Talk:Wireless Set No. 19

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This radio has Russian/Cyrillic legends on its dials and I was told that Russians also used it, but I see no mention of that in the article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 65.189.216.77 (talk) 21:31, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

Period in service[edit]

I know the 19 set remained in use as an HF transceiver with the British Army for a surprisingly long time. I'm sure I read somewhere that the BAOR were still using it in small numbers in the 1980s. The final retirement date would make a useful addition to the article if anybody has a reference for it. --Ef80 (talk) 14:12, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

You may have read that but I can't believe it's true, though the Cadet Forces were certainly still using it in the early 70's (and no doubt later). By 1976 (when I first served in a Signal Regiment in BAOR) the replacement of Larkspur HF by Clansman had begun, so there would have been no need or role for the 19 Set. In fact the only one I ever came across was in a radio workshops in the UK in 1976. It was in the scrap pile and had probably found it's way there from the local CCF. Antrac (talk) 12:06, 3 July 2011 (UTC)
I stand corrected. --Ef80 (talk) 20:00, 8 July 2012 (UTC)

I remember in the 50s and 60s 19 sets were available from advertisers in "Practical Wireless" and others for 65 shillings (around £3). I could never get enough money together to buy one but I did have a friend who had one in his lounge (but no licence to use it). The VHF part of the set, if I remember correctly, was somewhere around 200Mc/s. Unfortunately this was the ITV frequency at that time in the area.Nuff said! I did have however, a rotary transformer which I understood to have originally belonged to a 19 set. This piece of kit was a motor fed from 24VDC and on the same armature was a 250VDC winding and commutator and a 500VDC winding and commutator. I never saw a 19 set working from a converter. Mine was used on AC as a motor for a grinding wheel! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ytongs (talkcontribs) 16:47, 18 February 2013 (UTC)