Radio Display at the Chiltern Traction Engine Club end of year rally 2005


The last weekend of October each year sees the Chiltern Traction Engine Club's end of year rally, normally held at Honour's yard, in Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire. The rally is on Saturday, with a road run out through Chorleywood, to the Red Lion at Chenies for lunch, then back to the yard on Sunday.

This year, as a member of the club, I decided to display a very small part of the collection on the Saturday.

Aveling and Porter compound traction engine viewed over radios....

You can also see a corner of an AEC Matador, and the top of a Sentinel steam lorries chimney

Table one.

(Back row from left) HMV 1360, Murphy A148 "Shortwave Special", Amplion ADP1 (with battery).

(Front row)Kolster-Brandes FB10 "Toaster set",Marconi T43DA "Companion", Hacker RP37A "VHF Herald", Roberts R66, Philips B3G85U.

Table two.

(Back row) Hacker RV14 "Mayflower", Philips 84D803A "Sirius", Pye P123BQ (on top of Philips), AVO "Multiminor" Cossor 524 "Melody Maker"

(Front row) Wartime Civilian Receiver (Utility set), "Lord Kelvins Testing Set No15", Gecophone "Osram 4 Music Magnet", homemade crystal set, Montgomery - Ward 84KR1520B "Airline", Kolster - Brandes "Pup"

The posters on the front of the tables are the set of three "wireless posters" issued by the British Vintage Wireless Society.

Exhibit labels were prepared using the "Label" facilities in Microsoft Word.

The display generated a fair amount of interest, and at least no-one who owns a full size steam engine can accuse a mere radio collector of madness! BUT my wife does. A few conversations throughout the day yielded contacts for some more radios, a little repair work, a quantity of components and a previously unknown surviving PAM710 transistor set (Britains first transistor set). I've also had two requests for displays and talks at other clubs. On the whole, a very enjoyable and profitable day!

Just to round off, here is a link to the home pages of Burrell engines "Britannia" and "King George V", which were both in attendance on the day:

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