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... edited by Barry Mishkind - the Eclectic Engineer    



Greetings from the your friends out on the Desert...

Here are some things you might want to know about:


According to the FCC's agenda for today's open meeting, they are to approve
allowing TV stations to implement ATSC 3.0 on a voluntary basis.

Of interest to radio folks: The Commission will consider a Second Report and Order that would
relax the siting rule for an FM fill-in translators for AM stations.

If you need to make reservations, we just want to pass on the notice from the
NAB that based on demand, hotel rates were due to increase again.

It is also time to register - and free Floor Pass codes are available.
For example:

  • GatesAir  LV8753
  • Nautel LV3546
  • Comrex LV2346

Here is where you use the pass codes;

First time in at NAB? Check this page
Been to NAB Before? Check this page

Yes. the 25th Annual Tuesday Lunch Gathering appears to be "on" ... at the Westgate Resprt
Buffet. We hope you will have plans to be there!

This week's new listings include an antenna, a transmitter, and someone looking for
an old Gates/RCA modulation monitor and tube limiter. Check these out here.



Manufacturers are starting to preview some of the new models that will be shown
at NAB 2017.  You can see some pictures and more info here.

2017 NAB Show marks the US debut of the ENCO's multi-format, cost-effective ClipFire solution for
quick and simple video and audio playout. 

Now shipping, ClipFire is ideal for a wide range of television and live event production applications, from studio-based news broadcasts and visual radio to concerts and sports coverage. The interface offers an array of active buttons, each displaying a visual thumbnail with clip information and ready to fire playback of video, audio or graphics upon a single click or tap.


Do You Remember?  This week in history:

Broadcast related:
34 years ago (1983) the final episode of M*A*S*H was broadcast. 77% of all viewers saw it.
37 years ago (1980) the first and only Grammy Award for Disco went to .... "I will Survive" and Gloria Gaynor.          (Do you know who was nominated, but did not win?***)
68 years ago (1949) the first 45 rpm record was released.  (guess and then listen!)
75 years ago (1942) VOA began operations from New York City
83 years ago (1934) President Roosevelt replaced the FRC with the FCC
90 years ago (1927) President Coolidge replaced the DOC with the FRC
120 years ago (1897) Marconi got his first patent.

And, there is also:
24 years ago (1993) a gun battle broke out that led to fire and death of Branch Davidians at Waco.
37 years ago (1980) the US Hockey team had its miracle on ice.
45 years ago (1972) the 8008 processor was released by Intel
48 years ago (1969) Mickey Mantle retired.
64 years ago (1953) scientists first discovered the chemical structure of DNA.
85 years ago (1932) the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped.


*** the "losers" were:
        Earth, Wind & Fire for "Boogie Wonderland"
        Michael Jackson for "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough"
        Rod Stewart for "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
and     Donna Summer for "Bad Girls."


Someone asked that we redo this one:


Take a look at this picture and see what you think?

(avoid having a cup of hot liquids in your hands when you do!)

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we hope you will share it with your friends and workmates, as some of the
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