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Kvarts DRSB-01 Dosimeter

Kvarts DRSB-88 Dosimeter

Kvarts DRSB-90 Geiger Count

Kyoto S600 8-Track Player

Magnetic Core Memory 4kb

Maplin YU-13 Video Stabilizer

Marlboro Giant  AM Radio

Mattel Intellivision

Maxcom Cordless Phone

McArthur Microscope OU

Memo Call Tape Recorder

Micronta 22-195A Multimeter

Micronta 3001 Metal Detector

Microphax Case II Fiche

Midland 12-204 Tape Rccorder

Mini Com Walkie Talkies

Minolta 10P 16mm Camera

Minolta-16 II Sub Min Camera

Minolta XG-SE 35mm SLR

Minolta Weathermatic-A

Minox B Spy Camera

Mohawk Chief Tape Recorder

Motorola 5000X Bag Phone

Motorola 8500X ‘Brick’

Motorola Micro TAC Classic

MPMan MP-F20 MP3 Player

Music Man Talking Radio

Mystery Microphone

Nagra SN Tape Recorder

National Hyper BII Flashgun

National RQ-115 Recorder

NatWest 24 Hour Cashcard

Nife NC10 Miner's Lamp

Nimslo 3D Camera

NOA FM Wireless Intercom

Nokia 9210 Communicator

Novelty AM Radio Piano

Olympia DG 15 S Recorder

Onkyo PH-747 Headphones

Optikon Binocular Magnifier

Oric Atmos Home PC

Panda & Bear Radios

Panasonic AG-6124 CCTV VCR

Panasonic EB-2601 Cellphone

Panasonic Toot-A-Loop Radio

Panasonic RS-600US

Parrot RSR-423 Recorder

Penguin Phone PG-600

Pentax Asahi Spotmatic SLR

Philatector Watermark Detector

PH Ltd Spinthariscope

Philips CD 150 CD Player

Philips Electronic Kit

Philips EL3302 Cassette

Philips EL3586 Reel to Reel

Philips PM85 Recorder

Philips P3G8T/00 Radio

Philips VLP-700 LaserDisc

Pifco 888.998 Lantern Torch

Pion TC-601 Tape Recorder

PL802/T Semconductor Valve

Plessey PDRM-82 Dosimeter

Polaroid Automatic 104

Polaroid Land Camera 330

Polaroid Supercolor 635CL

Polaroid Swinger II

Polavision Instant Movie

POM Park-O-Meter

Prinz 110 Auto Camera

Prinz Dual 8 Cine Editor

Prinz TCR20 B&W TV

Psion Series 3a PDA

Psion Organiser II XP

Pye 114BQ Portable Radio

Pye TMC 1705 Test Phone

Rabbit Telepoint Phone

Quali-Craft Slimline Intercom

RAC Emergency Telephone

Racal Acoustics AFV Headset

Radofin Triton Calculator

Raytheon Raystar 198 GPS

Realistic TRC 209 CB

ReVox A77 Tape Recorder

Roberts R200 MW/LW Radio

Rolling Ball Clock

Rolls Royce Car Radio

Ronco Record Vacuum

Royal/Royco 410 Recorder

Sanyo G2001 Music Centre

Sanyo M35 Micro Pack

Satellite AM/FM Radio

Satvrn TDM-1200 Sat Box

Science Fair 65 Project Kit

Seafarer 5 Echo Sounder

Seafix Radio Direction Finder

Seiko EF302 Voicememo

Seiko James Bond TV Watch

Sekiden SAP50 Gun

Shackman Passport Camera

Sharp CT-660 Talking Clock

Shira WT106 Walkie Talkies

Shira WT-605 Walkie Talkies

Shogun Music Muff

Simpson 389 Ohmmeter

Sinclair Calculator

Sinclair Black Watch

Sinclair FM Radio Watch

Sinclair FTV1 Pocket TV

Sinclair Micro-6 Radio

Sinclair Micro FM Radio

Sinclair Micromatic Radio

Sinclair Micromatic Kit (Unbuilt)

