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2016 Early Television Convention

This year's convention was held Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1.

This year's convention was held Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1. Attendance was up from last year. Though the auction had fewer high end items than last year, there were lots of bargains to be had. A highlight of the convention was the successful completion of a CRT rebuild by Nick Williams.

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Thanks to all our volunteers and presenters. Without you the convention would not be possible.

See you next year.

Here is a summary of the convention:

Attendance: 125 (119 in 2015)
Saturday Dinner: 73 (61 in 2015)
Auction Sales $24,089 ($130,599 in 2015)
Donations $6,608 ($6,302 in 2015)
Net income to ETF $20,296 ($23,272 in 2015)


Wayne Bretl's Photos
Auction Results



Return of the Queens Messenger Joe Piazzo
The Story of the Chromatron, From Invention to Realization Marshall Wozniak and Jerome Halphen
The CBS Vericolor Camera - Restoration Steve McVoy
3 vs 4 Tubes in Camera Design and the RCA Camera That Never Came to Market Jay Ballard
The Cooley Rayfoto System Mike Molnar
The New Texas Museum of Broadcasting & Communications Chuck Conrad
60th Anniversary of the Unveiling of the VTR James O'Neal
Signal Boosters and UHF Converters Mark Nelson


Tesla 4001A The Gizmo

New at the Museum This Year

CBS Vericolor camera RCA TK-41A color camera and support equipment
Zenith Flashmatic set and remote control Daven 24 line disk
Emerson C-502 21 inch color set CBS "Slave" receiver (on loan from Mike Molnar)
Hickok 760 flying spot scanner VHF boosters and UHF converters (donated by Mark Nelson)
Sarkes Tarzian 3000L IO camera  


Events in gray were at the museum and those in green at the Makoy Center

Friday, April 29

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm CRT rebuilding demonstration and workshop
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Meet other collectors at the museum. Beer, wine, soft drinks. Demonstration of sets in the Museum's collection

Saturday, April 30

7:30 am – 8:30 am Swap Meet setup
8:30 am – 11:00 am Registration and Swap Meet
8:30 am - 5:30 pm Silent Auction
9:00 am - 11:45 am Live Auction
12:00 noon – 12:30 pm Buffet Lunch
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm   Presentations
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm  Presentations
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Browse the museum’s collection, talk to fellow collectors
About 6:00 pm Silent Auction closes
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Dinner

Sunday, May 1

9:00 am – 2:00 pm Browse the museum’s collection, talk to fellow collectors. Demonstration of sets in the Museum’s collection.
10:00 am – 10:30 am  Meeting - CRT rebuilding at the museum
10:30 am - 11:00 am Early Television Foundation annual meeting