Edward Boykin wrote:
From late 1952 to early 1954 I was stationed at the Signal Corps Pictorial Center in Long Island City n Y. At the time I was a member of a unit known as the Signal Corps Mobile Television System. It was really great duty. I am enclosing rough copies of material of that time frame which would pertain to the activities of SCPC and the 9440TSU. (See photographs and correspondence below.)
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SIGNAL CORPS MOBILE TELEVISION SYSTEM
During the 1950's the Signal Corps Mobile Television Systen/as based at the Signal Corps Pictorial Center (SCPC) in Long Island City, NY.
The unit was composed of 9 officers and 18 enlisted men.
The unit was considered mobile because the entire operation was composed of 9 vehicles as indicated below:
The major equipment trucks were equipped with latest commercial broadcast grade television equipment. The trucks were well-equipped and had 3 cameras with the latest zoom type lens.
The unit traveled throughout the US to demonstrate and evaluate the use of TV for the military environment. Places visited were:
It would be interesting to note that the majority of the enlisted staff were draftees from the commercial television broadcast industry.
Photographs provided by Edward Boykin:
1 Typical remote site set-up
2 Capt. Jones (left) & unknow, officer. I was the captain's driver while in convoy.
3 Receiver Truck.
4 Convoy ready to go. 2 vehicles not shown.
5 Transmitter truck and kinescope recording bus on remote site.
6 Typical receiver site set-up. Microwave unit on shop truck generator truck in background .. Note truck bumper indicates "SCPC".
7 Aberdeen Proving Grounds set up.
8 That me .. Ed Boykin.
9 Just another day in the field.
10 Un-official patch of the unit.
(Submitted August 12, 2009; posted December 6, 2012)