Sinclair MTV1A Micovision TV

Sinclair MTV1B Microvision TV

Sinclair PDM-35 Multimeter

Sinclair System 2000 Amp

Sinclair Super IC-12

Sinclair X1 Burtton Radio

Sinclair Z-1 Micro AM Radio

Sinclair Z-30 Amplifier

Sinclair ZX81

Smiths SR/D366 Gauge Tester

Speak & Spell

Sony Betamovie BMC-200

Sony CFS-S30 'Soundy'

Sony DD-8 Data Discman

Sony CM-H333 Phone

Sony CM-R111 Phone

Sony FD-9DB Pocket TV

Sony M-100MC Mic'n Micro

Sony MDR3 Headphones

Sony MVC-FD71 Digicam

Sony TC-50 Recorder

Sony TC-55 Recorder

Sony Walkman TPS-L2

Sony Rec Walkman WM-R2

Speedex Hit Spy Camera

Standard Slide Rule

Starlite Pocket Mate Tape

Staticmaster Static Brush

Steepletone MBR7 Radio

Stellaphone ST-456 Recorder

Stuzzi 304B Memocorder


Talkboy Tape Recorder

Taylor Barograph

Tasco SE 600 Microscope

Technicolor Portable VCR

Telephone 280 1960

Telex MRB 600 Headset

Thunderbirds AM Can Radio

Tinico Tape Recorder

Tokai TR-45 Tape Recorder

Tomy Electronic Soccer

Toshiba HX-10 MSX Computer

Triumph CTV-8000 5-inch TV

TTC C1001 Multimeter

Uher 400 RM Report Monitor

Vanity Fair Electron Blaster

Vextrex Video Game

VideoPlus+ VP-181 Remote

Vidor Battery Radio

View-Master Stereo Viewer

Vivalith 301 Heart Pacemaker

VTC-200 Video Tape Cleaner

Waco Criuser AM Radio

Waco TV Slide Lighter

Wallac Oy RD-5 Geiger Counter

Weller X-8250A Soldering Gun

W E Co Folding Phone

White Display Ammeter

Wittner Taktell Metronome


Yamaha Portasound PC-10

Yashica AF Motor 35mm

Yupiteru MVT-8000 Scanner

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Accoson Sphygmomanometer

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Aibo ERS-111 Robotic Pet

Aiwa LX-110 Linear Turntable

Aiwa TP-32A Tape Recorder

Alcatel Minitel 1 Videotex

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Alpha-Tek Pocket Radio

Airlite 71 Aviation Headset

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Amerex Alpha One Spycorder

Amstrad NC100 Notepad

AN/PRC-6 Walkie Talkie

Astatic D-104 Desk Microphone

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Avia Electronic Watch

Aitron Wrist Radio

Aiwa TP-60R Tape Recorder

Amstrad CPC 464 Computer

AlphaTantel Prestel

Atari 2600 Video Game

Atari 600XL Home Computer

Audiotronic LSH 80 'Phones

AVO Multiminor

AVO Model 8 Multimeter

Bambino Challenger Radio

Bandai Solar LCD Game

Baygen Freeplay Lantern

Bellwood, Bond Spycorder

Benkson 79 Mini Tape Recorder

Betacom BF1 Pianotel Phone

Binatone Digivox Alarm

Binatone Long Ranger 6 CB

Binatone Mk6 Video Game

Bio Activity Translator

Biri-1 Radiation Monitor

Bowmar LED Digital Watch

Boots CRTV-50 TV,Tape, Radio

Brydex Ever Ready Lighter

BSB Squarial

BT Genie Phone

BT Rhapsody Leather Phone

Cambridge Z88 Computer

Candlestick Telephone

Canon Ion RC-260 Camera

Cartex TX-160 Multiband Radio

Casio VL-Tone Keyboard

CD V-700 Geiger Counter

CD V-715 Survey Meter

CDV-717 Survey Meter

CD V-742 Pen Dosimeter

Channel Master 6546

Chinon 722-P Super 8 Cine

Citizen Soundwich Radio Watch

Citizen ST555 Pocket TV

Clairtone Mini Hi Fi Radio

CocaCola Keychain Camera

Coke Bottle AM Radio

Commodore 64 Home PC

Commodore PET 2001-N

Computer Novelty AM/FM Radio

Compact Marine SX-25

Concord F20 Sound Camera

Coomber 2241-7 CD Cassette

Craig 212 Tape Recorder

Craig TR-408 tape recorder

Dansette Richmond Radio

Daiya TV-X Junior  Viewer

Dancing Coke Can

Dawe Transistor Stroboflash

Diamond Rio Media Player

Dictograph Desk Phone

Direct Line Phones x2

Dokorder PR-4K Mini Tape

