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tony draper
31st Aug 2008, 10:22
Noodling round tinternet this am one came across this.
Very popular with us seafaring chaps were Eddistones,the desks in the cabins had a wee cubbyhole at the back and the Eddestone used to fit into it perfectly,the other popular wireless was the Halicrafter(sp?)both had proper valves of course none of these sissy new fangled transistors.
I myself had a even posher one than either of those, a Zenith Transoceonic no less,yanky kit ,it had all sorts of aerials that one stuck to the cabin wall by rubber suckers,could pickup WIMS NY heading west across the pond and Luxemburg heading back to civilisation before any other.
Listening to one's radio, eating and self abuse was the only entertainments we had in those days at sea.

barry lloyd
31st Aug 2008, 10:43
Listening to one's radio, eating and self abuse was the only entertainments we had in those days at sea.

What? All at the same time?

31st Aug 2008, 10:46
They used to [email protected] quite a bit, if I remember rightly. :}

31st Aug 2008, 10:52
Ah yes, the Wireless. Spent many a Sunday lunchtime waiting for the valves to heat up so that we could listen to the Home Service or Light Programme. "The Navy Lark", "Round the Horne" and the "Billy Cotton Band Show" featured large while we waited for Sunday lunch.

31st Aug 2008, 10:57
Listening to one's radio, eating and self abuse was the only entertainments we had in those days at sea.

It could have been worse - buggery and the lash come to mind.


Shannon volmet
31st Aug 2008, 11:00
Aah, memories. "Much binding in the marsh", Jimmy Clitheroe, " The men from the Ministry". Why can't they write stuff like that nowadays?

I have a sizeable collection of old wireless sets, both domestic and military, and most of them are still working. Might come in useful if Russia kicks off and starts chucking buckets of sunshine about. Not affected by EMP you see.:eek:

31st Aug 2008, 11:04
Spent many a Sunday lunchtime...

Not forgetting Forces Favourites with proper announcers, probably wearing DJs rather than being called DJs.

Mrs Dale's Diary anyone?

tony draper
31st Aug 2008, 11:06
Actually one told a small untruth,borrowed the Zenith off me Uncle Stan who had won it off a cousin in a poker game apparently,took it aboard me ship when we were in dry dock,everybody from the Captain down came to gawp at it and were most impressed,we were picking up the Tyne Pilot airyplanes yacking to each other and such,third engineer comes in and says we are going onto shore current ere long and you need to altered the voltage selector, worked ok for a while then a loud bang issued from same and one's posh yanky wireless was no more,so never got to try it out on blue water.
Great Kudos was gained to the owner of the wireless that would be the first pickup the radio stations mentioned in the first post on Tatlantic run post:(
Mrs Dales Diary?
"Jim is feeling Unwell today and mother has her knickers in a right twist"
One also remembers when Walter Gabriels old Greener blew up in his face,oh arrrr! and Christine Archer was burned to death int barn.:uhoh:

31st Aug 2008, 12:28
Still got my pye shortwave up in the loft, used to be more trouble lugging that around than the rest of my seagoing gear.
Got a little sony now that fits in my shirt pocket, works all over the world and picks up the bbc wherever i am. It has a fancy aerial that sticks on the window and connects to a little box with a battery in it before plugging it into the radio. Very important bits of kit are little boxes with batteries in 'em..

31st Aug 2008, 12:36
Lord Admiral D., I think that would have been WINS in New York.

31st Aug 2008, 12:36
Ahh the joy of valves, easy to sort the wireless in those days, replace the cold dark valve first 99% rate. and remember the " portables" with the 90 volt battery ...

31st Aug 2008, 13:33
When I look at that Eddystone advertisement it makes me realise how ground-breaking it would be going from no radio to being able to receive news and current affairs (as well as entertainment) over a period of a few years.
Same thing happened when television appeared.

I constantly listen to BBC Radio, and, by virtue of the internet I was able to hear Andy Murray struggling from two sets down and two match points against him to win in five sets. BBC SPORT | Tennis | Dogged Murray survives huge scare (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7589292.stm)

tony draper
31st Aug 2008, 13:45
This looks like the Zenith I had.:ok:
One remembers it as a heavy buggah but it was suitcase shaped and had a stout carrying handle.

31st Aug 2008, 13:56
I remember as a kid reading the dials of wireless sets like that, it was better than an atlas. Radio Berlin, Rome, Cairo, Lyon, all magically distant places to a 7 year old.

Maybe that's why I chose flying for a life.

31st Aug 2008, 14:13

31st Aug 2008, 14:36
This was my favourite toy, the T1154 and R1155
Loved all the knobs and dials.:ok: Then I went on to the Decca 424 as I have a thing about twiddling knobs. You could always see the aircraft target in the foulest of Wx using a touch of swept gain etc

31st Aug 2008, 16:03
Ahhh, the T1154!

Never to be forgotten as when demonstrating to a party of cadets with the front panel removed, pointed digit at valve top cap saying "never touch this" as duck board tilted and contact was made.

