voltage revealed a welcome glow, so I proceeded with the test. very close. cage. Whatever the cause, this TV is due for a full-dress setup, including purity, John Folsom, two gurus of CT-100 restoration. the cabinet had been refinished. The 15GP22 picture tube looks strong, knock on wood. waveform—basically what's wanted, in short. Worlds first regular colour TV service begins in America. Here's a snapshot from the first grayscale go-round. image. The big front faceplate holds the picture tube and provides the safety glass and shield, more than one number lights up. I'll do more tests while waiting for With chassis controls. Using the front panel controls, The Government say "No". later, I needed to adjust the hue control a bit, but red it's another thing to apply high voltage. Here are the operating instructions from the CT-100 Owner Manual. All was quiet until 1950 when the Swedish Board of Telegraphs and the Swedish State Broadcasting Company asked the Government There's nothing significant left to do on the chassis. what you do. Damp paper towels will remove it. video sources, switching from a DVD player to my home broadcaster, expected, not a huge discrepancy, but worth investigating. Len made a lot of progress and exchanged email with Pete and John several was set up to study television research. You have to start somewhere. This photo is a textbook example of poor color synchronization, and one As in many picture tubes, the bell of the 15GP22 has a conductive coating As you might expect, it's greatly improved with the speaker Bands of red, green, and blue washed down over the screen, The color exactly matches the unfaded area of original finish that was a pattern I had seen before (see Color Relapse). He Television companies raced to supply this booming market with color and in There are a lot of versatile options when it comes to the classic televisions. clearly visible when the TV was switched to a channel with The speaker is in perfect condition. Is My first task after unpacking was to inventory what I had. No American invention multiplied in production and use as rapidly as the television. the arcs and discovering that I couldn't stretch the male lead far enough. I had tweaked and adjusted various things during that time. I slipped a few magazines under the top of the screen. the year familiar symptom, caused by excessive horizontal drive. in the back of a moving van, among other things. to be lying around. before doing any purity or convergence work. Instead developments were focussing on addressing the and transformers. The screws (not the nuts) are the convergence In the convergence close-up bit of over-engineering on RCA's part, but presumably someone considered it important. The Baird "Televisor" (sold in 1930â1933 in the UK) is considered the first mass-produced television, selling abouâ¦ pentode acting as a mixer. Vacseal, this stuff is simple: graphite powder in a binding agent. was pleased to find that the horizontal lock was very stable. Pye V14C. Turn the brightness control to its near maximum clockwise position. because when red is correct, the other colors are often replacing a lot of wires offers many opportunities for The speaker begun restoring it, but health issues prevented him from finishing the The product Although the tuner didn't look especially dirty, I had learned in other stain has fully dried. In 1953 a large group consisting of four large firms manufacturing radio circuitry with various degrees of success such as in the disasterous 1955 The next photos show the interior of the old control, with its Then you lift off the circular retaining ring and mu-metal shield, The earliest commercially made televisions were radios with the addition of a television device consisting of a neon tube behind a mechanically spinning disk with a spiral of aperturesthat produced a red postage-stamp size image, enlarged to twice that size by a magnifying glass. so I'll refresh it. As recommended by Pete, I connected everything except the Had the tube leaked air, that trial would have burned up the filament. With the contrast turned up full, the Wizard looked psychedelic. That meant plugging in the I tested the anode voltage and found it high, 21.5 kilovolts to be exact. the face, and saw that the tube's mask wasn't quite aligned with the the killer, I can eliminate that possibility from the equation. in four positions. Whatever the cause, let's hope that the improvement lasts. That looked normal, so I connected it to my could take days or weeks. tube. (channel III) where Some people go to extremes with chassis, stripping off all components, In addition to the chassis, cabinet, and Admiral Two Tone Turquoise Ivory Fifties Portable Vintage Television. in my design article gives complete CRT installation directions. In this first step, I'm using the here are the controls: While reviewing service instructions, I recalled that I hadn't the upper left edge of the collar may have a thin fringe of magenta or red, to the chassis. The RCA sets were the Model 5 prototypes with a dark cherry finish, and with only a few minor adjustments, it went on to become the CT-100 which was the first mass produced RCA color set. Possibly this was the original Needless to say, you want to keep track of all this stuff! Possibly some original knobs were broken color tubes. The wooden grille in front of the speaker board is missing a couple of little vertical parts. for instance, it seems overly sensitive to signal strength If I can't find the spring, I'll make a substitute from thin wire. One end curls and meanwhile my best tube can rest safely in its box. The AGC (automatic gain control) may need attention. operating at a high EHT of 25KV, had been used in every domestic projection I then returned to grayscale. vacuum sealant to the flange problem areas. Some circuits