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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 3:50:46 PM on 16 August 2021.
Vintage Pete's avatar
 Location: Albury, NSW
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Pretty safe to say it's been a horror of year.
Much the same here in Abury with lockdowns and empty shelves at woolies.
I've restored a couple more Radiograms and now I'm doing very nice Kriesler 1197.
It's a particularly good one in exceptional condition and I picked it up in Melbourne awhile back.
This week I'm stuck home like everyone and so I'm painting the kitchen to try and stay busy .
Hope you all manage to dodge that bug

Pete........


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 6:58:23 PM on 16 August 2021.
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 GTC
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Good to hear from, you Pete. I was beginning to wonder what happened to you.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 7:15:34 PM on 16 August 2021.
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 Location: Albury, NSW
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GTC .
Hi G,!! I was only speaking about you a couple of days ago on the subject of old phones and adapting them to work with that gadget you told me about .
Gee you guys are doing hard down there in Sydney with so many new cases each day .
I've had my first shot of Pfizer and next week I get my second shot.
All good here though ,but I'm glad winter is coming to an end It's been very cold , it can be 3 below zero in my kitchen some mornings .
Still doing Radiograms and TVs for fun , but these days I run Radiogram Stereogram & television Australia .
Which is very busy and we play or grams and TVs there .
So that's been very good for me and keeps me in touch with other people who like old Electronics
We don't do Radios though , we do
Radiograms, Stereograms TVs , Reel to Reel record players etc .
Time goes so fast, This Christmas I will of been here 2 years !!! Lol
Flashing by !!
Pete ..


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 7:38:14 PM on 16 August 2021.
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 GTC
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to work with that gadget you told me about

You are probably referring to my Chesilvale Line Simulator. I was very lucky to find that on Gumtree. Rare as hens' teeth these days.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 7:58:50 PM on 16 August 2021.
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 Location: Albury, NSW
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It was the little adapted that allows old phones to be used on newer houses and lines.
No matter how modern phones get it seems there are many of us that just love old phones .
I have a old land line here . I'm told can still be reconnected so it's on the list of things to do at some stage .. pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 8:19:25 PM on 16 August 2021.
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It was the little adapter that allows old phones to be used on newer houses and lines.

Ah, that's the Dialgizmo: https://www.dialgizmo.com/

I have a old land line here . I'm told can still be reconnected

Not sure about that, or why it would be warranted, however, what some people with existing multiple points do is to reuse the internal copper wiring for their old phones by isolating it from the incoming copper at the point of entry. It's probably considered non-kosher but I doubt that anyone is going to come calling to see if your old Telstra copper line from the street is still connected internally.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 8:32:10 PM on 16 August 2021.
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 Location: Albury, NSW
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Yes, no one cares here what you do.
People just build sheds and garages etc and don't get approval lol.
No one seems to care about rules so much at this stage here .
In years to come that will change.

Pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 9:48:56 PM on 16 August 2021.
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 Location: Wangaratta, VIC
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I still have a Landline for good reason albeit maintenance is a worry as they clearly want to buck pass it to NBN. A local died during one of its Mouse induced failures, that also being contributed to by virtually no effective building maintenance. I did actually have to lodge a complaint on redundancy, as even with a planed power outage, it was flat out making it to lunch time before crashing.

NBN had its reliability issues as at one point breaking down on average every six weeks, and also having no effective redundancy. Not that the UPS has much either, without fitting a forklift battery. So, aside from anything hooked to NBN not being worth a pinch of Cocky dung in a crisis. I see no evidence of lightning umbrella in the face of this being Granite country and Granite attracting Lightning.

Mobile here as I have mentioned is a joke. Digital has never worked properly here since day one. I am West of Wangaratta and yet my Mobile phones always connect to Beechworth some 40+Km away. Not any in Wangaratta , inside 10Km away.

I did recently get an upgrade message re Beechworth & that caused havoc. Naturally I lodged a complaint as bait and caught the fish. They wrote a lovely letter confirming "Profit before people" and likely because there was no immense profit in it. They are going to do nothing.

That means like several issues after local fires; They are going to wait for another calamity and the area to be a "Black Spot" so that the taxpayer pays for the tower & Telstra reap the profits.

Noting that Pete is now in Australia's larges "free range goal"

Marc


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 9:22:49 AM on 18 August 2021.
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 Location: Alexandra, VIC
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G'day Pete!

Great to see you back on the forum!
I have yet to do anything with my Kriesler 11-84. I got it as a free bonus when I bought my Kriesler TV.
It is in flawless shape, however, is missing the three knobs and has a open A/O trannie.
All of which will be done in time, just have a few other repair jobs taking focus.

I've still got ADSL at home. It's fun to use an old rotary dial at home when I call people.
Having experienced wireless and satellite NBN first hand I can say that it is a far cry from reliability at times.
Satellite NBN being horrible some nights and overall slower speeds than what Telstra states.
With wireless, I've seen Telsta techs face antennas the wrong direction! must be relying on signal reflections off other houses!


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 10:29:22 AM on 18 August 2021.
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Note the forum is doing a big bit of "hanging" & I had to reload.

It should be realised & I have said it before, that Telstra is all about profit and not people. You are just the vassal from which which they extract outrageous amounts of money.

I had some scammer ring & claim he was from Telstra Technical Support? What a tosser! Telstra hasn't even got good customer service.

I have never seen any form of Telstra NBN or Wireless internet be anything other than over priced & under performing and that also applies to Mobile. ACCC etc. won't fix it: They have been caught asleep at the wheel frequently: But in reality they were never ever, set up as anything more than a con.

I can understand the antennas being sold & installed a several hundred times commercial prices and backwards. If its anything like the NBN here. No proper tools, the antenna on a roof, irrespective of it trying to look through three massive gum trees. They wholly relied on some form of RF signal strength meter.

I am sure they had no idea where the base stations were. I have a Mountain Range around 2miles behind my antennas & they are Granite & reflect Signal. So the TV antenna is one to handle that. Other than "swings" and meters; In many cases here you can see the transmitter and many here I have set with binoculars and eye. I set a new one here, by going to google maps & drew a line from xmitter to location & enlarged the image to see what trees posts, building are in the "line of sight", as one cannot see the xmitter.

Marc


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 11:41:44 AM on 18 August 2021.
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Hi Pete.
good to see you back.
Regards Jim


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 1:11:40 PM on 18 August 2021.
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I just read an article that said Telstra is going to give each employee that has the coronavirus vaccine a $200 gift voucher. I admire the programme but am surprised it has come from a company with a reputation for protecting its revenue streams.


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 1:47:57 PM on 18 August 2021.
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 Location: Albury, NSW
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Hello Jim, hope your keeping well.

Re vaccines.
I Know there are many people who don't want to take the vaccine, but I've had mine and all I got was some ringing in my ears which lasted about a day.
I'm hoping that if we get the vaccine then we maybe able to move around a bit more because the lockdown is too much for me.
The schools closed too so that's making it hard on the kids..

Pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 2:00:06 PM on 18 August 2021.
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 Location: Albury, NSW
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Lance ,
Hi Lance , I will have look through my stash for some knobs ,might be lucky...pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 15 · Written at 4:28:33 PM on 18 August 2021.
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 GTC
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all I got was some ringing in my ears which lasted about a day.

I went to the doctor. I said, "Doc, my ears are ringing."
He said, "Well answer them!" (-- Rodney Dangerfield, who got no respect)


 
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