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Since I was a teenager back in the 70's I have been interested in valve radio design, and have a collection of sets, which we now take to shows with the Morris dressed up as a 'Radio Rentals' van. Some work, some don't, although I do refurbish them by replacing the capacitors, but being self taught, my electronics knowledge is limited. I'm hoping it will be something to do when I retire... :) We still rally our engines as my topic posted here five years ago, but the radios weigh a lot less to take to shows :D :D

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Being a supporter of Radio Caroline and as the 648 AM transmitter is only about 15 miles away from us, I listen on a working set, but mostly on my Grundig 'Yacht Boy' transistor, which is itself 50 years old!

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I remember the Grundig Yacht Boy, my first cassette was a Grundig too.

I think the first two way taxi radio my dad had in a Morris Oxford was valves. A massive blue thing.

I am not sure if its just me, but I can never see any of the pictures on your posts I just see a grey no entry sign.

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Hi Sean
Thanks, I will have to look into that
I can see the photos on my PC but not on my iPad so something is amiss.
I used to use Photobucket but currently use google images, but clearly not working
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I wonder if it isn't uploading them but only doing a link so you see them if you are logged in to images on your laptop, but not on another device.

I didn't know Radio Caroline was still going. I also used to listen to Atlantic 252 and Radio Luxembourg.

I can PM Mick Essex if you cant spot what is causing the issue.

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Thanks Sean
I will look into it over the next few days, thought I had it sorted. Not very good with this stuff. Facebook so so much easier, but I dislike it so much I would rather be here.
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I am not on facebook, or any other social media.

If you get bogged down, Pm Mick Essex as he has done a lot of work on the forum and there were a few picture related issues when we moved hosts/servers a few years back plus as an admin he can see details we cant.

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Hi Sean
I find Facebook has its benefits for small engine rallies, but most of it is utter rubbish, increasingly infested with know-it-alls and trolls. This prompted my rekindled interest in the Forum, and I had forgotten what a great community and source of information it is. Far better than Facebook in so many ways.
Regarding the pictures I have tried imgbb and several embedding options instead of Google Photos and I think its working now.... :)
Thanks for the tip of it not working...and yes Caroline is broadcasting on 648AM (since November 2017) as well as being on the internet of course www.radiocaroline.co.uk . They also broadcast once a month from the Ross Revenge moored in the Blackwater (Essex) and my brother and I went aboard a couple of times to have a look. Great day out! :D
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Yes it's all working now.

For all threads just been back and seen the row of cars on the East Anglian meet up page.

Thanks for sorting that.

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Around 55 years ago I found several valve radios in my gran's shed, so being adventurous, i tried to see if I could get a sound out of any of them. To my surprise they all worked - after i'd sorted out an aerial. I asked if I could have one and she said I could (could have got them all really), so I chose the best one. It's an HMV with a central dial, but also has push buttons to select channels. I used it in my bedroom after rigging up an aerial, and it worked pretty well. However, it started to get a bit smelly due to getting hot, so I stopped using it as the wiring inside seemed rather brittle. I still have it, but it was stored in my garage and got slightly damp, and really needs some love. It had a really nice tone and had a great volume - better than the transistor radio i was given to use at the time.
One day I'll have a look at it.

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Stick a V8 in it 😁

I got an old valve radio given a few years back, must have been a '50's thing, wooden with dark wood dials. It came to me as non working, I planned to take the innards out and put a sub-woofer in it and put it in the back of my Moggy, but (fortunately) unfortunately I managed to get it working, and couldn't bring myself to do it!



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Great stories, I guess the smell and sounds of these radios is something we remember from way back, parents and grandparents all had them. A bit like a Moggy I guess 😄


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