listening to Cliff Mass recently explain how the last week in October
or the first week in November is the time that the weather-switch is
thrown and, for us, we say goodbye to nice weather and hello to
storms. Boy was he right! Especially when I think about the
fact that we had over 50% of our normal rainfall by the middle of the
month and that was followed by a dandy Pacific Storm that dumped more
rain and swept the area with a lot of wind resulting in about 400,000
out of power. The wind portion of the storm impacted Eastern
Washington as well, hitting the Spokane area especially hard.
US-2, west of Stevens Pass was closed due to downed trees. Many
roads, including I-84 thru the Columbia Gorge, were closed. All
together the storm related death toll stood at 3. The following
picture speaks volumes- Look at the size of that tree! Many
areas were dealing with significant flooding for the next couple of
days….After that, thankfully it turned cool and dry.
A storm of a different kind recently roared thru Parkland and Pacific
Lutheran University when they announced that they were selling KPLU to
KUOW. For those of us that have been in this business for a while,
we vividly remember the good-ole-days when you worked for a company
that had ONE set of call letters and ONE program feed to ONE
transmitter. Several years ago the FCC put an end to that mode and
opened the door, in Radio and TV, to having multiple call letters, and
streams, under one roof. On the commercial side, this became
SOP. In this market, the KPLU/KUOW deal marks the first time that
the change that rocked our house is now rocking theirs. However, I
should point out that KUOW, in the past, did operate then called KXOT,
however that station was not purchased and the relationship ended.
This deal is interesting in a number of ways….
From a personnel perspective this is not good news as this is,
reportedly, an asset sale. This means that the new owners will end
up with a bunch of equipment and FCC licenses and will be hiring their
own people to staff it. (Funny how these things often come down
the road just before Christmas.)
On the technical side, KPLU has a fairly spread out system with
transmitters not only at West Tiger and Cougar, but in several locations
in Western Washington. Keeping all this up and running is a tall
order for the existing tech-crew at KUOW. If they are smart, they
will be talking with Lowell Kiesow and Nick Winter. It’s been my
experience that engineers are often considered to not be a threat to a
new ownership, but rather an asset. There are a number of us in
this game that have worked for multiple owners at the same channel or
dial position. Those in other departments are not as lucky.
Certainly the studios for KPLU will be leaving Parkland (South of
Tacoma) for Seattle where they are following in the footsteps of those
that have gone before. The City of License of KPLU is Tacoma…But
so are TV Channels 11 and 13 and FM stations on 97.3, 103.7 and
106.1…all of whom have their S&O (Studios and Offices) in
Seattle. The same can be said about AM stations on 850 and 1360
whose transmitters are still in the Tacoma area, but whose offices are
in the big city to the north. KPLU’s move is perhaps just unique
because they are late to the game.
Another interesting wrinkle is the fact that KUOW is on a commercial FM
Channel (94.9) while KPLU, on 88.5 is in the NCE band. Some years
ago, when consolidation was in full swing in Seattle and we were having
trouble keeping up with who owned what, there was a certain party that
was rumored to have approached KPLU about selling. The goal here
was to purchase KPLU, then give it to KUOW in exchange for 94.9 that
would become another commercial FM outlet. Granted this was back
in the days when FM stations in Seattle were priced considerably higher
than they are now. Despite that, there are those that have
recently suggested that KUOW is purchasing KPLU for 8 Million will
simply move KUOW to 88.5 and sell 94.9 for a bundle. The result,
bigger signal, more coverage, and a tidy profit. Granted they are
telling the world that 88.5 will remain with KUOW as a Jazz Station…but
again, history has clearly demonstrated, at this stage, new owners
frequently change their mind. Time will tell.
Another interesting aspect of this is the fact that the announcements
I’ve been seeing indicate that all hands will await the FCC’s approval
of the deal before any changes are made. Seems to me that this is
not the way the game is played. As soon as the deal has been
signed between the parties and the application filed with the FCC, the
buyer takes over the operation with an LMA so that the FCC approval is a
formality that comes along later. Certainly everyone at KPLU is
likely flooding the market with resumes at this point.
