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 Return to top of page · Post #: 16 · Written at 8:57:40 PM on 19 March 2014.
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Thanks Chris, your info fills in a gap in the information.

The "Z" suffix just means the first circuit revision since the initial design. The same goes for "Y", it's the second revision, "X" is the third revision and so on. There are exceptions to the rule as the P1 portables used P,Q and T as well as Y and Z.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 17 · Written at 9:33:15 PM on 14 April 2014.
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You have been talking about the P2 and P2z well I have a P2X which I have collected from my father. It came from grandfathers I can remember it when I was 4 and that is some 39 years ago. I will have to plug it in but I think it still works.
Rob


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 18 · Written at 10:34:04 PM on 14 April 2014.
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I will have to plug it in but I think it still works.

Plugging in electronic equipment that hasn't been powered up for years is not a wise move without first checking for potential problems. The downside risk is that you may destroy components that are now classed as "unobtainium".


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 19 · Written at 10:39:39 PM on 14 April 2014.
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An "X" revision P2! Yours is the first I've come across, I'll add it to my list of known models.

I second the warning about trying out old TV's that have been "asleep" for a few years or more. They need to be powered up in a controlled way or you risk something going "bang".


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 20 · Written at 3:35:43 PM on 15 April 2014.
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Could you upload a photo of your AWA P2X please Rob? I'd love to see it, as I never knew such a set existed!

Chris


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 21 · Written at 7:25:53 PM on 17 April 2014.
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Chris
I will post some pics over easter as I have them on my home computer will be back then.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 22 · Written at 7:43:54 PM on 17 April 2014.
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Awesome, thanks Rob! I'm looking forward to seeing it!


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 23 · Written at 8:06:26 PM on 17 April 2014.
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Chris I also have a HMV Diplomat 22 colour TV as well do not know to much about it.

AWA P2X Colour Television
AWA P2X Colour Television


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 24 · Written at 10:04:32 PM on 22 April 2014.
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Thanks for the pictures! Your AWA looks to be in very nice condition. It's very interesting to see these late 1960's TV's as there is very little information available about them.

The HMV Diplomat 22in colour is another interesting Australian TV. It dates from around 1975 and was designed and built in Sydney and was one of a very small number of colour TV's to be able to claim such a distinction.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 25 · Written at 12:13:34 AM on 23 April 2014.
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Very nice Rob! Yours is identical to mine from the exterior, save the decals on the rear. I wonder what circuit/chassis changes took place to warrant the new suffix?

Chris


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 26 · Written at 7:43:43 PM on 25 April 2014.
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Just wondering I have no Idea what would the P2X and the HMV is worth
Any Idea guys ???


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 27 · Written at 10:33:09 PM on 25 April 2014.
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I couldn't say. I paid $10 for P2 from a recycling centre. Considering there are only two known, I'd (very roughly) guess around the $50 mark. Maybe more, maybe less - I'll let the others decide.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 28 · Written at 4:54:35 PM on 10 November 2014.
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Hey guys read your forum with interest.
I have an old AWA (mustard colour) P5Y AC/DC (12v caravan job) B&W television....
I am a collector, but not of Televisions,therefore I'm seeking your more versed advice..
I just use the P5Y for display only on my shelves....

Firstly : as per directions from this website I have not plugged it on for safety reasons.

Secondly : I have pulled it apart to look at the guts and there is some very light rust,
and the "motherboard" not sure of word, has some age imperfections, along with spiderwebs.
it all appears to be there tho.

Thirdly : Casing is mostly good with few minor cracks.

Fourth : It also has a tinted screen over front of tube attached to casing.

I would like to know if in this condition it would be better to dis the guts of it, keep knobs and bits that make for good display, as I have an idea to re-purpose it, as it has that cool screen in front, thinking of making some sort of TV light feature.

My question is, would I be better to leave it the way it is from a collectors point of view, or re-purpose it without destroying it's display value..... If it were to work plugged in I'd be dissapointed I pulled it apart, also don't want to dis something that could be valued by a collector.....

And unless I have someone in the know of testing it, I'm up for dollars which has to be considered. In advance, thanks for any feedback!


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 29 · Written at 9:07:12 PM on 12 November 2014.
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As with any item that's old, if you modify (or gut it!) it away from the original you reduce the value of it to collectors. In some cases it renders something of value into something that's worthless.

AWA P5's are not particularly rare or valuable but they are interesting from a design point and may become more valuable as time goes on. On that basis it would be a shame to re-purpose the set.

With your P5, a bit of light rusting and cobwebs is nothing to worry about as that won't stop the set from working. The P5's date from the late 1960's and are transistor based making them much more reliable than the typical TV from this era.
In your case it would be worth just plugging it in and seeing what happens after a basic safety check of the condition of the power lead. You may be pleasantly surprised and it will fire up with no fuss. If you want to use the set to watch DVD's or video you'll need an RF modulator to recreate the TV signals it requires. That is fairly easy to sort out.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 30 · Written at 2:36:19 PM on 16 November 2014.
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For a brief period in the mid 60's they made attractive and stylish portable and transportable sets. I'm not sure why, but they went back to being mostly conservative in styling and engineering by the late 1960's. Maybe that's what their customers wanted?

Is that about the time Japanese sets started to appear? I recall the first Japanese sets in Australia were portables - maybe not stylish, but a lot cheaper.

Maven


 
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