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! – 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.
Continue reading “Long Live Vivat!”
Paul Marshall reports on an ambitious project – on a small scale
Since the beginning of lock-down, hardly a day has gone past when some aspect of the old main Marconi Chelmsford works hasn’t been re-invented here at our base near Lincoln.
Continue reading “Marconi Mk III TV camera production line is re-born”
Two vintage trucks being lovingly preserved by the Broadcast Engineering Conservation Group prove that not all television repeats are really such a bad thing.
Continue reading “Commercial Motor”
By: Paul Marshall PhD G8MJW
Trevor Brown has been documenting his work in breathing new technology into a vintage Grass Valley video mixing console; you can read the entire series of articles in his free CQ-DATV electronic magazines, starting in issue 68.
This led me to think about the even older history of video mixers generally.
Continue reading “The A to B of Early Video Mixer Technology”
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.
Continue reading “Sound mixer for Project Vivat”
By Richard Harris
There is more to consider when providing power for an outside broadcast unit than arriving on-site and plugging into the nearest socket outlet. Safety and compliance with regulations concerning use of power need to be taken into account, particularly when the public are present. There are some complex technical and legal issues involved.
Continue reading “Project Vivat – Power System considerations”
A newly formed charity in England is preserving and using a number of vintage outside broadcast trucks that were originally used in the UK in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
Continue reading “Recreating the magic of TV’s early days”
Paul’s latest “lockdown” report:
Here is a picture of the new Marconi Mk III camera test facility that I’ve put together.
Continue reading “MkIII Camera Test Facility”
Here is a photo of one of the restored Mk II/III PWM EHT units. Continue reading “MkIII PWM EHT Module”