Eagle Ti.206 Intercom

Eagle T1-206 Intercom

Eagle International Loudhailer

Electrolysis Cell

Electron 52D Spycorder

Electronicraft Project Kit

Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart Radio

EMS Stammering Oscillator

Ericsson Ericofon Cobra Phone

Etalon Luxor Light Meter

Euromarine Radiofix Mk 5

Exactus Mini Add Calculator

Fairylight Morse Set

FEP Microphone & Earphone

Ferguson FC08 Camcorder

Ferguson FHSC 1 Door Cam

Fi-Cord 101 Tape Recorder

Fi-Cord 202 Tape Recorder

Fidelity HF42 Record Player

Fisher-Price 826 Cassette

Fleetwood Globe AM Radio

Franklin LF-390 Guitar Radio

Gaertner Pioneer Geiger Counter

GE 3-5805 AM CB Radio

GEC Transistomatic

GEC Voltmeter

General Radiological NE 029-02

Giant Light Bulbs

Giant Watch-Shaped  Radio

Gowlland Auriscope

GPO Headset No. 1

GPO Keysender No 5

GPO RAF Microphone No. 3

GPO Telephone Series 300

GPO Telephone Type 746

GPO 12B/1 Test Meter

GPO Trimphone

GPO Ring Microphone No 2

Gramdeck Tape Recorder

Grandstand Video Console

Grundig EN3 Dictation

Grundig Memorette

H&G Crystal Radio

Hacker Radio Hunter RP38A

Hacker Radio Mini Herald

Hanimex Disc Camera

Harvard Batalion Radio

Henica H-138 Radio Lighter

Hero HP-101 Intercom

Hitachi MP-EG-1A Camcorder

Hitachi WH-638 Radio

Hitachi VM-C1 Camcorder

HMV 2210 Tape Recorder

Homey HR-408 Recorder

Horstmann Pluslite Task Lamp

Ianero Polaris Spotlight

Ingersoll XK505 TV, Radio

International HP-1000 Radio

Internet Radio S-11

James Bond TV Watch

Jasa AM Wristwatch Radio

Juliette LT-44 Tape Recorder

Jupiter FC60 Radio

JVC GR-C1 Camcorder

JVC GX-N7E Video Camera



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Kodak EK2 'The Handle'

Kodak EK160 Instant Camera

Kodak Pony 135



It’s easy to become blasé about the impressive feats of technology that have bought us gadgets and  appliances like LED TVs, iPods and DAB Digital Radio. Equally, we shouldn’t forget consumer electronics’ humble beginnings, there really is nothing new under the sun and pioneers like Clive Sinclair, were building tiny portable radios and pocket televisions way back in the 1960s


Sir Clive Sinclair and I go way back and I first fell for one of his famously optimistic advertising campaigns back in the late sixties when I attempted to build several of his matchbox sized Micromatic transistor radios.


I had been aware of Clive Sinclair for some years; he wrote for magazines like Practical Wireless (that's him on the cover of the November 1958 edition) and produced succession a of booklets with plans for electronic gadgets; they rarely worked or relied on components that were virtually unobtainable…


The Micromatic was one of several radios produced by Sinclair’s Radionics company, before that there was the Slimline in 1963, the Micro 6 a year later and the Micro FM 1965 but at the time these were way beyond my modest means. I’m not sure that I could afford them now either, judging by the prices the few that come up on ebay have been fetching…


At about the same time -- the mid 1960's -- I remember seeing adverts in electronic magazines for a pocket TV called the Sinclair Microvision (right). This was spectacular stuff back then -- pocket transistor radios were still a novelty -- but it appeared to be a genuine product, there was even a price of 49 guineas mentioned on the adverts. Apparently several prototypes were built, using a 2-inch picture tube, but it was simply too complicated for its own good and never went into production.


