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.
The sound mixer we are currently using in Project Vivat is a portable mixer (type BD510) and not the one that would have been fitted. It’s much simpler than the correct one but it’s all that we had to hand.
This weekend I’ve been working on the ‘final’ Vivat PWM – this is the ‘US spec’ one that we changed the mains transformer on. The electrolytic capacitors are stamped ‘1953’, so it’s a good early one from MkII days.
While many enthusiasts collect radios and televisions, broadcasting equipment is a more neglected area. The Broadcast Engineering Conservation Group (BECG) is a group of people who rescue, restore and conserve historic UK television equipment, focusing on the engineering aspects. We aim to use this to present television history to the public. Continue reading “Carry on Trucking”