One interesting, and perhaps unusual aspect of this is the fact that
they have telegraphed how they see this new Duopoly coming
together….Complete with maps (see below). Here are some thoughts
after looking at this graphic –
- KUOW will be ‘cherry picking’ the KPLU translators and Class A’s considerably increasing the coverage of 94.9.
- 88.5 will be left with their rather impressive signal from West Tiger as well as little translators in Bellingham and Tumwater.
KPLU feeds these smaller market Class A’s and Translators using
Satellite C-Band as well as off-air. The reduced coverage of the
94.9 operation from Capitol Hill will likely cause them to utilize the
HD2 Channel of 88.5 for that purpose. KPLU’s 88.5 has been used
for the past few years for something they call Jazz 24. Perhaps
that will move to the Main Channel whereas it’s been announced that 88.5
will no longer be carrying NPR in favor of an all-music format.
Not everyone is silently accepting this deal, with plenty of unhappy
folks trying to stop the train. Probably one of the more vocal has
been Cliff Mass. You can read his blog filled with weather info
and KUOW/KPLU deal - bashing here - http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/
Whatever happens – This is certainly an interesting change.
On the subject of changes. Remember the 1480 operation in Lakewood
that lost their transmitter site and both of the towers were taken
down? Well, the station is apparently back on the air operating
with a random wire antenna from a house near the middle of
Lakewood. The coverage of the, what appears to be a temporary
operation, is very limited…but perhaps it qualifies the station to turn
back on their FM translator in Tacoma. This station, along with
one in Bremerton and Lacey were recently sold.
Thanks to a dandy 16 MP camera in my smart phone….I have found that I’m
taking pictures of a lot more things these days. Most of them are
work related, but occasionally I find something to share with my
readers. The following was taken from Collins Road, looking East
toward Cultus Mountain in the Skagit Valley, as I was on my way back
from visiting a NWPR transmitter site just north of where this picture
was taken, near Burlington. The vivid green land and blue sky is
what got my attention. Those of us that live in this neck of the
woods are so blessed.
Speaking of cool cameras, how about those that recently sent back
pictures of Pluto? NASA has certainly taken Cameras to a new
level. Here’s a cool site that you can visit that shows the entire
earth at one time -
I probably should give credit to someone for this – But I don’t recall to whom I should give it –
I've found there are exactly two kinds of persons in the world –
1, Those who do and, 2, those who don’t. Those who do, take all the blame and those who don’t…take all the credit!
I suppose you have heard, Tom McGinley is retiring and heading back to
his roots in Montana. For the past several years Tom has been the
DOE and IT at the CBS Radio cluster in Seattle. Word is that CBS
is, at this writing, interviewing for his replacement at 1000
Dexter. CBS Operates 3 FM and an AM Station in Seattle.
Tom Pierson, DOE at the Bonneville Radio cluster in Seattle (KIRO
AM&FM and KTTH) recently underwent knee surgery. He is
planning some intensive rehabilitation therapy in Hawaii. Spoke
with Tom recently, he said he is doing better than he expected.
Old friend, Joe Fleming, sent me this one. One of his stations,
WWLB-FM had been suffering abnormal VSWR issues for a long time.
Taking apart the antenna system revealed the problem.
This is a classic case of what’s called a ‘Split Bullet’. Note how
the inner connector is splayed outward. In a higher powered
operation this kind of thing would have likely been more of a
problem. His guess is that it was built this way.
The FCC has recently issued CP’s for a number of on-channel boosters for
the Bustos Media 99.3/KDDS. They would be in areas that are
within the normal service contour of their main transmitter (South
Mountain west of Shelton) but are somewhat shadowed by terrain.
