Welcome to the official Eddystone User Group Web Site.
This site is dedicated to all collectors of Eddystone Radio products, most of which were manufactured at the "Old BathTub" in West Heath Birmingham from 1940 until 1995. The history of Eddystone Radio is a long and fascinating one.The company's origins begin with a badge and fancy goods manufacturer in the early part of the 20th century, saw the start of radio broadcasting in the 1920's and saw it play a major part in equipping the armed forces with radio communications equipment during the Second World War. After the war the company became associated with another great name in radio., The Marconi Company. After being suppliers to that company for twenty years it was eventually to become a wholly owned subsidiary in 1965. It remained a Marconi company for nearly forty years until Marconi started its serious decline into oblivion under the successors to GEC's Lord Weinstock. The history of the company can be found on the index panel to the left.
The Eddystone User Group was started by Ted Moore G7AIR in 1990 and was a membership organisation up until April 2006. During that time some 96 issues of the EUG newsletter were published, plus numerous supplements and technical information about this great company.
With the retirement of the last organiser/editor, Graeme Wormald G3GGL, we decided that the mass of information that we had gathered over the years was important enough for us to make it accessible to all so we have built this web site. Since April 2006 we have been able to collect over 3Gb of information all of which is freely available to download. Study the index pane on the left hand side of your screen. We have histories, technical information, articles on restoration, newsletters, service manuals, a for sale and wanted page plus lots more.
The site is now managed by the same people who previously ran the Eddystone User Group. We are no longer a membership organisation but have set up a not-for-profit trust to ensure that the information and archive material we have gathered over the years is available through this web site for the benefit of all. We will be pleased to accept offers of Eddystone archive information in digital form for up-loading on the web site. The web site will be financed by the trust who will rely on donations and hopefully some sponsorship. If you are an Eddystone enthusiast and possibly a previous member of the EUG then we would welcome your donations. Follow the link on the left panel.
Chris Pettitt G0EYO - Webmaster and Patron of the Eddystone User Group
WANT TO BUY A COLLECTION OF EDDYSTONE RECEIVERS
Clemens Ostergaard in
Aarhus, Denmark, on the peninsula at the other side of the North Sea is
selling his collection of Eddytones. He cannot face the idea of selling my
rx's individually, packing and sending them. So he thought he might offer a
package deal, at a low price, and hope that someone will jump in a van,
cross from Colchester/Harwich to Esbjerg, drive two hours up to Aarhus and
make the pick-up. The following sets are almost all working, in good
condition, and with manuals
Eddystone 830/5 (almost totally identical with the /7 but made for the Swedish Armed Forces)
Eddystone 880 (great rx)
Eddystone 850/4 VLF
Eddystone 770U (two of those, one works, one does not)
Clemens is looking for offers in the region of £1100 collected and can be contacted on email@example.com for more details if you are interested in this package.
NEED an EC10 FREQUENCY SCALE?
Ian Nutt is considering getting some EC10 frequency scales made and needs to judge what sort of demand there might be is looking for expressions of interest from EUGers. Ian thinks the cost would be in the region of £8-£15. Please e mail Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be interested
MEMENTO OF RSGB'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 1988
In 1988, Eddystone Radio were approached by the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) to participate in their 75th Anniversary Celebrations at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. We came up with the idea of showing a couple of sets from each decade from 20s-30s-40s-50s-60s-70s-80s using a six sided display. Each display had pictures and information on sets from that decade and on a table in front of the display we put a couple of sets from that decade. Unfortunately we didn't get any good pics of the display nor the display that the RSGB put on using exhibits from their Potters Bar museum. We provided a printed list of all the sets displayed at the event including those belonging to the RSGB and from other ham's collections. This catalogue can be found here
NEW EDDYSTONE PRICE GUIDE
Dicky Dickinson has produced a guide to E bay prices for Eddystone sets between 2009 and 2012 this replaces the one I did some 7 or more years ago. It will be updated once or twice per annum You can find the guide here
Ted MooRE silent key 1933-2011
Ted Moore, the founder of
the Eddystone User Group who died in August 2011 aged 78, was one of those
somewhat eccentric and mercurial British characters, in whose life the
boundary between fact and his imagination was not always clear.
He was a capable radio technician, having spent
many years in the industry both in England and abroad. During that time he
developed a special appreciation and knowledge of Eddystone receivers as
they were extensively used by the official government services. He was
employed in servicing them.
