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Eddystone 870A For Sale

May 15, 2022 By: chris Category: For Sale

Paul G3VCN has 870A for sale GWO. £50. Location Plymouth, collection preferred or pay postage. Contact Paul via e mail  paulg3vcn@blueyonder.co.uk 





Irish SWL looking to buy S940, EB35 Mk3 or EC10 Receiver

April 08, 2022 By: chris Category: Wanted

Gerard in County Cork, Ireland is looking to purchase either an Eddystone S940 ,  EB35 MK 3 , or EC10  receiver to replace an EB35 Mk 3 he had in the 1990s. He is looking to get a set in good working order which also SSB on the ham bands although he would look at other options. 

Obviously Gerard  would prefer it if any available radios were in Ireland, and would be willing to pay for delivery as he does not have a car. If you think you can assist Gerard please contact him via e mail gerard.nicholson@yahoo.com    .





Good home wanted for S940 Eddystone Receiver

January 28, 2022 By: chris Category: For Sale

Sue Thomas in Cardiff is selling her late father’s Eddystone S940 receiver. Sue says that the radio has been lovingly looked after and it certainly looks to be in excellent condition. However it has not been used for some years so there is no guarantee. Sue wants to find a good home for this much loved radio, so she is looking for offers. The prospective purchaser can come and view and collect or she can deliver locally as far as say Bristol for the cost of the fuel. If you are interested in this receiver, Sue can be contacted on suethomas28@gmail.com











1930’s Eddystone Brochure “Proof of Eddystone Supremacy”

December 15, 2021 By: chris Category: News

Richard, F4WCD/ZS6TF has found this brochure ” Proof of Eddystone Supremacy ” dated 1934 which lists Testimonials from Stratton customers world-wide (including some very exotic places), stating how pleased they are with their purchase of Eddystone All Wave receivers. The back page has a list of 105 countries which have purchased Eddystone receivers. I have filed is in the Technical/Technical Information folder.



Wanted Eddystone S830 or EA12 receiver

December 13, 2021 By: chris Category: Wanted

Jeff M0WSZ inNewton Abbott is looking to purchase an Eddystone valve receiver with a product detector. A nice  S830 or EA12 receiver would be ideal. If you have something that would be of interest to Jeff you can contact him via email on jeff@iqengineeringconsultants.com




Obituary: Howard Turner of Centre Electronics, Birmingham

December 09, 2021 By: chris Category: News

Howard Turner, of Centre Electronics, now silent key.

Howard Turner, known to many of us as the owner of Centre Electronics in Birmingham and as a dealer in vintage Eddystone radio receivers and valves, sadly passed away this October after a short illness, aged 80 years. Over the past several decades, many of us met Howard at the numerous radio rallies held throughout the country, or at his shop in South Yardley, Birmingham which was a cornucopia of electronics treasures and where a bargain was always to be had.   Howard is survived by his wife and business partner, Maureen, and son Christopher. His Funeral Service was held at St Giles’ Church, Exhall, near Coventry on 22nd November 2021 and was attended by family and friends, including some of his old customers. There were numerous floral tributes including one from the Eddystone User Group.

Howard was born in 1941 near the village of Catherine-de-Barnes, Solihull. Eventually the family moved to Balsall Common and at aged 15 years, Howard left Lode Lane School and started work as a cabinet maker in a local furniture factory. However in the early 1960s the factory closed down and Howard found employment with a local builder and thus learnt his trade as a bricklayer/builder which was to be his main occupation for the next 20+ years. However in the 1980s, Howard become disillusioned with the building industry and decided to start a new venture.

Since the age of 10, Howard, with the encouragement of a local farmer, Mr Arthur Blaymire, developed an interest in Electronics and Radio. Howard was self-taught, reading books and magazines, asking questions of anyone who could help and sometimes servicing his friend, Mr Blaymire’s, television. Mr Blaymire and his brother Percy were amongst the early pioneers of radio in the 1920s so like many of that generation, were equipment was experimental and often self-built, they were good teachers to Howard.

Eventually Howard put his vast knowledge to good use by starting a brand new venture in the 1980s with Maureen, dealing with radio and test equipment and electronic parts at a shop in Stockfield Road, South Yardley, Birmingham. Thus Centre Electronics was born. With the help of their friend, Paul Bicknell, G8KFW, they gain a contract for servicing and repairing radio equipment for the London Fire Brigade. Simultaneously with the shop business, Howard and Maureen would be regular stall holders at radio rallies up and down the country and sometimes overseas, selling Eddystone and other rare sets and parts. It was at these rallies that he would meet Eddystone collectors, many of whom were to become his customers and, not a few, firm friends for life.

