RCA TRT-1B

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RCA's First Production VTR...
Photo of TRT-1B Recorder The TRT-1B was RCA's first production quad video tape recorder. The TRT-1B recordings were compatible with those made on an Ampex VR-1000.
 
Prior to the TRT-1B, RCA produced the TRT-1. These machines were used by the NBC network owned and operated stations for production, and time zone delay. The recordings were not compatible with the Ampex.



TRT-1B Control Panel...
TRT-1B Control Panel
In addition to the control panel pictured at the right, there was a foot peddle for releasing the brakes (just visible in the above photo), and adjustments on many of the chassis.
 
Not shown in the above photograph, but provided on later machines, was a transistorized video processing package. It was located near the waveform monitor.



TRT-1B Rack Layout...
TRT-1B Rack Layout With the color option, a TRT-1B required six racks of electronic equipment.


Memories...
 
The TRT-1B was my introduction to video recording. I first used them as an operator, and later, became involved in their maintenance.
 
Some of my fondest memories... Forgetting to drain the condensed water from the head wheel compressor, and halfway through a playback, having water begin spitting out of the head... full color playbacks, with skew and scallop (heterodyne color processing)... putting a new head on a machine, recording a 90-minute show, and finding the head completely worn out (due to a piece of "green" tape)... fixing the many, many, relays, by soldering a piece of copper braid across a broken hinge.