Updates

14/6/15

LOTS OF BIG NEWS ON MY ICONOSCOPE TV CAMERA!!!!! Since my Iconoscope camera has made its first pictures I have done a LOT of work on my Iconoscope camera to improve the pictures to the point they are very watchable and nearly noise free! Firstly Maurice Schecter kindly donated me a spare deflection yoke specially made for the RCA 1846 Iconoscope tube and I fitted it and it worked how it should! Then I had to increase the current to the horizontal coils so the beam could scan the full width of the Iconoscope's image plate which I made a simple modification to the horizontal drive circuit on the deflection board and successfully achieved this so the pictures are now proportional and much clearer! :) Then I added noise shielding around the tube and shortened the target lead and distance from target to video board's preamp which made the picture almost noise free!!! :) Then I secured the tube and placed the covering over the camera and it is now worthy to take on remote location and make videos, and I have made five on location videos to date!!! :D All the updates on my Iconoscope camera project since late March are featured on the following pages:
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Page 8

20/3/15

BIG BIG BIG NEWS!!!!!! MY ICONOSCOPE TV CAMERA IS OUTPUTTING A PICTURE WOOHOO!!!!! :D Since my last update I have worked on the camera up to testing stage completion and finally was ready to fire the camera up. At first I wasn't getting pictures but was getting reaction from the tube which was a good start, but after connecting the target output straight to the vidicon video circuit's preamp I could see a very faint diagonally positioned picture of my light box test picture on the TV screen and I was jumping with joy!!! :D I then aimed the camera to the front yard and whilst it too looked very faint it was easily recognizable!!! Anyhow all the progress leading up to testing stage and testing and picture output can be seen here on (page 5) of my Iconoscope camera project. I have made vlogs of the camera in operation and even did a direct video recording to my DVD recorder and it is now on YouTube via (this link) . The project of course is far from over, now that I have pictures I now need to refine the camera to make really good pictures, so there's a lot more work to be made on this camera yet which I will continue to chip away at and make updates in the coming future! In the meantime I am so over the moon all this hard work has paid off and I get first hand glimpse of what an Iconoscope picture looks like! :)

In film photography news I have continued to shoot vintage B&W and colour films and have been getting more and more creative with my photography by creating diorama sets involving plastic army soldiers and diecast cars as I felt like doing something different from photographing landscapes and things around the place. Here's a couple examples of my macro diorama sets (army trench warfare) (1958 Chevy motorama). I've also recently shot and processed a 1974 expired Kodak Ektachrome 160 colour Super 8 film and cross processed it in C-41 making a colour negative and it worked!!! :D I've uploaded a vlog on my develop which can be seen (here) on YouTube and also a rough transfer of a sample of the film which can be viewed (here). I've now created a blogspot for my film photography which I document my experiments and discoveries in shooting/processing vintage film, my blogspot can be seen (here). So far I've made a blog on shooting/processing vintage Kodachrome Super 8/8mm movie filmes as B&W negatives and a 3 part blog on processing early Kodak colour films from the 40s, 50s and 60s as colour negatives and there will be many more blogs made in the near future, got so much to tell about my film photography! :)

20/11/14

I've lately picked back up on my Iconoscope camera project and been going full steam ahead with it and have made significant progress!!! :D I have got all the power supplies made and working and fastened inside the enclosure, I have built a new lens system to suit the positioning of the Iconoscope tube, I have modified the video and deflection circuits with new connectors which are easier to connect opposed to bullet connectors, all the details of my latest contruction on the camera can be seen on page 3 and page 4, my camera is pretty much closer to completion and I reckon I will have it completed for testing within the next couple of months, just have to keep motivated and keep at it!!!

In other news I am still going strong with my vintage film photography hobby and much of my concentration has been there these days. I've shot many vintage B&W films and colour films from the 30s to the 60s and recently I have shot the oldest film I have in my collection, this film is a 6x9cm Kodak Premo Film Pack manufactured in 1912 (expiration date 1st October 1913), so that's 102 year old film and it worked extremely well!!! :D I shot the film generally at f-16 aperture exposing for 15 seconds in sunny weather and that worked good for the shots, I developed it in Caffenol C like with all my other films and it made great pictures and here they are on Flickr (click here) . Also as a personal interest project I wanted to capture 1950s American cars on 1950s Kodak Kodacolor film so I went to the 2014 Camden Car Show last month bringing along Kodacolor films from 1954, 1958, 1959 and 1970 capturing the 50s cars on the 50s films and the 60s/70s cars on the 1970 film. 3 of the 4 films turned out great producing nice classic colourful pictures, the 1954 Kodacolor failed though due to overdeveloping. Here below are links to the film sets:
1954 Kodak Kodacolor 616
1958 Kodak Kodacolor 620
1959 Kodak Kodacolor 120
1970 Kodak Kodacolor X 620

4/9/14

Since my last update I have done a lot more work on my Iconoscope camera project, got the yoke mounted in and have fitted the tube inside it, I have soldered the HT power supply voltage divider circuit onto a circuitboard and I have started on determining where to position each circuit inside the camera which I have picked spots for the preamp, preamp power supply, the video board and the HT voltage divider. Sadly it was time to say bye bye to my homemade vidicon camera as I needed the video board and deflection board and a couple of transformers for this project so I have dismantled them, however I can put them back in later and rewire everything if I choose to do so. Anyways I have updated my Iconoscope project pages and my latest updates can be seen at the bottom of page 2 and on page 3. So my camera is starting to take shape! :)

I have recently acquired another vintage colour video camera to add to my camera collection, this one is a Hitachi GP-5AE/K colour tube camera (I assume colour striped vidicon tube) made around 1980 according to sources. I was told the camera powers up but no picture outputs to the viewfinder, I am yet to get around to testing it due to the nature of it's plugs/sockets which I need to make adapters but intend to test it soon when I can make the time to do so. It's a nice addition to the collection and when I start updating my camera pages I will add this camera to my site.

In other news I'm still heavily into my vintage film photography which is where my primary focus has been this year, been buying a lot of vintage B&W and colour films off Ebay and shooting them and home processing them in Caffenol C for B&W and C-41 for colour, my photo albums can be found on my Flickr site. I was getting sick of the lousy quality of my colour films when scanning them using my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone camera and diffused overhead projector backlight so I invested in an Epson V550 film scanner which I bought for $315, over my general budget but totally worth it!!! :D I have now re-scanned all my medium format films and have re-uploaded all the colour films and in the process of doing all the B&W ones. On scanning my colour films the colour looks absolutely sensational, especially on the 1956-64 era Kodak Kodacolor films I've shot, they cross process nicely in C-41 and give rich beautiful colourful pictures!!! :D I am now branching out to experiment with shooting other brands of old colour film such as AGFA Agfacolor, Ansco Anscocolor, Svema colour film and seeing how they will cross process in C-41, so far have shot a 1961 Agfacolor 120 film and got very interesting off-hue colours which I quite like from an artistic perspective, I can of course adjust the hue in Photoshop and get more correct colours but I like the colours the way they are! ;)

