Last update June 12, 2019
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10 Pin VHS Camera Connector
Back in the1980's when cameras and video tape recorders were separate, most all VHS portable recorders used a 10 pin connector. Some of our TC-1 and TC70-1 transceivers in that decade had a chassis jack on them to accommodate these cameras as well as the standard RCA jacks. These old vidicon tube cameras still show up at swap meets and hams want to use them with their ATV transmitters by adding a 10 pin chassis jack.
However, external 12Vdc usually needs to be run to the camera connector because the camera current exceeds what is available from the transmitter power supply. You need to verify that there is at least an extra 1/2 amp for the camera if you want to use an existing power supply.
The female chassis jacks are available from Digi-key - 800-344-4539 - part number RM15TRD-10S(71).
Typical pin out:
P. C. Electronics DC Power Cable
In 1980 we standardized our 13.8Vdc power cable on our packaged transmitters and transceivers to a 4 pin mic plug. We wanted to have 2 extra pins to connect to any external downconverter or amplifier if necessary and use a connector that would be easy for hams to obtain locally. These plugs are available from Radio Shack (2740001). We also use a pair of #18 wires - black ground and red plus - which a roll is available from Radio Shack (2780567).
Replacement Lamp Sources
All are 12V incandescent:
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