UK Vintage Radio Repair and Restoration Powered By Google Custom Search Vintage Radio and TV Service Data

Go Back   UK Vintage Radio Repair and Restoration Discussion Forum > General Vintage Technology > Where To Get Sets and Parts

Notices

Where To Get Sets and Parts For discussions about swapmeets, rallies, NVCF and BVWS, car boot sales, antique and charity shops, dealers, newspaper adverts, the local tip and just about any other source of equipment (other than eBay).

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 25th May 2022, 6:55 am   #41
dodgy-dxer
Heptode
 
dodgy-dxer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Newmarket, Suffolk, UK.
Posts: 546
Default Re: John Birkett RIP

Thread herw been going a while

https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...d.php?t=191231
dodgy-dxer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th May 2022, 7:52 am   #42
PaulM
Hexode
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Near Lincoln, UK.
Posts: 418
Default Re: John Birkett RIP

Ah, I didn't look in 'Member Introductions and News' - didn't expect him to be a member (was he?).

The search box didn't show anything recent under his name.

Sadly, it still doesn't alter the news . . .

P.
PaulM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th May 2022, 8:37 am   #43
locknut
Pentode
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Location: Retford, Nottinghamshire, UK.
Posts: 106
Default Re: John Birkett RIP

Sad News.

It was a bit of a trek from my home where I lived as a child, but always an entertaining day out. I live a lot nearer now, but sadly haven't visited for years. John was certainly a character, and how he remembered where everything was at his age... I used to be good at that when I was a lot younger, but my brain is turning to putty now.

Goodbye John.
__________________
Paul
locknut is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 25th May 2022, 9:22 am   #44
Station X
Moderator
 
Station X's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4, UK.
Posts: 19,820
Default Re: John Birkett RIP

Quote:
Originally Posted by PaulM View Post
I couldn't find the sad news of the death of John Birkett anywhere else on here, so I'm posting it in this section. If it's a duplicate and/or it's in the wrong place, please amend.

The fullest obituary that I can find is here:

Lincoln short wave club: https://www.g5fz.co.uk/silent-key/john- ... 1928-2022/

A full life indeed, a loss to Lincoln and to the vintage electronics world.

He certainly helped in my early years. I well recall as a 10 year old peering up to his over-stocked shop counter to ask for resistors for my latest project

His shop in Lincoln is a landmark for many - not just locals.

Best regards,

Paul M
Threads merged.
__________________
Graham. Forum Moderator

Reach for your meter before you reach for your soldering iron.
Station X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th May 2022, 10:30 am   #45
Aub
Octode
 
Aub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Nuneaton, Warwickshire, UK.
Posts: 1,760
Default Re: John Birkett RIP

Thanks for posting that PaulM. Very interesting to read about his life.

Aub
__________________
Ignorance of The Law is No Excuse - but I didn't know that!
Aub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th May 2022, 3:10 pm   #46
telstar
Octode
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK.
Posts: 1,463
Default Re: John Birkett RIP

I am saddened to hear about John's passing. Another figure in radios gone. I have seen him at the events at the N.E.C, and have been to his shop a few years ago. He was very helpful indeed.
Mike
telstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th May 2022, 8:25 am   #47
Michael Maurice
Moderator
 
Michael Maurice's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Wembley, Middlesex
Posts: 6,921
Default Re: John Birkett RIP

I'm also saddened to hear of Johns passing, I visited his shop on a couple of occasions. He was a true gentleman and he will be missed.

RIP Jon
__________________
Forum Moderator

http://www.michaelmauricerepairs.co.uk/
Michael Maurice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th May 2022, 2:53 pm   #48
IanG3XYV
Pentode
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK.
Posts: 157
Default Re: John Birkett RIP

I would occasionally call in at Lincoln on journeys from the north. It must have been around 2000 that I was staggered to see on display and for sale in the window, a fairly large piece of communication equipment for which I had been part of the design team in the 1970s. I passed on this news to a couple of friends who had been on the team and one of them went to Lincoln and bought a set for himself!
IanG3XYV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th May 2022, 1:56 pm   #49
Techman
Dekatron
 
Techman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lincolnshire, UK.
Posts: 4,540
Default Re: John Birkett RIP

A sad day and the end of an era in one way, but in another - you never know, let's hope. Everything went off well and fortunately the rain kept off for the short wait outside. It was quite well attended.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	P1150316.jpg
Views:	217
Size:	38.8 KB
ID:	258048   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1150317.jpg
Views:	203
Size:	33.5 KB
ID:	258049   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1150318.jpg
Views:	221
Size:	49.1 KB
ID:	258050   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1150319.jpg
Views:	216
Size:	50.9 KB
ID:	258051  
Techman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st May 2022, 10:15 am   #50
bc312
Pentode
 
bc312's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Longfield, Kent, UK.
Posts: 217
Default Re: John Birkett RIP

A lovely tribute - thanks for posting.

Mike
__________________
Leave me alone - I know what I'm doing.

