technology: September 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg Sure it might not be a 52 inch 3D HD flatscreen, but this humble set from 1946 is still going strong after having a digi-box installed for the digital switchover.

Retired TV engineer Steve Farley says his Pye B16T -- one of the first post-war television sets to be built -- is still the picture of health.

Originally bought by his father in 1946, the set was the first in the Midlands to receive TV pictures from London's Alexandra Palace transmitter in the summer of 1946.

Since then the TV has only needed minor modifications to keep it working over the years and even still has its original tube… and now it can pick up QVC, his dad would be so proud.




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