Early Television
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Early Broadcast Equipment

Syracuse University Remote Van

Early Television

Built in 1970, the van was used as studio B at the Newhouse school of Public Communication. The van has been acquired by the Texas Museum of Broadcasting & Communications.

Here are comments (edited) from Bob Hodge, who retired from Syracuse University in 2020:

It dates from 1970. One thing about this unit- It was cabled to  Studio B in Newhouse 2 and was used as the production and engineering facility for studio B . Cabling for remote control for a  dedicated Kodak CT-100 film chain,  35 mm slide film island, Kodak multiplexer and COHU 3 vidicon color film camera. Studio A had the same 3 BC-230 cameras, but on studio pedestals.

Here Is what I remember about what was originally in the unit:

  • It had air conditioning and electrical heat.  3 phase AC power conditioners
  • It was always equipped for NTSC color.
  • It was equipped with 3 Ampex  3 plumbicon color cameras, model BC230 with Ampex CCU’s.   Angenieux Lenses  3- 3 leg tripods with removable heads and dolly’s. And a RCA TK-76 that could be genlocked into the system. Used a homebuilt  CCU.
  • Sarkes Tarzian Crosspoint production switcher( I forget the model number) 2 mix effects double reentry busses, straight cut program buss, Chroma Key and some other effects.
  • Ampex VR1200b or c VTR – maybe 2 Ampex VR 660’s - later 2 IVC 1 inch VTR’s -later Sony type 5 ¾ inch VCR’s.
  • Neve audio console.
  • 3 Tektronix 650 series color production monitors using Sony Trinitron CRTs.
  • Engineering  Sarkes Crosspoint switcher in engineering bay which was in the rear of the unit.
  • Grass Valley Group signal processing ( part of Sarkes switcher).
  • I forget who made the VDA’s and PDA’s . Sync generator was ( If I remember correctly) Tektronix.  Tektronix RM 528 and 529 WFM’s. Tektronix 520a  vector scopes.
  • 6 – 7 foot relay racks for patch fields, audio/ video VDA’s, other support gear.
  • Power cable on a motorized reel. Camera cables, audio snake on Army surplus reels, lockable external video in/ out/ audio foldback/ blackburst on a panel- passenger side – about ½ way down.   
  • Remote box capable of providing baseband video and audio pool feeds.

 I think it was built by Mr. John Soergel , another engineer at Video Services , Newhouse 2. John was the engineer that was responsible for the universities original Carnegie television facility- dating from around 1947. General Electric and Dumont IO cameras, and a General Electric Iconoscope film chain (1850 tube) with a GE / Bell and Howell 16 mm Syncrolite projector. GPL Kinescope recorder- Later on an Ampex VR1000 VTR replaced the kinescope unit- loaned by the federal government that retrieved it when the Carnegie facility closed and Newhouse 2 became the new television facility

For many years, It was used for TRF student NEMO’s , mostly around Syracuse and environs. Landmark Theatre, McArthur Stadium. Lemoyne College, Crouse College ( SU School of Music) , Manley Field House and Graduation Ceremonies in the Carrier Dome. There were other locations, but their names presently escape me.  

It was kept in service- mostly as the second studio eng./ prod unit until maintenance issues made it unusable and studio B received all new equipment.  All of production equipment that it had was removed before the unit was sold.  Most of it ,later on, repurposed for use in Master Control area for Studio’s A and B. Newhouse 2.    

I was a Senior Engineer for Video Services for several years and responsible for pre production maintenance for this unit – drove it occasionally.  

Engineers that worked with this unit were Raymond Dow, Bill Maglioca

Wayne Keller, John Soergel, myself, and one or 2 others whose names escape me.

The official S.U. seal might still be visible centered under the cover up paint job on the box body.