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Патент USA US3079479

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Feb. 26, 1963
Filed March 11, 1959
FIG. 2
Patented Feb. 25, 19%3
ed in accordance with the invention can be carried out,
Franciscus Theodor-us Backers and .iehannes Hendrik
Wessels, both of Eindhoven, Netherlands, vassignors to
North American Philips Company, End, New York,
N.Y., a corporation oi‘ Delaware
Filed Mar. 11, 2959, Ser. No. ‘793,669
Claims priority, application Netherlands Mar. 28, 1958
1 Claim. (Cl. 179-1001)
This invention relates to a method of recording high
frequency signals, more particularly television signals, on
FIG. 2 shows a tape on which a recording in accordance
with this method is made, in the non-shrunk and shrunk
conditions of the tape.
In FIG. 1, reference numeral 1 denotes a wheel adapted
to rotate in the plane of a magnetic tape 2. Along the
circumference of the wheel there are arranged four mag
netic heads having gaps denoted by reference numeral 3.
10 By means of these gaps magnetic tracks are recorded on
the tape, the width b of these gaps being bounded by the
circumferences of two concentric circles having radii R1
and R2 respectively (FIG. 2). A line on the tape may
a tape which is driven in the direction of its length, the
be considered as built up from arcs of circles traced
recording being done by means of a number of magnetic
with increasing radii. The radius R1 is associated with an
heads arranged on a support which rotates in the plane
arc length .9, and the radius R2 with an arc length s2,
of the tape. This method of recording may be carried out
where R1<R2 and s1<s2. Now it may happen that after
by means of an apparatus as described in U.S. patent spec
recording the length s1 is no longer present in the same
i?cation 2,772,328. The tape may be subject to transverse
line on the shrunk tape. By the use of the method in
shrinkage after recording, the shrinkage being such that
the shortest arc length of each recorded line of the non 20 accordance with the invention, whereby a recording head
is used having a gap the width of which is larger than
shrunk tape with a normal width of the track is no longer
that of the reproducing head, this disadvantage can be
present in the same line on the shrunk tape.
obviated so that on the shrunk tape the arc length s1 is
In carrying out this method, in which circular tracks
still present in the same line, as is shown in the upper part
are recorded transversely on the tape which is driven
of FIG. 2, in which s'1 and s’2 represent the arc lengths
comparatively slowly, it was found that the arc length of
s1 and s2 after shrinkage,
the tracks may be altered due to the shrinkage of the
While the invention has been described in connection
tape subsequent to recording so that during reproduction
with a speci?c embodiment and application, other modi
there is appreciable misalignment between the recorded
iications thereof will be readily apparent to those skilled
signals and the magnetic heads.
in the art without departing from the spirit and scope of
By the use of the method in accordance with the present
the invention as de?ned in the appended claim.
invention the above mentioned shrinkage can be com
What is claimed is:
pensated for in a simple manner. For this purpose, in
In a system for recording and reproducing high fre
the method in accordance with the invention the size of
quency signals on a magnetic tape subject to shrinkage
the recording gaps of the magnetic heads, measured in the
in the transverse direction, the combination of a magnetic
direction of length of the tape, is made such that the short
tape moving in its longitudinal direction, a plurality of
est arc length on the original, unshrunk tape is still present
magnetic recording heads arranged on a wheel rotating in
on the shrunk tape. This means that in e?ect the record
the plane of said tape for recording high frequency sig
ing track is made broader than is usual.
nals in arcuate transverse record tracks thereon, said heads
In order that, in reproduction, each line is exactly
aligned with the next line, each line must have a certain
arc length since, viewed in the direction of length of the
including gaps having widths measured along the longi
tudinal direction of the tape when a head is in co-acting
relationship with the tape, the predetermined widths of
said gaps being greater than the predetermined widths of
the gaps in magnetic reproducing heads for reproducing
recording, there is a likelihood that on the shrunk tape 45
said signals, the width of each recorded track being greater
there will no longer be any arc length of the determined
than the gap width of an associated reproducing head.
length required for the said line to be correctly aligned
with the next line.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
If, however, allowance is made for this likelihood and
use made of a recording gap the width of which is made 50
tape, it is bounded by parts of the circumferences of two
concentric circles. If a tape has shrunk subsequently to
larger than the usual one, there will always, even with
shrinkage of the tape, be an arc length in the magnetic
track of the length which will give satisfactory reproduc
In order that the invention may readily be carried out,
it will now be described, by way of example, with reference
to the accompanying drawings, in which
FIG. 1 shows an apparatus by means of which the meth
Begun ________________ __ Apr. 22, 1947
Camras _______________ __ Feb. 28, 1956
Lyon _______________ _- Nov. 27, 1956
Elements of Magnetic Tape Recording, 1957, Prentice
Hall; TTK5981 H33; pp. 56-57.
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