BBC P5 Generator NGF728

We are delighted to announce that we have bought a former BBC mobile generator vehicle at auction. It came up at the CVA Doncaster commercial vehicle and plant online auction on 20 October 2020. The auctioneer contacted us because of Ruth Slavid’s article in Commercial Motor. We are grateful for assistance from Mark Forrester and his company, Euromunicipal, who are regular customers of CVA and bid on our behalf. At very short notice we managed to secure enough funding, but with a struggle and only just.

Advertisement in Commercial Motor magazine.
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Bryant Unlimited

Bryant Unlimited kindly donated a drum of double-screened video coax and their remaining stock of crimp PL259 connectors for our Vivat project.

The owner of Bryant Unlimited has decided to retire and close the company, however some of the staff have formed new companies to continue to supply parts of the Bryant portfolio, the old Bryant website currently has the details.

We wish them well and thank them for their donation.

New articles

We have added some new articles recently:

  • Jeffrey and Paul have followed up their BVWS article Carry On Trucking with a new one looking at Vivat in particular: Long Live Vivat!
  • Trevor Brown has kindly sent us some more articles from CQ-DATV:
    • The Lightweight Revolution looks at the rise of Electronic News Gathering.
    • Five go to Amsterdam recalls an earlier life when we took a RCA TR70-B VTR and a Marconi Mk VII camera to IBC in Amsterdam – we billed it as “the world’s largest camcorder”!
  • Dan Cranefield continues his reminiscences with Early Location Drama in Colour, which dovetails with Richard’s Roving Eye article as it also discusses the conversion of Roving Eye 5 into the LMCR.

Long Live Vivat!

Long live Vivat! – Jeffrey Borinsky and Paul Marshall

When we wrote about some of our outside broadcast (OB) trucks in the Winter 2019 Bulletin, we said a little about Vivat, our oldest truck, but this fascinating project deserves a closer look. It is a re-creation, as near as is technically possible, of an OB truck that was used at the Queen’s coronation on 2 June 1953.

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