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I hope this site has stirred memories about late 60’s early 70’s vintage Radio, Television and Audio. Maybe childhood memories of your parents getting their first TV, perhaps memories of renting or buying your first set, or perhaps even your days working in the trade.

Maybe you found one of the technical articles or stock faults of use in one of your own repairs. Perhaps there is something missing you would like to see. Whatever stimulated your grey cells, If you enjoyed this site found its content left you all misty eyed, then please leave a comment as it would be very welcome.

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David Armstead David Armstead from Ramsgate wrote on January 29, 2018 at 4:10 pm:
Any one know what happened to Colin Turner, Thorn TLO in the 70's ?
Steve Webb Steve Webb from Birmingham wrote on January 11, 2018 at 8:55 am:
Hi Chris 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 again Steve Webb
Admin Reply:
Hi Steve, Thanks for your post and bio on the guestbook, I'm also pleased to see you've now taken the plunge and joined us as a member. I Look forward to more of your contributions.
abctelevision abctelevision from wigan wrote on December 21, 2017 at 3:05 pm:
Hi Chris, 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!
Admin Reply:
Hi ABC thanks for the tip I'll give it a try later. Shame you've not decided to join us, you would be most welcome.
dave finan dave finan from wigan wrote on December 8, 2017 at 6:32 pm:
Hi Chris, 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.
Admin Reply:
Hi Dave, Thanks for your input and yes I came to the same conclusion as yourself about them having lead a hard 24/7/365 life. I hadn't considered the 2020 date but yes, that's a very valid point. As you say the seller is offering refunds so that's good. Shame as I really liked it and it would have transformed and simplified my analogue network for a while. Hey-ho! all fun and games.
Mike Kelly Mike Kelly wrote on August 22, 2017 at 12:45 am:
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!)
Admin Reply:
Thanks for dropping by Mike and leaving your comment. Rumbelows, now there's a name from the past, once bigger than Dixons, Currys and Comet. I was surprised to find that Radio Rentals bought a chain called "Fred Dawes" it was an established chain of television and radio rental shops in the 1950s. In 1969, the business was bought by Radio Rentals. All 90 of the Fred Dawes high street stores became electrical retailers instead, and were renamed Rumbelows. You had some of the best years in the trade with many exciting advances in TV/video technology, hope you have a great retirement Mike.
CES CES wrote on April 28, 2017 at 3:01 pm:
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.
Admin Reply:
Hi CES, many thanks for comments, glad you found the site interesting
Rob Rob wrote on December 24, 2016 at 3:31 pm:
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
Admin Reply:
Hi Rob, Thanks for your kind comments, very pleased you enjoyed the site. Also thanks for the service data on the F.T and the replacement Rediffusion badge. I've managed to get a couple of F.T units so should be able to progress with the CH2213.
Mick curtis Mick curtis wrote on October 8, 2016 at 2:05 pm:
Brilliant site thanks for the nostalgic trip I was a manager for RR for about 10 years
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the thumbs up Mick, its appreciated. Also glad it brought back some memories, hopefully all good ones. You worked for a great outfit, Radio Rentals was a big player back in those days and as I've often remarked to others the 700 series early colour chassis is a marvel. If you've not seen my repair of the 1967 M702 you might be interested to see it.
john john wrote on October 1, 2016 at 11:37 pm:
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
Admin Reply:
Hi John, Very pleased you have found your way to the home of vintage television. Slowly but surely the ex TV trade engineers are finding their way here. You will find many kindred spirits from all sections of the trade, sharing all sorts of stories and offering hints and tips to those who collect and maintain these great old TV's. Folk like yourself who worked for Rediffusion, Radio Rentals, D|E|R, Visionhire, Thorn, Philips to name but a few. Many of us collect and repair these old sets back to working order. You will find many of the TV's you probably had out on rental in my collection pages, in various states of repair. Look forward to you sharing your experiences.
Paul Paul wrote on August 28, 2016 at 6:39 am:
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.
Admin Reply:
Hi Paul Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment its nice to receive them and to know others find the content interesting. I wish I could find one of the smaller colour sets like the 8472 your family had. Sadly Radio Rentals has a policy of destroying older sets after a certain time. This fact has been confirmed to me by a couple of RR dealers/employees. Therefore very little survives to this day. Thankfully a few escaped but they are very rare now. I have three in the collection but are the much larger consoles, including one of the very first offered for sale/rent a the launch of colour in 1967.
Mark Dunstan Mark Dunstan wrote on July 6, 2016 at 4:07 pm:
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
Steve Steve wrote on May 14, 2016 at 11:13 am:
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
Eric Eric wrote on May 8, 2016 at 11:12 am:
Hi had 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 Eric
Admin Reply:
Hi Eric, Glad you found the site and thanks for the positive comments, they are very much appreciated.
Trevor Goodenough Trevor Goodenough wrote on May 7, 2016 at 4:47 pm:
Hi. This site is as good as it always was, full of a lot of excellent info. One thing though I have been looking for is the Minimalistic Superhet Radio project that was on the forum a few years back. I was under the impression it was to be published here in its entirety. As I've lots of time for projects due to a recent Heart operation and other further surgery I would have liked to contribute with the construction of a single valve FM set. Purely Minimalistic!
