Brand - AKAI
Model # - ATV140
Serial # - 674-2Z26555
Year (approx.) - 2003
Size - 13.5" / 34cm
CRT - ORION A34GT13X07
Type - Colour CRT Television
Tuner - Analogue VHF/UHF
Input - 75Ω coaxial, RCA, SCART
Speakers - Mono
VCR - 4 Head, digital auto tracking
Power - 240V` 50Hz
Power consumption - 50W
Used in - Australia
Made in -Thailand
This television is on Youtube!
'Old fashioned' analogue cathode ray tube televisions are a dying breed, and seem to be coming scarcer and scarcer. As a result, I've had to take my search for televisions to the next level. This includes posters, flyers, and lots of asking around.
My school has always used lots of CRT television sets in classrooms and staff rooms. There are many different shapes, sizes, ages and brands used -a right mess! But, it adds some pleasant variety and interest. Last year, however, my school has started disposing of some of it's old television sets, even replacing some perfectly good ones with flat screens. As a result, I've started asking teachers around school.
A little while ago, I decided to ask one of the deputy headmasters, Mrs Irwin, who I get on well with. She directed me to the other deputy, who then directed me to one of my industrial arts teachers (woodwork, metalwork etc.). He is the teacher of my construction class, so I asked him at lunch after class. He then directed my to the general assistant, Rob, who was luckily in the building at the time.
He told me that he'd seen a teacher place a small television in a dumpster, and said he would retrieve it for me. He also showed me one of the computer storage rooms, where I found my COMPAQ S720, one of the last CRT monitors left in the school. He got permission to give it to me, and left it with the television outside his workshop.
During woodwork, I had finished my theory work early, so asked the teacher's permission to retrieve the two items and leave them in the building until I could take them home. He agreed, so off I went! I brought them both back, so I could take them home on the bus over two days.
Patience was a major factor, as I was required to sneak both of these past my mum, who would probably dispose of them if she found them. The weather had been very unstable and unpredictable, with rain likely to fall at any moment. If it rained, my mum would be waiting with the car for me at the bus stop.
I had to leave both the monitor and television at school for the first day, as it had started raining. Then, after a long day, I lugged the 17" monitor home on the bus. My friends got a good laugh out of it while waiting for the buses! You'd think that CRT's had been 'out' for decades!
I successfully carried the heavy monitor home, and set it up with my computer. It worked perfect! Now, I'd have to wait to take the television set home. After yet another long day (waiting for the end of school so I could take my telly home!), the end of school bell finally rang. To avoid excessive questioning from people as to why I was carrying such an old television home, I used the excuse of 'salvaging copper from it'.
My bus driver knows I collect televisions, so had a good laugh when he saw me waiting up at the front of the school (I am the only one from my school that catches bus number 6)! I carried it home with, with the result of sore arms again, and cleaned and tested it.
Since then, it has pretty much been in storage. Since we threw out all our video cassettes last year, I have none to test it with, so am still unsure if the VCR player works or not. The television itself works, though it won't pick up my analogue signal. I need a remote controller to do a channel scan, but don't have one.
The television was also covered with paint, which I've subsequently cleaned off. It also has an engraving in the top (done with a soldering iron!), which reads 'WPHS 006-03 RETAIL', WPHS standing for 'Westport High School'. I don't mind the engraving, in fact, I actually like it. It helps tell of the history behind the set. Otherwise, it'd be 'just another old television', with nothing known of it's history.