They would be located at Rainier Beach, Tukwila, Kent and Seattle.
The system they are proposing to deploy is called Maxx-Casting and it's
a product created by GatesAir and Geo-Broadcast Solutions. You
can read more about it by Googling GatesAir FM Boosters. The
system will not be simple to install, nor in-expensive to operate.
Local Engineer Buzz Anderson is heading up the project.
Some of the other interesting items on the local news scene include -
- Seattle’s 1590 AM is increasing day power to 20 Kw from their site on the island west of Seattle.
- Looks like the efforts to stop KRPI from moving to Pt Roberts may have paid off.
- Rumors are that possibly two more FM’s may be re-locating to South Mountain, already the home of 3.
More from ‘Clay’s Camera’ – This shot of a fellow about to climb up one
of the towers on Cougar Mountain. What makes this interesting is
that he is wearing an ‘RF Suit’. This process started
out with the need to climb the tower to make some measurements, and the
tower outfit contacting me asking that the stations at the site either
reduce power or turn off. I pushed back and asked if they could do
this work in what they call a ‘Hot-Suit’….they agreed. Looks much
like something they would wear if they were a bee-keeper.
Every once in a while I come across an example of superior, out of the
box thinking and examples of just what Broadcast Engineers are capable
to doing in the field. The word MacGyver might be used in this
example - In an effort to protect the creators….No names will be
Now tell me, do you really think the FAA is going to permit them to
build a 101 story building in Downtown Seattle? That’s the plan of
the developer. 4/C would be on the SW corner of 4th and Columbia –
Across the street from the presently tallest building in Seattle,
Columbia Tower. To put this into perspective at 1111 feet above
street level it would be twice a tall as the Space Needle. If you
recall the amount of flack that was generated when they wanted to put
twin antenna masts on Columbia Center you can understand my wondering
how the FAA would tolerate this. Back then the FAA said no and
that was it. This will be interesting.
It appears that the movement to get FM chips in cellphones is gaining a
bit of traction. Recently Commissioner Rosenworcel weighed in with
support. IMHO the only problem is that the phones are pretty deaf
in terms of receiving without having an earphone, doubling as an
antenna, plugged in. Then there are the questions like - Would the
users know where to tune for emergency information and which FM
stations are likely to be broadcasting the information needed?
Perhaps this is a chicken and egg argument?
And then there are these classics on their way to the re-cycle joint –
On the Left is a QEI FM Modulation Monitor. In their day they were
super cool. On the right Is a set of RCA FM Monitors. These
were made by Belar that also produced them with a beige panel and
orange labels. A lot of programming was monitored with these old
critters. Betcha some of my readers have a story or two to tell
about them too.
It was 20 years ago that I first met Mark Allen as he attended the
kick-off meeting for our new EAS system. He stayed with the EAS
Effort, and just this past month attended his last SECC Meeting.
Hopefully the new, incoming WSAB President will wish to engage this
project as well. Mark's history is an interesting read:
The Washington State Association of Broadcasters has announced that
President & CEO Mark Allen will retire at the end of 2015. He
will continue with the Association as a consultant during 2016.
Allen has been the Chief Executive Officer of WSAB since 1990 and prior
to that served for seven years as WSAB’s Assistant to the President
& General Counsel. July of 2015 marked the 50-year anniversary
of Allen’s first employment in the broadcasting industry. He was a
17 year-old high school junior when he began working as an announcer at
KASY-AM, a 250-watt daytime-only station in his hometown of Auburn,
Washington. Since that time, Allen has held on-air and programming
positions in markets such as Seattle, Spokane, San Francisco and Los
Angeles. He currently serves as the play-by-play announcer for
KIRO-TV’s coverage of the Seattle Seafair unlimited hydroplane race and
KNDU-TV’s coverage of the Tri-City Water Follies Columbia Cup unlimited
hydroplane race. He joined the Seattle law firm of Ogden Murphy Wallace
in 1980 when WSAB was run as a part of the firm’s law practice.
