Weather… and all that sort of stuff

Well so much for me tinkering with the satellite dish to receive QO-100, the dish arrived and the weather arrived too! We had days of very strong wind and horizontal rain and then when the weather got better I had railway stuff on. Sorting the valves out just made it worse as the dish is now buried in the workshop. Anyway, the valves are leaving next week so I will have space (Space for space, get it? Ok, I’ll get my coat…)

This is the pile of valves to go so you see the issue facing me workspace-wise. There must be 1,000. There is half as much again behind the boxes. This finally rids me of any non-CV marked valve and all are going to a better place (no, not the dump!). And yes, those are 5 of the 21 VT98-type valves I imported. The guys at the depot managed to get all 21 crates into my (then) Astra hatchback – they were a lot better at packing that I am and I’m pretty good!

Oh eBay…

I do love seeing valves and CRTs on eBay listed as ‘ultra rare’ when they aren’t and I’ve got 3 of them…

It reminds me of the VT98 style pulse radar triode listed years ago as the only one and on at ¬£ 15k (memory may fail me here but it was a silly price). Several of us contacted the seller to say how many we had… a friend had 3, and I had imported *twenty one* of them for a few pounds each!!

Final valve deletions under way

Ok I’ve been saying this for ages now but now I have finally broken through all the rubbish in the garage and got to where the valves are! Over the next 4 or 5 days I will have finally pulled out all the non-CV types so if there is anything of interest let me know quickly. Note that I will not be creating any more ‘ex-museum valve’ pages now as there is nothing left that is particularly special.

Several will go on eBay by the box load but these will be collect only. Sorry for those of you too far away to consider this but the hassle plus the time I have to sort this make postage simply not worth it for me. What does not sell will find a new home en masse – don’t worry, nothing will be scrapped.

A couple of people have made requests for a few items and these will be sorted soon. Also, things that were donated to me will similarly be donated to other collections.

Final note – I will not be sorting files out until after the collection has been trimmed. After that I will edit all those pages where there are a mix of CV and non-CV valves on a page and remove all non-CV imagery.

Trashing websites…

Well that was fun. I had to upgrade the version of Linux on the VPS that runs this and the valves website. WordPress is happy with the new o/s but changes to PHP, Apache and MySQL trashed the valve museum site.

First off, mysql_ is gone, enter mysqli_. I knew this already but I had not picked up on the fact that there is now no replacement for mysql_result. And I used it often. There is also the fact that the upgrade did not install PHP7 so I had to get that installed, plus the apache and MySQL glue. But that was the easy part.

Ok so I got past that with a temporary solution of writing my own mysqli_result() function with the help of a suitable Google search.

Then one SQL query did not work because MySQL now wants any variable that you use in a several to be present in the selected fields. Fair enough I guess, though not sure why.

So, after modifying the PHP scripts (3 of them) it all now seems to work. Phew.

Big clearance!

So… I started work now on the garage and that’s where all the valves are. I’ve been swaying for weeks now between just concentrating on CVs and also other British military types. And I’ve come to a decision, finally. My collecting interests have for some time now been just CV types but I have also kept bits going where I have collected 1Bxx, RELxx, and Ax/Nx/Vx British types, and all sorts of other bits and ¬†bats.

I am now only collecting CV types – and by that I mean they must actually be CV marked – and will be selling off / giving away everything else. So if anything takes your fancy let me know. Pity shipping costs are so expensive these days… but then some of the stuff I have is rare so many well be worth it.

This will cut the collection considerably but will also help fund my other hobbies! I got to about 3,000 valves at one stage, currently there are just over 1,800 individual valves (plus a few duplicates), and just under 1,300 individual CV types in the collection. I will be culling many of the CV semiconductors too – I went a little mad there!

One other change is I am no longer cataloguing non-CV names, i.e. where a valve is dual marked. There are a number of these in the database which will slowly be weeded out once things are cut down. There are loads of data sources out there and the CV Registers show equivalents, so no actual loss of data. It just makes more sense to me to do it this way.

(Edit: note that some valves were donated and in such cases these will be donated suitably elsewhere)

Not a CV2429…

Here apparently is a CV2429, clearly marked on the valve which appears to have a glass tube surrounding the rod coming from the top connection going into a metal cylinder. I thought this was quite interesting when I received it, but a CV2429 is supposed to be a TR tube and looks nothing remotely like this guy!

(picture got lost when the blogs were merged…)

And finally…

I can’t believe I’ve not updated this site since last year! Well I now have 4 boxes of CV valves to sort out, including a CV2, my lowest number. A lot of valves have left the workshop – basically for free as there is so little interest and as I said before I am no longer engaging with eBay (the money is not worth the hassle). 8 large boxes of them and several smaller boxes filled a car. There are a lot left which will be listed here under Sales at some time and what does not sell will go to auction. If you see anything on the site that is definitely not CV marked then it will b for sale, except a few cases. I am even considering letting the REL valves and the 1B series go now. Most of the Germans are sold or are spoken for as are one or two of the Russian radar CRT-types. Anyway, none of those are listed as exhibits now.

An actual update! And more potential disposals.

After 8.5 years of study, including several breaks on medical grounds, and a final mad dash since last friday I finally found out today I am on the pass list and will graduate with a Ph.D. in law next month. That’s the single most intensive thing taking up all my time these past years. Well, that and the kids!

So, I finally have some time to turn my attention to my greatly ignored valve collection. And I have come to a decision. I’ve been swinging between wanting to sell the whole collection and wanting to keep on expanding it. In fits and starts I pulled out a lot of non-CV and non-military valves, many of which went on eBay until their Global Shredding Programme messed things up and I quit.

But in order to further trim the collection I have decided to strip out everything that is not actually CV marked, bar a few specials like the RELs and some of the 1B series. So, up for grabs will be all the UK military stuff that is not CV marked. Bearing in mind eBay is not really an option now I am open to offers on any or all. Do get in touch if you are interested in any.

There are a few oddments which are not up for grabs, like the parametric amplifier tube, and the REL stuff as I mentioned. But equally there is some very interesting, and in some cases old stuff in the collection which will be available.

I’ve no idea if anyone even reads these posts and so I will also be offering some around where I know there is interest. So be quick!

Updates, or lack thereof

I’ve not updated the collection for ages. There is a CV magnetron sat on my desk waiting for me to take pics, as well as a couple of fuze valves that people kindly sent me. Being realistic I am not going to get close until October this year because I am trying to complete the corrections to my Ph.D. and running out of time. So everything is on hold.

I also have 4 boxes of CV valves 300 miles away waiting for transport. uShip came up empty with really stupid prices so these may end up going by courier or me meeting halfway. Time is against me.

I also have half the workshop full of valves for disposal. Since I gave up with eBay and PayPal moving these has become difficult. That plus the complete lack of time anyway. I hope to go to a sale later this year which will hopefully reduce the stock somewhat. Some are ex-collection but most are mundane valves.