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Old 30th March 2016, 00:12
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Valve radio repair

Is there anyone on here, preferably within a decent traveling distance of Anglesey, able to repair a PYE valve radio similar to this one?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PYE-VALVE-...MakeTrack=true

If so, I would love to have my old radio repaired. It was fine all the years I used it till I switched it off to move house. It has never worked since.
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Old 30th March 2016, 00:18
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Coastie, a very basic answer, since you had a move it could have jarred a tube loose out of the socket/seat,try pushing them back in.
Most likely you have done this already but it's worth a try.
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Old 30th March 2016, 01:09
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Hi John.
Never thought of that, will give it a try, thank you.
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Try asking here:-

http://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/index.php

There are a lot of people on that site who specialise in domestic radios and they will be happy to advise you on repairs.


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Old 30th March 2016, 11:41
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Coastie... Assuming the wireless is faulty would you be able to repair if you had a circuit diagram?
Cct diagram and maker's info available on:-

http://www.service-data.com/section.php/6662/1/e15068

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Is the going rate for repairing a crew members radio still a case of Tennent's?

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Old 30th March 2016, 13:13
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You have moved?
Not in the last 12 years I haven't!
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Coastie... Assuming the wireless is faulty would you be able to repair if you had a circuit diagram?
Probably not.

Many thanks Folks for your replies.
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Is there anyone on here, preferably within a decent traveling distance of Anglesey, able to repair a PYE valve radio similar to this one?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PYE-VALVE-...MakeTrack=true

If so, I would love to have my old radio repaired. It was fine all the years I used it till I switched it off to move house. It has never worked since.
Errrrrrm .......... have you plugged it in?
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Errrrrrm .......... have you plugged it in?
Don't confuse him Ray, he is having a problem finding a wall socket.
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Old 30th March 2016, 20:07
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Don't confuse him Ray, he is having a problem finding a wall socket.
That statement is probably closer to the mark than you imagine John!
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That statement is probably closer to the mark than you imagine John!
My lips are sealed. I hope he gives us some feedback after finds the end of the wire where the plug is.
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My lips are sealed. I hope he gives us some feedback after finds the end of the wire where the plug is.
Or This:

http://www.radiomanuals.info/informa...1199/s1141.pdf
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Is there anyone on here, preferably within a decent traveling distance of Anglesey, able to repair a PYE valve radio similar to this one?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PYE-VALVE-...MakeTrack=true

If so, I would love to have my old radio repaired. It was fine all the years I used it till I switched it off to move house. It has never worked since.
Coastie,

If you don't have any luck finding anyone I'll have a look at it for you. If I can't fix it I'm sure I can find a man that can!

Oh and I'm local...
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Errrrrrm .......... have you plugged it in?
Many times......having shaken it first, then spat in the back and banged it!!
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Old 30th March 2016, 22:02
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That statement is probably closer to the mark than you imagine John!
Yeah, yeah, that's right, talk about me behind my back!!
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Old 30th March 2016, 22:03
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Coastie,

If you don't have any luck finding anyone I'll have a look at it for you. If I can't fix it I'm sure I can find a man that can!

Oh and I'm local...
Many thanks John.
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Old 30th March 2016, 22:20
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Wow! what a blast from the past. I haven't looked at one of those sheets for years. how many too many....
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Old 30th March 2016, 23:58
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Why not have abash yourself with the "expert" guidance of the radio fogies of SN.

Do the valves light up?

Is there a fuse or two?

(Valve pins are easily enough googled and a meter or lamp and battery can easily determine continuity).
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Old 31st March 2016, 03:08
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Hmm, good point Varley.
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Old 31st March 2016, 07:57
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Beware before poking around inside when switched on!
There are lethal voltages in there especially across the secondary of the mains transformer shown on the bottom right hand corner of the circuit diagram..
OMG Coastie, do NOT even contemplate taking the back off that set!
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Old 31st March 2016, 08:50
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Before looking at the valve filaments; Do the scale lights come on? Does anything happen when you switch it on?

IF, big IF you take the back off - just look and do not touch anything.
IF you take up Varley's suggestion then switch it off and unplug it.
Lift each valve out very gently and replace before you lift the next one.
The heater pins on the valves are the ones either side of the locating peg, (the voltage is 6.3v) - a simple continuity test should show fault or not.

If I could do that sort of thing when I was 11years old, then I'm sure you should be able to manage.
Any doubts at all? Just leave it - Good luck!

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Wow, how could Coastie have managed it to retirement without us hedging him in with these direst of warnings.

Don't do any of what I have suggested while in the bath or outside if it is raining (the water ruins the French Polishing). Don't check for juice or 'blown' fuse by putting your fingers across the terminals or, which may offend some professionals, check to see if something is live with the back of your hand.

Make lookie lookie in ventholes to see if valves light. Switch off before pulling valves and leave many time, many time for any capacitors to discharge (at an earlier age than ML Mother ignored my warning and got a belt from the TV, she survived till 80 because she learned from the lesson).

You cannot live for ever. But you can at least live a little.

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Old 31st March 2016, 11:50
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DV,
I think that it is probably safe to say that you have got Coastie really worried now...
Hopefully stick with plan 'A'

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