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

Zack Electronics - (800) 998-3947
Advanced Marketing - Frank A. Santucci - (650) 365-3944
Belden - Steve Lampen - (415) 440-8393
Orban - Rick Sawyer - (360) 715-1913
MARCOM - Martin Jackson - (408) 768-8668
William F. Ruck, Jr. Broadcast Engineer - (415) 995-6969
Audio Accessories - Rosie Alexander - (510) 787-3335
RF Specialties of California - Bill Newbrough - (888) 737-7321
Hammett & Edison, Inc. - Dane E. Ericksen, P.E. - (707) 996-5200
LeBLANC - David A. Hill - (650) 574-4600
Gentner Communications - Kelly Hanning - (800) 879-9317
Improbable Missions Fource - Mike Schweizer - (888) 4-ISDN4U
Broadcast Systems - (800) 801-2623
Econco - George Badger - 650-327-7599
Brill Electronics - Larry or Sam - (510) 834-5888
Kathrein (Scala Division) - Michael Wm. Bach - (541) 779-6500
Harris - John Briskie - (650) 593-1837


Our speaker this month will be Steve Lampen of Belden Wire and Cable who will tell us the truth about audio cables. He might also mention that every time the word "wireless" is invoked, some cable salesman has a smile on his face.

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.

Try This Site for a Good Discussion on DTV Reception
"Performance Assessment of the ATSC Transmission System, Equipment and Future Directions - Report of the VSB Performance Ad Hoc Group to the ATSC Task Force on RF System Performance"

Amaze your friends. Add Ricean and Rayleigh channels to your vocabulary.

Job Openings


Orban is looking for an experienced broadcast engineer to provide technical support for our complete line of broadcast equipment. Know audio from the studio to the tower.

As a Customer Service Engineer at Orban, you will provide information to our customers and dealers on product specs, application installation and setup, theory of operation and assist them with troubleshooting and repairs. You'll need to have at least an AA degree or equivalent and a minimum of 4 years broadcast engineering experience. Experience with PC hardware and software is also a must. You'll also need excellent verbal and written communication skills and knowledge of electronic troubleshooting and repairs.

Deadline: Open
Salary: Open
Application: Cover letter and resume to:

Corporate Productions

A broadcast video engineer is needed on a freelance, hourly basis to help maintain a small editing facility in downtown San Francisco. Knowledge of Media 100 preferred but not required. Please call Michael Fasman Director, Corporate Production, ON24, (415) 369-8038, or email resume to

KQED-TV will host the PBS Digital TV Studio Technology Seminar Thursday March 29,2001 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday March 30, 2001 from 8:30a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in San Francisco.

The DTV Studio Tech class will be led by James Synder a, DTV engineering, operations and production specialist, and consultant. This one-and-a-half day course is designed especially for engineers, technicians, studio, and production staff of all levels. Mr. Synder will guide us through topics that include: MPEG-2 video compression, digital audio, transport bitstreams and multilpexing, PSIPs and datacasting. The course also examines station scenarios, production issues, and includes numerous real-world examples of digital HD video.

REGISTRATION: Online at or by calling Mark Williamson at PBS: (703) 739-7537. The cost to attend will be $250 per person payable with a credit card or a station P.O. The fee includes breakfast and take-home course materials.

Yes, it's true. I've retired after 22 years at KRON-TV and nearly 45 years in the business. There are some things I'll miss. I was next in line to work the brassiere checkroom on the Jenny Jones show. And I enjoyed going out to the trailer parks with a cattle prod to round up the talk show guests.

Roy Trumbull

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