From the Chair

Jim Dalke, CPBE AMD 8-VSB

July’s Chapter Meeting was included as part of our Annual Picnic on Vashon Island. We had almost 50 people of all ages attending this traditional gathering at the KOMO-AM 1000 transmitter facilities. The weather was perfect with the traditional hot dogs and hamburgers and all of the trimmings as food fare. You will find a more detailed report in this month’s issue of the Waveguide Online.

In spite of a few misgivings, I got a new iPhone 4. I bought the phone with a nice hardshell case which eliminates the alleged antenna problem by insulating the metal band which acts as the phones antenna. Most impressive is the crisp 960 by 640 display. It has high resolution 5 megapixel camera with flash as well. The HD format movies are awesome. The pictures from the picnic in this issue of the Waveguide were taken with the new iPhone camera.

Apple did have to back-pedal a bit when it was discovered the signal bar display software calculations were incorrect, exaggerating the signal drop when the bare case was held the wrong way. It turns out the bad calculation goes back to the original iPhone.

The new iPhone 4 is certainly popular. It is reported that Apple sold 1.7 million of the new phone in the first three days of sale bringing in more than a billion dollars. The average iPhone customer also downloaded nearly 13 apps during the past 90 days.

New applications for the iPhone abound. There are now several hundred stations with programs available on the iPhone. The Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement is in talks with research firm Media Behavior Institute to launch a study in which consumers would be given an iPhone in return for reporting their media use every half-hour by way of a specially designed app according to the Wall Street Journal.

Codec manufacturer Tieline Technology has announced an application for the iPhone for remote broadcasts using their IP Codecs. The company says the iPhone built-in microphone delivers high fidelity FM quality audio. The company also says that meeting the rigorous Apple app testing allows a stable platform for live broadcasting, recording, file editing and FTP transfer.

The face of digital television continues to evolve. Now that television stations are using “virtual channels” to identify themselves in complex digital receivers, the FCC is reminding stations they cannot pick and choose their channel ID’s, but need to use the identification in their FCC authorizations.

Qualcomm’s deployment of their expensive FLO-TV business is not going so smoothly. After spending millions on spectrum, building a network of transmitter sites and financing consumer devices, the outlook is dimming for their mobile TV business according to the financial press.

Well, the latest numbers are in from the FCC for the radio broadcast industry. As of June 30, there are 15,367 stations. The numbers break out to 4,790 AMs, 6,483 commercial FMs, 3,180 non-commercial FMS, and 865 LPFMs.

There will be no luncheon in August as we take a break from a busy summer. The next meeting will be the Taste of NAB on September 10.