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Television's evolution has been constant from the first all-electronic images
of 1934-1935; RCA (Radio Corporation of America) and the BBC with the help of
British EMI (a licensee of RCA technology) are generally given credit for
"creating television". In a
similar way, Henry Ford is tagged as the creator of mass production automobiles.
The RCA version of television, partially adopted
by the Federal Communications Commission
in May 1941, and put into "commercial service" on July 1 of that year, was Henry
Ford's Model 'A'. Today's television, whether you view it through rabbit ear or
rooftop antenna, cable, satellite or even Internet is the product of thousands
of small improvements in RCA's Model 'A' version.
"Television's Pirates: Hiding behind your picture tube" is the story of individual creators who began with RCA's foundation and turned television into today's globe-circling monster. In many cases, these improvements were labeled as 'piracy' - cable TV for example began as a 'piracy business' and the 1980's development of home satellite TV was built totally upon a 'piracy' foundation.
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If there is one thread of continuity running through the 72 years since RCA's 1938 Model 'A' it would be 'amateur' or 'ham radio' operators. Behind virtually every new creation, improvement, challenge there was a ham; a ham built the first cable TV system (Oregon - 1948), the first (NOT FCC licensed!) TV (reception) booster 'stations' (1950) and translators (1948 in Pennsylvania!); others created the first home satellite receiving systems (1976). Now, a ham has perfected the first high-quality live television via Internet technology. From 1938 until 2010, those who would control television's reception and use have deliberately worked to quash the next level of development. New technology, improving old, has routinely been labeled as 'piracy' and those who create it 'pirates'. "Television's Pirates" traces these developments and with great depth the people (hams) behind 'piracy' in 928 pages of fascinating reading.
Welcome to the 'real world' of television's development from Model 'A' to 2010's TV on your cell phone technology, proudly done by pirates one and all!
OH YES! For one of the best-ever "based on ham radio" fictional stories in print, go to www.portobelloonebook.com where Coop tells of the 1970 - 1990 "REdiscovery" of the Turks & Caicos Islands (yes - that is where Coop was VP5D) and the major role played in that British possession's explosive growth built on a ham radio electronics' 'base'. Note: Portobello: One (and Two and Three - a trilogy!) are also available through Amazon.com in Kindle format!
"I liked it very much....All 1800
pages of it. I always liked Clancy, but you have the same ability. Good show for
writing a great story!" (David Johnson, Founding President Paraclipse who read
the trilogy on his Kindle)