Museum of early consumer electronics and 1st achievements
Practical Television magazine. June 1950.
Volume 1. Number 3. Price 9d which was about 4 pence.
Regular TV broadcasts started in 1936 to the London area but during the war, (1939 - 45) they were
discontinued. After the war they restarted and in 1949 the second transmitter was built near Birmingham.
By 1950 there would not have been many TV sets in the country, mainly they would have ben in the London
area with a very small number near Birmingham but this magazine dated June 1950 was available.
Some of the features in this June 1950 copy of this magazine were - "Television and the Housewife",
"Scenery for Television" and "Television Puppets".
Editor FJ CAMM. The same editor as Practical Motorist
, Practical Mechanics
and Practical Householder
Frederick James Camm was born 6th October 1895 and died on the 18th February 1959.
He was an English technical author and magazine editor for a number of magazines - Practical Engineering -
1st published Jan. 1940, Practical Home Money Maker, Practical Householder, Practical Mechanics -
1st published Oct. 1933 - until Aug. 1963, Practical Motorist - 1st published May 1934, Practical Television -
1st published Sept. 1934 until June 2008, Practical Wireless - 1st published 1932 - still in publication.
Practical Television magazine. March 1951.
Practical Television magazine. February 1953.
Practical Television magazine. December 1964.
Practical Television magazine. January 1965.
These days remote controls for televisions are the norm, but not in January 1965.
Here you can build your own remote control. Notice how large it is and with knobs on!
Practical Television magazine. February 1965.
Practical Television magazine. February 1967.
This is a very interesting Practical Television magazine as it includes a feature on "Getting TV Taped".
You can see on the front cover a Philips EL3400
and also what looks like an Ampex reel to reel similar to the VR5003
Practical Television magazine. September 1967.
An excellent picture on the front of production facilities and studio cameras in 1967.
The camera has "Rediffusion" on the side which was the main cable provider in the UK. In those
days only terrestrial content was found on cable as this is 20 years before satellite TV.
Practical Television magazine. February 1969.
This one is of particular interest to me as I bought it in 1969 and kept it (not a donation).
"Television" magazine. October 1975
Featuring the Philips N1500 video recorder. The first ever domestic video cassette recorder.
Long Distance Television by Roger Bunney. June 1976.
I have known Roger Bunney for many years. He is a satellite enthusiast and feed hunter. In 1976 he
wrote a book about "Long Distance Television
. Before satellite TV, large high gain aerials were used
to try and receive a different terrestrial transmitter. The BBC and ITV would have local programs
and those programs would be different from one region to another. Being able to receive more than
one transmitter provided a wider range of programs. This was still a very small, even minute
selection compared to the 1000s of channels available these days from satellite or internet
sources. Sometimes rotating motors were used to turn the aerial from one transmitter to another.
Indeed I still have an Antiference aerial rotator which I used in the 1970s. It was not used
for TV reception, it was used to rotate a large FM aerial. In 1986 he wrote another book
called "A TV-DXers Handbook
" about terrestrial and satellite TV
and including satellite feed hunting using a satellite system.
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