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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 15:15 on 18 August 2010.
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In response to the forums becoming more popular I would like to add a couple of nifty features that should make navigation to the threads that interest members the most a lot easier. I will be working on these next week when I take a week off work.

1. I will scrap the 'news headlines' links above as announcements on the front page are not made as often as members start new threads on the forums. It makes sense, I think, to devote this prominent section of the site to the forums that have received the most recent comments.

2. On your profile pages (members only) I will provide a function that will display the last 10 comments you have made. Members can use this function as an express link back to the comments they have recently made.

The forum links in the right hand column will remain for the time-being so that members can get used to the newer navigation methods. I don't know what to do with this in the longer term however I could certainly use some suggestions. Smile


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 17:01 on 23 August 2010.
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Hi Brad

Have you thought of having a Readers input to Restorations and other Tutorials. I am sure that others out there that have come across some wild and Interesting Radios and restorations that they have done.

This would also be a good thing for newer people to read to learn about some of the faults that have come up and how to work through them.


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

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 10:41 on 24 August 2010.
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I think this is a good idea and would support it if members were happy to submit articles and photos. Articles would have to be fairly well constructed though and, of course, the authors of articles would receive a credit for any work provided and keep copyright for that work.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 10:52 on 24 August 2010.
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Hello Brad

Can a date against the last post links?
At present it is necessary to remember the posters' names on the forum links at the right hand side to figure out if a new post has been made.
Alternatively a last post feature could be included. This would get over the problem of two chronologically close posts on different threads in the same forum. In this case the first of them goes unnoticed.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 19:36 on 27 August 2010.
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Okay, I am having trouble with the feature I want to include on the front page in place of the news headlines. This feature will still go ahead but it may take a little more time to iron out. Unfortunately I didn't think of allowing for this when I designed the site six years ago. Sad

The good news is that the second feature to appear in member's profiles is finished and will undergo testing in the live environment tomorrow morning before launching tomorrow night. After tea on Saturday, 28th August, 2010 you should see a column of links in your member profiles underneath your e-mail settings.

As requested, these links will not only lead to the most recent posts you have made but will also feature the date they were written on. The number of links that appear will depend on how busy you have been here in the last month or two and how many forums you have posted in. Wink

I have also decided as a bonus to add an extra feature, which is commonly used on other forum software - when you click on one of the links mentioned above, youwill not only be taken to the thread that post is in but also directly to the post. This will save you from having to scroll down as you have had to in the past. In time, this anchoring feature will roll out to other functions on the site. Smile


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 21:59 on 28 August 2010.
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Another update:-

The links on your member pages are now working and have gone live. These links to recent posts you have made are underneath your e-mail settings as promised.

Through next week I will continue work on the generic recent posts links panel for the front page. Grin


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 19:06 on 4 September 2010.
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And another update:-

The front page links beside the Radio of the Week has now changed as promised. I hope members find these two new features useful.

Suggestions above have been taken on board and the latter has been rolled out in the case of the new recent comment links in your profiles. This could be added to the front page if room allowed but may get included when the new site template is completed in the next few months as the left column will be wider.

As for the first suggestion, articles from members are welcome on any subject related to vintage radio. If you write an article I will be happy to give site space to it in a similar format to the articles I wrote a few years ago now, except that members will receive due credit for the work they do. Wink


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 07:24 on 30 September 2010.
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Hello Brad, around a year ago I restored a Radio for a friend & colleague & wrote up the experience. It's been published in the NZVRS bulletin & I think it would meet your criteria of "Well Constructed". It's written in the style of "From The Serviceman who Tells" & that column is indirectly responsible for my article. "Serviceman" is a bloody good educational resource I thinkSmile
John.


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 12:54 on 30 September 2010.
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If anyone wants to have an article published here I will be happy to sort it out. Simply e-mail any material, including photos, and provide details of the author of the article.

My e-mail address is on my profile page.

All articles will be linked from a new page that I will set up.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 14:32 on 11 October 2010.
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Hey Brad
Is the any way to upload photos to forums?
Libranrooster


 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 19:00 on 11 October 2010.
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Only if you know how to code in HTML and have your own image hosting. The easiest way is to e-mail anything you want posted to me (e-mail address is on my profile page) and I will upload them to the host server and link to them. Don't forget to let me know which post/thread you need them included in.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 16:28 on 3 November 2010.
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Libranrooster has a point ..
Even though you have offered to put the pictures into the forum article yourself, it does not give immediate access to members to see with the submission ..
We should be able to put a picture file into the forums ourselves.
This would save time and trouble at trying to find another way to get the info across, especially if a member is asking for or describing an obscure item ..


 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 16:45 on 3 November 2010.
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G'day Bob,

Whilst it is a worthwhile feature, I have had some trouble including it in the past due to technical limitations, of which there are a few.

Currently, and for the next few months, I don't have my test server available in order to test new code added to the site. I am seldom content with testing in a live environment as correction of problems is difficult and has proven disruptive at times.