And lastly tagging on the film side of things I have shot and Caffenol C process some more vintage 1960s Kodak Kodachrome Double 8 movie films and have made pictures on all of them! :D The oldest of the bunch is a Kodachrome Double 8 that expired in March 1962, its ASA rating was only 10 so to make this film work I shot it at max f-1.2 aperture and lowered the shutter speed to record at 8 frames/sec. I first did a test strip to determine the best develop time for it, after 3 test develops I found that 4.5 min was the best develop time for this film. So I shot the rest of the film around Port Kembla pyramids, Port Kembla Beach and Tuggerah Bay in Berkeley it developed very nicely with richly contrasted pictures!!! :D Had this film transferred and on playback it doesn't look double speed despite 8 frames/sec recording as I moved the camera slowly most of the time, anyways I have uploaded the raw transfer of this 1962 Kodachrome along with Kodachrome II films from 1965 and 1966 and a 1984 K-40 to Youtube which can be seen in the links below:
1962 Kodachrome
1965 Kodachrome II
1966 Kodachrome II
1984 Kodachrome 40
I am yet to do any edit and enhancements to these films but plan to later on down the track when I find the time.

11/7/14

I am really getting right back into my Iconoscope camera project and have made some real good progress!!! :D I have been exchanging emails with my tech friend Richard Diehl from Labguysworld.com discussing this project, he suggested to test the tube and at least get a picture on it use a 1" vidicon yoke and drive it and use the deflection circuit from my homemade vidicon camera for it so I am gonna do just that! Should I succeed I will get a trapezoidal looking B&W picture. I figured for the video stage to use the preamp I built and the video circuit from my homemade vidicon camera. So it looks like I can actually get this camera built quicker than I initially thought, yaaaay! :D

1/6/14

I have finally gotten around to updating my Iconoscope camera project adding what I've constructed since last update which is the 1st video amplification stage (preamp) and the high tension power supply for the tube.

Recently I have semi-resurrected my Philips N1700 to do a few tape transfers for a couple of people, I admit I haven't transferred a N1700 VCR tape in years, great to get back to it again. The VCR was not lacing the tape when I fired it up again and found it to be the lacing motor wasn't getting it's required 11.5V so I power it externally with a variable DC power supply and that does the trick.

On the photography side of things, I have recently shot/developed my oldest colour film, Kodacolor 120 that expired in May 1945, most of the pictures gave a cyan monochrome picture but some yielded real colours which is fantastic, am stoked that I can cross process 1940s colour films in modern C-41 chemistry!!! :D I have had the film professionally scanned and have done Photoshop enhancements to get the best possible colours, here's the final results (1945 expired Kodak Kodacolor 120 film) . I also had my 1958 expired Kodak Ektachrome 120 colour film professionally scanned and I was totally amazed how awesome the colour pictures look now opposed to my own crude scans, here's the link to the scans (1958 expired Kodak Ektachrome 120 film) how's that for 1950s colour film shot and developed in 2014!!! :D I have also recently shot and developed some early 50s Kodacolor films and had troubles with them and after a few experimental develops the best I could achieve with what I have was a bleach bypass develop which yielded great monochrome pictures with a smidgen of colour. Recently corresponded with an ex Kodak photo engineer, he gave me some great info on how I could richen up the colour in those films which is to do a rehal bleach and fix to them even though they are already developed. Anyhow I've uploaded the 2 Kodacolor films I was successful with, one expired in 1951 and the other in 1954, they can be seen in my Flickr sets .

9/5/14

Once again I have not touched on my website for nearly a year mostly due to the fact I have toooooooooooooo much "to do" stuff that I simply haven't had the patience and motivation to work on my site these days plus I always write essay long details on everything which takes me forever and a day!  But now I am trying to make the effort to update this site but I can't promise regular updates due to the above but will try from time to time.

Anyhow since last update I haven't worked that much on my electronic projects except the Iconoscope project which I have built a plumbicon tube camera pre-amp for the tube and used micro sized electronic parts kindly given to me by Richard Diehl of http://www.labguysworld.com/ . I haven't yet updated my Iconoscope project page but have since uploaded some vlogs on my progress to YouTube including that pre-amp so check out my YouTube channel and search "iconoscope" and you'll find them. I am trying to get back into this project again, just sussing out what to work on next and Richard is kindly helping me via email.

Now more important news. In the latter half of 2013 I have developed a very strong interest film photography/cinematography which I've been making 8mm and Super 8 films and snapping 35mm and medium format photographic films and home developing them which has been my prime focus these days! I have learned about the famous Caffenol C (coffee, vitamin C, washing soda) method of developing B&W photo and movie films and how easy it is to do so I have gotten right into it and can easily make B&W photos and movies! And more recently I've gotten into the colour side of things and bought a C-41 colour developer kit and develop colour films! My specialty with movie/photo film is ultra vintage expired film, I have successfully shot/develop 8mm/Super 8 films with expiry dates dating back to 1967 and roll films of 116/120/620 formats with expiry dates dating back to 1932!!! And with colour film I have successfully process a 1958 expired Kodak Ektachrome 120!!! I have featured all of my vintage film photography on Flickr and here is the link to my page https://www.flickr.com/photos/51853869@N08/sets/ there are a LOT of vintage films on there from the 1930s to the 1980s!!! All of my Super 8 and Double 8 movie films can be seen on my YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX5trhdw4OP__trba2-dpYQ , just look up "super 8" and "double 8" and 8mm and all my movie films will show up along with my vlogs on my processing of the films. And things get even better in this area of interest, I have recently been interviewed for local WIN News on my Super 8 and home developing work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8kf5ZX7ATo which feature excerpts from my B&W Super 8/Double 8 films so I've gained some noteriety for my hobby yaaay! :D

In other news I have gained some more vintage video camera and video recorder equipment, some of the highlights are as follows:
National WV-3300N vidicon colour camera (works superbly)
National NV-5120A EIAJ colour cartridge VCR (one of my most sought after VCRs)
Ikegami ITC TVR-321 EIAJ 1/2" B&W VTR (nice addition to my reel-reel collection)
I will eventually showcase them on this site when I get around to it!


29/6/13

Long time since updates once again, my motivation for working on my site has been low these days due to many things but my project work has still been alive and well and here is the latest with my projects.

Firstly I have picked up again with my Iconoscope camera project after a few months hiatus. Firstly I have gotten a hold of a plumbicon colour camera service manual with schematics so I can build the head amp for the tube once I get the bits and get some help on a few minor details. Secondly and more importantly I have built a home made rackable lens for the camera which will project an image big enough to fit the Iconoscope's mosaic photosensitive plate which is great!:D So I have updated my solid state Iconoscope camera page adding the latest progress with info, pictures and videos, there is now two pages as I've added a lot of content so here are the links:
Page 1
Page 2

Other projects I've been working on over the past few months include my 32 line NBTV Nipkow disc mechanical camera/monitor project and my 30 line TeKaDe standard tin can aperture drum mechanical televisor doing refinement work on them.

