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Author Topic: Science Fiction Theater TV series "receiver"?  (Read 4253 times)
KC9KEP
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« on: February 12, 2014, 06:03:29 AM »

Between 1955 and 1957, a television program named "Science Fiction Theater" aired on television.

The program always started with a shot of a "scientific laboratory".  The first piece of equipment that is displayed appears to be some sort of receiver.  It features a rotating blade and a box that displays some sort of X-Y oscilloscope graph.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_0VcQZrJGg

Would anyone know what the apparatus is? 

I've watched the series a hundred times but never knew just what this scientific device is!

Thanks!

--KC9KEP
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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2014, 08:25:47 AM »

fake  radar   or rf sensing  locator..  'fiction''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2014, 08:43:46 AM »

 It's just a fan to keep those radical floating neurons freely circulating throughout the lab and the cross hair on the scope just indicates the fan is centered in the lab space correctly. The marvels of modern science never cease.
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2014, 10:43:56 AM »

Why don't you ask "your host," Truman Bradley.
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2014, 10:50:11 AM »

I much prefer "Mystery Science Theatre 3000"

73 de Jim, N2EY
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2014, 05:25:48 PM »

My grandsons (early 20s) just love watching those Science Fiction Theater episodes.  Only two seasons - first season in color, second season in B&W (counterintuitive, but WTH...).

Hearing those first three notes of the theme music brought a tear to my eye.

And sorry, but I don't recognize the "scientific" stuff.  I think it was mostly to impress my mom and dad.
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2014, 12:00:28 AM »

This YT video shows that SFT intro... and tons of other late-1950s gizmos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1rgD9yJimc

Science Fiction Theater: "The Missing Waveband."

Note the call letters at 06:30: "W6-X20"
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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2014, 04:06:26 AM »

How about an Interociter from the movie This Island Earth.



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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2014, 12:29:13 PM »

"This video is no longer available because the uploader has closed their YouTube account. "

Between 1955 and 1957, a television program named "Science Fiction Theater" aired on television.

The program always started with a shot of a "scientific laboratory".  The first piece of equipment that is displayed appears to be some sort of receiver.  It features a rotating blade and a box that displays some sort of X-Y oscilloscope graph.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_0VcQZrJGg

Would anyone know what the apparatus is? 

I've watched the series a hundred times but never knew just what this scientific device is!

Thanks!

--KC9KEP
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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2014, 01:36:22 PM »

Here is a working link to that video of Science Fiction Theater

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_v7JgXOcKU


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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2014, 04:38:57 PM »

It's a collander, pencil, and the bottom of a pressure cooker! 

Don't take anything you see on old TV too seriously, and nothing of todays'!  bill
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K0OD
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« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2014, 07:23:55 PM »

Here is a working link to that video of Science Fiction Theater

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_v7JgXOcKU
 Grin

Recognize the star of that SFT episode, Bill Williams?  He was in tons of B-movies and 1950s TV westerns including the lead in "The Adventures of Kit Carson" that ran from 1951-1955.

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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2014, 02:46:18 PM »

Thanks for the links!  Haven't seen those shows in years!  Great series.
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