In 1990, Ted approached Chris Pettitt, G0EYO,
then MD of Eddystone Radio, requesting permission to use copies of
schematics from older sets in a newsletter he wanted to develop specifically
for Eddystone enthusiasts. Chris, having a keen sense of industrial history
himself, readily agreed and so the EUG was formed with Ted writing, printing
and distributing the EUG newsletter with his wife Kathy
A few years after founding the EUG, however, Ted
found his private affairs in some difficulty and he was unable to continue
to issue the newsletter. Chris, recognising the value of a supporting group
of users, took the decision to assist the Group by publishing the newsletter
and administering the Group under the aegis of the Eddystone company. A
little while later, a chance visit to the factory by Group member Graeme
Wormald resulted in his being invited to edit the newsletter (later called
'Lighthouse") with factory support and co-operation. This arrangement lasted
for a few more years, with Ted Moore continuing to write his column in every
issue. In 1995 the Eddystone Factory moved to Selly Oak and Chris in
addition to his Eddystone duties also became General Manager of the Marconi
Broadcast Division in Chelmsford. So it was that, in 1996, that Graeme
undertook to run the whole group including editing, printing and
distributing the newsletter.
When Ted eventually had more time and
flexibility, he immediately re-entered EUG actively with enthusiasm and was
constantly on the move, visiting members, buying and selling Eddystone
equipment, or helping others to do so, and of course participating the EUG
net from various locations around the UK. He became a regular character at
the EUG stand at the National Vintage Communications Fairs and other
rallies, enjoying the opportunity at last in his retirement to meet EUG
He contended with some health problems in his later years, but these hardly seemed to inhibit his travels, or his willingness to carry transmitting equipment uphill to high places for the Sunday nets in which he took part. From his home in Wisbech he continued to travel far and wide almost to the end. He was never happy about the change of EUG from being a membership body after Graeme Wormald's retirement, but his own activities continued unabated.
Obituary written by James De La Mare, with
input from Chris Pettitt and Graeme Wormald
Obituary written by James De La Mare, with input from Chris Pettitt and Graeme Wormald
Factory Blue Print Register
A COPY OF THE FACTORY BLUEPRINT REGISTER HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM GRAEME G3GGL AND ALAN AINSLIE. THIS DOCUMENT REGISTERS ALL THE DRAWINGS PRODUCED BY THE DESIGN OFFICE FROM 1932 UP UNTIL 1994. CHRIS G0EYO HAS TRANSCRIBED THE HANDWRITTEN DOCUMENT INTO A PDF DOCUMENTS WHICH EUGers CAN DOWNLOAD. GO TO THE BP REGISTER HEADING ON THE INDEX LEFT
IAN NUTT CAN OFFER A WIDE RANGE OF GENUINE EDDYSTONE SPARE PARTS. HAVE A LOOK AT THE EDDYSTONE SPARES PAGE AND CONTACT IAN WITH ANY OF YOUR REQUIREMENTS. HE HAS ALSO HAD SOME PARTS MANUFACTURED TO A HIGH STANDARD, EA12 REPLACEMENT METERS, FINGER PLATES, REDUCTION DRIVES AND OTHER PARTS.
HELP US KEEP THE SITE GOING - OUR ONLY COSTS IN RUNNING THIS WEBSITE ARE THE ISP COSTS OF AROUND £50 PER MONTH (SOMETHING LIKE 30Gb DOWNLOADED BY USERS EACH MONTH). IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP BY MAKING A DONATION THEN EITHER CONTACT ME CHRIS G0EYO AT email@example.com or SEND YOUR DONATION DIRECT TO GRAEME WORMALD G3GGL at 15 Sabrina Drive, Bewdley, DY12 2RJ. CHEQUES TO BE MADE OUT TO "EDDYSTONE USER GROUP".
EDDYSTONE MATERIAL WANTED
THE EUG WEBSITE IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR INFORMATION, NICE PHOTOS OF YOUR FAVOURITE SET, MANUALS AND CIRCUITS, ANY EDDYSTONE PUBLICATIONS, RESTORATION PROJECTS OF EDDYSTONE SETS. IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN SCAN FOR US MAKE AN ADOBE PDF FILE OR JPG PICTURE CONTACT CHRIS G0EYO BY E MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
- we are continuing to upload manuals for you to download free of charge. There are over 95 now available See the link on the left panel or click on title above
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- there is an active Forum for Eddystone enthusiasts. The ideal place for solving that problem or finding that elusive part. See the link on the left panel or click the title above
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