SSTV images on microcassette?

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SSTV images on microcassette?

Postby OmegaProductions » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:25 am

Hello guys in NBTV!! :D
Today, I have a different topic about SSTV. How about recording SSTV signals onto a microcassette and playing them back on a SSTV app on the iPad? :idea:
It would have interesting results and the quality. Here are some photos of microcassette and of course, the compact-like recorder.
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In real life, I also found microcassette blanks still being sold at Maplin shop and the microcassette recorder in an antique shop in Leominster. I would want to have a try to record and playback signals from a microcassette. It would be interesting!! :) But anyways, that's all I have to say!! This is me Dylan signing out and goodbye!!!! :D :) :wink:
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Re: SSTV images on microcassette?

Postby Harry Dalek » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:40 am

Yes you can record sstv on tape the tape recorder player is some thing i used in the 1980's to record ham radio sstv there was still a little 8 second tests back then but mainly Martin 1, Scotty 1, Martin 2, Scotty 2 modes .
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Re: SSTV images on microcassette?

Postby Steve Anderson » Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:01 pm

Interesting project. But be warned, these devices where mechanically poorly specified. The main application was dictation machines designed for speech only, but that bandwidth is enough for SSTV. Where they do fall down is speed regulation and wow-and-flutter, also consistency of speed between two machines. A tape recorded on one machine may sound fast or slow played back on another...to varying degrees.

If you're only going to use one machine then the speed issue should go away, but any wow-and-flutter will impose additional FM modulation on the SSTV sub-carrier...twice, once during record, once during playback.

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Re: SSTV images on microcassette?

Postby OmegaProductions » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:50 am

Steve Anderson wrote:Interesting project. But be warned, these devices where mechanically poorly specified. The main application was dictation machines designed for speech only, but that bandwidth is enough for SSTV. Where they do fall down is speed regulation and wow-and-flutter, also consistency of speed between two machines. A tape recorded on one machine may sound fast or slow played back on another...to varying degrees.

If you're only going to use one machine then the speed issue should go away, but any wow-and-flutter will impose additional FM modulation on the SSTV sub-carrier...twice, once during record, once during playback.

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Yes! I noticed about that! I know most dictation machines sound poor, but I would want to have a try on it. I've seen some people record music on microcassette, but the audio sounds warped. Here is an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFVmoHve6vw
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Re: SSTV images on microcassette?

Postby Steve Anderson » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:15 pm

Yep, that's good old wow and flutter. Wow is the low-frequency modulation, a good example being a well off-centre record - the vynal sort. Flutter is caused by cheap or worn belts/pulleys/etc used to reduce the motor RPM. That video is a good example of quite severe flutter...such that I could only listen for the first minute or so! Pianos are a very stringent test for wow and flutter.

I wish you good luck!

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Re: SSTV images on microcassette?

Postby OmegaProductions » Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:20 am

Oh yeah! :!: I know what wow and flutter us, but I didn't know that wow means *low-frequency* while flutter means *worn out belts*, now I know how wow and flutter really is! But anyways, I'll just keep this subject for the future, since I do not have a microcassette recorder and blank tapes yet, so that's all I have to say! Goodbye!!!! :D :) :wink:
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Re: SSTV images on microcassette?

Postby Steve Anderson » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:21 am

Yep, that's it. Another explanation is in the introduction here...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wow_and_f ... easurement

Don't bother reading the rest unless really interested...

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Re: SSTV images on microcassette?

Postby OmegaProductions » Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:15 am

I get it! It's just mostly to do with the randomness of speeds and quality with the machine and tape itself. :| :!:
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Re: SSTV images on microcassette?

Postby Lowtone » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:58 am

I mesured the bandwith, it is about 7kHz maximum, and some faint noise can be percieved burried in the hiss until 10kHz.
SSTV needs 3kHz.
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