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KnobTwiddler
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Hi from North London

Post by KnobTwiddler » 22 May 2018 01:12

Hello everyone I'm KnobTwiddler, I have been interested in radio for 60 years. For the past 14 years I've been on DS, but DS is not as good as it used to be so I finally got around to registering on Skywaves.

I'm a boring 69 year old fart living in North London. I love radio and have been a licensed Radio Amateur for the past 31 years (although not very active these days). I just love all things radio like MW and SW listening and monitoring the 2 mtr Amateur Band and dxing on the FM band.
In the 70's and 80's I used to do UHF Tv dxing and a bit of Band 1 and Band 3 dxing as well, but I kinda lost interest in that side of the hobby.

Well my spelling is rubbish (praise be to the spell checker), my grammar is rubbish, my typing is rubbish and I'll probably bore you all to sleep...don't say I didn't warn you. :lol:

Regards to all, KnobTwiddler.
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Re: Hi from North London

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 22 May 2018 07:15

Welcome to Skywaves KT! :)

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Re: Hi from North London

Post by Chris Howles » 22 May 2018 14:32

Hi Mr Twiddler!

Pardon my ignorance but what is DS?
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Re: Hi from North London

Post by KnobTwiddler » 22 May 2018 15:01

John Faulkner, Skegness wrote:
22 May 2018 07:15
Welcome to Skywaves KT! :)
Thanks John... Hoping to knock up one of your Band II loops over the weekend :D
Chris Howles wrote:
22 May 2018 14:32
Hi Mr Twiddler!

Pardon my ignorance but what is DS?
Hi Chris - DS is Digital Spy forums, it's not really netiquette to post direct links to rival forums so http://lmgtfy.com/?q=https://forums.digitalspy.com/ :lol:
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Re: Hi from North London

Post by satnipper » 22 May 2018 15:17

Welcome Twiddles!

Don't think DS is rival to Skywaves though - we don't have a Coronation Street forum for one thing...

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Re: Hi from North London

Post by Nick Gilly » 22 May 2018 17:40

Welcome Mr. Twiddler! :D

Hopefully some Es or tropo logs to come soon.
Good DX.

Nick, Whitchurch, Hampshire.

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Re: Hi from North London

Post by KnobTwiddler » 22 May 2018 19:09

satnipper wrote:
22 May 2018 15:17
Welcome Twiddles!

Don't think DS is rival to Skywaves though - we don't have a Coronation Street forum for one thing...
Thanks for the welcome satnipper....you don't have a Coronation Street forum!!!!! :o :lol:
Nick Gilly wrote:
22 May 2018 17:40

Welcome Mr. Twiddler! :D

Hopefully some Es or tropo logs to come soon.
Thanks Nick... I said that I would eventually get around to registering on here. :D

Thanks for your help by the way with id'ing the station on 87.7, I obviously can't tell my Danish from my Swedish. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Hi from North London

Post by Chris Howles » 22 May 2018 19:09

KnobTwiddler wrote:
22 May 2018 15:01
John Faulkner, Skegness wrote:
22 May 2018 07:15
Welcome to Skywaves KT! :)
Thanks John... Hoping to knock up one of your Band II loops over the weekend :D
Chris Howles wrote:
22 May 2018 14:32
Hi Mr Twiddler!

Pardon my ignorance but what is DS?
Hi Chris - DS is Digital Spy forums, it's not really netiquette to post direct links to rival forums so http://lmgtfy.com/?q=https://forums.digitalspy.com/ :lol:
Right gotcha thanx!
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Re: Hi from North London

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 22 May 2018 19:26

Digital Spy has been good to us, feeding a few members to us over the years.

If anybody wants to post about Coronation Street, we have the Off Topic forum. I'm looking forward to Pat Phelan coming back into it. I mean, poor Eileen. Oooh! It's all happening on the Street!

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Re: Hi from North London

Post by KnobTwiddler » 22 May 2018 21:54

John Faulkner, Skegness wrote:
22 May 2018 19:26
Digital Spy has been good to us, feeding a few members to us over the years.
I'm looking forward to Pat Phelan coming back into it. I mean, poor Eileen. Oooh! It's all happening on the Street!
John, the last time I watched Coronation Street, it was in monochrome and on 405 lines Tv on Ch9 from the Croydon transmitter in London.
I can remember Ena Sharples, Martha Longhurst and Minnie Caldwell having a milk stout in the snug of the the Rovers Return...but I can't remember what I had for Breakfast this morning. :oops:

As for East Enders, I have never watched a single episode of that programme. :?
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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 22 May 2018 22:12

:lol: Oh, I shouldn't laugh, but I am in exactly the same boat at 57. Yes - I can remember Ena and Minnie. I don't recall Martha though. I don't think I am losing the plot just yet Arthur, but I can be very forgetful these days. If only they'd bring back the test card and music. (What's breakfast?)

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Re: Hi from North London

Post by KnobTwiddler » 23 May 2018 12:53

John Faulkner, Skegness wrote:
22 May 2018 22:12
If only they'd bring back the test card and music. (What's breakfast?)
I remember having to move the rabbit ears aerial around to get the best picture whenever we changed channel to ITV... I'm sure that you remember things like this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeUyOVk_wI4 :lol:
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Post by Brookman Spark » 23 May 2018 19:58

Martha was the one with the beret and the glasses. She spent her final earthly moments in the Rovers Return.

But what was the name of Minnie Caldwell's cat? No looking it up!

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Post by KnobTwiddler » 23 May 2018 20:31

Brookman Spark wrote:
23 May 2018 19:58
Martha was the one with the beret and the glasses. She spent her final earthly moments in the Rovers Return.

But what was the name of Minnie Caldwell's cat? No looking it up!
I have to admit that I don't remember Minnie Caldwell's pussy, but I bet you had to look it up. :lol:

I do though remember Mrs Slocombe's pussy, :arrow: it was 'Tiddles'. :geek: :lol:
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Re: Hi from North London

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 23 May 2018 23:18

KnobTwiddler wrote:
23 May 2018 12:53
I'm sure that you remember things like this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeUyOVk_wI4 :lol:
I do indeed, though I don't know that particular test card. I occasionally reminisce over these kind of things. Some happy memories, vaguely being off school due to illness or something and being able to watch schools programmes at home. Seeing those test cards and trade test transmissions, engineering info, etc. They all seem to be on YouTube these days. But I still haven't found the one about the design of oil tankers. !!

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Post by Andrew Webster,Wigan » 24 May 2018 10:55

Oooh the memories I do remember the old test cards never saw Croydon as ch 9 was Granada here but could receive other regions ATV Midlands/HTV/Yorkshire meaning we had multi channels TV back in the 60s.

Anyway welcome to the forum.

Andy
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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 24 May 2018 11:33

After looking at all those test cards, I came across this. A genius I had completely forgotten about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3QRyjtDjOk

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Re: Hi from North London

Post by KnobTwiddler » 24 May 2018 15:52

Good find John, this stuff appeals to my strange sense of humour. :)

Brilliant p**s take! I've never watched any Victor Lewis-Smith... why did I miss this when it was on. :cry:
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