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Old 6th May 2007, 6:38 pm   #1
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Default Pre-war aerial cables

Okay, in a past thread on pre-war aerials I appended a picture of the heavy-duty coax and plug used with my pre-war EMI receiver, but what was used with other makes? A balanced feeder maybe? What sort of socket (if any) did other pre-war sets have ?

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Old 6th May 2007, 11:10 pm   #2
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I'd be interested to see that picture Steve, any chance of posting a link to it please?
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Hi Steve,
My Pye 838 has an RCA phono plug for the aerial socket and the Ekco models TA201 and TS701 are fitted with standard Belling-Lee coaxial aerial sockets.
The aerial socket on the Pye looks original which leads me to think that 1/4 or 3/8 inch diameter co-ax cable must have been available before WW2.

In the case of the two Ekco TVs, the co-ax sockets might have been fitted post-war.

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I'd be interested to see that picture Steve, any chance of posting a link to it please?
Here it is Peter. Also the crossection of the cable is shown.

http://www.copycoder.com/bvts_images/Imgp0250.jpg
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Thanks for sharing the picture Steve, what an incredible cable!! The 703 has a very similar cable inside the set to the TRF unit and also the radio chassis. Talk about well made!
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Hi Steve,
My Pye 838 has an RCA phono plug for the aerial socket and the Ecko models TA201 and TS701 are fitted with standard Belling-Lee coaxial aerial sockets.
The aerial socket on the Pye looks original which leads me to think that 1/4 or 3/8 inch diameter co-ax cable must have been available before WW2.

In the case of the two Ekco TVs, the co-ax sockets might have been fitted post-war.
Thank you David. That's most interesting. I didn't know RCA's went back that far. I'm pretty sure Belling-Lee's are post war. Maybe it's because they've been built down to a price, but what dreadful, unreliable connectors they've proved.

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Hi Steve,
Here are three pictures of the interior of the Pye 838 showing the chassis mounted phono socket and the pre-war aerial cable. The cable connects to another phono socket which is fitted to the inner right side of the cabinet.

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...and the Ecko models TA201 and TS701 are fitted with standard Belling-Lee coaxial aerial sockets.
But could those have been added later? Here is a picture of the aerial socket on the back of a fine example of a 1939(?) Ekco TA201 that has just been brought to my attention. This socket is likely to be original - the set is still with the same family who bought it when new. Is this socket a recognised type?

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Our Pye 817 and 815 have the same RCA antenna connector:

http://www.earlytelevision.org/pye_817_chassis.html
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