For the NBTV camera/monitor I have been working real hard on making the sync circuitry to sync the Nipkow disc speed to NBTV standard for recording the video signal on PC. So far no luck with getting the sync circuits to work properly, this is partially due to I guess using a high current driven DC motor from a RC car and more likely due to a possible stuffup in circuit construction, I will eventually get to the bottom of it. Apart from that the camera/monitor works great and I've done a telerecording of the pictures on monitor using a vidicon camera which captures the flickery images nicely due to it's vidicon tube lag characteristics, video can be viewed via this link . Also my documented progress of the camera/monitor can be seen at the NBTV forum in this thread .

The TeKaDe tin can TV has been sitting in the corner of the garage for some months gathering dust as I've done nothing with it since last year, so I decided to dust it off and refine it since it was such a great project and it was featured on the Hackaday site on this page . I have refined this project by replacing the green/yellow LEDs of the light bank with bright white LEDs for a brighter better picture and this worked very nicely. Then while experimenting with making a lens system for my Iconoscope camera using multiple magnifying glasses I found triple magnification from 3 magnifying glasses enlarge the tiny picture of this tin can TV greatly enough to make a nice decent sized picture so cut some cardboard tubing and packed the 3 lenses into it to make the triple magnifier. My progress on the tin can TV can be viewed in the NBTV forum in this thread .

And in other news I have lately been making a reality TV series of me working on my projects in the garage called "Troy's Workshop Adventures". I pretty much have 2 CCD camcorders set up filming me working on my projects and I switch between the two, the footage gets recorded to VHS tape and I edit it on my computer down to a watchable size and make the episodes. With my eccentric interest in old camera pictures I made the series look like it was shot on 1950s B&W image orthicon TV cameras by adding the unsharp mask filter effect to the video which creates the haloing around the bright parts of the image. Anyways I have compiled 3 episodes so far which can be viewed in the following links:
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3

9/3/13

I've just added some more information and pictures to my Iconoscope camera project page which include a very basic block diagram layout for the camera system along with the spec sheet for the RCA 1848 Iconoscope tube which is what I have at hand to work off for my 1846 tube. Also I discuss what will be included in each block of the camera system as well. I am in need of assistance from anyone who is knowledgeable at designing circuitry from TV cameras as my knowledge in designing circuits in general is very limited, so anyone keen to help me please contact me at ac_dc_rocks@hotmail.com , I'm good at constructing any circuit so I work like this, you design me the circuit, I will build it! :)

In other news I have finally decided to go with the times and buy me a brand new HD digital camcorder. I was at Dick Smith Electronics in Dapto the other week and looked at their range of camcorders and saw a Samsung HMX-F80 HD digital camcorder on special for $128 marked down from it's original retail price of $218, now that was a deal I just couldn't refuse so I dropped my conservative financial inhibitions and bought it, I actually bought the display model as they sold out of those cameras which is not surprising haha lol. I am really glad I bought this camera because the pictures are fantastic, I get superb quality 1280x720 HD digital pictures and plus this camera has an AMAZING telescopic optical zoom range of 52x which I can literally zoom in close range of anything up to say 10km away!!!:D I took this camera up to Mt Keira lookout and managed to zoom into close range of Port Kembla's steelworks, copper smelter, factories, harbour etc., Wollongong's lighthouses, high rise buildings, Westfield Figtree, the buddhist temple and tower in Unanderra and up north the transmitter at Brokers Nose, Mt Ousley Road, and out at sea the oil tankers and cargo ships, they literally fill the viewfinder screen and they would be about 10km away, now how's that for zoom range, it is just absolutely AMAZING!!!!!:D Anyways from now on most of my new demo videos on my projects and other things will be done on my Samsung camera instead of my Nokia E72 mobile phone camera that gives 640x480 15fps pictures. Anyways so far I've uploaded a couple of videos from this camera to YouTube, one is a demonstration on this camera and its on board colour effects (click here) and the other is a little video on the rough waves crashing over the breakwater near the old lighthouse at Belmore Basin, Wollongong which I used the camera's on board sepia effect (click here).

4/3/13

I've added three new pages to my site which are for the vintage video gear I recently won in an Ebay auction which are:
1966 Sanyo VTR-1000 B&W 1/2" reel-reel VTR
1968 Sony DVC-2400 B&W vidicon camera
1973 Sony CVM-110VZ B&W monitor

I've recently posted to the OldVTR group asking for info on my Sanyo VTR-1000 and I found out that this VTR is Sanyo's very first VTR introduced in 1966 so this VTR is certainly a significant piece of history!!!:D So this VTR is definitely not of EIAJ standard and of it's own unique video standard. I would say this VTR is Sanyo's answer to Sony's CV-2000 released in 1965! Anyways I've fired up the VTR and it powers up and the fast forward and rewind functions but the play doesn't function, so it's semi working, also the mains transformer is overheating which I was told could be leaky filter capacitors, so will have to replace them. Been looking at the labels on the videotapes that came with the package, they appear to have 1960s movies on them, hopefully these are off-air TV recordings from say late 60s or early 70s complete with commercials and station identification, should that be the case I will be a very happy man!!!:D Anyways will have to get this VTR up and running and see what shows up on them.

I also fired up the Sony DVC-2400 camera, it powers up and it's outputting a video signal but no picture, so there's a problem somewhere between the tube, the video amp/processor circuitry and output, so will have to investigate. And of course I fired up the Sony CVM-110VZ monitor, it works brilliantly displaying nice crisp B&W pictures, have tested it with my Sony VCK-2400ACE camera and with my digital set top box and it displays the pictures very nicely!!!:D

23/2/13

I've added a couple of new pages to my site, one on the ultra rare 1970s Concord NEI-17 1" B&W TV camera and the other on the 1958 Marconi BD851 14" B&W broadcast monitor . Both come complete with pictures and videos.

I have also added six construction log videos to my Iconoscope camera project page which I talk and show what work I have done on the project to date.

21/2/13

Oh dear, it's been 9 months since I last did anything with this site, talk about sheer neglect!!! Over the past 9 months I've pretty much anticipated on updating the site but my motivation has been very low due to dumb procrastination habits, some bouts of depression and having so much to add to the site it has turned me off working on it till now!!! So what have I been doing in these past 9 months:

Firstly, check out the videos I've uploaded to my troysvisualarts YouTube channel since May 2012 and that will give a fair idea of what I've been doing all this time :). Also those on my Facebook friends list, check out my albums.

