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Sunday 26th March 2017

Please bookmark http://chat.palsite.com/chat_page.py as the new URL.

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Tim Dyson
Tuesday 12th January 2016
12:39 pm U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

I'll email the images through later.

I'd taken my original 950 into SES to have a new set of video heads fitted and they were unable to complete this to my satisfaction. The picture suffered

grey dropout like flecks and after 5 months of trying they told me i'd get a replacement machine. By this time the 950 was no longer stocked by Sony's domestic

devison and they found my current 950 which had been used by Sony Broadcast at Thatcham for research of some kind. I think the RS422 port had been

fitted by hand rather than in production...

Tim

Martin
Tuesday 12th January 2016
9:18 am U.K.

martin.evans@palsite.com

Tim, send me the RS422 installation images to martin.evans@palsite.com and I will check the account, it is normally full of spam so it is not often checked.

Noel Higgins
Tuesday 12th January 2016
4:50 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Martin,

That's good progress. I trust everything has settled down and is going OK there now.

Tim,

I suggest you send the pictures to Martin directly so he can consider if they can be added as supplementary information about the SLHF950.

Your machine sounds like a very late model variant. The modification reminds me of the SLO420 variant on the SLC9 although that removed the tuner option.

regards Noel

Martin
Monday 11th January 2016
10:53 am U.K.

martin@palsite.com

The good news is that I have managed to port the Betacam, U-Matic and V2000 chat pages over to the PALsite system. Unfortunately though, recent posts have been lost due to a hack attack on the server over Christmas, these might be able to be recovered at some later date but we will have to wait and see.

In the meantime, I have also added a permalink system to all posts. If you hover over any post on the left hand side, a small paragraph symbol will show. This contains a link to the individual post, so if you want to quote an old post, this can be used to jump straight back to that post, e.g. right click on it and select 'copy link location' or whatever your browser uses.

K Lambert
Monday 11th January 2016
2:36 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Michael:

Just looked through my postal receipts that would've been around 2008?

.........Kevin

K Lambert
Monday 11th January 2016
2:35 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Michael

Yes I still do full overhauls to these classics.

I'm just trying to place you.How long ago would that've been?

If you'd like to send a message to my e-mail address (hold the cursor over my name to reveal) we can take things further.

Regards...................Kevin

Michael W
Sunday 10th January 2016
8:22 pm U.K.

michael.wincott@gmail.com

I have a Sanyo VTC-M40 and a Sony SL-C20 In need of servicing. Both got the same problem. They won't eject properly and retain some of the tape. Does anyone here do servicing in the UK. I think Kevin might have helped me in the past?

Tim Dyson
Sunday 10th January 2016
2:56 pm U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

Hello Noel,

I've managed to get a few pictures of the RS422 installation in my 950, where would you like them sending? Need to break the unit down further as i can't see when the cable go as yet...

Regards,

Tim

Tim Dyson
Sunday 10th January 2016
2:54 pm U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

BMC-500P update:

I've had this in bits and repaired the case as best i can. Managed to locate the 2 broken cassette door lugs and have re-attached this to the camera. Just need

at carrying handle as that is beyond repair.

The PSU arrived this week, it powered up and the cassette compartment opened and i fed it with a spare BTC-30G betacam tape and, miraculously, after probably 27 years of being

laid up and heavy handling by MyHermes, all functions work fine! Can't set the internal clock past 2009 though which is a blow... It could do with a new loading belt as this sometimes sticks

and looks worn, (3-681-424-00).

The recording are better than i expected played back on my 950. Just need to keep my eyes open for a battery!

jiri
Saturday 9th January 2016
4:05 pm U.K.

srst@seznam.cz

Can anybody help me with sony sl-f90? After switch on light up only clock and after cca 0.5 second lights up all segments of display. No buttons responds.

See this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEddYtfbNI8

Thank you very much

Noel Higgins
Friday 8th January 2016
7:30 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

Tim,

It would be good to get a picture of the SLHF950 control modifications on your machine for Palsite.

cheers Noel

Tim Dyson
Thursday 7th January 2016
12:53 pm U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

Hi Kevin,

I'm similar. I have Sony SL-C5, SL-F1, Sl-HF100, SL-HF950 and now the BMC-500. All are in full working order, (apart from the audio LED's on the 100 & 950 ). The 950 is unusual in that it has an RS422 port on the back, it was a replacement

machine that Sony UK supplied me with after SES in Leeds botched a repair to my original 950.

I don't have a lot of Sanyo experience but am currently servicing a VTC-5000 which a friend was going to skip! I think i may buy an NTSC machine at some point. I was always envious of the NTSC ED Beta machines so may go

down that route at some point.

Regards,

Tim

K lambert
Thursday 7th January 2016
12:49 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Tim:

No problem.

I have Sony SLHF100, SLHF950 (Superbeta) ,C30, C9 and SLF30.

Sanyo I have VTC 5000mk11, VTC6500 ,VTC 5150, VTC ,VTCM10, VTCM20, VTCM30, VTC M40 (X2) VTC NX100 and VCR7250 SuperBeta (NTSC) all in mint shape with all accessories and fully refurbished by myself most with their original boxes too.

