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Old 5th Apr 2019, 1:32 pm   #141
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The same radio repairer (Mark) will be featured again in a forthcoming episode later in the series.
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Old 5th Apr 2019, 1:58 pm   #142
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Last night's Repair Shop had me smiling when he was repairing the old GEC portable radio; pointing to the ferrite aerial with the smaller winding and calling it the long wave coil (no that's the medium wave coil). He made a real meal of repairing that PCB; I'd have gone broke when I was doing them for a living in the 70's.
I've now had a closer look, the coil he pointed out was the LW coil.

Close examination shows it to be wave wound as one would expect for a LW coil.

The video also shows that it's connected to the correct switch contacts on the wave change switch, the orientation of the whole assembly however is opposite to what's shown in the service info, but....later on in the program he swaps out the coils etc and fits them in the same orientation as what's shown in the service info, eg LW coil on the left and side.

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Old 5th Apr 2019, 5:15 pm   #143
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Just finished watching today's episode which I really enjoyed, especially the restoration of the Penny Arcade machine having an interest in them myself over the years.
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Old 5th Apr 2019, 7:57 pm   #144
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I will probably binge watch them all these episodes at some point if I get the time; it is certainly a baby-step in the right direction, and refreshingly free of drill bandits. It still has Jay Blades, but he's relatively harmless!

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Old 5th Apr 2019, 9:00 pm   #145
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I'm probably in the minority but I enjoy this program and the stories about the objects, clearly its staged and the restorers (experts may be able to criticise the restorers but most seem highly skilled to me) will be directed but it is an entertainment program not a technical instruction video.

Many of the items would probably end up in the bin so its great to see people fixing things on mainstream TV, hopefully it will encourage viewers to have a go.

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Old 6th Apr 2019, 12:28 am   #146
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I thought the restorer was brave to take apart that slot machine today. If it was me I would have spent a good few minutes taking lots of photos. Looked like a complex job.
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Old 6th Apr 2019, 9:47 am   #147
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I thought the restorer was brave to take apart that slot machine today. If it was me I would have spent a good few minutes taking lots of photos. Looked like a complex job.
How do you know he didn't? I think we saw a fortnight's work shrunk down into ten minutes!

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Old 6th Apr 2019, 9:50 am   #148
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There are indeed some very enjoyable aspects to this programme, however they seem to let themselves down whenever anything electrical is being worked on.

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Old 6th Apr 2019, 11:07 am   #149
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Here we go again. Its almost exactly a year since we lambasted a radiophool on this program who tripped their building's main RCD whilst powering-up a gram's radio. Remember - he was just a retired antique shop owner & gramophone hobbyist. It was quite an extensive thread - look back through "Search".
Please don't tell me he's back again ? No doubt wearing a white coat - that definitely indicates his technician or engineer qualified status.
The rest of the experts seem jolly proficient. Just a pity the producers encourage them to be so drippy at times. However, its great to see teddybears, clocks & cabinets, etc. saved from the skip. Me thinks that they should leave mains powered equipment well alone. Unless they provide a dedicated workbench which is completely earthed & insulated & uses an isolation transformer & variac. Staffed by a competent PAT certified & qualified person.

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Old 17th Apr 2019, 5:47 pm   #150
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Interesting misconception on today's (repeated?) programme- a handmade model of a P47 Thunderbolt brought in by a customer, and thought by him to be a Spitfire. I'm sure he knows by now what it really represents, but it's a perfect example of 'don't take the customer's word for it, do a bit of research' An intriguing story (i only came in half way through) but his relative appears to have flown Spits but made a model of a P47!)

Radial engine, a 3 cannon wing and dumpy fuselage, but i can understand why the layman is fooled by the RAF markings, camo paint job and elliptical wing.

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Actually- now that i think of it-- the P47 had a 4 gun wing, and the guns were big fifties, not 20mm cannon. If memory serves they were staggered thus the fourth one didn't protrude from the wing. (Even geeks get it wrong sometimes...)

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Old 17th Apr 2019, 7:27 pm   #151
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No doubt wearing a white coat

It's actually a brown one
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Old 17th Apr 2019, 8:19 pm   #152
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There's a typo [at least I assume it is] in next week's Radio Times, that says the team will be tackling the restoration of a 1930's Transistor Radio on Easter Monday! Can't wait!

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Old 17th Apr 2019, 8:21 pm   #153
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Could be a semiconductor radio, just not transistor!
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Old 17th Apr 2019, 8:28 pm   #154
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Do you mean as per a Crystal Set Bill and the only term they know is transistor-could be I suppose? Hadn't thought of that! I assumed maybe someone just transposed 60's with 30's

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Old 17th Apr 2019, 8:55 pm   #155
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Yes, crystal sets used an early semiconductor, but more likely a typo.
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In the MOD projects I worked on in the 1970's, transistors were always called "Crystal Valves" in the parts lists.
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Old 17th Apr 2019, 9:54 pm   #157
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Well, in the plumbing sense, a transistor is a valve in that it controls the flow of electric current - presumably the origin of the term "(thermionic) valve".
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Old 18th Apr 2019, 11:14 am   #158
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There's a typo [at least I assume it is] in next week's Radio Times, that says the team will be tackling the restoration of a 1930's Transistor Radio on Easter Monday! Can't wait!

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Monday is episode 16, same incorrect "transistor" reference on the BBC website:

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Radio expert Mark Stuckey has a job on his hands, repairing a 1930s transistor radio brought into the Repair Shop by David Hill from Brecon. The radio was given to David’s father by an army officer on the beaches at Dunkirk during the Second World War, and after being successfully shepherded through the bullets and the crashing waves to safety, it became the Hill family’s pride and joy. But the 75 subsequent years have not been kind, with the vintage transistor battered and broken both inside and out, and it takes all Mark’s years of experience to get it playing once again.

Horologist Steve Fletcher leads a team restoration of an old grandfather clock with many precious memories for its owner, Christine, who is unaware that her best friend Karen has contacted the Repair Shop to have it repaired. With Steve drafting in specialist help from dial restorer Cindy Welland and wood expert Will Kirk, the clock is finally ready to be returned to an unsuspecting Christine - and her reaction leaves not a dry eye in the house.

And master saddler Susie Fletcher takes on the repair of a battered leather mahjong case with huge sentimental value to its owner, Lindsay, whose mother bought it with her as a child and who has lovingly treasured it ever since.
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Old 18th Apr 2019, 11:27 am   #159
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Six posts relating to school rules etc. deleted.

As Paul Stenning has indicated, what appears to be a battery portable valve radio has been misnamed as a transistor radio. There's no need to discuss this further.
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Old 18th Apr 2019, 1:32 pm   #160
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Well for my part I love the programme . I watch every afternoon .
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