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Roy Trumbull - Editor
Bill Dempster - Artist
Advertisers for this month's newsletter are:

Santucci Video Systems - Sandra Santucci - (818) 704-6324
Belden - Steve Lampen - (415) 440-8393
Orban - - (510) 351-3500
MARCOM - Martin Jackson - (408) 768-8668
William F. Ruck, Jr. Broadcast Engineer - (415) 564-1450
Kathrein (Scala Division) - Michael Wm. Bach - (541) 779-6500
Hammett & Edison, Inc. - Dane E. Ericksen, P.E. - (707) 996-5200
LeBLANC - David A. Hill - (650) 574-4600
Econco - George Badger - 650-327-7599
Improbable Missions Fource - Mike Schweizer - (888) 4-ISDN4U
Digi-Gear/Cancomm - Eric B. Lane - (818) 980-9188
RF Specialties of California - Bill Newbrough - (888) 737-7321
Pacific Radio Electronics - Sam Mao - (510) 636-0308
West Penn Wire/CDT - Michael J. La Porte - (650) 652-9080
Axcera - Russ Erickson - (877) 440-7877

Babes/SBE Luncheon on Wednesday Aug 28th, 2002

Our speaker this month will be Marty Jackson from Marcom talking about multi-channel DTV.

As usual, our luncheon will be at Sinbad's just south of the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero near the foot of Mission St. We meet at 11:30 and are seated at 12:30. To make reservations call Paul Black at 925-827-9511 and leave a message on his machine.

Stupid DJ Tricks
I was checking the FCC site when I found a rather stern statement by Commissioner Copps regarding a broadcast by a station in NYC. It seems they had compiled a list of high risk places to have sex. One of the places was St. Patrick's Cathedral. A couple from Virginia decided that was just the right place for them and proceeded to do same with description of the act given via cell phone by a voyeur who may have been a station employee. I'd give you call letters and the works, but for the fact that the station's web site lacks any confirmation that they had a contest in progress that solicited this particular stunt. Commissioner Copps released the following statement:

FCC Checks Stations in Bakersfield
Word is out that the FCC inspected a number of radio and TV stations in Bakersfield with EAS compliance being the only area of interest.

Forever Amber
There is a website where you can download the wave file for the amber alert tone which has been adopted in several markets.

FCC Adopts DTV Tuner Requirement
When I was a kid, the first time I ever saw a picture fade to black was in the control room at a TV station. My TV wouldn't permit it and neither would those in my friend's homes. The reason was that the manufacturers wouldn't spend the few pennies it would take to add a DC restorer circuit. Therefore I wasn't surprised when Chairmen Powell of the FCC took the CEA to task:

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