Admin Reply:
Hi Trevor, The minimalist Superhet Radio project was on the old VRAT forum which is now closed. As you may recall the project kicked off in September 2013, active member participation in the project ended around January 2014. At the time I asked for a volunteer to help write the article for this site as radio is not my thing, and I was not involved in the project, nobody offered to help. Thereafter the thread generated very little interest, attracting only two posts in the whole of 2015, both made in early January. A few chassis' were built but as far as I'm aware only one person completed the project to include cabinet. In January 2015 the Radios-TV web-site underwent a complete rebuild and 2016 the VRAT forum closed . With that in mind and the lack of interest in the project, the idea to include the project as a featured article here was dropped with no plans to resurrect it. The project is still available for people to read on the old forum which now acts as our "Archive". People can still have a go if the inclination is there, so all is not lost.
jim jim wrote on March 20, 2016 at 1:08 am:
Superb tv industry site, started in service shop for traders only in Cardiff back in 88. flat screens and medical physics repair tech these days. Renovate old wireless sets 1900 to 1980 weekends for private shop in town to keep my hand in. Still enjoy fault finding and the repair with soak test. Yes got the amateur radio bug along the way like so many tv repairers to. 73s all, Jim GW0WGN.
safgrantham safgrantham wrote on March 1, 2016 at 8:46 am:
Hi Frank, I did 43yrs in the trade still enjoy the work, have retired now but still do a bit, but I intend to get my 9" Bush going which has been in my attic for the last 10yrs going. When I put it up there it was still working and is only band 1 never converted to band 3. My call sign is G6IPW got my licence in 1982. regards Stephen
elsie elsie wrote on December 7, 2015 at 1:13 pm:
hi Frank I have just discovered this site and found your post. I was licensed back n 1977 as G80HW and later became M0BFO! Regards 73 etc Ian
elsie elsie wrote on December 7, 2015 at 6:49 am:
Exactly! 60" OLED still in use in 50 years i dont think any will be in use for a start no one will have any interest in whats in side or have any idea how to fix em...
elsie elsie wrote on December 4, 2015 at 1:20 pm:
I have just found this site and am nearly reduced to tears looking back at some of the old tellies we loved and some we hated... I started work at the local CO-OP as an apprentice in 1977 and enjoyed every second. I miss it so much and engineers now sadly no longer with us... Currently working in the medical sector my fellow engineers think im mad just because I have test card C on my monitor, most don't know what it is or what it is for. Fav tellies were Bush T20 and Fergi 3 and half thousands!
Admin Reply:
Hi, Thank you for your comments. I'm pleased to know that this website has stirred fond memories of the good old days of early colour television. You are not alone in your interest as there are many kindred folk and ex trade engineers still with us here at Radios-TV. As you can see from my collection many of these sets have been repaired and continue to give superb service almost 50 years later. I often wonder what the design engineers would think if they knew the sets they designed, would still be appreciated and used in the 21st Century. OK some love their 60" OLED flat panels and good luck to them, me? Nothing beats sitting by the fire in front of a 25" CTV at Christmas, watching a Morecambe & Wise special with a few nibbles.
Catkins Catkins wrote on October 20, 2015 at 4:22 am:
There seems to be a lot of ex-repairs engineers on this site. Your post has piqued one of my long running questions, "what killed the repairs industry"? My assumption has always been it was increasing reliability of sets coupled with increasing integration (so to repair a tv meant replacing the entire logic board which wasn't economical). It would be interesting to hear the real reasons from the horses mouth so to speak. A little bit of background may be of interest. I got interested in the electronics of radios/tvs as a child in the late 70s. At that time in my small town there was a well known TV repair man, and there were others in the other towns nearby. I must have been the typical annoying kid asking him lots of questions. I got lots of bits off a retired repairman I got to know too at the time (pester is more likely the word). Fast forward a couple of years to 1984 when I got to the age when I was thinking about what to do to earn a living. Repairing TVs etc seemed an interesting thing to do, and it was then I looked around and discovered all the repair shops had simply disappeared. As usual I was busily getting on with life during that time and I'd not noticed, and so I still don't know when in the interval from ~1979 - 1984 it happened. Having noticed this we (my brother and myself) during the summer holidays of 1984 put an ad in the local paper offering to repair valve radios, in hindsight a silly thing to do, and probably breaking lots of regulations (but we were young and didn't know any of that). It was very successful especially because being naive we only asked asked for a bit more than cost price. As usual things went pear shaped due to us being well meaning in a again naive way. We got a set which needed the power section to be extensively reworked due to the lack of suitable replacement parts. The reworked power section worked perfectly, but we naively left the original circuit in place disconnected (so the set could be put back to the original design when/if the parts became available). The owner seeing the disconnected parts reconnected them somehow, blew the set up and that was the end of our repair adventures.

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