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

Here are some things you might want to know about:

Greetings from the your broadcast friends out on the Desert...
Here are some things you might want to know about:

If you did not get the weekly RMT from the FEMA via IPAWS, it is likely your EAS box does not have the up-to-date TLS 1.2 security overlays. Support for versions 1.0 and 1.1 has been terminated.

As of today, Friday still is the deadline for uploading the First *and* Second Quarter Issues & Programs lists to the FCC PIF site.
Something over 9,765,110,880 user account names and 572,611,621 passwords have been exposed in data breaches. Are you or your passwords at risk? You will find this information valuable.

The FCC has told all employees that they will not be returning to the office until after August 27th; and at that point the Commission plans to be reopening up not at The Portals - where they have been for 20 years - but at their new address: 45 L Street NE, close to the DC Union Station.

I have put up a short survey to see what factors are most important for transmitter purchases - and I have five (5) $100 gift cards to send out. (An email address is asked, but will NOT be used for anything but the drawing - no data file will be made - and then it will be deleted.)

* The survey and gift card drawing closes at midnight ET July 15, 2020.

Among the new postings is someone with a 10 bay FM Antenna to sell and someone who wants to buy a station with a signal over Rhode Island. Check them - and other items - on the ForSale page. 

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Some recent articles of interest:

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Digital Alert Systems
continues its Price Relief Program for stations needing to upgrade their EAS boxes to handle the new Version 1.2 TSL security layer.

Version 4.2 will continue to be available at a reduced price through Sept. 7th.

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LAWO has a "Mix Kitchen" suite to simplify remote control of audio surfaces. Incorporating a Mackie  (or similar) fader panel, is it possible to assist and control audio mixing from anywhere in the world.

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More news from manufacturers (and links) are coming, and at:

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Do You Remember?  This week in history:
Broadcast related:
 28 years ago (7/9/1992) the first AM HD transmissions were being tested in Cincinnati.
 37 years ago (7/9/83) The Police begin 8 weeks at #1 with "Every Breath You Take."
 41 years ago (7/12/1979) Chicago White Sox fans, led by two DJs blew up thousands
                      of disco records, causing a cancellation and forfeit of a Major League
                      ballgame, nine injuries, and 39 arrests. Some called it the end of Disco.
 48 years ago (7/8/1972) Bill Withers hit #1 with "Lean on Me." 
 63 years ago (7/6/1957) John met Paul for the first time.
 58 years ago (7/10/1962) Telstar 1 was launched.
 60 years ago (7/10/1960) the Hollywood Argyles hit the charts with "Alley Oop," kicking
                      off a "novelty-song" outbreak.*** 

... and a few other items of interest:
  92 years ago (7/7/1928) Sliced Bread was first produced in Missouri.
141 years ago (7/9/1879) The Bell Telephone Company was founded - and some said
                       first busy signal was not far behind.
106 years ago (7/11/1914) Babe Ruth made his Major League debut.

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***What was your favorite?  "King Tut?" "The Streaker?"

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