Fantastic ! i really love being a member , i could watch Crusty all day !. Thank you for letting me join , so much to learn but i love it .
Hi! Thanks for letting me join! I'm Andrew, a self employed TV engineer... am now working from home for the time being during this Covid 19 period. Getting on with those repairs left over before the lockdown... I've done a few old record players, some solid state amps and now currently restoring one of my own... a Ferranti A1016 from 1957 I think!
hi everybody i was wandering if there was any classes for amateur radio repairs tuition like gerry wells used to do at the bvws i live near hitchin but can travel thanks for reading message regards frank shaw
Dear FriendsI have not dipped into the Forum for quite a while and the first thing I stumbled across was the Brian Cuff Memorial Archive and the introduction which said so much about the dear man whom we all loved, admired and have so many reasons to be thankful for his generosity, curiosity, humour and all round kindness. The family miss him so much, as you all do, but it is wonderful to know that the knowledge and passion that he had for the hobby you shared lives on in the entries in this Forum. The modest gentleman that he was would be so proud. For the family he will always be with us, influencing our lives and I am pleased to say that the children and grandchildren are thriving as he would want. When we are all together, he is here with us, and not only as we toast his memory, as we often do.So, thank you for giving him this special place in the Forum. How well I remember him coming in from the workshops and settling down in front of the computer (yes, with that glass of red wine) to give a detailed report on progress on whatever he was working on at the time. It is wonderful to know that all that information has this permanent record here. My good wishes to you all. Kind regards Sarah
I came across this site and it made interesting reading, brought back memories. In the late 50s I borrowed a Grunther CRT reactiveater for a 'moonlight' job I was doing, the tv had a Brimar tube in it, you had to turn off room lights and draw curtains to even see anything on screen. The reactiveator worked first class, customer thought it was a new set!I made one of these for my own use, then a few years later, in the 60s, I made 3 of them for our engineers to bring up colour tubes, our employer was a main Ekco dealer, lots of Mazda crts. I built them in old transistor radio cases, with 3 15 watt coloured pigmy lamps, one for each gun, they worked a treat, saved a fortune in replacing tubes in rental sets. Those were the days.
Any one know what happened to Colin Turner, Thorn TLO in the 70's ?
I Recently found your site and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the contributions thereof.
I started work in 1969 as a trainee engineer at Visionhire In Birmingham. Colour TV transmissions had just started on ITV and BBC1, Colour on BBC2 had already been with us for two years. I did not take readily to the culture of Visionhire and I left after two years to join Radio Rentals, again In the Birmingham area. Here I stayed for the next eleven years and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I have particularly enjoyed reading the contributions about Radio Rentals and the TVs we worked on. Experience in the TV trade certainly honed my 'people skills' too. They were great days and in these days of process and cost driven management, those memories are like a breath of fresh air.In early 1982, I left the receiver trade and started life in the TV and radio transmission business. At BT I was involved with program video and sound distribution for TV and Radio. Later I joined the IBA, an organisation contracted to transmit radio and television programs from the many transmission sites around our country. So in just over forty years I moved from the receiver to the transmitter and I retired when analogue TV was switched off. You could say then that TV has always been In my blood and the PAL system I 625 line system has certainly served me very well. Indeed I had to smile when one of the transmission guys with whom I worked whilst on a transmission site looked at me quizzically and said 'you always look at things from the receiver point of view don't you?' Well I would wouldn't I! I found the work very interesting and what always stuck me was the fact that you never stopped learning.Thanks againSteve Webb
I keep thinking to get around joining this forum but I never do!
As a quick fix.
The multiview T35 resetting can be resolved by setting the teletext mode to " live teletext" on all 5 channels. Of course after doing the upgrade you could try the live EPG!
I think its the data in the EPG that causes the box to crash then reset!
I read with interest on your forum about the multiview 5 channel analogue modulators and all the faults.
I bought the other type A2B multibox 6t for a third of the asking price. Needless to say it didn't work. I did get 3 channels on it but 3 modulators would only give blank screens. The seller has kindly offered a refund.
I think the reason why they have been "pulled" is because they are faulty. These units will have been on 24/7 for many years, another point to
consider is by 2020 they will probably be obsolete just like ON Digital boxes when we move over HD only tv.
