[AMRadio] Cheater cords

joe at tronixland.com joe at tronixland.com
Fri Nov 16 22:22:11 EST 2007

No doubt you are referring to the RCA sets using the CTC prefix. I remember 
the CTC 25. It was so successful other manufactures copied much of it's 
circuitry. The RCA television manufacturing plant was in Bloomington Indiana 
and about 30 miles up the road from me. Lots of kids, now adults I know got 
raised on wages earned at that plant.

Joe - KF9EU

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Coleman" <jc at pctechref.com>
To: "'Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service'" 
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2007 9:17 PM
Subject: RE: [AMRadio] Cheater cords

Some of the guys are still at it but I got out nearly 20 years ago to do
computer work.  But I got to tell you the old analog TV days were a real
pleasure.  Doing overhauls, I would replace the CRT, all the electrolytic
capacitors, most all the tubes, the Flyback XFMR, polish up the tuner
contacts.  Then did a sweep alignment on the IFs and Chroma Bandpass, lock
the subcarrier PLL and them babies never looked so good and would last
another ten years.  For you chassis pro's that was the days of the CTC-12s -
through CTC-25s.  Back in my early days I took part in a CTC-4 wideband
chassis overhaul.  I don't remember how many tubes were in it, 25 or 30.  It
used the "I and Q" color demod circuit where they had separate color
bandpass amps for each of the two phases.  That chassis was a nightmare but
boy did it look good when done.

John Coleman, WA5BXO

-----Original Message-----
From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net
[mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of D. Chester
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2007 6:06 PM
To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
Subject: [AMRadio] Cheater cords

Of course, to-day there is no longer any such thing as a TV  repair shop.
How many are still in business in your area?


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