Allen is currently a member of the Bench-Bar-Press Committee of
Washington, chairs the Washington AMBER Alert Advisory Committee and is a
member of the Northwest Communications Law Group. He is the
Broadcast Vice-Chair of the State Emergency Communications Committee
(EAS Steering Committee) and is a member of the Professional Advisory
Board of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington
State University. He served as the President of the National
Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations (NASBA, then known as the
Broadcast Executive Directors Association) in 1989 and is currently the
7th most senior member of NASBA.
In my comments about Mark Allen I noted that he and I started the
Washington SECC 20 years ago. To be exact, it was Nov. 14th, 1994
that the FCC Adopted the EAS Rules. They have been upgraded and
changed a number of times since then.
WSAB’s Mark Allen
On the topic of EAS – I have agreed to stay on as chair of the SECC past
my announced retirement date of December 31 this year. This
thanks to the fact that the SECC has a new member, Jon Kasprick, who has
agreed to take on the newly created position of Data Base
Manager. In this role Jon will be keeping track of Monitoring
Assignments, giving me a chance to do more of what a chairman
does. One of my new projects is something that I discussed with
the SBE Chapter a few months ago….That is work toward creating emergency
communications circuits between our area's EOCs and broadcast stations
and/or their transmitters to provide a means for Emergency Management
offices to provide the public with vital information after the ‘Big
One’. There is an exercise planned for next year based on us
having a 9.0 Quake, called Cascadia Rising. I’ve given this effort
a name – EPIS for Emergency Public Information System. Thus far
the reception has been very good in my conversations with Emergency
Managers and Broadcast engineers and managers. The SECC appointed
Phil Johnson and Roy Benavente to work with me in getting this to the
next level. That will be a meeting to be held at the King Co. EOC
on January 27th. There will be more information coming out on this
in the coming days. This will be something that news directors
and engineers from those stations having news departments in our area
will want to attend.
There were some interesting comments posted to some of the national
list-servers regarding going back to Standard Time. Some object to
the time shift, claiming that it messes up their sleep schedule.
Another writer submitted that he runs on GMT and has no trouble.
Not wishing to leave this item alone I have an idea for a compromise –
Next Spring, instead of ‘springing forward’ ONE hour….I proposed that we
‘spring forward ONE-HALF hour and just move all the clocks ahead one
hour. For example – Instead of moving the clocks ahead one hour at
2 AM – Move them ½ hour. This would mean, from this point
forward, we would all be on ‘half advanced time’. And would never
move the clocks again.
This would be a great time to get rid of our old base-12 time system and
go to Metric Time. (Thanks to Dwight Small for his research on
this topic). Stop and think about how time is measured. We
use Hours, Minutes and Seconds and then -leap- to metric measurement and
TENTHS of a second etc. For example - Time is expressed - 12hrs,
37 min, 16.5 Seconds. This is stupid. Let’s do away, once
and for all, with this double standard time measurement system.
Here is how it works -
- Each day would be divided into 10 hours. (Yes, we can still call these Time Units Hours if we wish.)
- Midnight, the start of a day, would become 00 Hours (Like it is now)
- Noon (the day 50% completed) would become 5 hours.
- 30 Minutes would become .5 hours
- Utilizing Metric principles – You could create time divisions, much like we have now with Nana, Mili etc.
- Digital Clocks would really be – Digital
- Speedometers would be interesting – They would
still indicate Kilometers per hour, it’s just that an hour (base 10)
would be quite different than an hour base 12.
- A great deal of work would need to be done
making new clocks, road signs and the like, perfect for this time when
we are trying to figure out what all the new aliens will be doing….
