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RCA's Sick Bird - part 2

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Published on Jun 3, 2013

Assuming you have already viewed "part one" (and if you have not, STOP now and do so!), I should point out that this release is from a 3/4" master prepared on behalf of George Mitchell who originated TVRO's first-ever serious weekly satellite distributed industry trade program: SatScene. That is George, with me in my WIV (West Indies Video) studio on the Island of Providenciales (Turks & Caicos Islands), in part one; I hope George is still alive! What follows in 'part 2' is a continuation of Microwave Associates (MA) J. Duke Brown (he later asked me to stop using the "J." part!) with RCA's Archie T. Miller as we go through the control and operational phases of RCA's then F1 and F2 satellites. J Duke was a close friend, a fellow ham radio operator (W1ZA), and when I visited MA (frequently) and he visited Oklahoma (also frequently) we stayed in one anther's guest bedrooms. "Duke" was no dummy and his "tenure" at MA was far too short but a "story" for another day! What is important here is that host Archie Miller, and RCA, had no "guidebook" when creating the facility and systems you are witnessing here; they were "pioneers" and those that would follow (Hughes as Galaxy and so on) would follow, not lead. (Bob Cooper; June 2013)

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