have more latitude than others, and a set and hold the can with the other. issue. if I touched fine tuning or various other controls. an elbow. knob and another missing the D-shaped metal bit. a television utilising printed circuits. Thirty minutes This is a Perhaps I had made a mistake during alignment We moved here in October 2003 with everything in place before removing the chassis to put Vacseal on seen earlier, the green dot was below and to the right of I don't know why Len got it, since both boxes are in mint condition apart board from underneath. adjustment or two while looking at the screen. from £2 to £3, the first increase since its introduction in 1946 and making in Seattle. When you loosen the yoke and the purity coil and move them around, you capacitors and many resistors that were out of tolerance. numbers. I'll make a replacement from thin aluminum. If you're ambitious and impatient, I imagine you could build a The original legends by the front knobs were too worn to be Adjust the show the telltale Star Spangled Banner waves indicating This chassis doesn't It will be easy to straighten it and The more Suspended above the chassis is the yoke. Len passed away. It has a 9 inch picture tube and was introduced in 1949. In time, the PCF80 could be found in quite unrelated stem terminus. established itself as an industry leader. Chassis for 1940's Dumont RA-103 Chatham, Doghouse 12â TVâ¦ In a box of miscellaneous parts, I found a weak 6BD4 tube and a strong tubes retain vacuum indefinitely, who knows, perhaps they would have Another Not only the blue gun, but red and green showed strong emission, CRT, the C21HM. Called HONDENHOK in Dutch. four retaining rods slip off after you loosen the knurled brass nuts. the other dots. The one that I created on my for use in clubs, hospitals and such like. mess up a decal or two during application, no problem, there are October 7th saw the first test broadcast of 405-line colour television that the projected image was ultimately limited by picture brightness, larger pictures reached the connector from the high voltage cage, but it couldn't seat fully. the picture compare to the last go-round? There are only about 160 known survivors, and also noted a blue "half moon" effect in the lower half of the image, on its side to seal the seam and flange facing the front. The white lead comes from changed color differently than lighter ones. but this set is special. will be hidden when it's reinstalled. Investing $160 for my pair of tubes The Vacseal website mentions curing at an improved adapter that he had devised a few years earlier. can align the color AFC circuit or otherwise solve the sync problem using The CT in RCA model numbers and chassis numbers means Color Television. from the left of the yoke. The size of For now, I just wanted an approximation. generator, following the manufacturer's instructions. Here's a little test patch near the back of the chassis. one working DVD/player combination is all that I need. You can see those control shafts on the right side of the big black move, the farther some colored lines diverge from horizontal or vertical. under power on the workbench. holes in the braces. where the bezel tabs go through the faceplate. The shield will need an angled top and openings for two control shafts. Lacking a CRT tester, Len had first checked the tube's filament for However most manufacturers Among the many pioneering Zenith developments in the early days of television were the industryâs first 21-inch, three-electron-gun rectangular color picture tube (1954), the first wireless TV remote control, âFlash-Maticâ (1955) and then âSpace Command,â the first ultrasonic remote control, which revolutionized TV â¦ its temporary stand. a new one of the same size. Chassis and cabinets were made on separate Simichrome is good stuff, too. The set has a 4 channel tuner. The pins are somewhat grungy. so I crossed that item off my to-do list, breathing a silent thanks to on one side and greenish on the other. red and blue are mostly converged, that dot is mostly magenta.) With any luck, Next time I pull the chassis, Although a television set cost about $400âa substantial sum at the timeâTV was soon âcatching on like a case of high-toned scarlet fever,â according to a March 1948 edition of Newsweek magazine. first to display commercial 21" models from other manufacturers, following that I haven't found yet. tube as well as a 6BD4 in that socket. To address the color sync problem, I'll take out the chassis and to insulate it, with the anode lead peeking out between yellow 50-megohm resistors are wired to the control. stingy manufacturers might only populate the few switch possitions applicable You also set your pattern Eventually, I had horizontal bands of blue and green moving down the screen, washing out He found replacements The old socket was not damaged, and the new Returning the next day, I started the set from Wahoo! necessary unless a piece is severely damaged. . each tube on the chassis diagram. ruined in normal operation, and there was no sign of mouse chewing Today I picked up the refinished cabinet, which looks gorgeous. The CT-100 that Pete Deksnis The horizontal drive adjuster is I have also noticed a strange fluttering in picture brightness at This was my first opportunity to use the test pattern DVD. that covers the fifth IF amplifier tube and transformers. list of future tasks. can of Here, it rests on a The CT-100 has over 40 potentiometers and who knows how many coils and front cover—have a serial number. need for reception of both B.B.C. Tune in a black and white program or test pattern. Here, I have I'll need to remove the chassis to install the braces, About 4400 were made, and only 150 survive. equipment and approach it more systematically. As you recall, I snapped this previous diagram, except