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ha he ha !!!


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Must be why that used to have that coupon "Sorry Dick, it doesn't work",
in which case you needed to take it to a dicksmith ...

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Rubarb, the man was just a purveyor of cheap crap from overseas right
from the start.

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"terryc"
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** Not right from the start  -  in the first few years, DSE  bought a lot of
Aussie made components, put them into kits and sold many other Aussie made
items plus some foreign made stuff bought from local Aussie importers.

Then the business nearly went broke and the saviour was to direct import
lots of components and stuff from Asia.

The CB radio craze ( Dick was part responsible for getting the law changed )
was a major earner in the mid to late 70s and that put DSE on the path to
success.



....   Phil



 



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Wasn't that a case of bowing to the inevitable?

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What components are made in Australia?
True, quite a few decades ago some stuff (speakers, transformers etc) were
made here in Australia by Rola, Plessey, AR etc, but that was yonks back.
AFAIK semiconductors were probably never manufactured here, with most
components sourced for OS.

Dick Smith popularised DIY electronics nationally by making the components
accessible and affordable to most hobbyists.
Yes, in some cities, smaller companies did the same like Stan Willis (Willis
Trading Company), Atkins-Carlyle and a number of others here in Perth WA.
It wasn't until later that Kitsets Australia appeared that along with Dick
Smith supported the local electronics magazines of Electronics Australia and
ETI in making fully worked kits of their projects widely available to the
home constructor.

It wasn't until years later (probably when Woollies took over) that the
stores undertook a change to WIMHO is "junk electronics".  But tricky Dick
wasn't the only one.  A quick stroll around any Jaycar store and you've
easily be forgiven for thinking you were in Toys 'r' us. :P



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Semiconductors were made here, at AWA Microelectronics.

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Capacitors also made here and probably resistors.
We even made television sets.

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Relays, Transformers (ferguson), pots, dial lamps - pretty much
everything.

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"Swanny"

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** A whole range of Silicon bipolar transistors were made in SA by Fairchild
in the early 70s  - most were numbered AYxxxx but also some 2Nxxxx types.
There was a kit of them sold specially to make the Playmaster 136 amplifier.

Earlier even were the Anodeon ones ( numbered ATxxx ) mostly TO72  pack RF
and audio types.

Almost every kind of passive component for radio, TV and audio was made
ere  -  plus a huge range of TV and radio valves up to the late 1970s.


.....   Phil



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