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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 8:10:13 PM on 29 July 2012.
Larry's Gravatar
 Location: Mildura, VIC
 Member since 5 May 2011
 Member #: 896
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I have always found old electronics mainly valves & electron tubes very interesting, I was inspired to collect Vintage radios simply by watching other collectors restore their sets on Youtube, since then I bought my first Valve Radio (a Kriesler 11-81), I spotted at a local antique store, now I've been Collecting & restoring Valve radios ever since, I also find anything electro mechanical such as Analogue magnetic induction Electricity meters very interesting, which led me to collect old (Mainly Australian) Watthour (Electricity) meters & mechanical timeswitches I find the old EMMCO, EMAIL & Warburton Franki meters the most unique, as they look good and are very well made.


Apologies for the late Member intro Smile


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 11:36:40 PM on 29 July 2012.
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 Location: Greenwich, NSW
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No apology necessary. I'm still to do one after founding this site nine years ago. Smile

One ambition I've always had and still do, to an extent, is to collect one electricity meter from each of the former government-owned service providers. Some states only had one, others had more and in NSW there were more than two dozen at one time as electricity generation was a State responsibility but most of the transmission below 132kV and retailing of electricity was done by local government.

Supply authorities usually like to take their old meters back when replacing them or disconnecting condemned buildings though rural antique and junk shops sometimes have a few lying around.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 8:16:02 AM on 30 July 2012.
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 Location: Mildura, VIC
 Member since 5 May 2011
 Member #: 896
 Postcount: 108

It's good to know i'm not the only watthour meter colllector out there Smile, you can see my collection at "watthour meter.proboards" forum, there are others who have many hundreds in their collection!! you can write to your local PoCo requesting meters, it depends on their company policies, if all else fails write to other smaller electricity retailers which do provide their meters to the public!
I would love to see your meter collection, who knows there may even be a watthour meter site for this forum aswell.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 8:49:59 AM on 30 July 2012.
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I currently have one standard meter from Prospect County Council and another without the supply authority's name. I have two older WF meters but these are rated at 10 amps. They would have been installed in holiday homes or back in the day when the average household only had two or three GPOs and electric lighting only in the main rooms of the house.

I don't have access to all the meters at the moment but should be able to post some photos in a couple of weeks.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 8:17:24 PM on 4 August 2012.
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 Location: Mildura, VIC
 Member since 5 May 2011
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 Postcount: 108

I have recently scored a lot of Meters & Time switches to add to my collection Smile Big Thank you to the PoCo for donating these!, I will be doing restoration/test videos on these when time permits!, some of these meters & Time switches I got in this pick are real antiques & VERY interesting, I even got a couple of defunct "Smart" Meters to teardown!!
The contractor who does the meter and time switch change outs has me added to his "Collectors" list, so when they find more meters and time switches they'll contact me!

Keep an eye out for them on my YT Channel
& my radio restoration vids too Smile
Also on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/HDXFH.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 11:45:31 AM on 30 August 2012.
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 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 30 August 2012
 Member #: 1215
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Hi all new to the forum I am very interested in vintage electronics and am looking to get some feed back on a couple of projects I have going at the moment valves and tubes website pls pm me
cheers


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 2:50:43 PM on 30 August 2012.
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G'day Joe,

Private messaging is turned off on the forums. You would be better off starting a new thread and opening a discussion on your topic there.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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