Roy Trumbull - Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Dempster - Artist
Santucci Video Systems - Sandra Santucci - (818) 704-6324
Belden - Steve Lampen - (415) 440-8393
Media Technical Consulting - Paul T. Black - (925) 827-9511
MARCOM - Martin Jackson - (408) 768-8668
William F. Ruck, Jr. Broadcast Engineer - (415) 564-1450
Ross Marketing Associates - Kevin Frost - (408) 988-8111
Kathrein (Scala Division) - Michael Wm. Bach - (541) 779-6500
Hammett & Edison, Inc. - Dane E. Ericksen, P.E. - (707) 996-5200
Howell Communications - Mike Howell - (559) 674-8989
Econco - George Badger - 650-327-7599
Improbable Missions Fource - Mike Schweizer - (888) 4-ISDN4U
Digi-Gear / Cancomm - Eric Lane - (818) 980-9188
West Penn Wire/CDT - Michael J. La Porte - (650) 652-9080
Microwave Radio Communications - Clark Rhoads - (909) 246-1602
This is our last meeting of the year. There is no meeting in December.
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.
It seems odd that with our Judeo-Christian legal tradition that in recent years the sins of omission have fallen on hard times. It this case the lives of workers were forfeit for lack of a few words of advice.
In most of the situations where a tower member was replaced the remedial step needed for safety while one part was removed and another installed was simply the use of a "come-along" to substitute for the part.
Being an old geek, I remember the first name for the "come-along", it was once called a "coffin-hoist".
As I look at my tired DVC-Pro decks that are approaching 15,000 hours of use, I wonder how long tape will be with us? We've been dumping everything into hard drives to edit for quite some time now. Cameras have been demonstrated with dockable hard drives as have cameras with DVD recorders.
It is a real challenge to bring a tape transport back to original specs when it has been used for 3 or 4 years. It's not just that parts wear out it's that those parts were cherry picked at the factory to make the machine meet spec.. Just putting any old replacement part in won't accomplish the same thing and the manufacturer won't facilitate the process. If anything, the replacement parts are jacked up in price year after year so that your only choice is to buy new equipment because the old is too expensive to maintain.
If I can buy a recorder that doesn't have media grinding against heads and guides, that doesn't hang loading and unloading, and that permits rapid access without spooling and spooling, why shouldn't I make the move?
The adoption rate will tell the story. No one had to draw diagrams in the sand to explain the virtues of using a server for spots and programming. Everyone got it really fast. I think the hard drive DVD combination will go the same way.