During 2012 I've been mad on building mechanical television sets and cameras, most involving a Nipkow disc with a spiral of holes in it, I have built myself a few of these contraptions and have been posting the construction details of my work in the NBTV forums . The mechanical television/cameras I've built that successfully work are as follows:
20cm cardboard disc 32 line NBTV mechanical televisor
40cm plywood disc 32 line NBTV mechanical televisor
Tin can 30 line TeKaDe standard aperture drum mechanical televisor
Multistandard 30/32/60 line horizontal/vertical scan mechanical televisor
32 line NBTV camera/monitor system
I have also been playing around with mechanical field sequential colour experiments and have built a working 2 colour field sequential colour camera/TV system which worked pretty good though had no sync so I had to manually brake the AC motor, this system can be seen here . Also have to mention too my tin can TV got featured on the Hackaday site (click here) which is fantastic!!! :D

I have accumulated some more great vintage video related items since my last update. Firstly I've gotten another great extremely rare late 60s/early 70s vintage 1" B&W vidicon camera which is a Concord NEI-17, it is a great looking studio type camera and it works very well though some adjustments are needed for the pin cushion distortion, anyways here's a video of the camera switched on in the garage (click here) and also here's a direct video from the camera's video output (click here) . Secondly from the same seller I got the Concord camera from I later got an ultra rare vintage 1958 Marconi BD851 14" B&W broadcast monitor which suits well with my Marconi MKIII image orthicon camera chain, this monitor is in excellent shape and likely only needs it's paper capacitors replaced, it's nearly working as the valves light up and I can hear frequency hum at the CRT, anyways my monitor can be seen (here) and I have made a couple of videos which can be seen (here) and (here) . And finally only a couple of weeks ago I've picked up an absolute beauty of a vintage video gear load, won it off Ebay for $20 (see auction here) a late 1960s Sanyo VTR-1000 1/2" reel-reel videotape recorder with a bunch of videotapes and a spare video head, a 1968 Sony DVC-2400 2/3" vidicon tube B&W camera (identical to my VCK-2400ACE), and a 1970s Sony CVM-110VZ B&W monitor, all come complete with their service manuals!!! :D I've made a video giving an overview of this latest acquisition (click here) to see it, also here is a video of my Sony CVM-110VZ monitor in operation with my Sony VCK-2400ACE B&W camera hooked to it (click here) .

Going onto things unrelated to vintage video, during December me and my youngest brother Kenny went down to Tasmania for nearly 2 weeks to catch up with dad and his side of the family, and we both had a blast!!! :D I grew up in Tassie in the 80s and not been down there since leaving in 1990, it was so fantastic to see my old towns I grew up to know, Mole Creek, Chudleigh, Deloraine and to catch up with a few special friends I knew from Mole Creek school was so wonderful!!! :D I caught with much of my dad's side of the family down there which was fantastic, haven't seen most of them in over 20 years!!! :D Also met my new family, my half brother, step brother and half sister and step mum, they were fantastic to be around during my stay!!! :D And I did some travelling around during my stay, visited the Great Lake, the north western coastal cities/towns like Devonport, Penguin and Burnie, been to Launceston a few times, and of course travelled around my old country towns like Mole Creek, Chudleigh, Deloraine, Westbury etc... The Tassie holiday was the BEST time I've ever had in many many years, almost everything was perfect!!! :D During my stay down there, I have made a 33 part video series on my mobile phone's video camera and they're all on YouTube so (here's the link) to all my videos, enjoy :)!!!

Back onto video related stuff. I have also been experimenting around with my colour from my B&W vidicon cameras, have made many colour video stills from a few of my B&W cameras, those who are my friend on Facebook can see them in one of my albums. But more importantly I have been now making colour videos from my B&W camera, in this case my 1967 Sony VCK-2400ACE 2/3" B&W vidicon camera, I have been putting objects on a turntable and have made 4 videos from the camera, one straight B&W video for luminance and 3 colour filtered videos red, green and blue using my colour gel filter strip, and I have combined the red, green and blue and luminance channels together to make the full colour video and the results are fantastic, here is a colour video montage I made of what I filmed rotating on the turntable (click here) to see it!!! :D I have also been experimenting with recreating the vintage style two strip colour film look to some of my videos from Kinemacolor/Technicolor to Cinecolor using Pinnacle Studio 15, here's an example of a mock 2 strip Kinemacolor/Technicolor filmization of one of my car cams (click here) and here's an example of a mock 2 strip Cinecolor filmization of a filming of the SS Merimbula shipwreck at Currarong I made back in 2004 (click here) .

Now one final important video related matter to talk about is my latest project! This is a real challenger of a project which I have committed myself to and have to stick to it no matter how hard it gets! This project I am working is [drum roll] I am building a solid state Iconoscope camera!!!:D Now as those following my site would of known back in 2010 I started anticipating on building a solid state image orthicon camera, whilst I collected a lot of data, the project went nowhere due to unobtainium parts, lack of some required knowledge, lack of certain resources which hampered my motivation. I have been talking about the IO project to a few tech friends and ex cameramen who've worked on such vintage cameras and they have been telling me it would be easier to construct an Iconoscope type camera first, and having the fortunate luck of buying an early 1940s RCA 1846 Iconoscope tube off Ebay for an affordable price, I have decided in the past few months to shift my attention towards building a solid state Iconoscope camera and so now I've firmly decided to build an Iconoscope camera first before constructing an image orthicon camera!!! A couple of tech savvy people have already successfully constructed working solid state Iconoscope cameras, Paul Marshall and his solid state PYE photicon midget Iconoscope camera and Sony engineer Yoshio Ozaki and his solid state RCA 1846 Iconoscope camera . I've been recently put in touch with Yoshio via email and have been communicating with him about my anticipated project and he is kindly helping me out the best he can with his tech advice and his construction data, unfortunately he was unable to find his schematics for his camera but kindly provided me with his memo notes that contain valuable info and sketches on some of the circuitry which gives me a good head start!!! I am also looking over all the given info on Paul Marshall's PYE Iconoscope camera he provided in the CQ-TV magazine issues too. Anyhow I have begun construction on this camera to the best with what I have available, I have found a suitable enclosure for it which is an old IBM 486 DX2-66 computer tower case which I modified to house an Iconoscope camera, I have so far constructed the internal frame/mount work for the Iconoscope tube itself. I will be need all the help and resources possible so I welcome any input from any of you tech savvy people out there as my knowledge with constructing cameras is still evolving and there's a lot I still don't know, especially when it comes to designing circuits!!! Anyways I have made a page on this site dedicated to this Iconoscope project so (click here) to see it!

31/5/12

Here's the second installment of updates. Been working on the sections in relation to my Sony VCK-2400ACE and AVC-3400 vidicon cameras and operating them with the use of my UTEL 2004 sync pulse generator. I've made a new webpage explaining in detail (with pics and vids) on running these cameras from that SPG and construction of my adapter leads and sockets to easily connect those cameras to the SPG, power source and monitor which is called "Operating a 60s/70s portable camera without it's required portable reel-reel videotape recorder!". I also have updated the Sony AVC-3400 camera page adding a couple of videos of it in operation and have done major major updates on my Sony VCK-2400ACE camera adding loads of cool video projects I've done using this camera with videos and pictures!!! In other updates I have added another video to my Shibaden HV-13 camera page. Stay tuned for the next lot of updates hopefully within the next few days!