BVWS member, EUG
Radio Bygones/Radiophile
bc312 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st May 2022, 4:41 pm   #51
kalee20
Dekatron
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Lynton, N. Devon, UK.
Posts: 6,464
Default Re: John Birkett RIP

Thank you from me too!
kalee20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st May 2022, 6:44 pm   #52
robinshack
Nonode
 
robinshack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Spalding, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, UK.
Posts: 2,207
Default Re: John Birkett RIP

Thanks for posting this. He certainly influenced my radio/ electronic interests and hobbies.
Rob
__________________
I am also interested in and collect 00 model railway. My avatar is Bruiser, he has cauliflower ears!
robinshack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th Oct 2022, 6:00 pm   #53
mickm3for
Heptode
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Chatham, Kent, UK.
Posts: 787
Default J Birkett

Hi the shop is still open and they have a stand at Newark Hamfest that is good news Mick
mickm3for is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th Oct 2022, 5:41 pm   #54
Cruisin Marine
Heptode
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: South Coast, UK
Posts: 645
Default Re: John Birkett RIP

Quote:
Hi the shop is still open and they have a stand at Newark Hamfest that is good news Mick
That is such wonderful news, we have lost far too many classic component and gear shops, long may it continue!
__________________
"Behind every crowd, there's a silver Moonshine"
Cruisin Marine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st Dec 2022, 2:35 pm   #55
terrybull
Octode
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire, UK.
Posts: 1,670
Default John Birkett‘s Lincoln

I had occasion to visit Lincoln yesterday so went to see what was happening to this place. I found someone there and although the shop was shut I got their attention and thought I’d update here what I gleaned.
Johns daughter is hoping to keep the shop going but currently works full time and there is probate to sort out.
At the present time time the shop is shut but will be open as and when it is able to but there are no fixed opening times or days. Not sure if anyone has a contact number but that’s the situation currently.
terrybull is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st Dec 2022, 3:30 pm   #56
Aub
Octode
 
Aub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Nuneaton, Warwickshire, UK.
Posts: 1,760
Default Re: John Birkett‘s Lincoln

Thanks for that Terry.

Aub
__________________
Ignorance of The Law is No Excuse - but I didn't know that!
Aub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st Dec 2022, 8:06 pm   #57
60 oldjohn
Dekatron
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: East Yorkshire, UK.
Posts: 3,529
Default Re: John Birkett‘s Lincoln

Quote:
Originally Posted by terrybull View Post
Not sure if anyone has a contact number but that’s the situation currently.

I was trying to contact the shop using the number on the net over a few days at different times without success.

John.
__________________
My favourite text message "I'll be there in five minutes, if not read again"
60 oldjohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st Dec 2022, 11:22 pm   #58
locknut
Pentode
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Location: Retford, Nottinghamshire, UK.
Posts: 106
Default Re: John Birkett‘s Lincoln

Quote:
Originally Posted by terrybull View Post
I had occasion to visit Lincoln yesterday so went to see what was happening to this place. I found someone there and although the shop was shut I got their attention and thought I’d update here what I gleaned.
Johns daughter is hoping to keep the shop going but currently works full time and there is probate to sort out.
At the present time time the shop is shut but will be open as and when it is able to but there are no fixed opening times or days. Not sure if anyone has a contact number but that’s the situation currently.
Thanks for the update, nice to hear that there's some hope that the shop could reopen, fingers crossed.

That said, I guess we'll have to appreciate that John's daughter will have her own life, this can be a time consuming process and there are some potentially difficult decisions to be made. We'll have to see what happens.
__________________
Paul
locknut is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd Dec 2022, 3:30 am   #59
Radio Wrangler
Moderator
 
Radio Wrangler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Fife, Scotland, UK.
Posts: 20,883
Default Re: John Birkett RIP

George Dobbs, from that area himself, told me that John owned a number of shops up that street, not just the pair of opposite ones he sold electronics from. Sorting things out might be more involved than you'd expect.

David
__________________
Can't afford the volcanic island yet, but the plans for my monorail and the goons' uniforms are done
Radio Wrangler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd Dec 2022, 11:35 am   #60
Techman
Dekatron
 
Techman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lincolnshire, UK.
Posts: 4,540
Default Re: John Birkett RIP

I remember some long while ago John telling me that the business rates for the main shop alone were around £150 a week and that some weeks he only just managed to break even, so it was the rental on the other shops latterly that financed the electronics one for most of the time. However, that wasn't the case back in the old days when the line of people waiting to be served came out of the door and half way down the street and you had to join the end of that line and wait your turn, hoping it wouldn't start raining!

The other thing that you have to realise is that there's not just the 'one' daughter.
Techman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools



All times are GMT. The time now is 2:28 am.


All information and advice on this forum is subject to the WARNING AND DISCLAIMER located at https://www.vintage-radio.net/rules.html.
Failure to heed this warning may result in death or serious injury to yourself and/or others.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2002 - 2023, Paul Stenning.