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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 4:35:02 AM on 12 July 2018.
Don Cavey's Gravatar
 Location: Fernandina Beach, US
 Member since 10 July 2018
 Member #: 2265
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I found this forum and hope to keep up with my Australian friends. My interests are mainly valve audio equipment. However most any electronics interest me but I am just a hobbyist. I started with electronics whilst in the US Army. I was a Pershing Missile Guidance Section Repairman. That was my formal training in 1968 and I have always been interested in electronic "stuff".

My daughter lives in Greensborough, VIC so I am familiar with Australia having been there 12 times in recent years. I have traveled up and down the east coast and have been to Perth. Also have been to Ballarat. What a privilege that I have to be able to visit "Down Under" several times a year.

I am also interested in aviation and have been to the Australian National Aviation Museum in Moorabbin. And since I am also a private pilot in the US. I was able to fly a Piper Cherokee Archer II out of Lilydale Airport. We did the circuit around Melbourne. What another privilege that was!!

Whilst I may not be able to contribute much to this forum, I certainly will support it. I must thank Marc, also from VIC for assisting me with the restoration of a President-Tasma valve radio. Thanks to him for sending me the schematic for the radio.

President Tasma Valve Radio

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 1:59:36 PM on 12 July 2018.
GTC's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
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Welcome to V-R. There's plenty of help available here just for the asking.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 7:09:51 PM on 12 July 2018.
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 Location: Naremburn, NSW
 Member since 15 November 2005
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G'day Don,

Welcome to the forums. Your photo is uploaded.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 8:10:12 AM on 13 July 2018.
Don Cavey's Gravatar
 Location: Fernandina Beach, US
 Member since 10 July 2018
 Member #: 2265
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G'day Brad and thanks for posting the picture and allowing me to join the group. I will start a thread on this radio in another forum where it may be appropriate. It works well and thank you Marc for your help with it.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 9:47:04 AM on 13 July 2018.
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 Location: Wangaratta, VIC
 Member since 21 February 2009
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Helping is what many with radio fixing experience do on the forum. Fixing them by correspondence is actually a challenge: Don would note that with a couple on the American "Antique Radio Forum", this can be an "experience" that can be in the extreme, to the point of wanting to take up baseball, to get another servicing tool.

The big difference here is that there were AC/DC sets, but very few live chassis types, and few of them have survived. There are imported European ones that are actually live chassis, compared with America that has a huge amount of live chassis stuff..

Otherwise they all basically follow the same plot, with variations that can have significant affect on reliability & performance. So like me working the other way around you may find you are able to contribute here.

I have actually not retired from fixing them & there are two in work: Had a slow period & ran out of parts as stock was run down. Naturally the "line" suddenly has 10. And both have maximum problems that run down resistor & cap stocks.

Note same Avatar on both forums.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 4:12:55 AM on 10 July 2020.
Don Cavey's Gravatar
 Location: Fernandina Beach, US
 Member since 10 July 2018
 Member #: 2265
 Postcount: 3

I realise that it has been just shy of two years since I joined and introduced myself. But please understand that I am still interested and very thankful for the privileged of working on vintage valve equipment and, being able to visit Australia.

Marc and I still correspond via email and the Antique Radio Forum in the US. Interesting, to say the least.

Thanks and please be safe.

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