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Bath-time restoration
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April 7, 2017
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This has to be the most simple "restoration" project so far. So simple in fact, that I completed it in the bathroom.

I bought a Roberts Rambler radio from ebay for £15 and all I had to do was to fit a PP9 battery for perfect bath-time listening.

 A trifle boring perhaps, so I doubt I will me making a big splash with this post.

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April 8, 2017
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I used one these in my bathroom for many years. The vinyl covering gave it just enough protection from splashes:

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April 8, 2017
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Does it get a cleaner signal in the bathroom ?grin_gif

I've had a few Roberts type sets over the years and they've been the same as yours "shove a battery in and listen" plus the the odd dirty pot to clean.

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April 8, 2017
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marc said
Does it get a cleaner signal in the bathroom ?grin_gif

The signals are great, and I'm not soft-soaping you. smile

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April 8, 2017
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It might make a big splash if it falls in the bath!

Looks a nice little radio, I saw one at the Newark antiques fair last week, it was playing away merrily on a seller's stand, I didn't ask how much, as I thought maybe it wasn't for sale, since they were actually using it!

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April 9, 2017
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Although the radio worked ok, I found that Radio 4 once tuned, could be heard the whole of the waveband from 198khz onwards, a lesser effect was on MW too.

So, I found the service data and checked the alignment. The IF was miles out. RF alignment was not too far out though.

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April 11, 2017
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The good thing is, at the moment the PP9 batteries are still available, albeit on an on-line auction site but I'm sure many other places too.

Back in 1986, I bought a new Roberts RFM3 from John Lewis in Peterborough. The battery then was 46p.

I never thought I would be paying nearly six quid for one today !

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April 11, 2017
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PYE625 said
The good thing is, at the moment the PP9 batteries are still available, albeit on an on-line auction site but I'm sure many other places too.

Mod's note: you CAN say 'eBay' - there's no need for this silly coded language. Look! My keyboard hasn't blown my fingers off, nor is Chris descending upon Cathovisor Towers with bolt croppers to cut them off either!

We don't have a problem with it - just, please, don't post links about items for sale.

p.s. Ever Ready/Eveready ones are £4.70 from CPC... wink

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April 11, 2017
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I'm trying to avoid saying ebay too often because they don't need any more publicity. I seem to mention them in every other post ! 

I use it a lot because it's convenient for me, but there are many other places to obtain parts like CPC, RS, Farnell, Maplin etc.

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April 11, 2017
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PYE625 said
The good thing is, at the moment the PP9 batteries are still available, albeit on an on-line auction site but I'm sure many other places too.

I perhaps should have just said "purchased on-line".

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April 12, 2017
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I'm sure Wilko's have PP9's, and they were not too expensive last time I bought some, Probably gone up a bit in price since then though!

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Lloyd said
I'm sure Wilko's have PP9's, and they were not too expensive last time I bought some, Probably gone up a bit in price since then though!

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Lloyd.  

They do sell Eveready PP9 batteries at Wilkos and at the moment they are £3.49 each.

Marc.

April 12, 2017
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marc said

They do sell Eveready PP9 batteries at Wilkos and at the moment they are £3.49 each.

Marc.  

Indeed they do, though our local (Selby) tends only to keep one or two at a time, so you need to pounce at them on sight!

Alternatively, there are plenty of 'PP9 replacement packs' - A six cell caddy containing AAs and with press-stud connectors, also available 'on the bay'...

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I've found myself one of these little radio's yesterday, so I'll do a little write up and some photo's of it later on. Only cost £6.50, and it works too!

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Lloyd

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