IVCA VISION NEWS
LETTER No.2 Sept.21-2001
Keeping Amateurs informed on Developments in Visual Communication around the world
Reported By Tom Jenkins N9AMR
By now we have all learned of the disaster in New York and Washington. I have been informed that four or more amateurs are
missing or have lost their lives at the World Trade Center airline plane crashes. Hams reported missing so far include Steven A.
Jackson N2SJ engineer for WPIX TV. Willman V. Steckman engineer for WNBC TV who ran several repeaters including 434 MHz.
TV repeater. Robert D. Cirri Sr. KA2OTD the ARRL District Emergency Coordinator that was helping to evacuate workers when
the building collapsed. Michael G. Jacobs AA1GO employed by the Fiduciary Trust Company in the World Trade Center. All four
were members of the ARRL and will be missed by friends and family. The Collapse of the World Trade Center brought down the
master TV antenna that served all but one Television Station in New York. Viewers in the greater N.Y city that are not on cable can
only view WCBS channel 2 which maintains it's transmitting site at the Empire State Building thatÂ has offered space to help the
other stations get back on the air from it's site. None of the other stations transmitters now exist and hundreds two way radio
antennas and hardware are gone and of course untold thousands of people who have perished. Our condolences to the victim's families.
To introduce my self as the current Director of the IVCA and editor of this News Letter, My name is Ramon Glidden W5NOO and
my QTH is in N.E. Oklahoma. a licensed Amateur for 50 years and active in SSTV for over 30 years. I have given talks at Dayton
and also at various Radio Clubs in Oklahoma explaining and demonstrating SSTV. Like lot's of the Old Timers we were sending
pictures over the air and down the phone lines 10 years before the invention of the home personal computer. As it seems the
majority of amateur operators now have and use computers and have web access and e-mail operation, I believe to change from
a surface or snail mail VISION News Letter to an e-mail version has numerous benefits. It is faster and less expensive and permits
more frequent messages to be sent around the world. As you may know the IVCA is a nonprofit organization and all officers are
volunteers. I was asked to take over as IVCA DirectorÂ and then Lew W6FVV, previous Director, was killed in an auto accident
before he could fill me in on my duties. I've had to fly this job by the seat of my pants and try to get it back up and running.
You can contact me directly by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the new Yahoo Reflector email@example.com to send mail to
members. My web page (a modest one) is at firstname.lastname@example.org/ramon.
New Products Hardware and software and operating systems etc.
Lot's of new products coming on line including new operating systems like the High Definition digital SSTV successfully operated
using the AMSAT Satellite AO-40 ,S2 transponder,435 MHz up and 2.4 GHz down exchanged between W9NTP to W8ZCF and
W8ZCF to N9NTP This system invented by KB9VAK and W9NTP, a record historical event of perfect pictures traveling nearly 70
,000 miles using a system with Linux operating software. I understand there are also two more new SSTV operating systems in
development (more on this later) one new system, a Blk & Wht picture system using AM with 2.5 FPS and a 2.5 KHz band width.
Also we have some new liquid crystal type displays that are thin and bright and have a sharp picture and use less power that will be
used in cell phones etc., in a year or more and drive down the price of the current flat panel TFT screen displays. .Like some we
have two computers on the desk and 10 drives including three HD,and a 3 1/2 -5 1/4 and ZIP and 3 1/2 super disk that I now
have a special 6 Ft.USB cable the Link-100 let's me transfer folders and files between two IBM Win98 computers at 4 Mbps using
an on screen drag and drop program provided by the Cable Mfg.GTC Co. (Cables to Go).
Future Vision News Letters
I'll try to publish the VISION on a bi-weekly or monthly basis depending on the news availability Send me any news or activities you
know of and I'll try to put it in. To be removed from the IVCA group mailing e-mail me at email@example.com Happy viewing Ray W5NOO EDITOR