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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 9:59:00 PM on 18 September 2015.
Robbbert's avatar
 Location: Hill Top, NSW
 Member since 18 September 2015
 Member #: 1801
 Postcount: 1517

Hello,

My name is Robert, and I've been collecting radios for a few years now. I've currently got about 180, all of which needed some kind of repair.

I only do the electronic side of things, no cabinet repairs or anything like that.

I joined so that I could perhaps offer advice to those who are not so knowledgeable about repairing the old radios.

I started collecting valves as a schoolkid, then lost most of them as a result of a long-ago domestic situation. More recently I started again, so have quite a few now.

That's about all now. I'll drop in every few days to see what others are doing.

Unfortunately this forum doesn't seem to have a "new posts since last visit" button, so I'll probably just look in one or two subforums and hope for the best.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 11:01:38 PM on 18 September 2015.
Tallar Carl's avatar
 Location: Latham, ACT
 Member since 21 February 2015
 Member #: 1705
 Postcount: 1685

Hey welcome aboard. I can do with a lot of advice lol. I just love the old things. I know how to solder and have a very healthy respect for electricity lol.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 1:34:42 PM on 19 September 2015.
GTC's avatar
 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
 Member #: 823
 Postcount: 6237

Welcome to V-R.

Unfortunately this forum doesn't seem to have a "new posts since last visit" button,

That's correct, but new posts 'float' to the top of each section/forum and their subject lines are bolded, and so is the section/forum name.

There's also the Recent Forum Activity list in the right hand side margin.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 5:37:30 PM on 19 September 2015.
Scraps's avatar
 Location: Blue Mountains, NSW
 Member since 10 March 2013
 Member #: 1312
 Postcount: 401

I seen to remember for new members the default is to display posts by date. You have to change this option in the Control Panel to have updated posts on top.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 6:45:25 PM on 19 September 2015.
GTC's avatar
 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
 Member #: 823
 Postcount: 6237

I seen to remember for new members the default us to display posts by date.

Makes no sense to me if the default for new members is to make it hard to find new posts.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 8:03:55 PM on 19 September 2015.
Brad's avatar
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 Location: Greenwich, NSW
 Member since 15 November 2005
 Member #: 1
 Postcount: 6625

Originally when the 'sort by most recent post' feature was added the default was left as is so members who did not want to change the display order (and there are quite a few to this day) would not be forced onto the new feature.

It probably does make sense to swap the two around at this stage of the game. I'll have a think about it first.

GTC is correct that new posts will be highlighted in the sidebar an with a general message pertaining to this in bold red text. This could be better, though time is short at the moment so time for site improvements is hard to find. I'll have a look at it when I am next not working weekends.

Welcome to the forums Robert. We hope to see more of you.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 8:46:36 PM on 19 September 2015.
GTC's avatar
 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
 Member #: 823
 Postcount: 6237

It probably does make sense to swap the two around at this stage of the game. I'll have a think about it first.

Can't see any benefit whatsoever in having it the other way. Until you revised it, numerous posts went unnoticed and unanswered, which is why I raised it as an issue back then.

Of those who haven't changed it, I'd be willing to wager that they don't know they can, or how to do it.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 9:55:11 PM on 19 September 2015.
Tallar Carl's avatar
 Location: Latham, ACT
 Member since 21 February 2015
 Member #: 1705
 Postcount: 1685

Well if it wasnt for this post I would not have known.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 12:30:06 AM on 20 September 2015.
Marcc's avatar
 Location: Wangaratta, VIC
 Member since 21 February 2009
 Member #: 438
 Postcount: 4539

One of the joys of having a big site like the US one is that by being big, with lots of members, it can have a feature that emails to you notifying you that someone has replied to a topic post that you have posted comment in.

Small scale that may be too complex & take a lot of effort to set up.

Really, it is here, just a case of running your eyes down the column to see the dates on the last reply.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 3:09:42 PM on 20 September 2015.
Robbbert's avatar
 Location: Hill Top, NSW
 Member since 18 September 2015
 Member #: 1801
 Postcount: 1517

Thanks for the advice about the settings. I changed the display to have the last updated ones appear at the top. It would be nice if the updated ones showed who updated it and when (like other forums), but I guess one can't have everything.

I didn't know about the content block on the right, because it's off the side of my screen. (I run 1024x768).

Also, there's an option for to show if your email address is public or private. I understand the default is private but initially nothing is selected or indicated in the control panel, so I chose Private and then it said it was selected.

I couldn't connect for some hours this morning, perhaps the site was down.

Anyway enough whining from me, I hope that I can be of assistance to someone in the future. Smile


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 3:24:32 PM on 20 September 2015.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
 Member #: 823
 Postcount: 6237

I couldn't connect for some hours this morning, perhaps the site was down.

Same here.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 7:30:46 PM on 21 September 2015.
Brad's avatar
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 Location: Greenwich, NSW
 Member since 15 November 2005
 Member #: 1
 Postcount: 6625

I didn't know about the content block on the right, because it's off the side of my screen. (I run 1024x768).

A few years ago I made the mistake of widening the site, though it was a popular request at the time. If I ever get around to building a replacement for this site the width would revert to 999px wide. Many people accepted the new width though I also copped a lot of flak for it via e-mail. I didn't take any of it personally, it is just one of the crosses that webmasters have to bear sometimes.

I couldn't connect for some hours this morning, perhaps the site was down.

Another issue I need to sort out. I recently purchased new connection equipment and there is an intermittent glitch that causes a connection drop to the server, totally random and usually manages to happen when I am not around to react to it.

The e-mail setting is indeed set to private by default so members can choose whether they wish to be contactable or not. I will look into the issue with the appropriate radio button not showing for the first time and fix it up. I should be able to sort this out this weekend.

Robert, just so you are aware, there is a narrow version of this website which a few of the members still use as they also either have older screens or vision difficulties that force them to magnify their browsers. The URL is http://narrow.vintage-radio.com.au/. The narrow version of the site is a much older version of the site software though and it does lack one or two of the features the main site has and also lacks SSL encryption.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 6:59:18 AM on 8 October 2015.
Wa2ise's avatar
 Location: Oradell, US
 Member since 2 April 2010
 Member #: 643
 Postcount: 775

QUOTE: I've currently got about 180, all of which needed some kind of repair.


They do breed like rabbits.... Which is bad news in Australia...

I have somewhere around a hundred radios myself, and I've done the electronic repairs to all of them as well. Wax caps get replaced on sight, and most of the electrolytics are also replaced. If the radios then don't work, then I troubleshoot.


 
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