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Mark
Friday 10th June 2011
10:34 am U.K.

mark@beta.com

Bill - I sent you an email

doc judd
Friday 10th June 2011
8:52 am U.K.

garnetjudd@bigpond.com

Hope you have noticed my new email adress

Bill
Thursday 9th June 2011
12:26 pm U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Mark - I don't know anyone who's likely to have a Makro card. I'm in Chelmsford, and there is a Makro store fairly near at Rayleigh. If this gets to you scrambled, it's because I've just suffered a very strange computer disaster - all sort of weird messages and my desktop has disappeared.

Regards, Bill

Mark
Thursday 9th June 2011
10:28 am U.K.

mark@beta.com

Bill - don't you know anyone with a Makro card? What area are you in?

Tesco were doing the same box for 30 branded as a Technika STBHDV2010 but I think the offer has ended.

NigelB
Thursday 9th June 2011
10:24 am U.K.

nbrb0x-4@yahoo.co.uk

Hi Kevin

Thanks, I will be in touch soon.

Best wishes

Nigel

Bill
Thursday 9th June 2011
9:03 am U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Mark - it's back to the drawing board. I don't qualify for a Makro card. Outside of Makro the cheapest Akura AVX665 box I could find was 74.99. There was one at 49.99 on E-Bay but it's ended.

Regards, Bill

Bill
Thursday 9th June 2011
7:54 am U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Mark - many thanks. At that price I'll get two and donate one to my computer's video capture dongle. If it runs cool then I 'll feel happier about leaving it on for long periods, so the lack of a timer won't really be so much of an issue.

Regards, Bill

K Lambert
Wednesday 8th June 2011
8:25 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Nigel

When you say AFM i take it you mean the Beta Hi-Fi sound?It could be a sign of worn Hi-Fi heads but it would'nt explain it coming back near the middle of a tape.Those betacams sound suspect to me.I could look at it for you I have the test tapes and tension tapes too.Let me know.If interested please e-mail me personally.Thanks...............Kevin

mark
Wednesday 8th June 2011
3:05 pm U.K.

mark@beta.com

Bill - My HF950 widescreen recordings do switch the TV to 16:9 on playback. I just purchased an Akura AVX665 HD freeview box from Makro for 15 plus vat. You will not be able to use the RGB out from the scart, but it will give you basic AV at least. You will also get the four HD channels if your area has them. These will of course be downscaled via the scart but will still result in a noticeably better picture even on a CRT TV.

The box works well has one scart output, comes with a HDMI and scart lead. Has low power standby, now and next, channel sort and does not run hot. It does not have a timer so that may be a problem for you.

They also have an LG DRT389H freeview recorder for 89 plus vat. This is also a very good machine that you should consider

NigelB
Wednesday 8th June 2011
10:24 am U.K.

nbrb0x-4@yahoo.co.uk

By the way, Kevin, I've also got the Service Manual. (Let me know if you'd like a copy if you haven't already got one).

All the best

Nigel

Bill
Wednesday 8th June 2011
10:20 am U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Hi Noel (and anyone else who's interested),

An update - I had it fixed in my mind that our local analogue switch-off wasn't happening until next year, but my partner has reminded me that it in fact will happen this July! We'll be on holiday in July, and it kinda messes up my plans for recording stuff while we're away!

So I'll perforce be using my SLHF950 and shortly my SLHF100 with terrestrial digital tuners full-time very soon. I'll report on how it goes, how they deal with widescreen etc. To the best of my knowledge no-one has as yet produced a FreeView (UK terrestrial digital) tuner with VCR-style timing and channel changing functions. At least in Europe TV sets are increasingly being sold with internal FreeView tuners, but that doesn't help much with recording.

It means having to leave a tuner connected and switched on for each machine you want to record with, and getting only one channel per machine. The three tuners I already have work very well, but they run VERY hot, and I would not be at all happy about leaving them switched on and unattended for very long. I'm still one tuner short of full coverage, so if anyone in the UK has come across a reasonably priced FreeView box which runs nice and cool, please let me know. You'll be helping to preserve my SLHF950 !

Looking on the bright side, it will enable me to leave my SLHF950ES permanently set to mainland European tuner VHF/UHF configuration in case good DX conditions turn up.

