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2018 Early Television Convention

The 2019 Convention will be May 4-6. Mark your calendars.

This year's convention was held Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6.

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: 120 (115 in 2017)
Saturday Dinner: 65 (65 in 2017)
Auction Sales $21,556 ($14,866 in 2017)
Donations $4,658 ( $2,862 in 2017)
Net income to ETF $18,157 ($11,944 in 2017)

We've set up an online photo album for any pictures you've taken at the museum or at the Convention that you'd like to share. Just drag-and-drop your photos into the upload album. Thanks for sharing!

Google Photos online album
Wayne Bretl's photos
Jack Winslade's photos
Repair of the Westinghouse 15 inch color set
Philco Predicta restoration
Auction Results

Here is information on the 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Conventions.

Presentations and Workshop

Jack Poppele, the Most Famous Radio & TV Engineer I Never Heard Of Mike Molnar
RCA Eight-Inch Ten-Tube "Personal" Portable KCS 100 Ed Milbourn
Contributions of the Bendix Radio Division to Television Development George Lemaster
Making provisions in your will for donating your collection Dave Sica
Dos and Don'ts of Restoration Concerning Early Broadcast Television Cameras Ralph Sargent
C. Frances Jenkins  Carl Dole
Updated Progress Report About the Texas Museum of Broadcasting & Communications Chuck Conrad
Workshop: Repair hints for Philco Predictas Dan Jones


Events in gray were at the museum and those in green at the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center

Friday, May 4

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Meet other collectors at the museum. Demonstration of sets in the Museum's collection. Food, wine and beer available for purchase.

Saturday, May 5

7:30 am – 8:00 am Swap Meet setup
8:00 am – 11:00 am Registration and Swap Meet
9:00 am - 12:00 noon Live Auction
12:00 noon – 12:30 pm Buffet Lunch
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm   Presentations
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Break
2:30 pm – 4:15 pm  Presentations
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Restoration Workshop - Restoring Philco Predictas - Dan Jones
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Browse the museum’s collection, talk to fellow collectors
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner

Sunday, May 6

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Browse the museum’s collection, talk to fellow collectors. Demonstration of sets in the Museum’s collection.
10:00 am - 10:30 am Early Television Foundation Annual Meeting
10:30 am – 11:00 am  Meeting - CRT rebuilding at the museum