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 Site makeover is coming... soon
 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 18:22 on 26 March 2006.
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 Location: Greenwich, NSW
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It's been quite a while since I have updated this site. With Christmas and a few other events, I've been a bit snowed under lately though I have plans for further content and a bit of a makeover for this site over the next few months.

First, some news. AWA has recently been sold by Tabcorp to a group of private investors and the new owners are reported by Australian IT to be making a foray back into television with the puchase of Telefix, a TV servicing company. For some years after exiting manufacture of domestic appliances, traffic signalling equipment, defence warfare systems and gaming equipment, AWA has provided warranty servicing for Hewlett Packard and provided some miscellaneous IT related services. AWA licences its brand name to Woolworths who sell imported televisions and DVD recorders under the AWA brand through their Big W and Dick Smith outlets. It's good to see one of the world's oldest electronics companies still in Australian ownership though it is still a shame that their manufactured product is no longer home-grown.

Secondly, Vintage Radio is to get a makeover. While it has been a long time since I have done anything here, and even though I have received alot of praise regarding how good the site looks, I think it is time I gave visitors a new look. I've learned a fair bit as a web developer since creating this version of the site and I am sure that when the new site comes on line in the next couple of months it will be just as well received. This makeover will also spur me on a bit to including more content here which is something that I definitely want to see happen.

Thirdly, at this time I would like to acknowledge Silicon Chip Magazine, the second oldest electronics publication in the world, in particular the Vintage Radio column which is quite popular among its readers. It seems that the columnist, Mr Rodney Champness has taken a liking to some of the articles here and I consider it a great honour to have this magazine of national importance recognise this website in their publication. I hope visitors from Silicon Chip enjoy their stay.

Lastly, towards the end of last year I began an article describing the restoration of a small 1950's Airzone four valve mantle set and I promised a couple of follow-up articles. These will come very soon. I had to let the set sit idle whilst I have had work commitments but now that things have settled a little, I can get back into the fun of restoring the Airzone's cabinet and then doing a bit of fine-tuning work to the receiver itself.

In closing, just a reminder that Vintage Radio has a discussion forum, linked from the left side menu. You are invited to sign up as a member and take advantage of this.


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