Do you remember
There are many things about Tel. Rec. you may wish to forget - but there are an awful lot of things to remember from times past..
Hover over items in Italics for a brief explanation
  • Setting up the PEC symmetry on a VR1000
  • Valve testing
  • TX'ing at 6pm just as the mains frequency dropped
  • "Hot Line" tape delay between VTs 5&6 and 7&8
  • Hexaplexers, Multiplexers & Jeff Goddard
  • Unplugging in the Control Room - especially when on air!
  • Duplex changeovers
  • Countdowns on the cue track
  • Razor blades in RCA machines
  • Benzene and John Spencer's pipe
  • The grand piano in the Control Room on Christmas Day
  • Measuring the tips on a VR2000 head - the quick way
  • MOTD & Roy Norton
  • "I'm worried about my titles!"
  • Tape polishing
  • Cleaning double-enders
  • Reviewing black level and tone
  • Mis-lacing the TR4 at Lime Grove
  • Gordy sending coded messages home via the microphonic valve in the centre of the processor on the VR1000
  • Panel beating on a TR90 after Gordy had rolled it in the corridor
  • Making sure that you got the only truly accurate Smith's splicer for your edit
  • The increasingly creative inter-shift April Fool jokes
  • Shift outings, at home and abroad
  • The 15 minute passes of Telstar
  • Nationwide off-air hospitality at LG (and Panorama)
  • A certain HTel Rec's rage on seeing Mickey Mouse hands on the Control Room clock
  • Retractable erase stacks on the VR1000
  • Partial erase
  • Shibaden
  • John Ellis and the DFA
  • "Phone call for Ed Wooden!"
  • Ian Low's razor blade jig for slicing 2" tape for home audio recorders
  • John Spencer recording a trail at Lime Grove on a quad tape that after 30 seconds disintegrated into 8 x .25" strips
  • Wee Ron Sangster going from LG to Radio Rentals' window in Shepherds Bush to monitor an upcoming trail on air driven by John Spencer because he knew the dropout was going to be spectacular (possibly connected with above!)
  • "First call for tea!"
  • Party Political Broadcasts
  • Dickie Walker's maintenance-by-boot
  • Coffee down a VR1000 spooling knob!
  • Transmitting a 405 programme from VT 5 with 625 modules still in place
  • CAR on the phone "Holme Moss are complaining about your output!" (possibly connected with above!)
  • Brian Cowgill on talkback every Saturday
  • Ian Low with a TR90 in the bays recording Brian Cowgill on talkback
  • The videprinter
  • Porno on the EBU circuits at Xmas (and selecting the most reliable rx machine/synchroniser combination to record it)
  • The club on TOTP nights
  • Nationwide VT inserts in the wrong order, usually during Bob Wellings interviews eg Susan Hampshire (how could we forget!) and the West Norwood Red Indian Society)
  • Perks - Everyone else had share options and health insurance but we got free copies of the Radio Times
  • Car park tickets
  • Trying to find the Ferrograph to record Pick of the Pops off the Light Programme on Sunday afternoons.
  • Painting Football Focus stories on 2" tape late on Friday nights (especially memorable for sports PA's who had to be back in at 0800 Saturday morning), and those who forget to paint everything (Niall!).
  • Recording the time signal in VTs 5 + 6 for Trails so the sound man in Pres A could sync in order to relay sound.
  • An allegedly knickerless Patsy Richards making it to the loo and back between overs during England v West Indies test match, 1976
  • Clearing drum clogs with thumb nails
  • Some splendid vt chap hanging Jonathan Martin on a coat hook - Charlie Michie (2)

There are many, many, more - let me know link on Introduction page)