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MrPin finds a hobby


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I now have a portable radio, from 1933 to restore. I got it off some bloke on EBay. All the valves have continuity of the filaments. I bet it's been in a loft since 1939.

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1 hour ago, Frank Hovis said:

@The XYY Man - this is your area, quick tell Pinny he's bought the wrong one.

Well it depends.

Without a model number I can't exactly say, other than being from 1933, it is likely to be only capable of receiving Medium Wave - or AM as folk call it nowadays. It may have Long and/or Short Wave, but there's no chance of VHF on a set that old as that didn't arrive until the 1950s. Converters are available though if he wants to listen to Smooth FM on it...!i

It will be made using very primitive devices even by valve radio standards, and could require a lot of time and effort to restore. But there are plenty of websites out there that will point Pinny in the right direction.

I look forward to further updates on how he gets on with the restoration - and as it's a portable, how he plans to power it up. Batteries will not be available, but as I have explained previously, that does not deter the serious enthusiast.

 

XYY

 

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On 03/12/2019 at 15:35, JoeDavola said:

Fuck sake Pin upload some photos!

Here it is on the floor. I have fixed similar before. Because it is a portable, it would have been bought by posh people for picnics. It has not had much use. All the rubber wiring is falling apart.

Radio 008.JPG

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Well Mr @The XYY Man. I have a 90volt power supply from a specialist supplier (I know I could have bought loads of 9 volt batteries) The 2 Volts for the valve filaments will come from a computer power supply type Cyclon cell, and now I need two of those old cycle lamp batteries for the grid bias. I have also treated myself to a "Minstrel style" AVOmeter as recommended by @Happy Renting. As he points out the electrons in a digital mutimeter may be too new, and Metric.

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10 minutes ago, MrPin said:

Well Mr @The XYY Man. I have a 90volt power supply from a specialist supplier (I know I could have bought loads of 9 volt batteries) The 2 Volts for the valve filaments will come from a computer power supply type Cyclon cell, and now I need two of those old cycle lamp batteries for the grid bias. I have also treated myself to a "Minstrel style" AVOmeter as recommended by @Happy Renting. As he points out the electrons in a digital mutimeter may be too new, and Metric.

Them digital electrons don't load the circuit with 20K Ohms per Volt like an AVO does.

Unfortunately that bent boyfriend of yours @Happy Renting is probably correct in this case.

The cunt....

 

XYY

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Just now, The XYY Man said:

Them digital electrons don't load the circuit with 20K Ohms per Volt like an AVO does.

Unfortunately that bent boyfriend of yours @Happy Renting is probably correct in this case.

The cunt....

 

XYY

Well that's my Christmas done then. I got a nice AVO8 Mk5 in leather box with booklet, from 1978.

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5 minutes ago, MrPin said:

Well that's my Christmas done then. I got a nice AVO8 Mk5 in leather box with booklet, from 1978.

If your set is of British manufacture, then all the set-up and alignment procedures should be suitable for your AVO.

Or your wobulator...

 

XYY

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2 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

If your set is of British manufacture, then all the set-up and alignment procedures should be suitable for your AVO.

Or your wobulator...

 

XYY

Ah we'll not be needing one of those. It's a single tuned circuit TRF set. I have all the circuit diagrams from the internet. It's a "Portable Five" by Burgoyne of London.

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6 minutes ago, MrPin said:

Ah we'll not be needing one of those. It's a single tuned circuit TRF set. I have all the circuit diagrams from the internet. It's a "Portable Five" by Burgoyne of London.

Not a super-het then...?

Don't we sound like a pair of geeky radio cunts...

 

XYY

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1 minute ago, The XYY Man said:

Not a super-het then...?

Don't we sound like a pair of geeky radio cunts...

 

XYY

No it's not, but it should recieve MW/LW stations. I hope the speaker isn't buggered, as it looks like a high impedance moving iron type.

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4 minutes ago, MrPin said:

No it's not, but it should recieve MW/LW stations. I hope the speaker isn't buggered, as it looks like a high impedance moving iron type.

Stuff like moving iron speakers are more available than you might think.

I am jealous of your new hobby...

 

XYY

 

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8 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

Stuff like moving iron speakers are more available than you might think.

I am jealous of your new hobby...

 

XYY

 

It was a whim on EBay. Now I have to make it work best I can. I just like fixing things.

This took a whole lot more time up.

Harley01.jpg

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Happy Renting
38 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

Them digital electrons don't load the circuit with 20K Ohms per Volt like an AVO does.

Unfortunately that bent boyfriend of yours @Happy Renting is probably correct in this case.

The cunt....

 

XYY

My Wee Megger has testicular crocodile clips. Consider this a final warning.

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1 minute ago, Happy Renting said:

My Wee Megger has testicular crocodile clips. Consider this a final warning.

Ha! Do you think he might be fooled into licking a charged electrolytic cap?

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2 minutes ago, Happy Renting said:

My Wee Megger has testicular crocodile clips. Consider this a final warning.

If you can wire one of them to the piss grid of a urinal, and the other to a metal plate on the floor, then winding that hand-crank will make them dance like Tina Turner on whizz...

 

XYY

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Just now, The XYY Man said:

If you can wire one of them to the piss grid of a urinal, and the other to a metal plate on the floor, then winding that hand-crank will make them dance like Tina Turner on whizz...

 

XYY

"Megger the Apprentice" is not an approved of activity in the workplace any more. It's political correctness gone mad!

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1 minute ago, spunko said:

Have you ever come across this website Joe. I think it's one of my favourites ever since it was pointed out to me.

http://argosbookofdreams.co.uk/

Tbh it deserves its own thread.

YES!

My best friend from school sent it to me the other week as we're both interested in 80's/90's tech. You are correct it deserves a thread of it's own - a wonderful thing to have archived and available online.

Back in the day, the argos catalog was the nearest thing to the internet that I had ;)

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1 minute ago, JoeDavola said:

YES!

My best friend from school sent it to me the other week as we're both interested in 80's/90's tech. You are correct it deserves a thread of it's own - a wonderful thing to have archived and available online.

Back in the day, the argos catalog was the nearest thing to the internet that I had ;)

Loads of people still collect that stuff. I did show you my 80s HP programmer's calculator.

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1 hour ago, MrPin said:

Loads of people still collect that stuff. I did show you my 80s HP programmer's calculator.

Is that one of them weird ones without an ''equals'' key....?

Fucking mental calculators if we are talking the same shite...

 

XYY

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