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Blog posts of '2014' 'July'

PHILIPS VALVE AGEING RACKS c1955

There has been much discussion over the merits and dangers in running up valves using precious valve testers rather than the safer option of using a powered rig for this purpose.   I have delved into the Mullard document archive today and came up with the photo below which shows Willeke Fokkink in 1955 at Philips Herleen attending to one of the giant valve ageing racks - simply super stuff indeed.

 

 

HOW DID MULLARD MAKE MUSTARD CAPACITORS?

Well, this weekend, there has been a run on Mullard Mustard capacitors, or in old money - the C296 range.  So for your delectation, please find below a photograph of the the Philips designed. Mullard machine that made the mustard caps - enjoy!

 

RICHARD CRANIUM AND THE COMMITTEE MEETING

 

I just LOVE this piece of artwork which comes from a 1950s pulp novel and is titled "The Committee."     I smiled when I first saw it and it put me in mind of some self aggrandising buffoons who comprise the committee of an organisation I once belonged to - before they expelled me.  There are some true 'Richard Cranium's' about in real life not just pulp fiction

 

TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, RACAL RA17

Thought you might be interested to see a triplet of Racal RA17 in the latest incarnation in film of Le Carre's seminal spy novel.  As John Hurt and Gary Oldman stride out you can just see the lady operator turn to them as if about to say "Please Sir, my Edward Turner S meter has gone O/C."  If you have problems with your RA17 then why not give my pal Ian at 'chav free zone' a call?

http://www.chavfreezone.me.uk/racal.html