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Post by CrystalRadioMan on Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:40 pm

Every time I check in, I find I'm the only one here! When I look at the posting dates many threads have the last post in 2018! Is this site about to close down? I hope not!
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Post by Tony V on Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:04 pm

No, it's not shutting down but we have been racking our brains as to why there isn't much if anything going on here anymore. There are plenty of people joining on a daily basis but that's where it stop's. No comments from anyone. We have asked repeatedly if there is anything we can do to improve the site...dead silence. We have posted bunches of topic's to comment on..the post's show plenty of views but again...dead silence. We are at whit's end on what to do as the members overall don't want to participate. I want to thank the few posters such as Dan, Chas and you for your occasional post's. I don't know what else to say...any idea's?
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Post by jerryhawthorne on Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:29 pm

I like to help but frankly, no one is posting on this site for help. I check daily. Why, I don't know. Frankly, some of the posters that get no response post as well on other sites and get a lot.
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Post by jukeboxman on Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:14 pm

If any of you have sugestions we will be happy to listen --cant answer questions if they are never asked.

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Post by Chas on Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:07 pm

I have the latest Firefox Browser, but a few version ago the "NEW TAB" opens with a page of favorites (links with images made from the Favicon or a compressed image of the target page)

I ignored this option for a while at first as I did not know those links could be edited to be what I wanted.

The very latest version allowed me to install 24 favorites.

Top row is all the Forums I frequent.  I like to reply to specific topics ( I suppose we all do). So, if a Forum is 'empty" I will move on. I set the link to "new posts" so I don't miss anything.


I seldom post "out of the blue" Having worked in radio all my life and a lot of other jobs, I seldom need help...(sorry)...


FWIW  Retired 10ya, did a year or so consulting. Now at home I find the work never lets up... I have no idea how I found time for my radio hobby when I was working. That said there has been nothing new on the bench in the last three years. I finished up a Zenith 53, so I thought, it is working but I left the old dog bones in, mistake, one or more are current sensitive and change value as the set warms up. Volume and sensitivity drop dramatically.

But my bench is very, very cluttered, so I need to clear the bench before I can put up the Zenith.

Other non-radio projects?


I want to build another "Saw Buck, I designed and built one 10YA of kiln dried scrap 2 x x4's it is now getting a bit shaky. The sawbuck folds flat. I am enlarging the design slightly so there will be no waste lumber and will use pressure treated with either stainless or coated Torx drive screws...

I have also revived my film photography but that is going slowly...

So O.T. as usual there is the start of a new topic.

What are you working on when your not working on radio???

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Post by Tony V on Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:37 pm

Besides radio's, I work on old tv's from the 60's and earlier and also phonographs, jukeboxes, clocks, ect. Right now i'm working on a Wurlitzer 1250 78rpm jukebox. I have it working great now but the cosmetic's still need to be done. I just finished a Victor I outside horn phonograph. I also finished an Edison model D standard cylinder machine which i posted in the phonograph section on here. Basically i enjoy repairing anything that i can bring back to working condition.
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Post by Chas on Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:26 pm

I picked up an Edison 2 minute machine some 11ya. I'd like to find a kit, original or replica to make it into a convertible machine 2/4min. The "older" 2-min cylinders are often rotted, the blue Amberols seem to be in much better condition....

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Post by CrystalRadioMan on Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:26 pm

Sometimes you have to get people started on a related topic just to get them talking.

I'll try and start a couple of new topics in the clubhouse to see if it will work here.
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Post by Polaraligned on Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:11 pm

Well, my opinion is that there are waaay too many subforums. Cut it down to just one that covers all, and then let the action build up there and then add subforums as needed. The few posts are spread out over too wide of an area and it turns people off and stifles discussion.

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Post by Tony V on Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:23 pm

I agree that there are a few that could be done away with or combined. We will work on that and see what we can do. Thank's for the input!
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Post by Tony V on Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:30 pm

Well, we have freshened the forum up a bit by getting rid of a few categories and combining a couple others. We still will be freshening up the category descriptions so it will be clearer on what's in each. The whole purpose is for all of us to have an easy to navigate friendly forum and hopefully start conversation again. Thanks CrystalRadioMan for jump starting this and to Polaraligned for the suggestion. Any more input to improve the forum will gladly be accepted and considered. Thank's again!
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Post by Chas on Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:42 am

Polaraligned wrote:Well, my opinion is that there are waaay too many subforums.  Cut it down to just one that covers all, and then let the action build up there and then add subforums as needed.  The few posts are spread out over too wide of an area and it turns people off and stifles discussion.
You can "get around" searching the sub forums by always coming into TRF via this link:

https://www.tuberadioforum.com/search?search_id=newposts

That way you see all the posts that had been made.

