.For something a little different, here's an ancient universal remote control found at a thrift shop over the weekend. It's a Zenith Model PCC100 in mint condition that controls certain TVs, VCRs, and Cable Converters. I'm unsure when manufactured, but it has to be older than 1988 since it only supports codes for Sony's Betamax and first-gen Video8 machines along with other brand VHS units. Such "codes" were actually input via a 14-pin rocker DIP switch above the 3-AAA battery compartment. You can look up through the compartment and see a bunch of archaic traces so I'm doubting this remote has any kind of microchip brain like modern changers. Unfortunately all of my old VCRs have only wired remotes and I still haven't found codes for this particular model. Still quite rare to find in such condition. Understandably remotes are usually beat all to hell.
Monday, March 21
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