Roy Trumbull - Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Dempster - Artist
Santucci Video Systems - Sandra Santucci - (818) 704-6324
Belden - Steve Lampen - (415) 440-8393
Orban - email@example.com - (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
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.
"I have received many outraged e-mails and phone calls complaining
about a running on-air broadcast of a sex act in St. Patrick's
Cathedral in New York as part of a radio stunt. According to the
complaints and press accounts, this act took place within a few
feet of worshippers and visitors. I have forwarded each of the
complaints to our Enforcement Bureau for action. I expect this
complaint to be on the fast-track at the Commission. Congress
passed laws limiting the broadcast of "obscene, indecent or profane"
language and charged the FCC with the enforcement of these laws.
The FCC has a responsibility to ensure that the indecency laws of
the United States are being vigorously enforced. I take this
responsibility with the utmost seriousness. If these complaints
and press accounts prove true, this Commission should consider the
strongest enforcement action possible against this station, up to
and including revocation of the station's license."
"The Consumer Electronics Association ("CEA" or "Trade Association")
has been vehemently opposed to phasing in DTV tuners in television
sets. The Trade Association argues that those who want to watch
over-the-air digital broadcasting should be required to purchase
an external set-top box. This would be a far more expensive proposition
for consumers, given that these boxes currently cost about $500.
It is incredible that CEA supports an alternative that would cost
consumers 150% more than CEA*s own cost projections for the DTV
tuner ($500 for the set top box vs. $200 for the tuner). If theTrade
Association's concern about the cost of integrated tuners is sincere,
one wonders why they would suggest a solution that would cost
consumers more than twice as much. Moreover, this is the same group
that insists in other contexts -- e.g., the need for "plug and play"
sets - that consumers do not want a set-top box and will not
tolerate such an inconvenience. It is odd that they can be so
solicitous of consumer expectations in one context and so tone deaf
to them here."
Roy also posts the current newsletter at home.earthlink.net/~rhtrumbull but the posting is without links. - RT