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Saturday, August 19, 2023

Valveman -- The Story of Gerald Wells

Don't be deterred by the annoying test patterns at the start of this video.  Just skip past them.  The rest of the video is quite good.  Or you could just click on this link and avoid the first 83 seconds of test pattern:  https://youtu.be/Y8w6iwaAGJ4?t=83

Gerald Wells has been mentioned on this blog before, but I don't think we've ever presented the full documentary on this fellow.  Here it is.  Gerry is clearly one of us: a radio fiend, obsessed (as he admitted!) with wireless, a victim of THE KNACK.   

George WB5OYP of the Vienna Wireless Society got to meet Gerald Wells and visit his museum. George alerted me to this video.  Tony G4WIF also was able to visit Gerry and his museum. 

The documentary is full of interesting stuff, and is, in itself, a Knack Story.  Wells mentions the Crippens murder so well described by Eric Larson in "Thunderstruck."  It was this crime that brought radio to the center of public attention.  


  1. Oh my goodness - there are hobbies and then there are obsessions - and then there is this! I don't even know what to call it! 12,000 Valves!

  2. va7at
    Yes ! as a young lad of 10 , stumbling around finding strange discarded glass bulbs as well as formed coils in the waste bin of a radio store behind 100 block of Cordova street , Vancouver has me fascinated with radio . Later in life I realized the store was Spilsberry and Tindal with those strange looking boxes displayed in the store front was the start of my career as an electronic technician.


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