Southern extra distribution amplifiers

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.

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ABC/Thames strip-out starts

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.

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Arriving for the strip-out

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Background Articles

We’ve started adding some articles on various topics including the history of the technical and practical aspects of television.

These are all available under the category “Articles” and the last few are available from the “Articles” menu.

GNF951E ABC Unit 5

Our latest project is the restoration of ABC TV’s “Unit 5”. This was one of three new vehicles ordered by ABC in the mid-sixties. It passed to Thames and then to Sony before being converted into a domestic vehicle.

Please see the Project Page for further information.