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Old 16th Apr 2019, 1:46 pm   #1
gazzzman212
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Default Another new oldie

Hi everyone!
I have been lurking here on and off for a while
been into electronics for ever LOL
in the TV trade in one form or another for 40 years
I stumbled back in here after a break when I went looking for stories of LLJ and HB
is it "really" that long ago?
if you don't hear or see something you kind of just assume nothing changes.
having very poor eyesight, I don't read much any more.
imagine my surprise to discover "Practical Television" has gone when I looked away :O
we all have favorites right?
so here are mine
for TV it would be the Decca Bradford, and the single standard G6
my favorite radio is an odd bodd the KB "toaster" the National HRO and the National SW54
for projection TV the SVT120 would be the little Gem
for military it would be the CNY-1
if you think I prefer Valves to those little multi legged fuses, then you would be dead right!
oh! I quite liked the VL100M too (but someone had to)
love and peace
Gazzzman
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Old 17th Jun 2019, 12:10 pm   #2
ViperSan
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Hi Gazzzman
Like you I am an ancient TV Engineer with failing eyesight.
Sadly not yet retiremant age so have to continue so as to earn a living.
With reference to Practical TV ..which later became just Television Magazine, the remnants moved online ..
and became Television Magazine Forum ..of which I am a member.
So basically it is now a semi private forum for Techs..requireing a yearly subscription.
If you want an intro I can contact Trevor who runs it.
rgds
VS
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Old 17th Jun 2019, 5:49 pm   #3
John10b
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Default Re: Another new oldie

Hi both, Iím also retired from the world of Radio tv plus industrial electronics.
Iím now just restoring old Dansette Etc in my shed, courtesy of my wife!
I used to subscribe to the tv mag, even when a came back for a short while, but Iím not a subscriber now. I often wonder what itís like serving tv these days?
Cheers
John
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Old 17th Jun 2019, 6:04 pm   #4
ViperSan
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Hmmm.
What is TV servicing like in the 21st century?
Very Very different to what it used to be.
Basic Electronic principles remain the same of course though for the most part we are dealing with low votage systems.
We can exclude Plasma TV and to a large extend LCD with CCFL backlight systems as these too used higher voltages in light or backlight production.
One really has to stay current in all manner of tech to do this.
Most TVs these days are nothing less than computers with built in displays and getting more so with each generation of smart TVs.
Few engineers repair at component level these days which I guess leaves the door open for lesser Engineers or as we like to call them panel swappers.
..and yes I too will go down this route when it is the only economical alternative.
The job is made much much harder as schematics are rarely if ever released into public or repair industry domain.
Spares are also very difficult to obtain also.
All this is of course by design as we move ever further into the throw away world.
In short the manufacturers don't want it repaired they just want you the consumer to dig ever deeper into your pocket discard and replace with new.
Thankfully there are a few like myself who will go to great lengths to thwart their plan and find inovative ways to complete repairs.
I could go an but I think thats enough for the overall picture.
Sadly when I, like my like minded individuals are gone, there will come a time when no-one fixes stuff.
Another reason I joined this forum as there are still individuals dedicated to restoration and repair.
At least for now.
rgds
VS
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Old 17th Jun 2019, 6:57 pm   #5
John10b
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Thanks vs for your interesting reply. I could ask you many questions but I wonít waste your time. After I retired for a few years I didnít want to go near a work bench, but then I started to feel nostalgic and so my wife bought me a shed and Iím very glad she did.
Cheers
John
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Old 18th Jun 2019, 12:48 pm   #6
ViperSan
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No probs John ..
always happy to share knowledge and answer questions if I have time...and I actually have those answers.
lol
Sadly time being at a premium these days ..due to my having to deal with medical issues of my own (MS) ..an ageing mother with dementia...and running what's left of my repair business.
kind rgds
VS
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Old 15th Aug 2019, 11:29 am   #7
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Thanks for reviving old memories! I'm also an ageing engineer, & remember back to the time when just about everything in electronics used valves.

I was also in the Radio & T.V. servicing trade, when T.V was still using 405 lines on VHF. We were still fitting a few Band III converters, for the relatively new ITV channel.
Had lots of fun when 625 & UHF transmissions arrived, & I got told off by my senior engineer for 'converting' an old 17" Plessey console to 625 -line (only!).

I couldn't see the problem, I'd chosen that particular model, because it had a large cabinet, & had F.M. radio, so it was a relatively simple modification as far as I was concerned. The fact that I'd drilled holes in the side of the rather nice cabinet for the rotary UHF tuner, and that the TV was (then) only capable of receiving BBC-2 seemed to me an excellent idea...!

Then of course the gradual introduction of colour in 1967, with all the necessary training, & nice new test equipment.

All good fun, but I was fortunate enough to be 'head-hunted' by a customer who worked in Broadcast T.V.which was to me, much more exciting.

I spent the rest of my working years doing what I enjoyed, Repairing, Installing, & occasionally designing specialist T.V. & audio equipment.

I could, & am trying to write a book about some of the quite unusual & amazing projects that I was involved with. Whether it will ever get to publication, I doubt. Probably would not be of widespread interest.

I was also on the T.V. forum, until my subscription expired last month. Just missed the payment deadline, & now find I have to completely re-register! Not sure whether it's worth the effort, I shall see.

So, like others on this site, I too enjoy repairing & restoring almost any
Radio / T.V/ Audio related items. Its almost an addiction, as I'm sure others will agree!

David.
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