25/5/12

Okay here's the first of the additions since I last added anything to this site months ago. Firstly a couple of acquisition adds, I have added another National WV-3000N camera to the WV-3000N page and I have added a neat looking ITC MEA-5100 Special Effects Amplifier I got some months back, excellent additions to my growing collection!!!:D

Now for the big update with this site. I have done a fair bit of work on my 1947 Andrea VJ12 chassis B&W TV set and have documented my restoration with pictures and video on the page and seeing there was a lot of content I've added another page so my 1947 Andrea VJ12 is now two pages (page 1) and (page 2). The restoration work includes capacitor replacement in the EHT, replacement of deteriorated wiring in the CRT yoke assembly, testing the valves, firing the set up etc...

Anyways that's my first installment of updates, stay tuned for more very soon!

20/5/12

Before I get into the updates, first thing to mention that's real important, my website is now under a new address, it is no longer at http://troysvintagevideo.741.com/ it is now at http://troysvintagevideo.0catch.com/ . Basically the main webserver company is Hosting Solutions which my monthly fee for my webspace is going to and it has many subsidiaries that run through them, I chose 741.com and recently 741 has stopped maintaining their domain and are no longer be part of Hosting Solutions and so my website was down for sometime. I contacted 741.com and they explained it to me and that my website is still on the main server and it was suggested have my web address switched to the parent company address 0catch.com (part of Hosting Solutions) so I did just that so now my site is on the 0catch.com domain.

Now with the updates, yes it has been a very long time since I last updated this site once again, my apologies for that, haven't had the motivation in a while to work on my site, plus been distracted by a miriad of other things. As I type this update I have not done diddly with my site since last update but after this update entry I will be progressively updating my pages and adding new content to this site of acquisitions and projects I've embarked on since last update and will be adding update entries as I go.

Anyhow what have I've acquired since last update? In terms of old TV/video/camera gear, not a lot, I did get a couple more old cameras, another 1979 National WVP-3000N camera which has the exact same fault as the first one, and I got a early/mid 1990s Panasonic NV-RX3A VHS-C CCD camcorder.

What have I been doing in terms of projects since last update? Well I have been doing quite a lot actually!!! I have presented my project work on my troysvisualarts channel so if you wanna see what I've done over the past few months, it's pretty much all on my channel!

I have been doing more restoration work on my Andrea VJ12 TV, replaced more paper caps and have been studying the circuitry, replaced the wire leads coming from the yoke as the plastic insulation has crumbled, and have tested the power transformers to discover they are different to the originals to run off 240VAC Aussie standard instead of 115VAC US standard. Also have gotten data on the VCR140 radar tube and the original 12LP4/12JP4 tube this set was meant to have and have learned the differences between them and checked the EHT and realised it was modified for the radar tube as it runs off half the voltage of the original CRT. After doing what I thought was adequate restoration work and testing on the set I decided to go for broke and rig it all up and power it up on the variac. Good news, nothing went boom, and all the visible valve filaments light up, the radar tube filament lights up which is great, bad news though no raster on tube, I can see the output valve on EHT doesn't light up so either it is faulty or there's an EHT circuit fault. So the restoration continues. I have done some videos of my restoration work of this set to YouTube which can be viewed in the following links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDd9WO1h2aw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYkBP2ePNFs

I have in recent times gained a new passion in the field of television, and that is vintage John Logie Baird Nipkow disc mechanical television!!! Yes I've seen over the web a few Aussies have been building Nipkow disc mechanical TVs and seen video demos of them in operation and so out of curiosity I further researched into it checking out various sites and NBTV site and Gary Millard's Video2NBTV software and realise it is quite easy to construct a simple mechanical televisor and input video WAV/MP3 files to the set I thought to myself "I am SO gonna make one" and I went ahead and made not one but two Nipkow disc mechanical televisors, first one being a 20cm thin cardboard Nipkow disc televisor with small DC motor and 2x3=6 orange LED bank light source and the other being 40cm plywood Nipkow disc televisor with 240VAC fan motor and 4x5=20 yellow LED bank as light source. Both mechanical TVs work displaying 32 line NBTV standard 12.5 frames/sec low defininition monochrome pictures which is brilliant, only thing is I have to manually synchronize  the motor speed to get a stable image seeing I'm not using automatic motor speed sync circuitry. So for the small televisor I use a DC motor speed control which doesn't work to well in keeping the picture in sync for long, the large plywood disc televisor I use the variac to adjust the AC fan motor speed a little higher than sync and I brake the disc down to sync speed using a piece of wood with towel fabric wrapped around it and that works very well in keeping the disc at sync speed keeping the image stable. Anyhow this is a fun new exciting hobby I got myself into and am going to expand further into mechanical television in the coming future. I have uploaded to my troysvisualarts channel a 15 part series for the construction of my 20cm cardboard disc televisor (click here for part 1) along with an off-screen telerecording video and a 7 part series for the construction of my 40cm plywood disc televisor (click here for part 1) and an off-screen telerecording video as well. I will soon make pages for these two televisors with pics and those YouTube videos embedded.

My mate Richard Diehl of LabGuy's World and videolabguy on YouTube has devised an effective way to run portable vidicon tube B&W cameras without needing to hook them to their required portable 1/2" reel-reel videotape recorders. I watched a video he put to YouTube called "The Eight Dollar TV Camera" which he built a horizontal/vertical sync pulse generator circuit and hooked the sync wires to the appropriate pins of the camera's multipin socket along with the 12V DC source and composite video output to their appropriate pins of the camera's socket and low and behold, you have a nice picture coming from the camera. In that video he used a 1966 Sony DVC-2400 portable B&W camera which originally had to be hooked to a DV-2400 1/2" reel-reel VTR to operate. Realizing I had been recently given a UTEL 2004 sync pulse generator and having the European version of that camera depicted which mine is a Sony VCK-2400ACE, I had a crack at rigging that camera up to my SPG, 12VDC power supply and output video to my TV and to my pleasant surprise it works BRILLIANTLY!!!:D My 1967 Sony VCK-2400ACE is making wonderful crisp B&W pictures and also a purely stable picture when hooked to my DVD recorder without frame droppage and picture flashing which is a bonus!!!:D I also tested out my 1969 Sony AVC-3400 camera and it too works brilliantly through this method!!!:D Prior to this I had no idea if those cameras worked nor had the means to test them, I am so glad they both work!!!:D Anyhow I have since made many videos from those cameras particularly the VCK-2400ACE (now my favourite vidicon camera for regular use) and have uploaded them to my troysvisualarts channel , When I update my pages for those cameras I will embed those videos to them. I have been having a lot of fun with my Sony VCK-2400ACE camera, been doing remote filmings with it, been making visual effects and even used it as a webcam on Skype!!! And recently I tried something real crazy and that was to use that VCK-2400ACE as a retro car cam, so I strategically rigged the camera with its necessary gear in my car and powered it all from the 12VDC-240VAC inverted connected to cigarette lighter socket and I drove around the country side doing car cam videos 1960s B&W style!!!:D I made two car cam videos which can be viewed in the following links:
Car Cam 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7jUsRPtuoQ
Car Cam 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MusmtNkJBVQ

In other news I have been dabbling in making more psychelic visual effects videos using old cameras, effects unit, visual feedback, shiny objects, animated GIFs etc. and have uploaded some videos to YouTube, scroll down to the March video additions on my troysvisualarts channel to see them. Also been making colour videos from my Sony VCK-2400ACE B&W camera by recording a consistent animated object and video playback 4 times, for luminance, red, green and blue channels and combined them all to make an accurate colour video, I have uploaded a couple of videos to YouTube one of a video clip playing on my computer screen and the other of a disco ball, they turned out great!!!:D I have also uploaded to my troysvisualarts channel a demo video on nearly all the working vintage video cameras I have which can be seen here and compiled and uploaded a very old doco I made on my camera/VTR collection way back in 2003 which can be seen here. There's many more videos from my old cameras, I couldn't be bothered linking them all so just check my channel and go down the video lists to view them.

