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This Week's Newsletter

Greetings from your broadcast friends out on the Desert...
This is the BDR Newsletter Volume 13, #1 for August 4, 2021
Here are some things you might want to know about:

As we start our 13th year, I'm not sure if this means we are ready for High School or not, but it is nice that your support as readers (and sponsors) have kept this project going. Just know this: we have some plans to do some interesting things this year, and invite you to stay with us.

Alert! (without the duck farts - unless you cannot hear the word without imaging the audio!) One week from today is the 2021 EAS NPT. If you have not yet checked your EAS receiver to ensure reception, take a look at this video of the BDR Lunch Gathering with Digital Alert Systems, Sage, and Gorman-Redlich. You will find it easy to be sure.

Anyone who has installed a transmitter, switcher, or antenna knows that a good part of the planning involves the coax, connectors, and ways to make a better installation. Jeff Welton has some comments and ideas to share. Join us tomorrow (Thursday) at the BDR Lunch Gathering at 2 PM EDT/11 AM PDT.  Just reply to this email or visit for the link.

LATE NEWS! Beginning this week, we are looking to stream the video on YouTube. This will be of interest to those that are not wishing to use Zoom, as well as those without cameras, etc. And, if you subscribe to theBDRnet Channel, you will be notified each week as we go "live." (But Wait! There's more: The RF Hawkeye presentation by Dan Glavin of Dielectric is now posted on theBDRnet Youtube channel.)

In progress as we write, with the top bid in Sacramento at over $6 million. Yes, for the CP. Other bids are as low as $1,500 for some small places. What will be interesting is some potential CPs have been offered number of times and are still in the Auction.

After a launch on June 6th, the 9th satellite that Maxar has built for SiriusXM, the SXM-8 - launched by SpaceX - has completed its in-orbit testing and is ready for service.

Some stations around the country are getting notification of testing to start by scores of new transmitters on the C-Band frequencies recently auctioned off. While the operational dates are some time off, it is worth looking for those notification letters to know what is going up in your neighborhood.

For those of you who are interesting in the changes out there, the "Where Are They Now?" mailing list has been restored after some glitch. WATN is a low traffic mailing list to share news when someone changes jobs or passes away. You can get links at

Among the new listings this week: an Ariane Sequel audio leveler and a Dynamax MX-12 console. Those and more listings are here.
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Some recent articles of interest:

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Both Digital Alert Systems and Sage Alerting Systems have now posted their Field Service Bulletins to upgrade the FEMA certificate you will need after August 21st. The information and files are located here.

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is featuring their Rack Pack, a concept that has become very popular with customers who appreciate the flexibility of combining a growing selection of their compact INOmini 1/3 rack-sized or half-rack-sized products in a 1U 19" Rack Shelf. An extra discount is an added bonus when ordering a Rack Pack. And you save on shipping too.

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Angry Audio
has a new product, the Headphone Disconnector. Based on the principles of the power cords on Apple and Surface computers, it is a magnetized cord that disconnects rather than pulling a wire out of a headphone or the plug.

More news from manufacturers (and links) are at:
May we please recommend this fine company which supports the BDR - and you!

Do You Remember? This week in history:
Broadcast related items:
  • 25 years ago (8/3/96) "The Macarena" begins its reign atop the U.S. pop charts
  • 40 years ago (8/1/81) MTV started up ... with "Video Killed The Radio Star." Who was the Video Star?*
  • 45 years ago (8/7/76) Elton John and Kiki Dee hit #1 with "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."
  • 48 years ago (8/2/73) American Graffiti opened and the Wolfman howled!
  • 56 years ago (8/7/65) Herman's Hermits hit with "I'm Henry VIII, I Am." **
  • 64 years ago (8/5/57) American Bandstand went National.
  • 163 years ago (8/5/1858) the first transatlantic telegraph was cable completed.
... and a couple of more "newsy" items:
  • 30 years ago (8/6/91) Tim Berners-Lee put up the first web site. ****
  • 40 years ago (8/5/81) Reagan fired 11,359 air-traffic controllers.
  • 44 years ago (8/3/77) Radio Shack unveiled the TRS-80. It had 4 kB memory and a cassette!
  • 59 years ago (8/5/62) Marilyn Monroe was found dead.
  • 63 years ago (8/3/58) the US' first nuclear submarine crossed the North Pole underwater.
  • 76 years ago (8/6/45) an atomic bomb leveled Hiroshima.
  • 77 years ago (8/4/44) Anne Frank was captured in Amsterdam.
  • 107 years ago (8/5/1914) the first electric traffic signal was installed. Do you know where?
  • 133 years ago (8/7/1888) the revolving door was patented.
  • 160 years ago (8/5/1861) Strapped for cash with which to pursue the Civil War, Congress and President Lincoln impose the first federal income tax. ****
  • 529 years ago 8/3/1492) Columbus set sail from Spain. Some say he discovered America. Many Native Americans say they knew it was here all along....
May we please recommend this fine company which supports the BDR - and you!


* The Buggles.

** That's 'enery, if you please!

*** 28 years ago (8/6/1991) Tim Berners-Lee put up the first web site. A copy from 1992 survives here. Do not prepare to be impressed.

**** a 3 percent tax on annual incomes over $800.

***** Cleveland


Some people think this is it.

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