I do the same for all forums (boards) I belong too. ARF , TRB, ARL, Philco, I use the "New Tab" feature of FireFox with these form tabs in the top row. That way I don't miss anything. He,he I also see some folks who are "desperate" for help and post to multiple boards...

Oh, be sure your browser is accepting cookies for the sites. The cookies tell the server what is "new" for your session.

GL for now...

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Post by Chas on Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:17 am

This forum came about because of both software and hosting issues with ARF a long time ago. Many users here are regular visitors to other forums.

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Setting a bookmark to the site as I had described will allow any user to see all that is going from just one click.

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The registration problem is Captcha traffic. It is a very busy site so it is difficult to get a responses that don't time out for some reason or other. When I registered Captcha was not in use...

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Thankfully, this site is void of obtuse personality's. I come here because it is a breath of fresh air. This site works for me just as does another site that has low traffic.

IMHO this site is not broken in three places, this is the way it works....

YMMV

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Post by Antiqueradios.com Forum on Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:29 pm

Sorry, but the site wouldn't accept Alan Voorhees as a user name. Also wouldn't accept arf, and I thought having a generic Some Radio Guy type user name wasn't desirable. It also rejected every email address I use. It took me a couple of hours of trying in order get get an account in order to offer opinions which had been solicited, only to be told "we don't care, everything is fine as it is".

Yes, I.run the forum that's competition, but I don't need more members. As my site gets more popular it costs me more to run it. The hosting bill is over $1000 a month. When I have to upgrade next, it will be several hundred higher that that.

If this site can make a go of it, that would be helpful for me.

Forums don't work well with sections that only get one or maybe two posts a year. Making a complicated work around of having to install a different browser and set up tabs doesn't solve your problem.

For instance I don't understand why post war radios aren't included in the Antique Radio Discussions. Nor why the Transistor sets are there either.

One more thing, ReCAPTCHA is run by Google., the biggest Internet company in the world. The CAPTCHA challenges are not tyming out.

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Post by Chas on Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:09 pm

Yes, I am visiting again today... No new topics (radio related) that I can answer to?

I could post about myself and my Wife taking the SouthCoast Artists Tour? We have made a commitment for work from one of the artists. I, am also looking at having portraits of my wife and I painted. We are undecided as to have portraits as we were at 16/17 or as we are now, as a couple or single.

Costs roughly 150/image up to 1200. Depends on the resolution. One of the artists is so detailed it is difficult to tell from a photograph, even inches away from the painting, that is the $$$$ one...
Anyone want to know more about this?

BTW, saw several demonstrations of block printing, interesting, not exacly screen printing but the though of printing to a panel would be intersting.

Also, this may warm your creativeness. In an ART tour last week, I met an artist whose husband owns a textile factory. We had quite a conversation. At one time I had many braiders and winders and had considered possible reproduction radio products. This factory makes flat braid products but as I was told there are some circular braiders in storage.

There is interest in making these operational for new products but there has to be a market. Something I will follow through in time...

What say You All?

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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:48 am

Just to make it clear, TRF wasn't formed to compete with ARF.  It was formed to help out because ARF was having a lot of failures and other issues at the time. We added things over the years that we thought would be of interest. Not to compete.......

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Post by Bill Cahill on Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:28 am

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Antiqueradios.com Forum wrote:Sorry, but the site wouldn't accept Alan Voorhees as a user name. Also wouldn't accept arf, and I thought having a generic Some Radio Guy type user name wasn't desirable. It also rejected every email address I use. It took me a couple of hours of trying in order get get an account in order to offer opinions which had been solicited, only to be told "we don't care, everything is fine as it is".

Yes, I.run the forum that's competition, but I don't need more members. As my site gets more popular it costs me more to run it. The hosting bill is over $1000 a month. When I have to upgrade next, it will be several hundred higher that that.