Lastly I am planning on turning my old 1970s Dick Smith Q-1280 oscilloscope which I don't use no more into a video monitor and 32 line NBTV monitor to replicate the 30s experiments of displaying low definition mechanical television images on cathode ray tube. So far I'm gathering schematics and info from tech people I'm in touch with and have built one of the video to scope circuits provided from them, so far it doesn't work so will be working on how to get it to work. It will be real cool to see nice green monochrome videos once I get it all working. On YouTube there's a fair few video-scope and NBTV-scope video demos made, a couple of good examples can be seen in the following links
Video-scope http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4xbaqiS1dY
NBTV-scope http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4x6dkpksuE

Anyhow that's my life story in terms of projects I've embarked on. I shall now get cracking on updating my website and add the update entries as I go so stay tuned for progressive website updates and additions over this next coming week or two or more :).


6/2/12

I have added loads more cameras to the page listing of cameras used at Australian TV stations as I have recently found a lot of information from an EXCELLENT website called American Radio History which contains loads of vintage radio/television/communications magazines from the 1920s to the 2000s in PDF and downloadable which is a EXCELLENT information source for researchers researching in that area!!! :D Some of the magazines on there provided excellent information on the television cameras used at Australian TV stations, The Broadcasting & Television Year Book 11th edition 1968 provided a lot of information on what cameras were used at various TV stations around Australia and various editions of RCA Broadcast News magazines provided excellent info and articles of Australian TV stations that purchased RCA cameras and other RCA broadcast equipment. All of this info has filled in a LOT of gaps in my camera listings and I am very happy about that! :D

28/1/12

I have started on some restoration work to my US 1947 Andrea VJ12 B&W TV which is replacing the old wax and bumblebee paper capacitors with mylar caps. This is standard procedure in restoring any old radio, TV etc. as paper caps are unreliable. Anyways I have replaced most of the paper caps and I have added pics and a video to the page illustrating the cap replacement. I am also getting ready to replace all the wax paper caps in my 1959 HMV F5-A6 B&W TV and have pulled the chassis out and listed down all the paper caps, I have added pics and a video to the page to illustrate this cap replacement job.

I have been doing more work on my 1965 Shibaden HV-13 B&W 1" vidicon camera lately trying to fix the problems it has such as the broken target contact in the yoke and the rolling slanted black lines in the picture. I managed to connect the target contact up again so the target ring on the vidicon tube and the contact however it's not making a solid connection as I have to hit the front of the camera for the picture to kick in. Also been investigating the cause of those rolling slanted black lines in the picture and have found that there's a clipped sine wave within the composite video signal which I believe is causing those lines. I have posted pics, videos and details on the page for everyone to see.

Big news with my Marconi MK3 camera, since November last year I have been working on restoring the power supply unit (PSU) to working order, I have however neglected to mention it in my updates until now. All of the restoration details can be viewed on Page 4 of my Marconi MK3 pages. In brief I have so far reformed the electrolytic caps with my homemade 450V HT supply, replaced all the carbon resistors and paper caps, resoldered some broken wire connections at the output. I have powered it up and it's nearly working, just got some arcing at the front behind the controls due to broken insulation, a variable wire wound resistor is smoking and the blower fan is not operating, so still got to fix them problems, otherwise the PSU is at least half way to working.

I have added some more cameras to the listing of TV cameras used in Aussie TV stations, to the CBN-8 station I have added a RCA TK-11 which were the cameras used when the station opened in 1962, they were soon to be replaced with TK-60s around I guess 1964/65. So it looks like three stations in Australia used RCA TK-11/31 cameras, CBN-8, NBN-3 and QTQ-9. Also to NBN-3 station I've added a RCA TK-15 vidicon camera, so three stations in Australia used TK-15s, TNT-9, WIN-4 and NBN-3.

Lastly I have gotten some more great pieces of TV/video/camera/test equipment from various sources. I now have a National WVP-50N and a Sharp XC-51 colour camera once again which replace the ones I discarded many years ago due to being non-operational, so I am happy to have them back again. I have a ITC MEA-5100 Special Effects Amplifier which will be of great use for my B&W vidicon cameras, it isn't operational yet but I hope to get it working again and put it to great use. I have today just picked up a range of TV test equipment from an ex TV tech in Dapto, this includes a couple of colour test pattern generators, degaussing wand, TV picture tube tester/rejuvinator, Goldstar CRO, 13V DC power supply and TV/Video Remedy manuals, all of this gear will be of great use to me for working on my TV sets!!!

3/1/12

I have finally gotten started on my solid state 3" image orthicon tube B&W camera project which I've been getting together info and materials to build the deflection yoke, I have lined up 2 formers for the coils, one for focus and the other for horizontal/deflection and I will soon be ordering enamel wire to get started in winding the coils. I have made a page to illustrate what I have done so far which can be viewed here.

I have decided to split the Marconi MK3 IO camera page into 3 pages and my vidicon camera project into 2 pages because they were too big to the point the background image goes white after so far down the page which I think looked dodgy. Anyhow big advantage of this will be less images and objects to load when viewing the pages which I think will be better for the browser.

I have finally put up some videos for 3 of my vintage television sets which are the 1959 HMV F5-A6, the 1963 Sharp TRP-601 and the late 1970s Toshiba C-1821.

I have added some cameras to the Australian TV station camera listings page, have added a Marconi MK4 to TCN-9 and RCA TK-15 to WIN-4. I am happy to finally know what WIN-4 (my local station) used in the early days and am amazed they were the rare RCA TK-15 1" vidicon cameras, I now want to know whatever happened to them and if they survive to this day in somebody's collection?

4/11/11

MAJOR MAJOR updates since my last recent update. I have been working real hard with the site updates in the last couple of days adding more and more content to my existing pages and new pages of new gear I have acquired over the past year. There's still some gear I need to add but that will be done in due course! Anyhow here are the updates.

New pages added and pages updated with pics and videos: Sony HVC-3000P and HVC-4000P cameras, Sony AVC-3250CE, Philips N1502 and N1700 VCRs, JVC GC-3300E camera, Hanimex VC600-P camera, Sharp XC-54 camera, UTEL 2004 sync pulse generator/colour bar generator, 800W cyclorama studio light.

