I recently lost my father, and he had a small collection of what I would I guess call "micro TV sets"
Nobody in the family wanted these "bunch of old TVs", and I was always FASCINATED by them. He would always have one on or open on a workbench when I'd come over. I also got his little kit transmitter he had connected to the RF out of the cable box. Looks like an old Ramsey kit....and leaves quite a bit to be desired. It did allow you to play the old sets by tuning them all to "somewhere around channel 6". Deciding I wanted ALL the sets, running or not was really a no-brainer, so I collected them all up and took them with me to San Diego.
The BEST part......I found what I would best describe as a "wish list" that amounted to not much more than a bunch of makes and models. Dad had given me several years ago a running Sony 303 'Tummy" TV in it's little blue case...and it has run relatively trouble free since he cleaned it up and likely recapped it (I've never had to open it yet in like ten years). I would take it out, turn it on...maybe connect an old Nintendo NES to it since it's not the 307 with the UHF. Also.....you pretty much have to speak Spanish to enjoy any analog stations in San Diego. I'd take the old 303 out, see that it worked...and then put it away nice on the shelf.
Now ME. As a kid...I did take a couple elective classes in the '80s for playing with old TVs (They really were just "old" or "common" in the '80s). I would look for and revive a few old sets just for fun.....fix them for friends, but was not really a collector like dad had become. I had one of those "briefcase" style TV sets with the radio/TV/cassette player I carried around.....but at THAT time, these were expensivem, but not collectable in any way. I have managed to fix that thing's vertical and some other minor problems over the years...and do still have that 'ol thing (NOW.....it's "old"). I'm 46 now...and can be coaxed to remember how to use a CRT checker, rejuvenator....and do vaguely remember testing tubes, doing purity, degaussing, etc.
NOW for the good part...and why I'm here.
I started getting back into it....since I lost my dad, but found his wishlist, I started running across some of the stuff he was apparently wanting but never had. I'm also keen on VERY "micro" TV sets that this forum would likely not see as interesting at all. The little TINY things that came from Panasonic and such. I've sort have melded Dad's collection of odd little Sony TV sets with some '80's era sets. I've even gotten a BUNCH of the little "throw away" Coby, Curtis, etc little 5" sets. They are CHEAP on ebay...and easy to find at swap meets. I get them because they are cute.....easy to open up and "practice" on, and make fun little projects.
I now have two new "wish list" sets. I have a Sony 700U that was cute and about the "biggest" micro TV I now have. It has some pretty severe horizontal tearing, and will likely be a futile effort on my part to get her going again.
But YESTERDAY.....I found a Sony 301W
There was no AC cord....and does not have the battery pack I saw described here in a thread. It does use the EXACT same AC power cord as the Sony 303 Dad gave me (the top two closer pins are the AC). I brought it up SLOWLY on an isolation transformer...and it came up, such as it is. I found THIS forum by looking for info on this set (Thanks "Nelson" I think it is)
I'm curious if anyone out there has some decent paperwork on servicing such a set. She DOES come on......spends a LONG time with horizontal sync and linearity trouble that slowly clears up after like ten minutes on it's own. This has a very odd "GAIN" control that KINDA acts like a contrast or AGC. Was able to get audio and some better control after shooting the three "vertical" pots on that board with some tuner cleaner (and of course the volume pot on the board behind it).
I now have a MUCH nicer "house transmitter" setup than the Ramsey setup Dad had going. I got some digital TV transmitter off ebay called a HLLY TVX-50M "Villa". Works REAL nice with it's output connected to a set of table rabbit ears from Tandy. GOOD clean signal for like 300 feet around my little apartment. I keep it at 213mhz to not bother anyone around me who MIGHT still be playing with an old TV set.
Sorry for the BIG long post, but it's my first on here