Regards, Bill

NigelB
Wednesday 8th June 2011
10:19 am U.K.

nbrb0x-4@yahoo.co.uk

Hi Kevin

The machine handles Sony tapes fine once the Agfa 'freeze' frees itself. FF/REW/PLAY all OK. Only Agfa Betacam tapes cause problems with the tape transport. That might eliminate head drum problems I think. I have tried adjusting Tension (RV-002 on SS-29 board) while running tape but to no effect. Meanwhile quality of video and normal sound is excellent. Pinch roller and threading belt cleaned and seem OK for now but will probably need replacing soon but where to go for parts?

Any further suggestions would be appreciated.

Could you recommend anyone whom I could send this machine to for repair/overhaul? I'm an engineer but don't have access to Sony test and alignment tapes.

Thanks for your help

Nigel

Jan Prest
Wednesday 8th June 2011
9:39 am U.K.

jamooex@aol.com

Hi I have a Sanyo VTC 6000 . The wind rewind is very slow and grinds to a halt . What is likely to be problem and where could i get the parts and instruction to repair !any help gratefully recieved cheers Jan

K Lambert
Wednesday 8th June 2011
8:32 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Nigel

I've worked on one of those.It sounds like you have a high back tension or worn upper drum.(slow FF/REW).I would go with the back/forward tension needing checking out.This would explain the lack of sound at the beginning ,returning near the middle.It could also be a rogue guide or pinch roller issues too.Really hard to say for sure when not seeing the vcr.You would need the Sony alignmnet tapes and forward torque one too.Hope this helps................Kevin

NigelB
Tuesday 7th June 2011
6:19 pm U.K.

nbrb0x-4@yahoo.co.uk

Sony SLO-1700. 1st problem: no AFM sound at start of tape but LNG & video OK. AFM sound then comes on about half way through tape and runs fine. Rewinding to the start the AFM sound sometimes works sometimes not. Heads and guides cleaned. 2nd problem: using Agfa betacam tapes (BTC5 & BTC10) playback gradually seizes up then stops. REW, FF & PLAY do not work. Manually moving Tension Pick-Up Assembly/Guide#1 seems to get the tape moving. Thanks for any help. All the best

Ultravixen
Tuesday 7th June 2011
7:33 am U.K.

ibex@hotmail.com

I think I read somewhere that Betacam SP tapes can be used to record in domestic Betamax machines but that they could play havoc with the heads - is this true?

Also, regarding all the spam - it's bots doing this, not people. It's all automated. The page must be on some spambot list as a place without spam-prevention coz it seems to be happening so frequently now.

Bill
Saturday 4th June 2011
11:36 am U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Hi Noel,

Nicam seemed wonderful when it started here in the late 80s, but the years have revealed shortcomings. It's now pretty academic as it will die with terrestrial analogue TV broadcasting. I have to say that my partner and I use analogue very little these days, most of our viewing is from Sky satellite, where the sound quality can be very good or absolutely atrocious depending on its origin. I like West African music, but the only channel which features it is next to unuseable.

I haven't done much experimenting with digital terrestrial, but I've now given my SLHF950 its own quite cheap DVB tuner, and I'll see how it works out. Kevin has agreed to work his magic on a problem with my SLHF100, and when it's sorted out I'll give it a tuner as well. While analogue switch-off will cause some problems, you can also see it as a new chance to use the excellent stereo our Hi-Fi machines are capable of for recording off-air.

Seemingly when analogue is switched off here we face a 10db increase in signal strength compared with the present level of digital transmission. As our local signal strength is perfectly adequate now, I might be getting into attenuator territory!

All the best, Bill

Bill
Saturday 4th June 2011
10:50 am U.K.

electravibe10@googlemail.com

Hi Alan and Martin,

Can I add my thanks and congratulations to Kevin's about your success in dealing with the vandals. Now you're on to them perhaps they'll lose interest and go back to their old hobby of pulling the wings off flies!

Many thanks, Bill

Noel Higgins
Saturday 4th June 2011
8:04 am U.K.

noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Bill,

I have no experience with NICAM stereo over here. The analogue TV two channel stereo seems to work well bu the digital replacement works better.

I am in Melbourne and whilst I have not seen any here they apparently are around. so I cant tell you about what they have in Sydney.

cheers Noel

ivan
Wednesday 1st June 2011
6:42 pm U.K.

ivaloeza@yahoo.com.mx

ihave an Sony SL-2500 VCR with the owners manual but i dont have the set-up guide can anyone send a pdf copy scan of the Sony SL-2500 set-up guide please?

Thank you

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