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Who can remember their first colour television?

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Re: Who can remember their first colour television?


@gleneagles wrote:

I guess some on here can even remember getting their first B&W set....what year did you get your B&W set ?


Like most people at the time 1953, a 12" Philips which lasted for over 20 years.....

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Watching Billy Bunter c1955 on a really tiny black and white. 

So engrossed I burnt the bottom of my plimsoles on the electric bar fire. “Yarooooh!” 

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Can't recall the year, but I was gifted an old banger when a friend upgraded his set.

Hours of fun ensued, with a screwdriver and a can of Servisol, looking into a mirror placed in front of the set.

In retrospect, it took longer than it should have to realise that the main cause of the awful colour was the fact that it was initially placed on top of two large Hi-Fi speakers.  Embarrassed

It lasted a few months until finances improved and we bought a new one.

It just so happened that when the set was delivered by the guy from the local TV shop, most of the country was experiencing severe co-channel interference due to unusual atmospheric conditions.

He switched on, did an initial tuning scan, and immediately said how sorry he was that the set was faulty, and that he'd go back to the shop for another. Took quite a while to convince him that I was happy with the set, as he eventually left, still shaking his head.

 

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Some of those speakers were so powerful they would permanently buckle the shadow mask inside the tube.

Used to love impressing customers when using an external deggausing coil. No need for LSD 😎 

 

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Re: Who can remember their first colour television?

About 20 years ago I had a 19" iiyama CRT monitor which made quite a noise when first powered on due to having a built-in de-gaussing system.  Not sure how common that function would have been.

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They all had internal deggausing coils looped around the CRT back in the day but some would not work well enough to clear it after they had been exposed to those speakers.  I wonder why that one on monitor made such a noise?

Maybe is was coming from the transformer as they would set up a real buzz sometimes until they warmed up.  

Strange. 👽

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@Lægen wrote:

First one.... no remote control, apart from a single button channel change.

 


Jangling keys would change channel !

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Re: Who can remember their first colour television?

Well after searching, it seems it was a feature of some other monitors too.

I didn't find an iiyama, but these two examples sound roughly the same:

 

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Re: Who can remember their first colour television?

Degaussing coils can be fairly loud if they're just haphazardly thrown in there, as they're probably not well-secured so when they're energised they'll rattle about at mains frequency (in the case of those two vids, that sounded like 60Hz) as they're basically just a wire wrapped round the tube connected across the mains with a PTC thermistor to control how much power it gets...

 

You can quieten them down a bit if you apply some silicone glue around the coils in various spots to secure them, but does involve a teardown and exposing one's self to some shocking voltages...

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Just me then, never could hear very well and used to have to hold my hand over the front ot the televison when round the back in order to feel the static come up.. Those neon screwdrivers used to work for me as well.

It's a wonder I was never electrocuted.... actually, I nearly was! 

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When in our teens, I witnessed my younger brother go flying backwards across the room after touching something in the back of an old radio. I've been ultra cautious ever since!

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Re: Who can remember their first colour television?

"Old radios" often had a live chassis construction, so touching anything metal inside them while fondling something else inside and you felt the wrath of the mains quite readily... 😂

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Re: Who can remember their first colour television?

Yes, quite possibly.

This would have been on the mid 60s, and the radio probably 1940s vintage.

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Re: Who can remember their first colour television?

Ours was a Pye Technicolor I think. It was a rental from Granada.

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Ah yes, another rental company long.

Also Visionhire, Derwents, Rediffusion, err, that's it I think.... oh wait hang on, Rumbleows! 

Crikey I feel ancient.