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11-12-2014 01:24 AM  3 years agoPost 1
GyroFreak

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Imagine this being a big deal back in the 50's.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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11-12-2014 03:59 AM  3 years agoPost 2
gologo

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......oh the wonders of technology....

BTW GYRO, happy Veterans Day to ya!!!

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11-12-2014 05:45 PM  3 years agoPost 3
Wedge77

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I remember the night my dad brought home our first COLOR tv.... funny, you don't think about that stuff, but at the time we were the coolest people around! LOL

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11-12-2014 07:21 PM  3 years agoPost 4
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My wife got remote control led bees wax candels, that flicker, when you turn them on with the remote you can set it for 5hour or 10 hours then they will turn on the same time of day for 5hrs or 10hours

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11-12-2014 09:19 PM  3 years agoPost 5
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In the mid 60's my grandfather was disabled from a stroke and we bought him a Zenith TV with remote. It was called "Space Command" by that time and the remote was a mechanical device that generated semi-audible tones that were received by the TV and converted to desired commands. I thought it was pretty neat at the time.

In the early 70's after getting married, my wife wanted a color TV but I was too cheap to buy one. Mostly because they really weren't very reliable and seemed to require quite a bit of maintenance to keep them working and with a decent picture. I remember going on a trip or something and while gone, she went out and bought that TV. I wasn't very pleased when I returned but guess what ...... we never had a black and white TV after that.

Those days were a far cry from what we enjoy and take for granted today.

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11-12-2014 09:32 PM  3 years agoPost 6
GyroFreak

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Mostly because they really weren't very reliable and seemed to require quite a bit of maintenance to keep them working and with a decent picture.
Yep, my first color TV was a Heathkit. Took a couple of weeks to build, cost more than if I bought a regular color set, BUT, all the maintenance, alignments, and repairs were done by me. Heathkits were designed for easy maintenance with lots of well defined test points and a very through troubleshooting guide. It even had built in pattern generators for alignment.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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11-13-2014 12:15 AM  3 years agoPost 7
EEngineer

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In the mid 60's my grandfather was disabled from a stroke and we bought him a Zenith TV with remote. It was called "Space Command" by that time and the remote was a mechanical device that generated semi-audible tones that were received by the TV and converted to desired commands. I thought it was pretty neat at the time.
It was also the first wireless remote control for TVs.

Used "ultrasound".

Mine used to "sound" like it hissed wheen the buttons were pushed.

Zenith is now owned by LG electronics, a south Korean company.

FWIW

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11-13-2014 12:27 AM  3 years agoPost 8
EEngineer

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Color TV was invented much earlier....in the late 1920's.

RCA was involved in patent infringement lawsuits against a guy named Philo Farnsworth.

In 1935, the US patent office ruled in Farnsworth's favor....and in 1939, RCA settled with Farnsworth and paid him 1 million dollars, as well as license payments to use Farnsworth's patents.

This litigation delayed color TVs commercial deployment until much later.

Farnsworth appeared on the old TV show called "What's My Line" and "stumped" the "panel".

FWIW

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11-13-2014 12:49 AM  3 years agoPost 9
TruckRacer

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In the early days, only NBC had color broadcasts and then only a very few programs .... usually on the weekends and nights in prime time. The early sets had a huge round picture tube but most of it was masked off to a sort of rectangular shape for the viewing area by the TV cabinet front panel / bezel. I use to work on TV's while in high school for spending money and had quite a collection of both color and B/W older sets. It was very difficult to keep the color sets working and adjusted. A simple change in voltage, a bump on the cabinet or any one of a hundred other things would put them out of adjustment and the colors would be off. Even on a good day, the picture quality was poor compared to the quality B/W sets from the period. I may be wrong on this one but I believe that only RCA produced color sets for many years. Later on I can remember seeing a label on a non-RCA color TV that said "made under license from RCA". Now, RCA no longer exists as a company.

Like so many things in life, younger people today have no idea how things were back in the day when so many products we use today were being developed.

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11-13-2014 01:09 AM  3 years agoPost 10
EEngineer

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I remember when TV repairmen would come to your house.

For me, it was the highlight of the day.

He taught me what the knobs were on the back of the TV.

Like horizontal and verticl hold.

Showed me how to place a cosmetic mirror on the TV stand so you could adjust knobs and seeing the effect on the picture.

At the convenience stores in those days, they had tube testers, and I used to covertly take some tubes out to test them there.

Loads of fun.

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11-13-2014 01:26 AM  3 years agoPost 11
Heli143

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Tube testers LOL

Memories... If the TV went out I would look in the back and see which tube was not lit. Pull it out and head for the drugstore (not pharmacy like now) buy a new tube and the T V was back in service

Roy Mayoral

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11-13-2014 02:02 AM  3 years agoPost 12
EEngineer

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Dang transistors ruined the fun....

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11-13-2014 03:19 AM  3 years agoPost 13
TruckRacer

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Des Moines, Iowa

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Ya and if it wasn't a dead tube (early days) it was a blown cap or burned out wire would resistor. Sometimes just follow the smoke trail. In later years when tubes were still used, it seemed the newer ones were more prone to develop shorts or gas problems where older ones just burnt out the filaments.

Times really got interesting when the chassis construction switched from hand wiring and soldering to printed circuit boards. The old phenolic circuit boards just couldn't take the heat and literally just fell apart. Quite a few old TVs went to an early grave when they just couldn't be repaired.

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11-13-2014 05:01 AM  3 years agoPost 14
EEngineer

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The old phenolic circuit boards
I love the smell of burnt phenolic in the morning.....

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11-13-2014 12:28 PM  3 years agoPost 15
fenderstrat

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Dang transistors ruined the fun....
hey,this is why I have a MARSHALL tube amp.You need to pick your spots for fun these days ...although I must say the amp I have now is incredibly reliable,hundreds of gigs and not so gentle after gig(and maybe a few jack and cokes)moving and no issues...but many of the horror stories of older tube amps was guys swapping out tubes WITHOUT re-biasing

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11-14-2014 12:49 AM  3 years agoPost 16
EEngineer

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Just kidding with the transistor comment...

Was fun to make transistors from a silicon wafer.

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11-14-2014 02:28 AM  3 years agoPost 17
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I don't miss the early Germanium transistor days. Many of those, especially Germanium power transistors were more fickle than tubes.

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