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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 1:13:53 PM on 18 September 2015.
Flukeoneseventyfive's Gravatar
 Location: Laidley, QLD
 Member since 16 September 2015
 Member #: 1799
 Postcount: 109

G'Day Folks.

Name is Peter.

I got bitten by the bug around the age of eight, have the scars to prove it.
I was given an old radio gram, this was back in the late 60's.

I noticed the turntable wasn't turning, I opened the compartment were the records were kept and when I put the hand in, I seen a bright flash, had a strange taste in the mouth, two burn marks on my finger and after I picked my self up, about three feet from where I was originally standing.
There was a plug that was hanging down, that should have been connected to a inline socket to the turntable.

Had me hooked and I wanted to find out more.
Lucky for me My two uncles were Amateur radio operators, they were very active and had been into it from the early 1920's.

Did learn a lot from them and I have forgotten most of it (valve related) these days.
I did amass a good collection of radios and TV's, stored at my parents house (Big Queenslander, Large rooms).

I did collect a lot of 1940's through 1960's gear in the 1980's as it went with the collection of Cars, Chrysler royals and the 1952 Pontiac Chieftain and 1966 Parisienne, plus the furniture from the 40's, 50's and 60's was collected.
Was a member of the Kustom Kruzers based on the Gold Coast.

I know, it's very tragic, even our kids were wearing 1950's clothes.
all came to an end when we built a house, but had no storage for all the stuff and the build took longer than expected, so we sold most of the collection around 15 or so years ago.

I did leave around 15 B/w televisions and a few radios at my mothers place. for safe storage.

Move forward to the present and we are going through my mothers estate.
I now only have one TV/ radio gram and one radiogram.
Turns out the outlaws decided to have a declutter around 5 years ago, and tossed out the televisions without asking.

Bit annoyed about that, but I had two Music Master, Wagner radios from around 1936 and 1937.

Can't find the cabinets, but the two chassis's are still there.
No one seems to know anything about where the cabinets went.

We found, what we thought was an old cupboard, it was being used as one. but it looks like it may have been a 1920's AWA 80 cabinet, turned legs, but there is no front panel.

I have another cabinet, and haven't been able to place it.
But I think it was made at the railway workshops in Ipswich back in the 1930's -1940's.
I did buy, a panio repair kit many years ago and the bloke selling it, had lots of radio gear and cabinets, most of the cabinets and chassis's were made by him at the rail way workshop.
I bought most of the stuff he had, as it was going to the dump.

There will be a few questions coming up.
will post some pic's to see if anyone can help identify the Breville and the Park Lane Hi Fi.

The TV, radio gram is a breville.
The radio gram only has Park Lane Hi Fi stenciled on the radio side of the cabinet.

I am an amateur radio op, since 1982. VK4KHP.
Mainly Satellite and ATV related.

Currently repairing survey instruments (GPS, Laser, and RTK) systems for a living.

My wife, Heather also an amateur op. seen a Astor HM for sale two weeks ago.
Nice, veneer is all there but starting to lift, Radio in need of major recap and a few valves missing, turntable good also.
good project.

Many thanks for such a great site and source of info...

I did an edit to my first post.
I posted this in my lunch hour last Friday between phone calls and firmware updates on equipment.
Reading it made no sense.
Should have gone out for a beer at lunch.
Hopefully it reads a bit better.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 8:08:06 PM on 19 September 2015.
Brad's avatar
 Location: Greenwich, NSW
 Member since 15 November 2005
 Member #: 1
 Postcount: 6625

G'day Fluke75,

I once had the 73 model and it cost a fortune. They are much cheaper these days but very good meters.

Welcome to the forums. We have a few new members this week so things look like hotting up a bit.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 1:27:38 PM on 21 September 2015.
Flukeoneseventyfive's Gravatar
 Location: Laidley, QLD
 Member since 16 September 2015
 Member #: 1799
 Postcount: 109

G'Day Brad.
Thanks for the great site.
Yes, sitting here at lunch, trying to work out a user name and password.
and the Fluke was hanging on the bench in front of me.
They are a great meter.
We get them calibrated each year.
I am basically a board jockey these days.
Although I do get to build repeater boxes for the RTK systems.
And bit of component level work on lasers and cavity monitoring systems.
the CMS's are for use in underground mines, gives a 3D scan. Not the cavity monitoring systems in airports.... I had to point that out, the times I have been asked that question...

I did notice a few more people joining.
The more people the greater the knowledge base.

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