Photos of the Historic

Carnarvon – Goonhilly TV Broadcast

by
Guntis (“Gus”) Berzins





Historic first TV broadcast between Australia and overseas.

Carnarvon – Goonhilly Downs, 25 November 1966


Down Under Comes Up Live

Test signals received from Goonhilly probably before the actual Carnarvon – Goonhilly broadcast on 25 November.

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Down Under Comes Up Live

Test signals received from Goonhilly probably before the actual Carnarvon – Goonhilly broadcast on 25 November.

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Down Under Comes Up Live

Test signals received from Goonhilly probably before the actual Carnarvon – Goonhilly broadcast on 25 November.

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Down Under Comes Up Live

Test signals received from Goonhilly probably before the actual Carnarvon – Goonhilly broadcast on 25 November.

The text “Goonhilly Radio Station” is faintly visible in the monitor.

(See the same test card here.)

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Down Under Comes Up Live

The TVW Channel 7 small one-camera outside broadcast van at the OTC(A) earth station – 25 November 1966.

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Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABW2) links van and TVW Channel 7 small one-camera outside broadcast van at the OTC(A) earth station – 25 November 1966.

The dishes are for the temporary microwave link set up by the ABC to connect the ABW2 multi-camera outside broadcast van in Carnarvon with the earth station.

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OTC(A) engineer Don Kennedy monitoring precise tracking of the satellite from the earth station’s tracking console during the TV transmissions. Pointing of the antenna was controlled from this console. The time shown on the console is 4 26 59, i.e. 4.26 UTC or 12.26 local time.

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Engineers and technicians viewing the historic TV transmission.

The engineer in the chequered shirt in the front was Dave Williams from Page Communications.

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“BBC” visible on the monitor.

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Sir Bernard Lovell who featured in the broadcast sent by the BBC to the ABC. Sir Bernard talked about the future potential for space exploration and use of space.

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Headline from a UK newspaper “A new warning on home loans”.

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UK ITV commentator.

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Surroundings of Carnarvon Earth Station faintly visible in the monitor.

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Engineers and technicians viewing the historic TV transmission. The engineer in the chequered shirt in the front was Dave Williams from Page Communications. On the left is OTC(A) technician Al Pilgrim.

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Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) outside broadcast van at the OTC(A) earth station. The dishes on the van were for the temporary microwave link set up to connect the broadcasting equipment in Carnarvon itself with the earth station.

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The scene at Goonhilly earth station during the TV transmission from Carnarvon. The man with dark glasses is the Station Manager (name unknown).

This photo was given to Guntis Berzins when he visited Goonhilly earth station in March 1969.

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Views of TV monitors at Goonhilly during the transmission from Carnarvon.

This photo was given to Guntis Berzins when he visited the Goonhilly station in March 1969.

[Laura & Les Brightwell are on the screen. The monitor on the right is the incoming 625 line picture. The monitor on left, with caption, may be showing a 405 line converted picture, as that standard was still used in the UK in parallel with 625. Note that the picture is cropped and has lost resolution.]

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Other Photo sets:

1. Establishing Carnarvon

3. First reception of Satellite TV from USA

4. People at OTC Carnarvon

5. Preparing for Cyclone Elsie, January 1967


Photos by Guntis Berzins.
Some (very minor) image restoration by Colin Mackellar.