The family business was electronics (retail & repair). My paternal grandfather (born 1894) was very interested in the high technology of the pre-WW1 era such as aircraft and radio, I still have one of his home-built radios from 1913 that he would take to the top of Bredon Hill (a Cotswold outlier nearly 1,00ft high) to pick up Morse Code transmissions from the Eiffel Tower at midnight. In 1922 and coinciding with the beginnings of the BBC, he and a friend (Arthur Taylor) who had been in electronics in the Royal Navy during WW1, started building and selling radios locally that would receive these transmissions. The business grew and grew and over the years was managed successively by my paternal grandfather, my father and myself. I even passed top nationally in the City & Guilds Advanced Colour Televison examinations, so I'm Britain's top CTV engineer - not that it counts for much today, if something goes wrong nowadays it tends to be thrown away - how things have changed!

There are many interesting things that have survived over the decades, so it is my intention to slowly put on this website technical data that will be of help to the growing number of enthusiasts who set about repairing old valve radios.

Click on the links below and then the attached document box on the RHS of the page concerned, all the information is in PDF files and freely down-loadable, although some of books have had to be split into sections because of their size. Beware - these are large files and may take a while to download.

Mullard Maintenance Manual circa 1955 - 1956.

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