.......Kevin

Noel Higgins
Thursday 7th January 2016
12:10 am U.K.

Noelmh@nospam.tpg.com.au

ALM?

In the video of the SLT30ME, do you mean the problem with the system control, apart from the fact that the video drum assembly, audio heads and load ring are missing?

From my point of view that is a parts machine now.

regards Noel

alm7rom
Wednesday 6th January 2016
7:51 pm U.K.

alm7rom_15@hotmail.com

can anybody help me in Sony Betamax SL-T30ME

see the video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxXJMrK-ybc

Tim Dyson
Wednesday 6th January 2016
7:10 pm U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

Thanks Kevin,

I think this is going to turn into a long running project! I got funny looks taking photographs in Dartmouth in the summer on my 35mm Olympus so can't wait for the looks the Betamovie will get!

As a matter of interest, what other Beta gear do you have...?

Tim

K lambert
Wednesday 6th January 2016
10:41 am U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Tim:

No sadly I do not.

I did have to order those batteries from the US though. I believe they are discontinued now. The ones I obtained.

here's some info I gained of the internet some time ago.

You may find this useful.

It's what started me on the path to renew my own.

The batteries I obtained were NI-MH types made by Sanyo.

Powering Sony BetaMovie Camcorders

All Sony BetaMovie Cameras—the BMC 100 /110 , 200 /220, 500/550, 600/660, 1000, and the GCS-1—were designed to use the same rechargeable NP-11 battery pack (Ni-Cd 9.6 volts, 1000 milliamp-hours). However, NP-11 battery packs are no longer available, so providing long lasting portable power for any Sony BetaMovie Camera (BMC) is a considerable problem. Most BMC owners have a Sony AC-M110 Adapter and Battery Charger, and plugging the AC-M110 into an AC outlet can power a BMC, but this is not a portable solution. It is still possible to use the AC-M110 to recharge any still-functional NP-11 battery, but these are few and far between. Furthermore, even a fully charged NP-11 provides only a relatively short duration of power (less than an hour) because the BMC draws a lot of current (average 800 mA, with transients approaching 2000 mA). Currently, no battery producer makes a compatible replacement for the NP-11, so the purpose of this tip is to briefly outline some alternative solutions.

1. Rebuilt NP-11 battery packs: This option requires the old battery, because it must be rebuilt in the same case. Packs rebuilt with either nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) or nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) cells can be recharged with your Sony AC-M110 charger!

2. Battery Bank: This place (www.batterybank.com) will do an NP-11 rebuild for $43, including shipping.

3. Ni-Cd Lady: Grace (at www.nicdlady.com) can rebuild the NP-11 with 2150 mAh Ni-MH cells (more than twice the power of the original Ni-Cd cells) for $42 plus shipping.

Build your own: If you desire, you can buy eight 2150 mAH Ni-MH cells (about $4.25 each) and build it yourself. This saves a small amount of money (mostly shipping, but you have to “crack” the cases open too. You can use a vise to fracture the case along the longer edge, and then work a flat blade screwdriver around the perimeter.

Tim Dyson
Wednesday 6th January 2016
12:50 am U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

Thanks Kevin,

Its a shame as this unit was in excellent condition. Haven't been able to see if it works as yet as i have a power supply in the post... I'll keep my eye on eBay for another machine.

Have you any experience of the NP-11H batteries offered by Mr Betamax in the states? If the camera works i may be tempted!

Tim

K Lambert
Tuesday 5th January 2016
1:05 pm U.K.

kn2000@talktalk.net

Hi Tim:

Sadly that is all too common.

Sony unwisely made the casing for the BMC500 with a very fragile plastic.

I too won a BMC500 on E-Bay and when it arrived the carrying handle was in about eight pieces, which I did successfully glue back together. It also had the small macro lock knob broken off (seen that on a few Betamovies too)

Having successfully put it together again I found even with a good battery inserted it would not do anything so it still sit's here.

I also have a friend who also had his BMC500 damaged in transit ,including the tape door and I still have all that in pieces too which also does not work.

Strangely though I have three BMC200p 's two Sanyo and one Sony and they all work fine 9although the focus ring is quite stiff on one Sanyo and it won't autofocus because of this , the bodies are far stronger and internals generally more reliable too.

I have also successfully rebuilt a NP11 battery with Sanyo batteries that last a lot longer than those poor originals and won't suffer the 'memory issues' from the older style either.

Sadly the cost is quite expensive to do and you have to tape the casing back together as the newer batteries are a tad too wide to allow gluing it back.But if fits and works very well indeed.

Hope this helps...................Kevin

Tim Dyson
Tuesday 5th January 2016
7:43 am U.K.

tdv@netcomuk.co.uk

Hello,

I recently bought a BMC-500p on eBay but MyHermes have managed to damage it in transit. Would anyone out there have either a spare detachable carrying handle and/or cassette door cover or even a dead donor camcorder for sale? This is the second

one of these that has been damaged in the post in the last few years...

Thanks in advance.

Tim

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