While we are at it – We might as well change the way we measure
directions too. A base 10 compass would seem reasonable to
me. Not to mention geographic coordinates. No more Minutes
and Second there…no-sir! Come to think about it, a lot of these
measurements are already in that mode…Checked your GPS location device
lately? Perhaps this is sneaking up on all of us and we have not
Former Seattle resident and noted historian, John Schneider, is out with
a new calendar (Still 12 months and not 10….Yet). This year he
has picked a number (well OK, actually the number is 12!) vintage
pictures from radio studios in the 1920s onward. John, as he did
last year with vintage transmitters, has colorized the black and white
pictures to produce a very realistic set of pictures that can "put you
in the picture." For more information, John is selling them on
eBay with free shipping:
From the ‘Where is the outrage’ department comes news that some of the
new Ultra High Def TV are power hogs costing owners 30 percent more in
electrical usage compared to their present HD TV’s. Sounds like a
candidate for an investigation by the Light Bulb Police to me.
I know it will come as a shock to my readers….But Sony -
Officially - has ‘finally’ decided to kill their Betamax format.
For those of you that still use the stuff, understand you can buy
hardware on eBay. Wonder how many other companies would even
bother to tell the world that they are killing a product line…Seems to
me most just quit with some kind of press-release…They don’t wait 30
years. Of course, in many cases, the company that quit making
something may well be out of business.
I love writing about surveys that show just how the states where this
column is published stack up against others. Time to look at the
States with the fastest job growth…Often a good barometer of how well
our industry could be doing. Kiplinger recently rated the top 15
states – Here’s what I learned….
Looks like the Pacific Northwest is in pretty good shape.
- Ranked #13 is Idaho
- #8 is Oregon
- #6 is Washington
iHeart Media has a new Nautel GV40 being installed at their facility on
West Tiger for KBKS/106.1. Here’s a picture of DOE and SBE Chapter
Chairman Marty Hadfield standing next to his new baby.
It’s certainly heartening to see radio broadcasters invest in new
transmitting hardware. Of the 13 FM’s at West Tiger, the last
couple of years have seen 6 new Transmitters - The score card
looks like this –
94.1 & 96.5 – Gates Air FAX series
92.5, 97.3, 98.1 & Now 106.1 – Nautel GV Series
Slowly but surely the trusty old Continentals are being put out to
pasture….Or finding new lives in smaller markets. For instance,
one of the old 97.3 rigs is now on the air in Lewiston, Idaho.
Pretty hard to kill these transmitters. Perhaps what is most
notable is that Continental, who at one time, had a huge market share,
elected to stay with the single tube design rather than move forward to
all solid state construction. They were not alone in this
decision. Today we are left with what appears to be only two
manufacturers of AM and FM transmitters, Nautel and GatesAir….Who would
have thought that this would have happened? A lot of familiar
names have been relegated to that famous location…the Dust Bin of
History. Remember – RCA, GE, Westinghouse, CCA, ITA, Wilkinson,
Bauer, Collins, Energy Onix, AEL etc. come to mind. Continental is
still alive and well, and still offering their 816 Series of Single
Tube FM Transmitters while concentrating on their legacy products –
Really high power HF transmitters and specialty products where large
amounts of RF are needed.
Try this shot of a school girl dealing with homework in front of the
home radio. If you remember when radios were that size – YOU ARE
getting old….Notice - No earbuds or smart phone…and I’ll bet that was a
real light bulb in that lamp. Those things on the top of the radio
console – they were called ‘books’. Chances are the notebook in
her lap had pieces of paper with ‘hand-writing’. Nope – no
laptop or tablet. That thing she is holding in her right hand,
perhaps a pencil?? How it the world did this poor girl function??
I recently received a note from KING’s Ace-Transmitter Engineer, Mark
Huffstutter. He sent along a copy of a page from the December 14th
1953 Seattle Times that read –
Christmas Light on KING-TV
“Television Station KING-TV last night lighted up its 459 foot antenna tower on Queen Anne Hill like a Christmas Tree. The tower is decorated with 1,500 colored lights. They will be turned on each night during the Christmas Season.”
