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 HMV F3 A2 Now working as good as new - Thank you Ian Robertson
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 9:31:13 PM on 2 April 2018.
Pitchersj's avatar
 Location: Albury, NSW
 Member since 2 July 2017
 Member #: 2134
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My HMV F3 A2 that I acquired last year is now working as good as new.!!!

This is all thanks to Ian Robertson.

Whilst the CRT was fine, the chassis presented Ian with a myriad of challenges and I am sure frustrations as well.

Ian has now given me a set that is even better than when it left the EMI factory in Homebush back in 1958.

It is my pride and joy.!

I can't thank Ian enough, particularly his patience with me as a complete electronic novice.
He even made the 7 hour trip to Albury to put the set back together.

Here are a couple of pictures of the set working.
I think The Beatles at Festival Hall in Melbourne is appropriate.

HMV F3 Valve Television
HMV F3 Valve Television

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 9:15:03 AM on 3 April 2018.
Ian Robertson's Gravatar
 Location: Belrose, NSW
 Member since 31 December 2015
 Member #: 1844
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Thanks Stephen. I enjoyed the road trip!

Those who know the F series will understand - a complex TV for its time with many points of failure, most of them intermittent. Throw in some dry joints that were there from new and marked as OK by the line inspectors. In those days they hadn't quite learned that you can't inspect quality into a product.

Interesting thing about this set is most of the valves were original and still good.

The following thought came to mind:

Paper, cotton, wax, linseed oil, bitumen, vulcanised rubber, carbon paste and 60 years - what could possibly go wrong??

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 2:57:17 PM on 10 April 2018.
Irext's avatar
 Location: Werribee South, VIC
 Member since 30 September 2016
 Member #: 1981
 Postcount: 353

Very nice looking set. I really like the older sets from the late 50s to early 60s that use a lot of timber in the cabinets. It's a pity there are so few around these days.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 5:19:53 PM on 10 April 2018.
Johnny's avatar
 Location: Hobart, TAS
 Member since 31 July 2016
 Member #: 1959
 Postcount: 388

Well done boys.
Should at minimum be posted as completed project/image of the month.

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