|The DuMont Telecruiser|
Here are some shots of things as we found them
Exterior audio and Telco panel. Rust never sleeps....
Marconi Camera Control Units for three cameras.
A VHF Conrac Off Air tuner is in the middle. It is set to "Channel 8."
GE audio console that was used in the bus in the 1960's. I worked at a station that had a slightly newer version of this thing. It was terrible, but it was the first audio mixer I ever saw that used linear faders. Rather than running audio through the faders, it used them to control a DC voltage that ran a "Raysistor." The Raysistor was basically a light bulb and a photo cell glued together on each end of a cardboard tube. The higher you moved the fader, the brighter the light bulb would get, which in turn raised the volume. It actually worked, but the problem was there was a definite time lag between raising the fader and the volume actually changing. It was very easy to overshoot the mark. it was a bit like mixing with heavy gloves on that were connected to the controls with rubber bands.
Yep, this is the main circuit breaker box. In this picture it has been cleaned up from the way I found it. It was a real rats nest of dried out and brittle wires. When I got the bus, there was a book sitting next to it. It was one of those Reader's Digest Do-It-Yourself books titled "Home Wiring Made Easy."
This is the equipment sub-panel which supplied power to the electronics. Below it are three large Variac Autotransformers that were used to make up for under or over voltage conditions at remotes. That seems like a good idea, but the scary part is the terminals for the wiring are on the bottom of each unit and are completely exposed with 120 volts on them. It would be easy to hit one with your hand or your knee if seated in a swivel chair. Obviously, OSHA had not come on the scene in 1949.
A "manly size" power connector.
Houston Fearless Tripods. We need more, as well as pan and tilt heads.