For the benefit of those that are not familiar with this
tradition. There are 3 big self-supporting towers on Queen Anne
Hill, NW of Downtown Seattle. KING’s tower is the eastern most of
the 3. These lights are now all white and are put up each season
by Joe Harrington of Harrington Tower services. 62 Years!
Mark added –
The Christmas lights are a lot of work, but once they are up the tower and lit they look great. I remember coming in to Town as a little Kid to look at them.
1953 was, I think, a big Year for KING-TV. The “Freeze” of 1948 was over, and competition was on the way. With no other TV station in Town, KING continued with the original KRSC-TV 100’ tower, still here, by the way (minus the antenna) and the
RCA TT-5A 5KW transmitter, with an ERP of 19KW.
Sometime in January, 1953 KING got FCC approval to go to the newly established Full Power rating for low-band VHF Television, 100KW. According to articles in the Seattle Times, tower construction started in July of 1953, and a new GE TT-42A 35KW transmitter as well, to make the 100KW. At some point the target date of Thanksgiving Day was set for the new high power operation, likely because it was the 5th anniversary of KRSC-TV/KING-TV going on air. They were certainly shooting
for first 100KW TV Station in the area, a race with newcomer KOMO-TV. As it turns out, KOMO-TV did hit the air first with 100KW, on November 18th, but it was only a test pattern. KING-TV was still first at 100KW with programming on Thanksgiving Day. So there!
So lighting up their brand new, Full Power Tower with Christmas lights must have been pretty satisfying!
Any broadcast technical/engineer worth his salt will instantly
know what a Greenie is. In fact, as the story goes, someone
encountered Walt Jamison at KOMO long ago (knowing that Walt was a
master of details) and asked him about his R3322 upon where he instantly
produced his Excelite Screwdriver.
I have to admit I just had to grab my S5 and take a picture of this item
at the store the other day. I’m sure my Dog, Yagi (who is quite
bright) would be able to ID a Greenie also.
I recently ran across a piece of equipment in the shop (yes I’m trying
to down-size). I contacted Ben Barber of Inovonics asking if he
would be interested in receiving it. He was delighted and sent me a
shipping sticker. Happy to report that their model 705 Stereo Max
encoder is now back home where it was built.
Anyone recall using one of these ….or even recall what FMX was all about?
From the ‘time sure does fly’ department - Can you believe it was 30
years ago that Microsoft launched its first version of Windows.
Some say as an answer to the Apple Macintosh. I well recall
sitting in front of a PC having to load DOS from a floppy and then load
the program I wanted to work with. This was all before color and
hard-drives and mice. The only color the monitors had was a choice
of white, green and amber. Oh yes, these was before the Mouse
(Trackballs were not thought of yet I suppose). Everything you did
was with the keyboard and arrow keys etc. We all got pretty good
at memorizing ‘DOS Prompts’ etc. Here I sit operating a Win 7
computer and being pestered to upgrade to Win 10. We’ve come a
long way. Wonder what the next 30 years will bring? Guess I
won’t have to worry about it as I will be long gone. Gee Bill –
You looked a bit younger back then.
Going back in history just a bit farther - It was
50 years ago we had the great northeastern power blackout (Nov 9,
1965) That situation woke up many to the fact that our electrical grid
was very fragile. The hard part for me writing about this is the
fact that I was already working in this industry back then.
One more history item – Can you believe it was 25 years ago that the I-90 bridge sunk in a wind-storm?
