JUNE 2001
San Francisco
Roy Trumbull - Editor
Bill Dempster - Artist
Advertisers for this month's newsletter are:

Zack Electronics - Judi Lomas - (888) 329-0225
Advanced Marketing - Frank A. Santucci - (650) 365-3944
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
Audio Accessories - Rosie Alexander - (510) 787-3335
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
Econco - George Badger - 650-327-7599
RF Specialties of California - Bill Newbrough - (888) 737-7321
Kathrein (Scala Division) - Michael Wm. Bach - (541) 779-6500
Harris - John Briskie - (650) 593-1837
ADC - Russ Erickson - (877) 440-7877
Enco Systems - Steve Rooney - 800-ENCO-SYS

Babes/SBE Luncheon on Wednesday Jun 27, 2001

This month our speakers will be Mark Siegel and Larry Brandt from DST and their topic will be: "Multi-Channel Master Control Systems"

The day is finally here when it takes two TV stations to get the ratings once gotten by one station. (I think radio is currently at a 5:1 ratio.) The killer has been and always will be programming costs. That will still be true when the entire staff consists of 1 part time janitor.

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.

Z-Technology at Sutro

The speaker for our May meeting revealed that Z just delivered one of their measurement sets to Sutro Tower. So if you see a white truck with the upper end of a very large swizzle stick on top, it's got to be Gene or Ray or one of the Sutro gang out for a drive. Z will soon have their own measurement quality stand alone 8VSB receiver.

Zenith in SF

Paul Marks is trying to arrange for Zenith to do one of their 8VSB seminars in San Francisco. We need a location with a large conference room or studio. Zenith travels with many many cases of hi-tech show and tell.

One major weight is the box containing the spiral bound class notes. I suggested they might want to move all that to a CD. In my old office I had many spiral note sets and I could never find the right one.

SMPTE and Me

I had my arm twisted and will be the SMPTE chair for the coming year. I think the major impact for chapter 40 is that I will propose joint sponsorship of some programs. That will put us back into evening meetings a few times a year.

SBE's luncheon programs at the same location each month have been much easier to manage than meetings the wander around the map. SBE did that for a long time and it wore out several sets of officers. I may need some help with the certification program so let me know if you can be available to proctor tests.

Zenith in Reno

I'll have details next month. The Zenith seminar will be in Reno in August in conjunction with an educational TV conference.

Treasurer's Report

Newsletter expenses have been higher than normal because the most recent list from SBE added members. Those on our list but not on SBE's list haven't yet been culled from our mailings.

Roy Trumbull - Treasurer

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You can't keep doing the same thing and expect different results.

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Classic TV

At the following site I have a number of photographs of television as it was 20 to 60 years ago.


These are the opinions of Roy Trumbull and not the opinions of SBE Chapter 40.

I've talked to a number of people who haven't even begun to consider a long term strategy for their financial well being, or worse, who've come into some money and are ripe to be picked.

The first investment everyone should make is in their knowledge of investing. That's accomplished by reading the business section in the newspaper, subscribing to investment publications, reading books on the subject, and going to lectures and seminars. I give high marks to the free publications available from They are very clearly written and easy to understand.

Many employers have 401K plans that invest money pretax and reduce reportable earnings for tax purposes. You never see the money so the investment is painless. Given the short lifetime of companies and the likelihood you will change employers, the key advantage of the 401K is that you can move it from employer to employer. Please read the 401K packet from your HR department. - RT