These pinholes spiral in toward the center, see, they’re going down, so you get all the way around, and all of a sudden they snap up to the top again. So, they scan the picture as it spins. It has to be synchronized with the transmitted signal.
Fred – “And what year is this?”
1928, that sort of time…National got into it.
Fred – “Did it exist in Rhode Island? Was there a broadcast in Rhode Island?”
I don’t think there was any TV in Rhode Island, but there might have been…I don’t know. But there were quite a few stations around Boston. In fact, I had a wealthy relative of a relative of mine who gave us a number of things.
This, by the way, is a scanning-wheel television here…there’s a picture…it’s inside this thing…this drum has the pinholes in it, but he used a National receiver with one of those scanning wheels.
Text from the transcript of a tour of New England Wireless & Steam Museum’s Wireless Building given by Robert W. Merriam on a winter day in 2012. Transcription by Craig H. Moody, K1CHM. Edited by Fred Jaggi.