JUNE 1998
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
Riggins Electronics Sales - George Riggins - (662) 598-7007
Orban - Rick Sawyer - (360) 715-1913
MARCOM - Martin Jackson - (408) 768-8668
William F. Ruck, Jr. Broadcast Engineer - (415) 995-6969
Communications Law Center - Philip M. Kane - (650) 369-7373
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
Pacific Research & Engineering Corp. - William Hopkins - (760) 438-3911
Keith Davidson & Company - Keith Davidson, CSBE - (707) 648-0412
Improbable Missions Fource - Mike Schweizer - (888) 4-ISDN4U
Svetlana Electron Devices - George Badger - (800) 578-3852
TFT Inc. - Jesse J. Piatte, Jr. - (408) 727-7272 x504
Audio Accessories - Rosie Alexander - (510) 787-3335
Brill Electronics - Marcie Mearns / Field Sales - (510) 308-1248
Brill Electronics - Larry Shore / Inside Sales - (510) 834-5888
Scala - Michael Wm. Bach - (541) 779-6500
Scala - Everett E. Helm, CPBE - (541) 779-6500
Harris - Ed Longcrier - (800) 315-7285
Anixter - Judy Conner - (510) 489-7430

Our speaker this month will be Eric Lane. His topic is the Avocet AV-2000 Delay Canceller. While the reporter in the field may be blatant you don't also want him to be latent.

As usual our luncheon will be at Sinbad's. Sinbad's is just south of the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero near the foot of Mission Street. Please RSVP to Karen Prasek at Zack's: 408-324-0551 x126 as we've been running out of tables and chairs. We meet at 11:30 and are seated at 12:30.

We have been looking for a system that can handle both standard definition encoding and high definition encoding that has the ability to be transported over a DS3 and connect to a SMPTE 310M input on an 8VSB exciter. Everything we've seen has been deficient in some way.

We are taking the position that when such a system is ready to go it must be tested at the model station to be certain that everything works.

Dolby AC-3 encoders look like they will be outboard for the time being. No one has been licensed to include the encoder as a module within their own system.

The plant production format, Dolby E, capable of multiple passes, won't be ready until 1999. AC-3 encoding is intended to be the last thing the audio goes through before it goes to the transmitter.

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Rumor has it that a certain road show 18 wheeler that claimed to be showing over-the-air DTV was actually showing VCR to monitor video

I'm recently unemployed, due to staff reduction by my company. Looking for work in Broadcasting, or related field. 30 years of experience as staff engineer and Chief Engineer in AM and FM. Qualified in high-power RF, studio maintenance, computers, and digital audio. Also recent experience as Sales Engineer and Customer Service Engineer for broadcast equipment manufacturer. SBE certified Professional Broadcast Engineer.

Member of SBE, AES, and SMPTE. Resume available on request. Art Lebermann - (510) 865-1658 e-mail:

Drawing by Elisa Dempster

Bill Dempster's niece Elisa is 8 years old. He says she whipped out the adjacent drawing in about 10 minutes. Fantastic!

Drawing by Bill Dempster

The old master did this one.

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The Zorch terror of KCBS in 1952 with his UMM-Bully, Bully, Bully, Bully...machine

The late Howard Immekus, founder of BABES.
Howie looking serious. Howie looking attentive.