TV Transmitter goes portable (Jun, 1951)

TV Transmitter goes portable
This battery-operated RCA back-pack weighs 53 pounds, including batteries. Antennas for transmitting picture signals and receiving orders from a base station extend from top of pack. Range is about one mile. At rear of camera case is an electronic finder and a microphone for the narrator.

4 comments
  1. Just Bob says: April 15, 20085:03 am

    I recall seeing these used during Presidential nomination conventions in the 1960s. I have hazy recollections of Dan Rather(?) wearing some sort of get-up like this to broadcast from the floor during the convention.

  2. Rick Auricchio says: April 15, 20089:42 am

    Gee, if they replaced the business suit with spaceman-jumpsuit, then disguised the camera, we’d have the makings of a good sci-fi flick.

  3. jayessell says: April 16, 20084:26 pm

    An early version of Al Franken’s SNL one man war correspondent?

    Al Franken: Dennis, I am here on the Arabian peninsula, panning now with my Sony KB-2000, which is mounted on my extended-cam harness.. and I’m beaming my signal with my 1.3 meter parabolic antenna.. up to a satellite back down to you, at 30-

    (Sorry for miniscule picture)

    http://snltranscripts.j…

  4. Harold Hallikainen says: July 18, 20116:16 pm

    The SNL skit was great. Part of the joke was he’d move a bit, then the dish would not be aimed toward the satellie. So, the video would fade to snow. Good ol’ analog. Today the picture would freeze or turn to pixel blocks.

    Harold

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