I first met Howard around 1990, when I was managing director of Eddystone Radio in Birmingham. We had already started to support the Eddystone User Group and Howard heard through a friend of mine that we were going to close down our service department for sets more than 15 years old, which meant that we had a large quantity of radio valves for sale. He came and saw me and we struck a deal for him to buy them and we would direct future customers for them to Centre Electronics. Looking after the valve business was largely in the hands of Maureen who shipped them to customers all over the UK and world-wide. For me that was the start of a life-long friendship with Howard and Maureen.

In 1993, Tony Sale, and other experts, were proposing re-building the Mark 2 Colossus computer at Bletchley Park, secret home of the war-time Codebreakers. Colossus was the world’s first programmable electronic computer. Its sole purpose was to help decipher the Loren encrypted (Tunny) messages sent between Hitler and his top generals during the war. Churchill had decreed that all machines, plans and drawings of Colossus, which was designed by Post Office engineer Tommy Flowers, should be destroyed after the war for security reasons. Thus the challenge that Tony Sale and his team set themselves in 1993 was enormous.  Howard and Maureen responded to Tony’s request for help obtaining valves and rare components through their numerous contacts and were able to help Tony with this important project which was eventually finished in 2008. It is on permanent display at Bletchley Park. Howard and Maureen carried on the business at Centre Electronics until Howard’s retirement in 2004.

After his retirement, Howard pursued his other interests, one of which was restoring vintage and classic cars. This hobby was inspired, when as a boy walking along the lanes with his mother, one of their neighbours, who was a doctor, drove past in his brand new Jaguar XK120 sports car. Howard told his mother that “when I grow up I am going to get myself one of those “. Howard restored many classic cars from his retirement, right up until his passing this year. I well remember him coming to the Eddystone factory several times in a Jaguar which was his favourite marque. He was also a “black powder” enthusiast, collecting, restoring and shooting flintlock muskets with a group of friends.

Sadly in February 2021, Howard was suddenly struck down with an illness that which was diagnosed as Mesothelioma (also known as asbestosis), most likely contracted all those years he was in the building industry. Once diagnosed Howard’s health declined very quickly despite the best efforts of the NHS and he was eventually admitted to the Marie Curie Hospice where he passed away on 31st of October.  Howard was a real character, who will be fondly remembered by many of us. RIP Howard and be assured that your life made a difference and the world was a better place for you being in it. You will be missed.
























Chris Pettitt G0EYO



Howard Turner of Centre Electronics, Birmingham now Silent Key

November 11, 2021 By: chris Category: News

It is with great sadness we heard of the recent passing of Howard Turner, lately proprietor of Centre Electronics, Stockfield Road, Yardley, Birmingham. Howard has been part of the Eddystone enthusiasts scene for more than 40 years.  Specialising in Eddystone and Racal sets, he was a familiar face for many years at the Radio Rallies held around the country pre-Covid.  He was often accompanied by his wife Maureen who also helped him with the business. Howard was diagnosed with mesothelioma (a form of asbestiosis) earlier this year.

Howard’s funeral will be held on Monday 22nd November at 2pm at Saint Giles Church, Exhall, Coventry,  CV7 9GZ. The church is close to the M6/A444 Junction but from map it looks like it might be easiest to go via Coventry Building Society Arena where there is also a train station.

Flowers can be sent to Howard’s home or the church. If being sent to Howard’s home they must arrive by 12:00. The family are using: Shellie’s Flowers,  Arden Oak Rd.,  Sheldon, Tel 0121 743 3021

 Because Howard was so well known amongst Eddystone Users, we will be posting his obituary to this website after the funeral. RIP Howard.

Wanted: Replacement dial or pdf/jpg scan required for S680X

October 15, 2021 By: chris Category: Wanted


Louis VE2DIK is looking to fix his S680X dial which is in rather poor condition. He is looking for a new or used dial plate (maybe from a part donor) or if if not, maybe, someone has a precision pdf or jpg scan of the dial so he  could find a way to reprint it. If you can help Louis the you can contact him on Ve2dik@videotron.ca




EC10 Mk1 in Need of Restoration For Sale

September 05, 2021 By: chris Category: For Sale

Paul Eden M3CBC, in Worcestershire is selling an EC10 Mark 1 with mains power supply, which is in need of some restoration. Seems to power up in as much as popping sounds can be heard from the speaker, but no signals received. Paul is looking for offers over £40 so if you are interested contact him via e mail. paul.m3cbc@gmail.com. He is willing to pack and ship at cost.




















Wanted: Grey Volume knob for S870 plus the complete dial

August 21, 2021 By: chris Category: Wanted

Andy Humphriss, 2E0NDZ in Stratford upon Avon is seeking a a grey knob for the volume control on a Type S870 Eddystone Receiver together with the complete dial. If you can help Andy please contact him via e-mail: andrewhumphriss@tinyworld.co.uk