Still listen to a radio made in 1945 - did you know the war's over?

green granite
31st Aug 2008, 16:34
This site may be of interest to you Eddystone User Group (http://www.eddystoneusergroup.org.uk/)

I have one of these. eddystone radio receiver 1837 http://www.eddystoneusergroup.org.uk/Forsale-wanted/1837-2%20172.jpg

31st Aug 2008, 17:06
I have an Eddystone very similar to that Tony.

Still works, although have to retune it every few minutes as it drifts off frequency.


None of the above
31st Aug 2008, 17:57
One was the proud possessor of an Eddystone EC10. I remember it with affection, although it did drift somewhat alarmingly above about 20Mhz. (Perhaps I should say 20mc/s). Info and pictures here: EC10 (http://homepage.ntlworld.com/lapthorn/ec10.htm)


Ah yes, the Wireless. Spent many a Sunday lunchtime waiting for the valves to heat up so that we could listen to the Home Service or Light Programme. "The Navy Lark", "Round the Horne" and the "Billy Cotton Band Show" featured large while we waited for Sunday lunch.

Thanks for those memories. I was at an age when so many of the double entendres in 'Round the Horne' just went over my head. BBC7 recently repeated the entire series and, apart from one or two then topical references, it has stood the test of time very well. Listening to it now confirms what I always suspected but could never prove; it was absolute filth!

Happy days,

N o t a

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31st Aug 2008, 18:12
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Loose rivets
31st Aug 2008, 18:29
Oooooh Please keep this thread going, especially if you've got any pictures of an 1132a

One has to pull funny faces at one's Londony granddaughter, so must stop ppruning soon as the Rivetess reliquished the leedin' blappy. One will stay on until they unplug it, then I suppose come back from the wilds of Texas. If a hurrucain has not washed me computer away.

31st Aug 2008, 18:41

The glowing wonders have always been a fascination of mine. I would often stare at the output stages where one could treated to not only the orange, but some magical blue haze within as well. :ok:

31st Aug 2008, 19:22
remember the " portables" with the 90 volt battery ...

My first radio! I think it had a 4.5v 'er in there too. Red and grey vinyl covered plywood case. Weighed about half a hundredweight!

The Flying Pram
31st Aug 2008, 20:55
Might come in useful if Russia kicks off and starts chucking buckets of sunshine about. Not affected by EMP you see.The only problem being that virtually every thing we depend on now is computer controlled, so there probably wouldn't be any stations to listen to - except Radio Moscow perhaps!

I inherited an old Bush valve set when I was young, it had one of those wonderful "Magic Eye" tuning indicators. It also used to blow fuses every so often. I was told this was down to a "leaky" capacitor, and the answer was to wire a 100 watt bulb in series with the mains lead to reduce the voltage. Worked for years after that.

tony draper
31st Aug 2008, 21:03
Incidently the ships Sparky(Radio Officer) was not allowed to take part in the Luxemburg/WINS NY contest as they had professional kit up int Radio Room,anyway all Sparkys were mad bad and dangerous to know, twas theorised that the constant dit dit dar of morse in their lugholes drove them thus.

31st Aug 2008, 21:30
I was competent in translation of Morse code when I was aged 14 (Air Training Corps).
Fluency has gone now and I'd even struggle to write down the alphabet nowadays.

I wonder if I could still qualify for RAF marksman with the .303 Lee Enfield?

I used some of my imprinted aircraft recognition recently when a Czech airforce (Russian) Fitter zoomed over Northumberland at low level.

Will the radiation education be needed? Roentgens and all that . . .

31st Aug 2008, 22:08
I've still got my Eddystone 750 in the cupboard behind me. Lovely bit of kit.

There's a dicky switch wafer in the local oscillator bit of the bandchange switch, so it's a bit unstable on the 12 - 30 mc/s range. It's been like that since I first got it, in 1962. The LO is in a diecast box, and I've never yet found how to get inside there to deal with it.

Somewhere in this world there is (or was) an R107T that I bought for 8-10s-0d in Lisle Street in 1957. Weighed more than I did at the time! After I got the 750, I lend it to a lad down the road. He emigrated to Australia with it.

The tuner in the sound system in the lounge is a Quad FM - the original valve mono tuner with a transistor stereo decoder powered off a Zener diode in the cathode circuit of the valves. All original, 1970 vintage. We still use it as the main radio in the house - sound quality is better than anything else I've heard. I did buy a digital radio tuner, but that was rapidly despatched to the attic cos the sound was lousy in comparison with the old Quad.

Loose rivets
31st Aug 2008, 23:38

Gosh, that brings back some memories. My mum got one of these out of the paper for 30/=, in the hope that it would make me intelligent and earn us a crust. It didn't.

The Rivetess and I recently visited my old science master who helped me build a power supply for it. He got some gen out of Wireless World and rewound the tuning coils which were on banks of variable condensers behind that huge wheel. All on roller bearings it were.Anyway, we never did get a peep out of it. not one. Not even the dot from an SOS in Morse. It's strange, I can't remember the going of this. I usually know where me things are...mind you, twas 54 years ago.

Sad really, in another 3 years I would have been able to take it to work and go right through it. Probably changing all those paper condensers for nice new Radio Spares ones.