Profitability was falling it became apparent that the TV repair landscape was changing, so I (voluntarily)looked for a job. I think they were sorry to see me go because I was the ‘lookup table’ for faults, for any …

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The Line Output Stage

Submitted By Member : Sundog Where I worked, there were about 20 engineers spread over 3 workshops. As an apprentice, I was always asking questions. Most of the engineers would either answer or say speak to so-and-so as he can explain it better than me. Well I soon learned who knew their stuff and who …

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The map

Submitted By Member : Sundog I did a house call that just required taking off the set’s back and replacing a valve, I can’t remember the fault, but it was a simple 5-minute job. The customer, impressed, said I was much better than the last engineer who called. “He took ages to do the repair, …

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Tales of a newly qualified young engineer.

Submitted By Member: Chas Large Having achieved my C&G 222 Radio, TV and Electronics certification, I went on to night school for the additional Colour certification. I really enjoyed that. I was at the time employed as a field engineer for a little TV rental shop in a market town in Buckinghamshire, clue here; it …

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Tales of a Radio Rentals Van Boy

Submitted By Member: Chas Large I started with Radio Rentals in 1971. The job was found for me by my mother who telephoned the local branch where we had rented a set for many years, and I had always been interested each time the engineer had called to fix it, which was quite often. I …

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Sanyo SMD

Submitted By Dr Neil A Mallett After years of occasional TX90, TX100 and the odd Philips repair, the hospital where I worked decided to buy some Sanyo sets. Within days of warranty passing, these sets started to fail with PSU problems. These were the first tv’s I’d seen with hybrid devices, both through hole and …

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Disastrous Company Rebranding

Submitted By Member: WayneD Back in 2001 I worked for the cable TV company Telewest (later bought by Virgin Media). There were a lot of things happening in the industry during this time, Sky was switching off it’s analogue Astra satellite service, Telewest themselves had stopped installing new analogue cable boxes to customers, interactive services …

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Memories Of The TV Trade

Submitted By Member: rbmt20a I started in the television trade in 1968, leaving school on a Friday and starting work the following Monday. At that time I had no particular interest in electronics; it was just a job and a way in which I could help my family as another wage earner. However I soon …

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