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12/18/14

Here are some of the things you might like to know about:      


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NAB PASS
Yes, it is December ... but the NAB Spring Show is only about 14 weeks away. Thus, this is a good time to get your arrangements ready. The official NAB hotel deals are already on the nab.org web site, and you can get yourself a free floor pass now.

TOWER LIGHT MATTERS
It is worth knowing the FAA and FCC are changing some procedures regarding notification of tower light issues in mid-January. The reporting system will change a bit and the length of the NOTAMs will vary. More details will be coming in the next week or so.

WATCHING THE MONTHS
Are you ready for a 2015 Calendar? Want something different?  John Schneider decided to provide a calendar featuring historic tranmsitters. Schneider has colorized the original black and white pictures to provide additional detail and interest. The calendar is available on eBay for $21.95, post paid.

CONTEST RULES
The FCC has published the NPRM for updating contest rules. Comments must be filed by February 17, 2015 with Reply Comments due March 19, 2015.

PUBLIC FILE ON LINE SOON?
The FCC has also issued the NPRM for requiring online posting for all Public Files. The Comment period will start as soon as this is published in the Federal Register. Commissioner Ajit Pai added that he hopes this will not cause a negative impact on small market stations.

FOR SALE
A couple of 4CX20000D tubes and a couple of used transmitters head the new items on the ForSale page this week. Anyone have an HP41 battery case? Buy or sell here.

JOBS
Several positions are still open. Need someone? Lets us know. The jobs page is here. 


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Do You Remember?  This week in history:

Broadcast related:
14 years ago (2000) Sirius Satellite put its system into place.
40 years ago (1974) Harry Chapin hit #1 with "Cat's in the Cradle."
44 years ago (1970) Elvis met Richard Nixon at the White House.
57 years ago (1957) Elvis Presley was drafted.
82 years ago (1932) Radio City and its Music Hall was opened.
108 years ago (1906) Reginald Fessenden was said to transmit his first radiotelephone message. (There is evidence that the real date was several months earlier.)
119 years ago (1895) the first commercial movie opened.

And here are some more interesting items for conversation:
16 years ago (1988) President Clinton was impeached.
26 years ago (1988) PanAm Flight 103 exploded over Scotland..


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WEEKEND BONUS

So Slow, we're rerunning it:
SLOOOOOOOOW
OK, so you are snowed in and are looking for something to do. Thinking about inventing a real time killer? Norwegian television has already gotten there. Enjoy .... or take a nap!

Enjoy your weekend!

barry
 


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