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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 10:19:53 PM on 24 January 2017.
KMLEC's Gravatar
 Location: Melbourne, VIC
 Member since 8 August 2016
 Member #: 1962
 Postcount: 5

G'day to everyone,

I've had an interest in valve radios since my childhood, I remember bringing them home after raiding the local hard rubbish collections much to my mother's annoyance! Anyway after doing various electronic projects with my 150 in 1 Science Fair kit and other small constructions I decided the electrical field is where I wanted to be.
To cut a long story short that's not what happened in the beginning, I did an apprenticeship as an electrician in my thirties and continue to work at that.
I now have again an interest in old radios and test gear particularly in Australian made equipment. I enjoy reading posts in this forum and hope to be able to contribute as well as picking the brains of other members..

Cheers Keith.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 10:28:24 PM on 24 January 2017.
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 Location: Greenwich, NSW
 Member since 15 November 2005
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G'day Keith,

Welcome to the forums. As a kid, I was given a 150-1 Tandy kit as a birthday present and played around with it for a few years before graduating to kits from the former Bill Edge Electronics (now Jaycar) and Dick Smith Electronics. I was always running the batteries flat on that thing.

Every time I dragged something home from a clean-up pile I had to hide it to avoid the cries of "get rid of that bloody thing!". The irony is that is why I thought my parents gave me a bike, so I could ride past the clean-up piles on the hunt for bits and pieces that wouldn't be on today's piles. Most of what goes out now is usually made in China and less than a year old.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 10:45:23 PM on 24 January 2017.
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 Location: Melbourne, VIC
 Member since 8 August 2016
 Member #: 1962
 Postcount: 5

G'day Brad,

Yes there's not much worth bringing home from piles now. I don't have any of the old sets I found any more, but I do still have my Science Fair kit, although the circuit book is gone. I remember in particular a Short Wave set that I managed to get going, amazing stuff for a child hearing foreign broadcasts.

The internet is a great source of usable info on vintage electronic stuff and I'll be making good use of it!

Cheers Keith.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 10:48:47 PM on 24 January 2017.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
 Member #: 823
 Postcount: 6016

Welcome to V-R.

If you're looking to pick up some test gear, then you might like to consider joining the VIC branch of the HRSA which holds regular auctions for members.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 10:55:16 PM on 24 January 2017.
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 Location: Adelaide, SA
 Member since 27 February 2010
 Member #: 630
 Postcount: 392

Gone


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Valve radios, They just don't make them like they used to

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 11:03:13 PM on 24 January 2017.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
 Member #: 823
 Postcount: 6016

Gone. I didn't get any virus alert, but it took me to a gaming site.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 11:05:59 PM on 24 January 2017.
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 Location: Melbourne, VIC
 Member since 8 August 2016
 Member #: 1962
 Postcount: 5

G'day GTC,

Thanks for the info, I was sent a flyer for the HRSA and I haven't yet joined, although I most likely will.
Also for the link, I'll give that a go.

Cheers Keith.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 11:18:57 PM on 24 January 2017.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
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I removed that link. Seems it's been hijacked.

There's mention of a guy hosting that manual online, but I have not been able to find his site.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 9:12:53 AM on 25 January 2017.
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 Location: Greenwich, NSW
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I don't follow re: the virus. No viruses on this site, that I am aware of. It is regularly scanned.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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