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 Post subject: Bill Turner
PostPosted: Nov Wed 22, 2017 9:02 pm 
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I read an old posting from last year mentioning a Bill Turner who builds WD-11 substitutes. Is he still around and if so, how do I get hold of him?

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 Post subject: Re: Bill Turner
PostPosted: Nov Wed 22, 2017 10:39 pm 
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Bill Turner used dialcover@webtv.net but I haven't heard from him in years. Give it a try. If you don't contact Bill WD11's can be fairly easily made from 5676 sub miniature tubes. Easy to work with and available.

Could also use other battery tubes.

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 Post subject: Re: Bill Turner
PostPosted: Nov Wed 22, 2017 11:37 pm 
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Thanks Norm. I've sent an email to the address you provided and will keep my fingers crossed.

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 Post subject: Re: Bill Turner
PostPosted: Nov Thu 23, 2017 12:32 am 
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No dice on the email address, returned as invalid. Anyone else know how to contact Bill?


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 Post subject: Re: Bill Turner
PostPosted: Nov Thu 23, 2017 12:36 am 
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I think Mark Palmquist took over Bill's web address and he may know the latest info with Bill.
http://www.dialcover.com/

Here's a 3yo thread about Bill
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=257155

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 Post subject: Re: Bill Turner
PostPosted: Nov Thu 23, 2017 4:02 pm 
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Bill stopped selling about 3 years ago due to his health issues.

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 Post subject: Re: Bill Turner
PostPosted: Nov Thu 23, 2017 7:58 pm 
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In my mind's eye, can still see that eye tube planted in his garden. LOL!


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 Post subject: Re: Bill Turner
PostPosted: Nov Mon 27, 2017 6:45 pm 
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I remember that! :lol:
Man,that was a while ago.
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 Post subject: Re: Bill Turner
PostPosted: Nov Mon 27, 2017 7:23 pm 
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here exactly is a problem with a need to be filled.
As Bill moves on, is there anyone who can reproduce his work?
Would he "sell' his rights to this for someone else to pick up?

As this hobby fads away, we have to preserve cottage shops like that and continue their important work.


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 Post subject: Re: Bill Turner
PostPosted: Nov Tue 28, 2017 11:53 am 
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glue_ru wrote:
here exactly is a problem with a need to be filled.
As Bill moves on, is there anyone who can reproduce his work?
Would he "sell' his rights to this for someone else to pick up?

As this hobby fads away, we have to preserve cottage shops like that and continue their important work.


Joe


Bill Turner is long out the biz. Health declined. I visited his little shop and his neat-o "Lustron" home about 12 years ago.
as one of the "Cottage Shops" I can tell you that me and others like Ed from renovatedradios.com have tried to get younger folks lined up to take over our businesses... and find no takers. Its many hours of work to do what we do, so the pay just doesnt match what you can make doing other skilled work... where you get health care and such. I pay my own health care and taxes from this work and it aint easy. If I had kids I'd be broke ! Not to be political but the Obamacare insurance deal really helped us a few years ago.
Mark Oppat
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 Post subject: Re: Bill Turner
PostPosted: Dec Fri 01, 2017 3:27 am 
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atwaterkent1 wrote:
I read an old posting from last year mentioning a Bill Turner who builds WD-11 substitutes. Is he still around and if so, how do I get hold of him?

Dan


If you want to try and make your own substitute, here is how I did it a few years ago.
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=211281

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 Post subject: Re: Bill Turner
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Bill used an inexpensive type 3D6 Locktal tube as I recall, to make his WD-11 subs. I think I sold him a couple dozen of them once. I think I still have some. The 2.8v filament is center tapped so you run both sides in parallel for 1.4v. then run it triode configuration.
toughest part is finding cheap loctal sockets and making the 4 pin base with just one larger pin. You could probably take a type 80 or 26 tube base and drill out one large pin then epoxy in a smaller one from another socket. for WD-12 you dont have to change the standard 4 pin base.
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