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TVRO Glory Days - part 4

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Published on May 23, 2013

September 3, 1984-Nashville Opryland convention center. Home satellite TV (TVRO) annual major conference of the year; more than 10,000 in attendance. On October 18, 1979 the FCC decided home dish systems no longer required a federal license so nearly 5 years later, a "TVRO Fifth Birthday Party"! It was a video extravaganza, duly recorded, expanded, and then broadcast October 18, 1984 on two satellite transponders. The almost-two-hour television version has been broken into 9 segments and will be available here in sequence; this is #4 of 9. You can dig deeper by going to www.bobcooper.tv, or directly to Amazon.com to show a listing for "Television's Pirates: Hiding behind your picture tube". Also see http://youtu.be/qSpxKjtQdlg
for "C-Band Remembered" video slide show encapsulating 1979-1986 in the Big Ugly Dish (BUD) days of glory. This edition features NBC Tom Snyder report on the birth of TVRO (telecast 23 December 1979), the first-ever commercially produced HOME receiver for TVRO (Northern Satellite Systems featuring England's Steve Birkill - long hair - receiver designer Steve Richey and pioneer Rod Wheeler) and the assembly of the first-ever private uplink antenna - 11 meters! - from CCOS '78 in Oklahoma. Further web information on the amazing project that HAD to succeed can be found at http://theoldcatvequipmentmuseum.org/... in the September 1978 edition of CATJ/Community Antenna Television Journal.

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