I had to remove some videos of some of my old television sets because I was displaying on the screen television programs that would upset the copyright holders and could put a strike against my YouTube account, so I felt it was wise to remove them. I have since made other videos so I will sometime add them in the near future.

I plan on making some new pages illustrating some more of my electronic projects and my video productions I've made for my YouTube channel troysvisualarts. Also as mentioned in my previous update I am now in the process on starting on my solid state 3" image orthicon camera project and will make a page illustrating my progress, currently I am working on drawing up a design for the deflection yoke for the 3" IO tube and have read all the tech notes for the Visual MK10 solid state 3" IO camera which is what I'm gonna base my camera from.

31/10/11

A lot has been happening since my last update!!!

Firstly I have acquired two more vintage TV camera tubes to add to my collection, a 1950s Westinghouse 5820 3" Image Orthicon tube (see at bottom of page) and would you believe an early 1940s RCA 1846 4.5" Iconoscope tube!!! That Iconoscope tube was on Ebay and suprisingly no mad bidders bidded on it jacking it to $200+ so I bidded on the tube and won it at $120, this tube is in excellent shape, no whiteness in the tube indicating it's gone to air and the tube looks nice and clean on the inside!!! This tube I believe will probably work when I one day build a camera out of it!!! I am probably the only Aussie to own an Iconoscope too but if anyone else in Oz has one, please drop me an email! The Westinghouse IO tube also is in great shape too and will probably make a good picture if it hasn't reached the end of its life. I also have recently given my RCA 5820 IO with the mustard coloured base to a collector/preservationist on indefinite loan as he needed one for display.

Secondly I have gotten my 1965 Shibaden HV-13 1" vidicon camera working making pictures though not without problems, this was only briefly before the picture went again the next day, details are on the page.

Thirdly I have bought off Ebay two early 80s Sony trinicon tube cameras at a real cheap price, one a 1980/81 HVC-3000P and the other a 1982 HVC-4000P. I hooked the cameras to my Sony HVS-2000P camera selector/effects unit and testing them, the HVC-3000P works brilliantly making excellent pictures, the HVC-4000P works but has beam current issues as the highlights are clipping madly which needs to be fixed. I have been making a lot of videos from my HVC-3000P and been sticking them to YouTube, so check them out on my troysvisualarts channel. I haven't yet made a page for these two cameras but will do sometime this week so stay tuned. I do have another HVC-3000P I got a long time ago but it doesn't work, it can be seen here, the working one will be added to the page.

Lastly some smaller updates, I have added another video I made from my homemade camera to the bottom of the page, I have built myself a 450V HT power supply for reforming old electrolytic capacitors. And finally I am in the process of finally getting started with my solid 3" Image Orthicon camera which I have read the service manual for the 1964 Visual MK10 solid state 3" IO camera and am in the process of designing a deflection yoke for 3" IO tubes.

Anyways that's the major updates since I last tinkered with this site.

30/8/11

I have super good news and a bit of bad news.

First let's get the bad news outta the way. My RCA TK-760 has lost the red channel so I'm now getting only a blue green colour composite which is strange because I've only moved the camera around the house and took care in doing so. So more servicing to do to this camera to get it working good and will be doing so once I get a hold of a TK-760 or TK-76 service manual.

Now onto the super good news!!!! :D

Firstly I have FINALLY fixed up the vertical scan issue with my homemade vidicon tube B&W camera and the camera is now making brilliant pictures!!! :D The fault turned out to be a faulty FET transistor TR21 so after replacing it, problem solved!!! So now my homemade camera page is updated with new info, pictures and videos made directly and indirectly from the camera! Now that it's making decent pictures I can make practical use of this camera and film stuff with it. The picture is still not quite up to par with a professionally made camera like a Sony AVC-3250 but it's good enough for now, I will make refinements to the circuitry in due course to improve the picture quality, a most notable refinement to make is to shorten the target lead and put shielding around it to reduce noise the picture.

Secondly, I have just discovered on YouTube recently a 15 minute documentary on the making of a solid state Iconoscope camera in Japan which was built by Yoshio Ozaki!!! The camera works brilliantly making superb quality images from the 1930s/40s Iconoscope tube which are comparable to modern standard images!!! I have made a page on this working Iconoscope camera, the video can be viewed here!

In other news, I have added more cameras to the list of broadcast cameras used by Aussie stations. In addition to this I have learned about an Australian made broadcast TV camera for use in the rural TV stations which is the TGL TVCS-10 1 inch vidicon tube broadcast camera. These TGL cameras used 1 inch RCA 8507A vidicon tubes.

Finally in the process of getting help from tech forums with my homemade camera I have learned of an awesome electronic schematic design program called LTSpice which is downloadable for free from the main site. This is a brilliant program as you can test the circuit you designed within the program before you even build the circuit to see if it works properly! This program is going to be ideal for me in helping me to design and build a solid state image orthicon camera!!! :D

6/7/11

I have added three more videos to the RCA TK-760 page along with a few pics. One video is another mobile video demo of the camera and myself talking about it and the other two are actual direct video feeds straight from the output of the camera to. The pictures show that this camera needs a LOT of tube alignment and possibly new tubes, otherwise the pictures are okay considering. I still need to find that loose connection causing the luminance to go negative, it's still elusive but will find it eventually even if I have to check every board for broken components, I personally think some connection is not earthing properly.

I have added a page illustrating my idea for converting a B&W tube camera to colour using a CCD for chroma pickup and a beam splitter prism along with associated mirrors/optics so the beam goes to both pickup devices. I have also illustrated my little experiment of doing a video still of a subject using a B&W vidicon tube camera and a CCD colour camera and superimposing the two stills over each other to bring about a tube/CCD colour picture which actually worked very well!!!

4/7/11

Three TV sets added, 1959 B&W HMV F5-A6, 1963 B&W portable Sharp TRP-601 and a late 1970s Toshiba colour C-1821 with info, photos and videos of them in operation. The Toshiba works very well, the Sharp works good and the HMV works but needs vertical linearity correction. The two B&W TVs needed an antenna signal booster to boost the RF video signal display decent pictures.

2/7/11

I have been investigating my RCA TK-760 and have checked for loose connections and it turns out there is 2 loose connections in the camera. Found one of them so far which is the plug from the blue tube lead is loose and barely makes a connection to its socket which explains the blue being unresponsive, I got it to connect good enough for the blue tube to output so that problem is fixed. The other loose connection causing the luminance to go negative I'm yet to find but have narrowed it to the plumbicon tube bay area as tapping the top kind of knocks it back into positive luminance. Anyways really good news, with the blue tube connecting and the luminance being in positive state, this camera is making half decent colour pictures!!! :D The pictures are of a blue tint and the colour looks a little desaturated but with some tweaking of the tubes, an optimum colour picture can be made from this camera. Anyways I am very happy that this camera is in working order and nearly good enough to be used for filming stuff!!! :D Anyhow I have documented my progress on the TK-760 page and have added 4 more videos along with a series of photos with the side panels removed revealing the innards of the camera.

