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Old 9th Jul 2019, 6:26 am   #1
bart846
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Default Re RIP Les Grout from GWM radio

In the 80's I came every month in Worthing buying items until the van was full. Spend many hours with Les upstairs, later in his cabin-office in the court-yard ( better left the door open) and Yogi in his lab. Visiting all the garages they used for storing goods in Worthing. I am wondering if Wells and Martin are still around. Does anyone know?
A pity that Simon had to close.
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Old 10th Jul 2019, 2:01 pm   #2
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Default Re: Re RIP Les Grout from GWM radio

Sad to hear this.

Over the years I bought quite a bit of stuff from GWM:

ACollins TCS12 receiver, and a couple of PCRs (all of which I still have),
A complete set of spare valves for a Canadian WS52 receiver,
A Storno bootmount 2M transceiver and control-box,
A Pye MX294,
A bunch of Pye PF2 walkie-talkies (they had a 'special offer' where you got five radios/speaker-mics/batteries/antennas/carry-cases for 50 - but it was pot-luck whether they were AM or FM, what frequency-band they covered, or whether they were handheld or bodyworn).

When I had a problem with the Storno conversion I must have spent half an hour chatting to one of the GWM guys on the phone while we sorted the issue (a control-line to the EPROM was making bad contact) and he seemed genuinely happy to help.

GWM's closure was a sad day.
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 6:55 pm   #3
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Default Re: Re RIP Les Grout from GWM radio

I bought a UHF Storno 5000 from GWM and made the classic error of trying to remove the RF PCB without first undoing the driver transistor nut on the other side of the chassis.

CRACK.

I wrote to GWM explaining what I'd done and they very kindly sent me another driver transistor free of charge, although I certainly had not asked them to replace it for nothing. I considered myself lucky that they had replacements at all.

That was my first 'high power' 70cms radio, which I used for several years afterwards. I still have it somewhere, it was a very neat conversion by my standards.
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