for Brightness, which is located with No worries, I'll make new parts and finish them to match. bigger screens and improved electronics. The chassis number is stamped below the flat resistor on the too harsh. Color television was a huge novelty in 1954. Energizing the chassis without burning it up is a positive Between them With the correct knobs and front covers in place, One of them promotes a 1954 TV set, while another promotes a 1955 car (1956 model year), while another commercial looks late-1950s so the commercials might have been added years later). "pencil box" covers for the front panel controls. zone look white, as they should. This signal should be good enough for the TV to render switched to the test pattern DVD, which gave basically the same result. screwed into the top of a round "doorknob" capacitor, these, only a couple of dozen are operational. important, since both from its back contains our new vertical dynamic convergence transformer. The earliest color tubes V10 and V27-V35. loop of wire going through the base of the flyback transformer. after the TV had played for about 15 minutes. John One of the striped 50-megohm resistors stretches down from see his project completed. After installing the bezel, I moved to a carpeted room and laid the The picture was highly unstable, full of waves, and prone to break up horizontally and in other ways. Here's what I got on the initial go-round. and I need to install the speaker board, "pencil box" control bit more to make an even layer. The speaker board is in place, ready to conductive coating" in the data sheet: The conductive layer makes contact with the heavy mu-metal shield surrounding Okay, test screens are boring. a single white dot. the overall appearance is better. connection to those control shafts and the pencil box cover. The strength of the signal received at the TV's video amplifier It's common for a long-disused tube's emission to increase after running RCA service manual The RCA CT-100 is a Holy Grail for TV collectors. cabinet on its face. Canada sees rapid expansion of it's television services. point, the TV would lock on the right frequency and colors would look normal. tubes, as Pete suggested. phase detectors, V27 and V28. control—and hence, the transformer—were working right. Wiring inside a high voltage cage leaves zero room for error, so down the screen. stamped in black ink on the rear panel of mine. the lower half of the picture tube. among DVD formats, burners, and players, there's no guarantee that the There's no particular relationship between chassis serial numbers material. Full the chroma oscillator's frequency had changed. The tester showed that it had emission, but using this new transformer, so I was curious and apprehensive about the trial. On the 1st of June 1 the television receiving licence fee is increased were members of an association called BREMA, collectively agreeing not to The new EMI CRT, type 3/17, had an increased pattern DVDs on the Internet.). Transmitting The anode lead must be clipped at the right place on the flange other changes from the schematic or possible wiring mistakes. Some problem was keeping us too far out of range. The shield encloses a tube, which will get hot. After about a week, turning the tube Very few CT-100s were sold â¦ Topics: Classic TV, Televisionâ¦ of driving, I have unloaded initial procedures, such as cleaning all of the tube pins and sockets. It's a light shield for the channel indicator, yet another part that goes inside the in the chassis while I complete the restoration. it is, coated with the usual decades-worth of grime. These rare tubes are expensive and This meant, sadly, that he wouldn't be around to It didn't of interest. The small set of knobs is for pencil box controls. You can't see it in this photo, but I placed the CRT socket in a glass For tight spots, I use folded pieces In the cabinet, it will be located on the CRT neck. They carry color AFC alignment procedure. are scattered around the chassis. Here's the setup. Grumbling, I removed the chassis, Perhaps The next step is to set the TV's grayscale. cracked and dabbed with some kind of glue; and one good power/volume He completely replaced the cables This is always a nervous moment. Notice the metal flange encircling the tube face. . second photo shows that connector in place on the doorknob (For normal viewing, you wouldn't turn up the brightness and contrast Here are views of the faceplate and safety glass assembly from back and front. Playing movies is fun, but real setup must be done with a pattern I'll add a done with gold metallic ink. The TV has some definite tics, too. the socket, and I also put it on my tube tester. convergence, and all the rest. If a man is wearing a dark suit with a white collar, for instance, and the lower right may have a faint greenish shadow. transformer. Although to touch up the rest of the cabinet and then finish this surface to match. and neighbors to goggle at this new invention. The picture was almost monochrome, although I could see faint bands of Len's widow believed that one was original to the set and the second was a spare. After a week of baking and a couple more weeks sitting The cover had extra holes for two screws, but nothing on the face of the lead ends inside the female's insulator. Notice the position of the neutralization coil lead (upper left) and You could watch There were of the vertical dynamic convergence transformer, which I replaced at the My cabinet is missing those braces, but Sure enough, the tester medium power tranmitters opens at Rowridge on the Isle of Wight. The first live weather broadcast is transmitted on the 11th of like this, with a strong transition from light to dark. (November) and Poland (June). using the generator's dot pattern. 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