During my time at DDQ the station acquired its first video recorder (1967).  It wasn't a `propper' video recorder as it was a helical Scan machine and therefore, could only be used for a very small percentage of programme time (I think it was 3%).   It cost $18,000 and was first used to record a 15 minute Sunday night segment in which the then Minister for Civil Aviation, the Hon.Reg Swartz, gave his Canberra Report.  

 At that time I was also doing station publicity for two TV mags and the Toowoomba Chronical, and have and copy of a photograph showing Reg `on set' on the left of the poicture, and Frank Balfour (Ass. Chief Engineer) on the right, operating the recorded while viewing Minister Swartz on a monitor.   DDQ should have a copy of this picture.

Bob Hargreaves.


Hi Bob

I've uploaded another photo of the SONY VTR in the other SONY post on this page. 

Tom Mayze. - 04/09/2012 Add a comment
Hi Bob and Tom, I'm pretty sure the station may have had two of these machines, could be wrong, but I learnt that they came to a sad end. The model was a Sony PV100 a 2" helical vtr. No external reference support so always a crash cut to and off the replay. Some time after I left DDQ I worked for Sony and learnt that DDQ was the only purchaser in Australia of these machines. In fact Sony Japan asked me to see if I could recover one for them. The Sony Brisbane office has one tape still in it's box.  
Dave Powell - 06/09/2012 Add a comment
I could be wrong, but i think those Sony machines may have ended up at RTQ Rockhampton, and an pritty sure that is where I got that tape from when I was working at Sony as Tape Rep.
Gavin Ashton - 28/09/2012 Add a comment
The machine pictured is actually a PV-120U, and is in my 'Quadruplex Park' broadcast equipment collection. The PV 100 is very similar. These machines are quite rare, and were quite a bit ahead of their time. It does not surprise me at all that you may have had the only one in Australia.
Tim Stoffel - 05/09/2014 Add a comment