The other issue is the ability of the site to reject images over a certain width - this would be necessary to preserve the format of the site's template. At the moment I upload images with their original size plus a smaller one with a maximum width of 450 pixels and the smaller image becomes a hyperlink to the larger one. At some time in the future this feature would be automated and there is an easy to use solution on the drawing board which will prove more user-friendly than what is currently available on off-the-shelf forum software.

One final issue is disc space. The host server will run out of disc space within three months and my only alternative is to shift the site to a newer server that can support larger discs.

Rest assured though, once these hurdles have been jumped this, along with a number of other most-requested features will roll out. Smile


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 11:00 on 16 January 2011.
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Hi Brad, Not wanting to rock the boat or anything but I wanted to know you're preferences about content for your site.

I was wondering why the Television forums are described as being for the early sets (basically pre 1961). This limits discussions that relate to TV and makes people reluctant to post there about sets made in the mid to late 1960's.

I have had a quick look around the site and you don't seem to have any real guide as to what periods you want to limit "vintage" electronics too. Are early transistor radios welcome here or is it confined to valves only?

Depending on your wishes on the matter, perhaps a rolling age limit can be used to define vintage. e.g. anything over a certain age is welcome here.

Look forward to your thoughts on this,

Andrew


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G'day Andrew,

You raised a couple of good questions and the answers have never really been clarified beyond the descriptions shown for each forum.

Just over twenty years ago when I started collecting radios transistorised sets weren't really old enough to be considered vintage however that no longer applies as the oldest sets were manufactured before I was born and that was a long time ago. Whilst it is true that most of the content on Vintage Radio relates to the valve era there is no reason why conversations on transistorised receivers cannot take place. Whilst I have little interest in solid state receivers as collectors items I would openly encourage those who do have an interest in this era of radio to open up about it and discuss freely.

The same generally applies to television. Again, the original purpose of this website was for radios though later a forum was added for television and any aspect of vintage television, valve or solid state, can be freely discussed.

Vintage Radio did start off in 2003 as a personal website though with the addition of the forums this pretty much ceased to be the case and members have contributed many suggestions over the years that have seen the site become what it is at the moment. I've no intention of scaling back and would actually prefer more diverse discussions and content should the membership wish to go down that path.

As for the definition of what qualifies as 'vintage', I am of the understanding that this term applies to anything that is more than 30 years old, regardless of what the item is. This is where the American usage of 'antique' is not really useful here as 'antique' describes an item greater than 100 years old. There is very little radio equipment that has reached that age as yet and is pretty much limited to scientific-grade apparatus used by governments and pioneers in broadcasting experiments. My usage of the word 'antique' in the title of this website has more to do with gaining a higher placing on North American search engines than anything else. The rest of the world seems happy with the term 'vintage'.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 16 · Written at 20:22 on 16 January 2011.
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Thanks for the clarification Brad. It's basically what I was hoping to hear as its the most reasonable way of classifying what is vintage and what is not. I'm glad you have an open mind on content as it should allow for some interesting discussion as the site continues to grow.

I can appreciate your own preference for valve radios. They date back to an era that is now long past and are a novelty to most people nowadays. My own interest in TV extends to the early colour sets which are now between 30 to 36 years old. I need to constantly remind myself they are OLD because I still see many of them as just everyday items.
I guess the same viewpoint is shared by people my parents age when it comes to valve radios. They are familiar items though no longer often seen and so don't seem that special to them.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 17 · Written at 21:15 on 16 January 2011.
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I have a Thorn set here (made by AWA at their Rydalmere, NSW factory) from 1982. They had a very simple chassis comprising a single motherboard. Plenty of room to move inside the big 63cm furniture style cabinet and it still has a perfect picture in 2011. Because I now own a plasma set the old Thorn doesn't get much use now but it's too good to chuck away.

I might post a more detailed comment with photos during the week in the TV forum. Wink


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 18 · Written at 13:09 on 19 January 2011.
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I can understand the appeal of valves. But I think early transistor sets have a historical interest because of the high proportion of uniquely Australian components in them. It doesn't matter to me if they're not "collectable".


 Return to top of page · Post #: 19 · Written at 16:54 on 19 January 2011.
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G'day Sue,

My guess is that transistorised sets are certainly collectable. I suppose it is a case that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Whilst I yearn for more valve sets I do have a couple of transistorised handheld sets. One is a HMV which is in fairly good nick for its age and the other is a smaller AWA one which is still new in the box, complete with leatherette carry case, earphone and destruction manual. I paid a fair bit for this one due to its unique position as a radio that's never been fired up outside the factory. Funny thing is, the ad on Ebay never stated that it'd never been used but there's no sign that it'd ever had a battery in it and there isn't any marks on the carry case or discolouration on the white portion of the radio's plastic cabinet.

The above two receivers contain the early germanium transistors, so still no silicon at that stage.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 20 · Written at 00:38 on 20 January 2011.
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Some of the transistor mantle sets from the 60's have appealing space-age styling and colourful plastic cases. Then there's the weird 70's radios from Japan, like the Panasonic R-72 "Bracelet", commonly seen in antique shops now.


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