The FCC has come out with their plans to help the struggling AM
Band. I’m not going to go into all of this in this column….But do
have a couple of observations –
- I find it interesting that many are,
apparently, of the notion that the solution to the economic situation of
AM stations lies in having an FM Translator and that license to begin
operating on the FM band is just awaiting the submission of a simple
application to the FCC after which – Presto! – You are on an equal
footing with the local Class C FM. The simple fact is that there
are not enough FM frequencies to support those that want them,
especially on the heels of the FCC’s approval of LPFM….Which leads me to
- Where in the world were all these AM station
owners when that process was going on? It’s not like they did not
see this coming down the road! How many will be PO’d because they
were late to the party. When they come up empty handed…Who are
they going to blame – Perhaps the FCC for not manufacturing additional
- IMHO FM translators may help out those small,
out in the boondocks AM’ers, however by being on two bands is not going
to improve their content…and chances are their content will not
improve. Granted if that little station is a Day-Timer, a full
time FM will be viewed as a godsend.
- I have to wonder if the Commission is trying to
breathe life into a terminally ill patient? Think about all the
other industries whose products or methods have been allowed to move to
the dust-bin of history because something better came along etc.
Just how many times has a Federal regulatory agency come to the aid of
something that has fallen out of favor? (Seriously, I’d like to hear
- The FCC, on one hand, works to address
relaxation of their rules to give AM Radio a hand, while at the same
time, does little about the rapid increase in ambient noise floor that
has the impact of continuing to reduce the coverage of AM Radio whose
emissions are decoded by receivers equally with the noise
producers. The December 2015 issue of QST has a great piece on how
they, the ARRL, is fighting to get the FCC to regulate the sale of
noise producers. It could be said that the FCC is issuing mixed
message. Where in the ____ are the owners of AM Stations in this
battle?? Where is the outrage??
- Other than the fear of the costs involved, why
aren’t the AM Station owners pushing to open up the, just below the FM
band, Spectrum for aural broadcasting as they are doing in
Brazil? Why have they not banded together to mount a
full-court-press for a long-term solution instead of pinning their hopes
that they (may or may not) get a low powered FM Band-Aid?
- My crystal ball tells me that AM will, on its
own, slowly lose favor with the masses and the smaller facilities will
go silent. Meanwhile, those that provide unique and popular
programming will soldier on for many years. Perhaps call it
survival of the fittest, or natural selection.
As those of us know…October was very mild ….in fact abnormally so.
NOAA has come out confirming what we all were thinking – This past
October was the warmest – ever!..In fact the entire western half of the
country was warmer.
Part of global warming? ….Perhaps. A recent news item caught
my attention dealing with the impact of higher sea levels...increases
of up to 6 feet in New York and what they are doing about it. Such
a Sea-Level rise will have a huge impact on a lot of things in the
Seattle area. Coming to mind are the AM Transmitter sites on the
shores of Puget Sound in Tacoma (1360 AM) and Vashon (570 AM
etc.) Again, like other predictions for the future ….Perhaps
I will be lucky in that I will be ‘out of here’ and won’t have to deal
with the troubles created. Then again, perhaps some of the folks
reading this today will be involved. If you are in Denver –Looks
like you are pretty safe.
I recently had fun with an email exchange with a number of friends
talking about a vacuum tube that is likely only familiar to those with
‘Advanced’ hair coloring. We were talking about the great 807.
An interesting side-bar about
this old Tube was the fact that it’s shape reminded many of a beer
bottle to the point that old-timers (of which I am an member) recall
being asked if I would like a cold ‘807’ knowing that I would soon be
enjoying a cold brew.
And….Another survey where some familiar locations are named…..In this
case, the category is - The most fun places to retire in every state –
(some surprises here). I’ve had the good fortune to spend time in
each of these locations. In Washington State - PORT TOWNSEND (Cute
town for sure, some rain shadow weather etc.) In Oregon – ASTORIA
– (Don’t get it, you really have to like Rain to live there)
Colorado – VAIL (You need some deep pockets to afford that
place…Beautiful country, the Vail Valley)
Well folks – That’s it for this edition – Thanks for allowing me to
invade your head for a few minutes for another year. Have a great
Holiday Season. Hope to see many of you on the 12th at the Annual
Seattle SBE-16 Christmas Gathering. Till next year – Clay
Freinwald, K7CR, CPBE