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  Bring back 78 rpm Records 405 Line TV A history of Car Radios Motorola Car Radios British HiFi in the 50s and 60s, a golden age How to protect your electrical equipment Juke Boxes Portable Radios TV sets, what to buy, when to repair, how to look after……. What to look for when your

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Bring back 78 rpm records???

A listeners’ request during my Valle radio 50s-60s wanting to hear a tune only available on a 78 rpm record, got to thinking about how recordings have changed over the last 50. The younger generation will have no idea what a 78 rpm record is. Ask to compare it to a CD, iPod etc, and

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Let’s have black & white 405 line television back!

  In the 30s John Logie Baird was playing with his version of television. This was an electro-mechanical system and consisted of a metal disc with holes punched in it spinning in front a neon tube. The resulting picture was 3″ square, orange and viewed through a magnifying glass. You had to connect this contraption

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A brief history of time, Car radios!

  Now, the radio and car were invented around about the same time, Marconi did the radio and another chap did the car. One day, in the 1930s, someone had the bright idea of putting the two together. The problem was, radios in those days were rather large. Nice big valves and requiring a 20

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Seems like cars have always had radios, but they didn’t. Here’s the true story: One evening, in 1929, two young men named William Lear and Elmer Wavering drove their girlfriends to a lookout point high above the Mississippi River town of Quincy, Illinois, to watch the sunset. It was a romantic night to be sure,

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British HiFi in the 50s and 60s, a golden age

In the 50s, Britain acquired quite a name in the HiFi world. The war effort had halted development and manufacturing of commercial radio and recording and by the mid 50s things were starting to look a bit more rosie, with more money around to be spent. Before the war, Medium wave radio was the thing

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