March 1963 Radio-Electronics
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Electronics,
published 1930-1988. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
Since first beginning in
1946, Howard W. Sams
PhotoFacts were the de facto standard for technical documentation on radio,
television, phonograph, magnetic tape machines, and other forms of electronic entertainment.
Other companies such as Colorgrams, a division of TV Development Corporation, introduced
competitive products which appear to be of high quality, but Sams' documentation
packages ruled the repair shop roost. A sample of a TV Colorgram datasheet can be
seen in this two-page spread in a 1963 issue of Radio−Electronics magazine.
Colorgrams packages can be found occasionally on eBay, but the number pales
in comparison to
Sams FotoFacts. Although nowhere near as comprehensive as the commercially published
documentation packages, the electronics trade magazines often published at least
schematics and parts lists of various products. At the time, manufacturers only
made that information available to authorized dealers and service shops.
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There is a Colorgram Chart (like the sample shown) for each of these TV receiver
functions: IF, Video, Audio, Vertical and Horizontal, (showing sync and sweep circuits),
B+ distribution and AGC circuitry.
Colorgrams Isolate Trouble Areas
Each Colorgram Chart enables you to color-shoot with little or no reference to
schematic or manual. If you have a video problem, refer to the Video Colorgram Chart
- audio problem, the Audio Colorgram. The circuit is conveniently color-coded, localized
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Color-Keyed Master Schematic Identifies Colorgram Chart Areas
Easy-to-read schematic, provides an overall view of the receiver circuit. Shows
the Tuner, IF, Video, Audio, Vertical and Horizontal sections, color-keyed to the
colors used in individual Colorgram Charts. Also includes test points, waveforms,
voltage, resistance, capacitance, practical alignment data, etc.
Rapid-Repair manual Contains Practical Service Data
This effective guide to the use of the Colorgram System contains original manufacturer's
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Posted May 9, 2023