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Humber888 24th Jan 2017 5:25 pm

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Thank you to Glyn (WelshAnorak) for the Revox shorting plug he dug out for me. Much appreciated.

Mike G4AHT

Phil G4SPZ 30th Jan 2017 12:47 am

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Thanks to Andy G6FGO ('Scimitar') for the GP charger for prismatic cells, received last September and just fixed! :wave:

Reelman 30th Jan 2017 2:45 am

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Many thanks to Rob Lines for allowing a few of us to relieve him of his "round tuition" pile and transfer it to ours.
Very best wishes for the future medical attention, hope you make a full and quick recovery!

Phil G4SPZ 30th Jan 2017 5:46 pm

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Grateful thanks on behalf of the Black Country Living Museum go to David, a.k.a. Forum member 'davidw' for donating, completely FOC and without postage charges, a three-pointed star to replace the one missing from the speaker fret of our restored 1933 Murphy A4. I thought these stars were made of Unobtanium, but David has kindly proved that they're only as rare as Hen's Teeth and which, fortunately for us, he was willing to give away! Many thanks David, you've been most helpful.

electronicskip 31st Jan 2017 9:56 pm

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A big thank you to Station X for the Storno Transreceiver Kit.
So well packed!!!
Thank you

Miguel Lopez 3rd Feb 2017 2:53 pm

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Thanks to merlinmaxwell for sending me a couple of WWVB receivers to be used in my experiments on digital clocks.

Nymrod121 4th Feb 2017 5:33 pm

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Many thanks to Greg Simons for arranging collection of 3 x spares-or-repair VCRs at very short notice - Mrs Nymrod was well pleased with the dining room looking less cluttered. Problem is, she hasn't been into the garage this afternoon so the Tektronix 521 Vectorscope you gave me has not been spotted yet - !! 8-o Thanks for this item; it was a pleasure meeting you & I thoroughly enjoyed our natter. Looking forward to seeing/hearing the Austin when the weather improves.

greg_simons 4th Feb 2017 6:37 pm

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Many thanks to nymrod121 for the philips vcr's and the grand tour of the garage!, very much appreciated.

Miguel Lopez 6th Feb 2017 10:54 pm

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A huge "THANKS" to Andy (aka. Dr Wobble) for sending me a lot of bits for my experiments on electronics. :thumbsup:

Paul Stenning 15th Feb 2017 12:55 pm

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A nice letter from Oakhaven Hospice today. Obviously it's standard text apart from the first sentence but still good of them to send a thank you letter (a lot of charities don't bother).

This is for the four lots sold in the recent BVWS auction, a couple of items sold on here and a couple of personal donations I received. Thanks all.

Skywave 15th Feb 2017 3:25 pm

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My sincere thanks to m0cemdave for the PTFE feed-throughs which arrived today, Feb. 15th. :clap: Hopefully, one day I can repay your generosity.


Skywave 18th Feb 2017 12:08 am

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My grateful thanks to Symon, Philips20, for the gratis BFR96 transistors. There were a real help in resolving a question about defective / fake / mis-labelled transistors.


G4_Pete 20th Feb 2017 10:52 am

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I have followed some of the debates recently on advice to newcomers on this board. Whilst I cannot claim to be a "newbie" ,having worked in and around industrial electronics most of my life, I had not restored domestic radios until after joining this forum in early 2014.

As a way of thanks and to give feedback I have listed all the things I have learnt, or re-learnt, that have specifically helped me restore various radios over the last few years.

In the order they come to mind without elaborating on the detail or persons that gave the advice they include:

1. Take time to build a frame to hold a chassis upside down when working on it.
2. Capacitor reforming and why you do not apply mains power to an old set to "see if it works"
3. Lamp limiters – When to use of and construction of.
4. IF Transformers - Do Not Touch
5. VHF Discriminators NEVER Touch.
6. Alignment of above can be done but needs test equipment and specific procedures.
7. Voltages on service sheets are a guide and may have been modified by meter loading. ( Ohms per volt loading)
8. Replacing components – It is ok to snip and join rather than try to unravel delicate valve base tags.
9. Capacitive droppers for heaters.
10. Fake/sub standard Components - 2N3055's in particular.
11. Live chassis sets precautions /repair implications and why they were designed with no protruding screws on the knobs.
12. Leaky capacitors and in particular Triode anode to Pentode grid coupling in audio output stages.
13. Leaky switch wafers bleeding HT into AGC lines - probably would never have found that on my own!
14. Plus all the bits that I have generously been given or purchased at reasonable prices.

So thank you to all for advice and comments which have enhanced my knowledge and enabled me to confidently switch on my radios knowing they will perform fairly closly to how they did when new.


Tyso_Bl 24th Feb 2017 9:47 pm

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Thank you to Pete G4AAW for the set of B40 coils he sent me so that I can experiment with coverage modification without desttroying the radio.


AC/HL 25th Feb 2017 3:10 am

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Also to Pete G4AAW for the Patchett radio servicing book, amongst a selection recently offered.

Phil G4SPZ 3rd Mar 2017 12:10 pm

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Grateful thanks to my generous friend Jim Medley for the Avo 8 and Megger, both in good working order. Jim also covered the cost of delivery by courier. Top man! The next lunch is definitely on me :wave:

Nymrod121 3rd Mar 2017 12:41 pm

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Many thanks to Hugh (Stockden) for sending the 7xxx bezel for my 7613. The standard of packaging was first-class ... without doubt, a lot of thought and care was put into this :clap:

HamishBoxer 11th Mar 2017 6:45 pm

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Thank you to MerlinMaxwell for the cable,this will be ideal for my long 160M dipole.

Very kind indeed.


G4XWDJim 13th Mar 2017 1:30 pm

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Thank you to Ray (Bigclick) for the gift of the guitar amplifier cabinet, a welcoming cup of tea and an interesting chat.


HamishBoxer 13th Mar 2017 4:27 pm

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Many thanks to JoshWard for the Sony aerial. I have only ever seen pictures prior to arrival.

Regards, David.

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