Sinclair finally fulfilled his long held ambition to produce a pocket TV and the MTV1 Microvision  went on sale in 1976 ( see right). This was a revolutionary design, based around a tiny 2-inch cathode ray tube (CRT) made by Telefunken. What made it really special was the fact that it was the first (and I suspect still the only) multi-standard (525/625-line), multi system (VHF/UHF) portable TV.


It was eye-wateringly expensive and initially only sold in the USA for around $400, a huge sum back then. It later went on sale in the UK but it was just too expensive for general consumption and it slowly faded from view.


I have three of them, one working and two in bits that probably will work one day, when I get around to it. Even after almost 30 years the black and white picture is still crisp and steady and the sound from the tiny 1.75-inch speaker is surprisingly loud. The original internal rechargeable batteries have long since expired. They can be replaced with modern equivalents but I am loath to fit them as one day they might leak. These TV’s travelling days are long over now and the one that works functions quite happily on a mains adaptor.


I see fewer than half a dozen MTV1s on ebay each year and they can fetch quite high prices; £100 to £150 isn’t unusual -- particularly if they come with their original power supplies, manuals and detachable sun shield, and you can almost double the price for mint examples in their original box. Points to look out for are cracks in the front and rear case mouldings -- you’ll be lucky to fine one with the screen surround intact -- and check the telescopic aerial mount for scratch marks. This usually means it has developed a fault and someone has been poking around inside.


Although the MTV1 enjoyed only limited success Sinclair Radionics went on to develop a simpler and cheaper model this time a single standard (625-line UHF) design called the MTV1B (above). An overseas versions was also developed. It used the same 2-inch picture tube as the MTV1 but that was about as far as the similarities went. Inside there’s a single circuit board and it made use of an integrated circuit (ICs), which helped keep the size and weight down. It also had an all plastic case (the MTV1 was encased in metal) and instead of rechargeable batteries it ran on four AA cells in a battery holder that fits in a compartment next to the tube. 


The MTV1B sold reasonably well but it only lasted for a couple of years. Eventually the design was sold to Binatone in 1979 when Government funding for the project was withdrawn. Production didn’t stop immediately and a few Binatone badged models were made but I haven’t seen one for ages. There are still plenty of Sinclair MTV1s on ebay and you can occasionally find a bargain though in the main clean working examples sell for between £50 and £80, a small enough price to pay for a real piece of TV history. If you are thinking of buying one watch out for signs of case melt above the picture tube and scratch marks around the case shut-line and damaged or missing labels on the underside, which may indicate that someone -- possibly unskilled in the ways of these devices -- has tried to take it apart.


Sinclair’s final foray into the pocket TV market was the FTV1, a flat-screen TV launched in 1984. Unlike today’s flat-screen TVs, which use LCD screens, this one employed a bizarre ‘flat’ cathode ray tube. In a conventional CRT the electron gun is mounted behind a phosphor-coated screen; the tube used in the FTV1 has the electron gun at 90 degrees to the screen and the bean is ‘bent’ at right angles by electrostatic deflection plates. The CRT requires a very high voltage (around 500 volts) to drive it, and a good proportion of the circuitry is devoted to generating this voltage. To help keep the size and weight down the FTV1 uses a specially designed flat-pack battery, made by Polaroid. Unfortunately they were expensive, ran out quickly and sadly are no longer available, though batteries from Polaroid Vision/Joycam film cartridges will work in the FTV1


It’s an ingenious concept but coming as it did just a couple of years before cheap LCDs it was doomed to a short shelf life. FTV1s make frequent appearances on ebay and sell for as little as a fiver. The fact that the special batteries are no longer made limits their appeal to serious collectors but I suspect they could become sought after in a few years time.

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