I have now added the portable Sony VCK-2400ACE B&W vidicon camera and have updated the list of cameras used by TV stations adding more to the list along with a few corrections.

I'll very soon be adding info, pics and videos of my other vintage TVs to the TV section as I have fired them up and taken photos and videos of them.


29/6/11

Big news, have gotten a hold of two VERY IMPORTANT items of Australian television history and they are:
1977/78 RCA TK-760 3 plumbicon tube broadcast studio colour camera
1947/48 Andrea T-VJ12 B&W television imported from USA

The RCA TK-760 camera is an excellent addition to my camera collection and marks my second broadcast grade camera. This camera actually is a TK-76 but placed in a studio camera type enclosure for studio use instead of remote use. It is a self contained camera which doesn't need a CCU and PSU to operate as it has direct mains input and direct video output. I have powered it up and it is working, though not perfectly as it has some faults which are explained on the TK-760 page. It is on the overall making pictures that's the main thing and probably doesn't need much servicing to be made working good except perhaps colour alignment procedures after the fault is fixed. I intend on getting this camera working good and will get a sturdy tripod for it and will be taking it around for remote shootings like I do with my vidicon cameras! :D

The Andrea T-VJ12 B&W TV was a real surprise!!! I got this TV from television collector John of cool386.com who had it on Ebay. Due to space constrains I initially was gonna let someone else bid on it but no one did so I did and I am glad I did because this TV is an absolute RARITY!!! This TV was made around 1947/48 in USA and was exported to Australia supposedly for training purposes many years before Australia got B&W television in 1956!!! This TV is actually a frankenstein set because it has been stripped from its original cabinet and the chassis has been mounted into a steel framework and the CRT was mounted on a separate steel frame and the CRT used is a World War 2 VCR140 yellow/green 12" radar tube instead of it's proper 12" 12LP4 B&W CRT intended for this TV. This set would of had other modifications made to it as well for Australian use. I intend on somehow getting this TV going once my knowledge of TV servicing has evolved to a satisfactory level. Anyhow I am proud to own this rare TV set!!! :D You can follow my progress on the Andrea on the Videokarma forums in this thread.

In other news, I have gotten a 1967 Sony VCK-2400ACE B&W 2/3" vidicon tube portable camera which I'll soon add to this site, it was used with a portable  DV-2400 1/2" VTR and also with a CV-2100 which I have, just need a cable and I can hook it to my CV-2100 and test it. I also have came up with an idea of converting a B&W tube camera iconoscope/image orthicon/vidicon to colour using a colour CCD to pick up the chroma and a prism splitter to split the light to both the tube and the CCD, I will soon add this article along with diagrams illustrating this idea. And to finish off the great news I will soon be doing a big Philips N1500 VCR tape transfer job for a guy in Victoria which is going to be very exciting as the tapes contain off-air TV recordings from the mid 1970s, there is bound to be missing TV shows on there :D, so I am so looking forward to it, plus I get to keep the tapes and N1500 VCR too!!!  :D

2/5/11

I have now decided to keep all of my video related updates on my vintage video site and my Countdown and other missing TV programs related updates on my Countdown site.

To kickstart things off, I have now gotten my homemade vidicon tube video camera project working, it is now making pictures YAAAAY!!! The pictures are however far from perfection as the focus is out, the picture has noise due to vidicon target being long, the picture sensitivity is very low and most notably the picture is stretching as the vertical scan progresses to the bottom of the screen and the picture fills about 3/4 of the screen. So a lot of refinements are needed to be added to the circuitry design to get this camera making pictures comparable to say a Sony AVC-3250 camera which uses the same tube types as this project. Apart from that I am cheering that this camera I built from scratch with my own hands actually works!!! :D

Secondly I have acquired a big load of vintage video gear from a collector I recently got in touch with who has probably the largest collection of vintage TVs in Australia. His name is John and he has a website exhibiting a portion of his gear http://cool386.tripod.com/ and that's just the tip of the iceberg!!! He has also been helping me out a lot with my vidicon camera project via email. Anyways a few weeks ago I went up to his place in the Blue Mountains which was a great drive and he gave me a tour of his property showing his fantastic collection of vintage TVs, radios, telephones and other antiques which he has preserved very well!!! He also showed me some of his really old vintage TVs in operation and I have taken some photos and videos of them and have featured them on this page. He has some rare pre-1956 B&W TVs imported overseas one most notable a 1949 Airline TV set from USA which he successfully converted from 525 line 30fps US standard to 625 line 25fps Australian standard. Anyways he had a lot of old video gear that was of interest to me which he needed to give to a good home and so I acquired from him 4 Philips N1700s and a N1502, a Sony VO-1810 U-Matic with many blank tapes, 3 National NV-M3 VHS camcorders, Panasonic NV-MS1 SVHS camcorder, Javelin EZ-1740 security camera, Tektronix TAS-475 oscilloscope, PYE 12F-1 B&W TV, National NV-3020E VTR and a National WV-355 B&W camera. It was an absolute blessing he had that Tektronix TAS-475 CRO to give to me because I was in much need of a CRO that can accurately display waveforms with accurate calibration with graticule scaling so I can easily work out the amplitude and period of waveforms for my homemade vidicon camera and that helped me a lot in getting the camera working and it will help me greatly with my other projects!!! Now due to limitations of space I gave 3 of the Philips N1700s and the Sony VO-1810 U-Matic to my video tech friend John Grieve in northern Sydney which he can put to great use. Pretty much all of these new acquisitions are now on my site.

I have added a lot of new items to this website, too many to list them all but some include a 1974 National WV-355 1 inch vidicon B&W camera, National NV-M3 camcorders and much much more. I have also added a new section to feature my vintage television collection as I have a few ancient TV sets in storage. So for all the new stuff added check all of the pages with "NEW!!!!!" beside them and all of the pages updated 30/4/11 onwards!

I am now working on restoring my 1974/75 Philips K9 chassis colour TV set to working order, I had this TV sitting under the house for years and I finally decided to dredge it up and attempt to restore it to working condition even though my knowledge of fault finding TVs is currently limited. Also for safety I bought an isolation transformer from the company I use to work at and have mounted it into a wooden box enclosure and am using it for this TV set and all my other projects from now on. Anyways I hope to make good progress with this TV and get it to work again. So far I've started testing the voltages in the power supply and there appears to be some arcing somewhere between the huge capacitor and large transformer, will have to investigate that.

Lastly, over the past few months I've been making videos using my Hanimex VC600-P colour camera and Sony AVC-3250CE B&W camera and have uploaded them to YouTube and have embedded them to those pages. I have also done test videos for most of my working cameras aiming them at my computer monitor displaying colour bars, primary colours, colourful images and a video of my backyard made on my Sony CCV-TR350E Video 8 Handicam and have uploaded them to YouTube and embedded them on my camera pages.





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