NAB HAS COME AND GONE…
Once again, we've beaten the odds and survived that annual bacchanalia of broadcast equipment and salespeople: the NAB exposition. Every year, the show gets bigger, and every year I wonder how that can be. It's a time of sore feet and backs, and of watching some very smart people attempt that elusive alchemy: of transforming the products they have into what the customer thinks he wants, at least for as long as it takes to get the purchase orders signed.
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If last year was the year of IBOC transmitters, this was the year of waiting for those receivers to turn up at your corner store. The throng still seems very confident that will happen "in just a few months." Sorry, but this refrain sounds an awful lot like what we heard when everyone was installing AM stereo, and later, Eureka DAB. And, in both those cases, the receivers never really did show up. Oh well, maybe third time's the charm??
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The IBOC transmitter
race in the
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MERGERS (AND ACQUISITIONS??). The first day of the show, Nautel and Continental Electronics announced that they have agreed to trade and market each other's transmitters, after quickly stamping their own name on the front. They'll each service and support the transmitters, too. There was even a Nautel FM transmitter, stamped "Continental," on the floor at the Continental booth. Some wags have been wondering if this is the first step toward one of these big fish eventually swallowing the other; opinion seems to be evenly split at this point over who would be more likely to swallow whom… will that be a Nautelental or a Continautel? Sounds catchy either way!
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I've had only a few minutes to peruse the Proceedings, but my eye stopped at an interesting paper that further discusses the problem of effective audio level control for television, especially digital television: as you may have noticed, a topic near and dear to my heart. It touches some of the same material we've been chattering about here, but with some interesting statistics and further data.
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And finally, I got a
quick note from the very distinguished John S. (Jack) Belrose, Radioscientist
Emeritus Researcher of the Communications Research Centre,
The 100th anniversary of Fessenden's invention of broadcasting is coming up this December … where will YOU be on Christmas Eve??