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Beau Decca mirror lid TV set.
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July 15, 2017
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Have measured the HT voltage supplied to the line timebase in the Defiant TR1250 and it is indeed 260volts. This might be higher than other sets of this type because the old metal rectifier was replaced with a silicon diode.

According to the voltage tables for the Philco BT1410, that’s the strange looking “upside down” 9″ set the maximum HT voltage measured on the reservoir capacitor C52B is 250V and on the HT smoothing capacitor C52A is 230volts. Early versions of the Plessey Mark 1 chassis employed an energised loudspeaker which functioned as the smoothing choke. Later Mark 2 sets employ a conventional smoothing choke which might result in the HT voltage being slightly higher. 

In the Beau Decca the timebases draw a current of 180mA when supplied with an HT voltage of 280V. This is too high so I have a special high wattage vitreous enameled 150 ohm resistor to do the job of reducing the HT to the timebases.

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Till Eulenspiegel said
This is too high so I have a special high wattage vitreous enameled 150 ohm resistor to do the job of reducing the HT to the timebases.

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Keep the set warm and dry wink

Frank

July 16, 2017
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Hi Frank,

               Here’s the 150ohm resistor that will be used to reduce the HT supply to the timebases.  100mm long

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Those vitreous enameled resistors are excellent, very reliable.

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July 19, 2017
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The 150 ohm resistor has been inserted in series with the HT supply to the line and frame timebases.

The HT line voltage is now 260V, only slightly above the figure in Mark 1 Plessey receivers.  The picture shift is achieved by altering the position of the scan coils about the CRT neck. The method employed in this set is not entirely satisfactory, made worse because of the difficulties of carrying out adjustments in a mirror view set.

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July 20, 2017
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It’s a nice bright picture.

The picture shift, are the scan coils a ” loose” fit and need wedges to centre the picture, similar to some inline colour CRT’s?

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July 20, 2017
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Hi Frank,

             In fact my statement that the scan coils were adjustable to effect picture shift is incorrect.   It is the focus coil assembly that is adjustable on the neck of the CRT.  The focus assembly is mounted about the neck of the tube by three springs on a metal plate which has  three long screws to set the picture position. 

I’ll post up a close up picture of the CRT neck components.   

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Pictures of the CRT assembly.   The tube is a Mazda CRM121.

 

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OK, perhaps it’s not a particularly exciting part reconstruction but it had to be done.  A new chassis adaptor plate has been made to replace the one that was made for ex-Defiant chassis. The pictures show the new chassis installed in the cabinet.

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I’m absolutely riveted!…. Riveted? Boom, boom!

On second thoughts it’s a good job it’s not riveted, otherwise if you needed to get that adaptor off again, you’d be screwed.doh_gifrolf_gif

Looking at the photo, it would appear that the chassis isn’t massively smaller than the original. Just musing over it, but can’t help asking what would you do if you were to find an original chassis?

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Hi Marion,   no rivets were used during the construction of the new chassis, but I have to confess such things were considered to attach the chassis corner brackets.

In the unlikely event the correct Plessey TV receiver ever turned up it would be fitted in the Beau Decca and the ersatz chassis could then be used for another TV construction project.

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Katie_Bush said
I’m absolutely riveted!…. Riveted? Boom, boom!

On second thoughts it’s a good job it’s not riveted, otherwise if you needed to get that adaptor off again, you’d be screwed.doh_gifrolf_gif

 Aye aye, she’s back on form you know. doh_gif  grin_gif

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