One of the problems that we have always noted with Southern is the lack of space for distribution amplifiers, for both video (VDAs) and pulses (PDAs). Rack space is in very short supply after accommodating four Marconi MkVII camera control units with power supplies, aperture correctors and coders, plus the space required for monitors and the mixer electronics, so we had only fitted one set of distribution amplifiers.
When we received the vehicle from the previous owners, it came with lots of documentation, including some items in Italian. We know that when Sony Broadcast owned the vehicle it spent some time in Italy with the state broadcaster RAI, so we were intrigued to find out whether these documents shed any light on the time spent in Italy.
Here is a short (5 minute) video showing some of the activities during our strip-out of the vehicle.
We have made our first foray into restoring our latest acquisition – the ABC/Thames Outside Broadcast Unit “GNF951E”. As detailed on the Project Page, this vehicle was converted into a mobile home by the previous owners, so we had to start by removing the modifications. A project team consisting of Paul, Richard, Martin, Jeffrey, Dave, Phil, Dicky, Jill, Margaret and Ruth assembled to start the work.