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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 7:22:11 AM on 22 December 2014.
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 Location: Brisbane, QLD
 Member since 22 December 2014
 Member #: 1672
 Postcount: 13

Hi everyone,
I am a 'used to be' tech! I became a Radio and TV technician in NZ about 1970. My early apprentice years were spent with a company that specialised in solid state repairs and development. At that time, valve technology was still supreme , consequently there were only two firms who were specialising in 'transistor' technology.
During my apprenticeship, I had to study by correspondence course and because the tutors were not up to speed, I had to complete courses in both the valve and solid state fields.
Eventually I had a TV repair business in Australia, then I worked in the Amusement Industry (mafia controlled) in Queensland until the Fitzgerald Inquiry brought down the Bjelkie Government. By 1980, I had left the electronic industry entirely and now merely dabble occasionally and get frustrated that I have forgotten or missed so much.
Thanks for listening. G

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 5:07:51 PM on 24 December 2014.
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 Location: Penrith, NSW
 Member since 7 April 2012
 Member #: 1128
 Postcount: 300

Hi NZGaz.

It's good to meet you.

I too am an ex, "Radio Mechanic," as it was then called.

I'm staggered to realise that I started as an apperantice, forty years ago this month.

I see that you have a good sense of humour. You live in Brisvegas, and my house has a sign on it saying Camelot.


from Wayne.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 8:10:32 AM on 25 December 2014.
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 Location: Brisbane, QLD
 Member since 22 December 2014
 Member #: 1672
 Postcount: 13

Thanks for the welcome Wayne,
Yep , and things have changed. Back in our day, men were men; the radio tech waded through the lethal 240v jungle . At any moment he could be deafened an exploding Ducon electrolytic cap that would cause he and the workshop to smell like a dead rat for days.
Ah, them was the 'daze'.
Seasons Greetings, Gary

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