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Old 11th Feb 2019, 12:30 pm   #1
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Hi everyone,

I watched an episode of Dynasty the other day and noted a prop on top of a TV set that I couldn't identify. I'm assuming the item to the right is a VHS recorder but what is the smaller thing?

Any ideas? I'm intrigued!

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Old 11th Feb 2019, 12:39 pm   #2
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I donít know but have edited the image.
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 12:42 pm   #3
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Cable TV box?
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 12:48 pm   #4
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I suppose it is just a TV prop so could be anything.
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 12:49 pm   #5
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A Bearcat scanner (for police radio etc)?

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Old 11th Feb 2019, 12:50 pm   #6
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I think it's a Philips Viewdata terminal. Possibly a 3605?
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 1:06 pm   #7
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I tend to agree with Jac. Looks like an early Bearcat 220 series VHF / UHF Scanner.

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Old 11th Feb 2019, 6:34 pm   #8
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A Bearcat scanner (for police radio etc)?
Looks like that's it! Amazing. Thanks guys ;-)
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 8:29 am   #9
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I would go with Terry's VK5TM opinion, a Cable Box, weren't the Americans big on Cable TV in the 80`s ?
And why would the props dept put a scanner, on the telly ? A cable box, would add realism surely.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 9:20 am   #10
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I dont think it is a Bearcat scanner.
Buttons look a bit wrong, and the front panel angle is also a bit iffy.
Could be a myriad of things.
Too little evidence ...
Any chance you can tell us the series, date, episode, time elapsed??
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 9:24 am   #11
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Bearcat made a lot of models, but I think this one is close. See attachment.

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It's a Bearcat scanner, no doubt about it.

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Old 12th Feb 2019, 11:17 am   #13
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Yes indeed, it sure looks like it.
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If it was a radio scanner, it would be part of the plot.
VCRs and cable boxes were arguably rich men's trappings in the early 1980s
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If it was a radio scanner, it would be part of the plot.
Given that the picture shows someone in police/security-style uniform, this would kinda make sense!
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The scanner's antenna looks fully extended.

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