If this site can make a go of it, that would be helpful for me.

Forums don't work well with sections that only get one or maybe two posts a year. Making a complicated work around of having to install a different browser and set up tabs doesn't solve your problem.

For instance I don't understand why post war radios aren't included in the Antique Radio Discussions. Nor why the Transistor sets are there either.

One more thing, ReCAPTCHA is run by Google., the biggest Internet company in the world. The CAPTCHA challenges are not tyming out.

Hi, Alan. We will look at your suggestions, and, act as we feel we need to. We have actually been here for over ten years. We were starting out well, then, it crashed almost two years ago, along with a number of other forums. We intend to stay, and, hope a number of your posters would post here as well... I've had a number of personal issues that have stopped me from at either here, or, arf. Don't know why your user names were being rejected. This free French owned equipment we have our forums on has a lot of quirps. Sorry. Why don't you do some posting here, Alan? Thanks for your offer of help.
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Post by Dale H. Cook on Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:31 pm

I don't post very often on TRF or ARF because much of my bench time is spent on repairing GR / HP / Tek instruments, on repairs to customers' equipment, or on repairs to specialized equipment that I use for part-time work. I don't often work on my own antique radios because I am now mostly retired and have little disposable income to spend on additional radios. I do sometimes post concerning radios, test equipment, and instruments that I own, previously owned, or have knowledge of. You never know what nearly 60 years of electronic experience can contribute.
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Post by Thermionic_Emission on Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:00 pm

I see lots of people here who are also on the ARF. (I am Scott on the ARF). Many have posted a bit and then not logged in for some time. (I did a little spying Very Happy ) I think Alan's advice is sage. There are still too many sub-forums. I think compressing it way down to just a few is good, then expand if needed. I get the feeling that the lack of "action" here keeps people from logging in. I think there is plenty of room for another antique radio discussion forum, just like there is plenty of action on Videokarma to complement the TV subforum on ARF. I see a lot of groups now on Facebook, but I can't stand that venue. Yahoo and Groups.io have action, but those old mailing lists are terrible.
Just some random thoughts about this issue.... Very Happy

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Post by Spivey on Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:48 pm

I like the TUBE RADIO FORUM as well as ARF. I too feel like there are to many subsets on the forum, no one is really sure where to go. It takes a lot of  meandering thru the site to find where the action is. Example, I found a thread that was a good thread in the clubhouse but did it belong there and not somewhere else. I think that is a question the owner and moderators need to act on. Make it a electronic clubhouse or don't have one at all. I also think that if you start a thread or answer a question by all means follow up with what happened or did it work or what you did to figure it out. It helps everyone who attempts to help to know if there advice was used. Many people will respond when you respond. Just my two cents.

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Post by Tony V on Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:26 pm

We have condensed several forum's down to one, removed the stagnant ones and are slowly moving post's into the proper categories. As of now, i'm the only one doing most of this and am doing this in my own free time. You have to remember that this forum is run by a couple volunteers and are not getting paid for this. Our reward is for you guy's to have a place to go and have fun. It's an ongoing process and will take awhile to get it where it needs to be. Alot of this mess was caused by former moderators not doing their jobs and i am the lucky one who has inherited it...lol It will be better in the future but you guy's have to be patient. Take care and good posting!
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Post by Spivey on Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:54 pm

Thanks for the update. All your volunteer work is greatly appreciated. I spent some time going thru a lot of the forums just looking for threads of interest and they are there. Some good stuff here.

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Post by Thermionic_Emission on Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:50 pm

One fact that is hurting a lot of forums is Facebook Groups. It is amazing the action on them. For instance, I looked at one of the radio groups on Facebook at lunchtime today. A question had been posted 4 hours earlier and already had 35 responses. Of course, you get a lot of low intelligence responses on those forums, but if you can weed thru them you can get your answer, usually.


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Post by Spivey on Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:44 pm

I personally don't care for Facebook.

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Post by Chas on Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:00 pm

Just a heads up post.

Nothing in radio happening for me. I do have to followup on an offer of some 20's parts. An hours drive away...

Recent project is building up a cast off computer for image processing. Just waiting on some cables and the publishing of software, due in April...

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