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This programme follows the developments in early wireless from the crystal set to the thermionic valve. Gerald Wells, a well-known collector of early wirelesses, describes the tuning in procedure f...or a 1925 valve set and the foundation of the first wireless shops, based as they often were on bicycle repair establishments. Gerald Green and Melinda Walker read extracts from contemporary "Wireless" magazines, including a set of 'hints and tips' from the first edition. Dr Tom Going and Keith Thrower discuss the commercial and technical developments in the valve between the wars, and the programme ends with a cautionary tales from Gerald Wells about the perils of the 1930's valve tester.
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Series: Technology Faculty Radio; Series T006
Episode 1
First transmission date: 1996-08-18
Original broadcast channel: Radio 4 LW
Published: 1996
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Duration: 00:29:16
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Producer: Philip Ashby
Contributors: Tom Going; Garard Green; Keith Thrower; Melinda Walker; Gerald Wells
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Crystal set radios; Valve testers; Valves
Master spool number: 95YT0365
Production number: 95YT0365
Available to public: no