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Wannabe Geek

#298629 2-Jul-2022 18:27
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Hey folks


I recently bought some Philips NICAM broadcast kit off eBay to have a look at - there is a detailed write-up here:


Does anyone have any contacts in TVNZ/Three? I'd be interested to know if it was this same Philips gear that generated our NICAM signals. It was available from 1988 and as far as I can tell there wasn't a lot else on the market around this time...

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Uber Geek

  #2937881 3-Jul-2022 13:51
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you would need to get hold of Kordia which used to run all that (as BCL). or find some of the older techs.


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Wannabe Geek

  #2937927 3-Jul-2022 17:03
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(hence why I'm here)

Official channels tend not to answer curiosity questions concerning matters decades in the past ;-)

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Uber Geek

  #2937942 3-Jul-2022 18:21
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I was doing a job at a company in Penrose I think and they had they old transmitters there, they did not know what they were and what the parts were, I saw the NICAM encoders but I could not remember the brand to save myself.


You might like to try JDA, they used to look after the TV3 TV4 transmitters in the day.


Best of luck.



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Wannabe Geek

  #2946537 26-Jul-2022 14:35
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PM5697  from a person familiar with the subject matter




no I didnt work for them but know many who have


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Wannabe Geek

  #2998510 19-Nov-2022 19:32
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The question is finally answered. I found the person who decommissioned it all.


From 1989 to about 1995 the equipment I have shown (Philips PM5687) is indeed what was used in NZ.


Installations after that used a more modern modulator - Barco NE-728.


As a side note the vision/monaural modulator used in NZ was the Philips PM5580. 

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