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john116
09-25-2016, 03:18 AM
Hi - attached is a picture of a GE television, made in Australia, and purchased in 1969.

Just wondering if there is an American equivalent/similar looking set, and what that set's model number is?

https://vintage-radio.com.au/photos/ge-t19p3-television-1-070916.jpg



Thanks,
John

Celt
09-25-2016, 06:46 AM
Pic? Where? :scratch2:

john116
09-25-2016, 09:50 PM
Pic added correctly this time. Apologies.

Celt
09-26-2016, 09:49 AM
Good looking set!

dieseljeep
09-26-2016, 10:45 AM
Hi - attached is a picture of a GE television, made in Australia, and purchased in 1969.

Just wondering if there is an American equivalent/similar looking set, and what that set's model number is?

https://vintage-radio.com.au/photos/ge-t19p3-television-1-070916.jpg



Thanks,
John

It looks like a 1966 19" GE portable. IIRC, the thumbwheel knobs were for brightness, contrast and vert hold.
Ours had the VHF tuner on the top and the UHF tuner, where your VHF tuner is located.
Ours had mostly compactron tubes and series string, low B+ hot chassis.
Reliable, good performing sets. They even made a hospital model, with a big isolation transformer and grounding line cord. :thmbsp:

john116
09-26-2016, 04:03 PM
Hi,

The Australian version also uses mostly Compactrons, series string heaters, but with a transformer as well (I assume to drop the 240v here down to 120v or so). The front panel actually has UHF and VHF embossed in it, although obviously there is only a VHF Tuner. Australia didn't have any UHF back then. Also the rear panel has two vacant holes marked UHF for the antenna terminals. Circuit diagram available here for anyone interested:

https://vintage-radio.com.au/docs/ge-t19-p3-circuit-diagram.pdf

dieseljeep
09-26-2016, 07:03 PM
Hi,

The Australian version also uses mostly Compactrons, series string heaters, but with a transformer as well (I assume to drop the 240v here down to 120v or so). The front panel actually has UHF and VHF embossed in it, although obviously there is only a VHF Tuner. Australia didn't have any UHF back then. Also the rear panel has two vacant holes marked UHF for the antenna terminals. Circuit diagram available here for anyone interested:

https://vintage-radio.com.au/docs/ge-t19-p3-circuit-diagram.pdf
Thanks for including the circuit diagram. The circuit looks the same as the USA version. The only thing, I don't recognize is the 9BJ11 1st and 2nd IF tube, but then I'm going by memory. :scratch2:

Telecruiser
09-26-2016, 11:26 PM
Didn't Australia use 625 line 25 fps TV? Would an American TV work by just tweaking the horizontal and vertical, or were more modifications needed? Or for that matter, did Australia use something different? I was in Australia back about 1973 and everything was black and white, but I thought the standard was more or less a monochrome PAL system Inquiring minds want to know...

wa2ise
09-27-2016, 03:03 PM
Didn't Australia use 625 line 25 fps TV? Would an American TV work by just tweaking the horizontal and vertical, or were more modifications needed? ...

That, along with a different sound suncarrier frequency, would be about it. And the tuner needs to tune different frequencies.

john116
09-28-2016, 04:34 PM
Hi, yes, 625 lines, 25 fps. My small collection of US standards monochrome sets run nicely with those standards, but these days using a digital set top box and an american sourced RF modulator. Minor tweaking of vertical and horizontal is all that is required.

Telecruiser
09-28-2016, 10:05 PM
That, along with a different sound suncarrier frequency, would be about it. And the tuner needs to tune different frequencies.

That's what I thought, but I wanted to check if I remembered correctly. Thanks for the refresher!

tom.j.fla
09-29-2016, 08:24 PM
United States model is M400BGR etc, DB chassis there are a few differances but otherwise the same down to the 9BJ11. All the best,Tom.J

john116
09-30-2016, 03:43 AM
Tom, thanks for the specific model number. Would love to see a picture of that model, and also, if anyone has one for sale, would be keen to buy one. I'd pay for shipping to Australia of course.

John

wa2ise
09-30-2016, 03:10 PM
H... Circuit diagram available here for anyone interested:
https://vintage-radio.com.au/docs/ge-t19-p3-circuit-diagram.pdf

I wonder why they didn't have a tap on the secondary of the power transformer to feed the heater string, instead of having a dropping resistor. Less waste heat to vent.

john116
09-30-2016, 06:27 PM
Cheaper probably.

john116
09-30-2016, 06:28 PM
I'm also looking for two antenna rods for this set (from the GE American version), and also the antenna terminals that are attached to the back of the set (happy to pay for these and shipping).

Thanks,
John