Making an Audio Input Adapter Cable for a 1950s Vacuum Tube Radio

I recently fixed up my first vacuum tube radio, a 1956 Philips 353A, which now works well and sounds fantastic and is set up in our front room. The AM/FM signal reception in our house is relatively poor, however, and I noticed that this radio has a “Gramophone Pick-Up” input, which is basically just anContinue reading “Making an Audio Input Adapter Cable for a 1950s Vacuum Tube Radio”

Building a Dim-Bulb Tester for Vintage Radios & TVs

I recently bought my first ever vacuum tube radio, a 1956 Philips 353A AM/FM set, which is by far the oldest item in my collection. I’ve been wanting to get into vintage radio restoration for some time now (after watching YouTube channels such as the excellent Mr Carlson’s Lab), as I find the electronics fascinating.Continue reading “Building a Dim-Bulb Tester for Vintage Radios & TVs”

My New Home Electronics Workshop

My partner and I recently bought our first house together, in Billingham – a town currently in the spotlight for its association with one of the new COVID vaccines. Among the obvious work that needed doing to make the house “a home” (i.e. decorating, electrical work, central heating work, joinery work, etc), one of myContinue reading “My New Home Electronics Workshop”

Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k+2A/+2B/+3 PSU Build

I like to keep an assortment of working power supplies for various vintage computers in an accessible manner, alongside all my test equipment, so I can easily power up pretty much any computer or board that I might need to. However, I’m often reluctant to use most original power supplies, as they are inefficient, unreliable,Continue reading “Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k+2A/+2B/+3 PSU Build”