Yes Chris my post was rude and high handed, for which I apologise, but if you had ever seen the effects of connecting an earthed scope probe to mains live you might think differently.Re posting a warning, it really needs to be iterated every time mention is made of connecting earthed instruments to live chassis equipment.I have no wish for a feud to exist between us so am offering an olive branch.Al
https://www.radios-tv.co.uk/community/black-white-tvs/oh-dear-what-have-i-let-myself-in-for-marconi-vrc54a/paged/2/#post-9355I find it incredulous that both you and Marion have suggested the connection of normally earthed scopes and frequency counters to a TV chassis without first ensuring that it is fully mains isolated. Even if the set in question does have isolation the vast majority don't and to suggest such such a practice without discussing the safety issues is potentially dangerous. Since neither of you as admins/mods noticed this I have to seriously question your competence to run this forum. Keep in mind that this thread is in a public area for all to read.
Like others, I found the site by accident. I started my career in 1969 as a Rumbelows trainee engineer shortly before colour on BBC and ITV started. They were exciting times, but as a trainee I was mainly mending steam irons and toasters. Progressed onto radios, tape recorders, B/W TV's and finally Colour TV. Went in to management of workshops and finally left that side of the trade in 1991 when I went to work for an insurance company that covered domestic appliances. I retired at the end of July this year. 48 years in the trade and enjoyed every minute (and got paid too!)
Trolling through the Internet and came across your site, like many, it brought back many memories.
Had an apprentice with CES and serviced/repaired all products from Cassette Players, Radios to CTV. Fantastic place to work and very professional.
Went on to Philips Business Systems (first Word Processors), Motorola 8080 Processors and Qume Printers!
Great and interesting site. Big smile.
Hello,First of all, many congratulations on your fantastic site which - like a previous poster - I also stumbled upon by accident. As someone who was heavilly involved with Rediffusion during the 1970's & 80's, it certainly revived a lot of memories for me.I read with great interest your article on the Rediffusion Mk.1 CH2213. Clearly, we share a determination to keep alive the Rediffusion name and the great TV's that were maufactured by them.You may be interested to know that I purchsed a quantity of Frequency Translators and MK.3 Conversion kits from Rediffusion Service Spares in Rochdale, prior to it's closure in 1987. At that time my family owned a leasing company that supplied HF Cable versions of RCE sets to hotels & the TV industry. These included the MK.1, MK.3, Mk.3A and the MK4 Cable-only & MK.4 Hybrid.Like you, I still own a few Rediffusion (& Doric) HF TV's, and I retained a number of these boxes to service those sets that were not, or could not, be converted to UHF working.Generally, I do NOT sell my equipment. However, as you are clearly a dedicated fan of these sets, if you still require a Frequency Translator or any documentation pertaining to it, please contact me.Kind Regards
Brilliant site thanks for the nostalgic trip I was a manager for RR for about 10 years
Well Well Well...who would have thought it, finding this site by accident. I was a TV engineer in the 60s 70s and early 80s...Its good to know there is a site where we can exchange our stories. I never thought that my extensive knowledge on repairing Mono and CTVs would ever be of use again. I worked for Rediffusion, Granada, and several other large retailers. I also
had a secondhand TV business and lots of Meter sets out.....So I have worked on most of the TVs mentioned in these articles... i will keep an eye on the site Thanks
Great site, brings back memories. Good to see the Radio Rentals brochure, as our first colour set was the Baird 8742, delivered during 'Scooby Doo', up and running before the program's end. You could use a small screwdriver to fine-tune the presets through a small hole in the front of each button. It was very reliable, needing few engineer visits, unlike our previous 405/625 black and white sets, and lasted 10 years.
I used to work for the 70s colour vision it changed it name to the colour centre that is where all those oval sets came from
G11 Grundig CUC TFK Nordmende Barco
some used to come every two week to collect sets for transformation used to take about 3 weeks they were expensive at the time
I worked for an independent rental company in the mid 70's, reading the trade tales was a good reminder of those days. I loved it out on the van,15-20 calls a day most if not all fixed in the customers home. Copious amounts of tea and biscuits and they were always pleased to see you because you were going to fix their telly.Steve
Hihad to say thanks for a great website it brought back so many memories. I had no idea these old TV's were still out there or people such as yourself were still maintaining them. Reading through the stock faults had me remembering many of them that I thought I had forgot.It was also good to browse through the brochures and your collection many of which I used to work on, looking at the insides brings it all back as if it were yesterday. I was in the trade when colour launched, it was an exciting time and days were never boring. A few of the older hands not many, hated colour but this was in part due to the transition. I left the trade around 77 you could see the way the job was heading.Happy days