Broadcast Electronics Console Model 5S150 Issues

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Re: Broadcast Electronics Console Model 5S150 Issues

Post by grich » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:47 am

Speaking of tanks, I found this in storage at one of my clients...
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I haven't plugged it in. At some point, the big Cannon jacks were removed and replaced with XLR's. It looks good with its cousin down the hall, an RA1000 that I've been told still probably works, but I'm not going to try it.

Regarding the OP, I just pulled one out of service. The station donated it to the local historical society (sounds weird to put a console that new into a museum...). It was heavily modified and in need of recapping. I recapped a few input modules, and found the foil wasn't very rugged, so be easy when you do it. I also learned early on (back in college) that the speaker amp in those boards can oscillate and run away if you use 8451 as speaker wire. :cry:

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Re: Broadcast Electronics Console Model 5S150 Issues

Post by ChuckG » Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:44 pm

We had serial #1 Collins 212G at WFHR, the on-air studio had a Gates Dualux II that had no serial number at all, purchased as a pre-production show unit. I'd love to know where it went. Ran into another 212G at WJMS, it was still in service in the main studio when I left in 2006. One of the few things that just never broke. Tubes every 2 years, capacitors every 10. That's it.

re: that BE console, the 150 series IIRC didn't have the program/audition selector for the VU meters but the 250 did. The 250 also had step attenuators. Both used the same plug in cards of which there were at least two versions. Still quite a few of those in service.
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Re: Broadcast Electronics Console Model 5S150 Issues

Post by RodeoJack » Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:49 pm

Shane wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:09 am
Since we’re waxing historical....

,,,I said the Collins had better specs than the McMartin so we were perfectly happy to leave the Collins in place!
If you're talking about the board with the near-vertical face, huge pot knobs and a 200+ volt power supply.... yeahhh... that wasn't one of McMartin's better efforts. Ranks right down there with most things Sparta, IMHO.

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Re: Broadcast Electronics Console Model 5S150 Issues

Post by Dale H. Cook » Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:25 pm

ChuckG wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:44 pm
re: that BE console, the 150 series IIRC didn't have the program/audition selector for the VU meters but the 250 did. The 250 also had step attenuators. Both used the same plug in cards of which there were at least two versions. Still quite a few of those in service.
I haven't worked on a 150 series since 1987. I remember it having pots where the 250 (I worked on those until late 2013) had, IIRC, Shallco step attenuators (I don't think they were Daven). My copy of the 150 series manual shows a program/audition meter switch for stereo consoles equipped with audition amps. If a stereo 150 was sold without audition amps (and some were) it could be that the hole for that switch was punched out of the aluminum but was covered by the plastic face.
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Re: Broadcast Electronics Console Model 5S150 Issues

Post by Shane » Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:00 am

If you're talking about the board with the near-vertical face, huge pot knobs and a 200+ volt power supply.... yeahhh... that wasn't one of McMartin's better efforts. Ranks right down there with most things Sparta, IMHO.
That’s it except this one had a 60V supply. Still enough to give one a good zap if not careful.
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Re: Broadcast Electronics Console Model 5S150 Issues

Post by Dale H. Cook » Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:28 am

Shane wrote:
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That’s it except this one had a 60V supply. Still enough to give one a good zap if not careful.
I don't recall which supply was in the McMartin console (I think a B-803) that I last worked on in 1987. I do remember it could give you a poke. I was never too thrilled with that console.
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Re: Broadcast Electronics Console Model 5S150 Issues

Post by musiconradio.com » Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:04 pm

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Dale H. Cook wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:25 pm
ChuckG wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:44 pm
re: that BE console, the 150 series IIRC didn't have the program/audition selector for the VU meters but the 250 did. The 250 also had step attenuators. Both used the same plug in cards of which there were at least two versions. Still quite a few of those in service.
I haven't worked on a 150 series since 1987. I remember it having pots where the 250 (I worked on those until late 2013) had, IIRC, Shallco step attenuators (I don't think they were Daven). My copy of the 150 series manual shows a program/audition meter switch for stereo consoles equipped with audition amps. If a stereo 150 was sold without audition amps (and some were) it could be that the hole for that switch was punched out of the aluminum but was covered by the plastic face.
This one has audition cards (pictured). Works on both Audition and program (audio that is) from what I have been told in previous posts, the five channel meters only work in program.

Board is very clean, but it did have some mods I had to reverse. The meter issue was the last step.
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