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WW1 RAF Syntoniser

WW1 RAF Syntoniser

In 2019 the old WW1 RAF Syntoniser shown below, came into my possession. It was made by Siemens Brother & Co. Ltd of London.  I’ve never seen another one and can’t find out much about it on the web. I think these came into use at the end of WW1 and were used by the […]

AVO No 1 Radiac Survey Meter or Geiger C...

AVO No 1 Radiac Survey Meter or Geiger Counter

AVO No 1 Radiac Survey Meter or Geiger Counter If you attend Ham Radio Rallies in the UK, especially in the North East of England, you will know Alan Clegg a.k.a. ‘The Valve Man’. He bears a striking resemblance to Santa Claus and, quite often, helps people find wonderful things that bring a smile to […]

Netronics Explorer 85 from 1979

Netronics Explorer 85 from 1979

Back in the mists of time, before mobile phones, flat screen TV, the internet and many of the modern technological marvels, personal computers were very much in their infancy. Many people I knew were playing with Motorola 6502 based computers; we used those at university in the form of a Rockwell AIM-65.  I’d been working […]

There is insufficient memory or disk spa...

There is insufficient memory or disk space. Word cannot display the requested font.

Error: There is insufficient memory or disk space. Word cannot display the requested font. This recently became a problem with a friend’s computer; he runs Windows 10 with Office 2010.  When trying to print certain documents, this error would pop up; he has plenty of memory and disk space. There were three things done in […]

How to Activate Windows XP without Micro...

How to Activate Windows XP without Microsoft

Some time ago now, Microsoft turned off the on-line activation service for Windows XP; after all, it is obsolete and well past ‘end of life’.  There are however, still some people running it on legacy machines to support older software…and of course for historical reasons.  If you ever have to reinstall it, you will still […]

Download iBooks from your iPhone or iPad...

Download iBooks from your iPhone or iPad to your PC

My quandary… I’ve been saving various documents, magazines and other publications, mainly PDFs, to iBooks on both my iPad and iPhone over the years.  This is fine if you want to read them on the device or backup and restore to a new device. But what if you want to get rid of your iPad […]

Changing the location of your iTunes bac...

Changing the location of your iTunes backup folder

Disclaimer The information provided here is offered on an ‘as-is’ basis…i.e. it worked for me and others, it should work for you, but you use it entirely at your own risk.  If you don’t know what you’re doing, ask a friend who really knows what they’re doing. Why would you want to do this? If […]

Maplin Ranger 160m Receiver

Maplin Ranger 160m Receiver

Maplin produced another little receiver, in addition to the famous direct conversion project from 1988…it was called the Maplin Ranger.  The 160m receiver covered from 1.8 to 2.2MHz and was designed for AM, SSB and CW.  This time the receiver is a ‘proper’ superheterodyne design with an IF of 455KHz. I obtained one of these […]

Hozelock Polyspray 3 O-Ring

Hozelock Polyspray 3 O-Ring

I really don’t like throwing things away that can easily be repaired…especially when they are well made. Sadly, many of the manufacturers make it difficult and costly to get spares. I have an old Hozelock Polyspray 3 garden sprayer for weedkiller and the like. It works well and it’s easy to carry around. The rubber […]

Yaesu FT-897 Ceramic Filter Problem

Yaesu FT-897 Ceramic Filter Problem

The Yaesu FT-897 has been around since about 2002…they’ve sold thousands of them and they are still popular today.  The FT-897 is pretty much a ‘shack in a box’ covering all the HF bands plus 6,2 and 70.  Yaesu, at the time of writing, still have all the details on their website here…so I won’t […]

 
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