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AMPEX VR-660

AMPEX / VR-660
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Item #:MO815686
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Model Description:
12 1/2 reel size of standard 2 inch tape helical scan B&W broadcast mobile television tape recorder

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The VR-660 is a Black & White NTSC 2 inch helical portable tape recorder, weight 130 lbs.

"The VR-660 VTR was first introduced in December 1962, and was the professional version of the VR-1500. It weight was 130 lbs and 1/4 the cost of a 2 inch quad VTR. Continental Airlines used the VR-660 for movies shown as part of their in-flight entertainment system. For Apollo 11, NASA installed a VR-660 as part of a slow-scan video system for recording at Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station in Australia. The slow-scan television video transmitted from Apollo 11 had a resolution of 250 TV lines at 10 frames per second, where it was then converted using equipment at the tracking station to standard 525-line 30 frames-per-second NTSC video, and then recorded to the VR-660.

The U.S. Air Force used 6 hour VR-660 VTRs in B-52 bombers to record bombing runs during the Vietnam War and during training exercises. The first helical scan VTR used in broadcast TV stations was the VR-660. Later versions of the VR-660 had a color option, the VR-660C with an external color adapter. An optional electronic editor ("Edicon") also was available in later models. The VR-600 was used both for mobile and studio TV applications. Its list price in 1963 was $14,500."



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