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steve jacobson (W2SJ)
He taught me quit ab bit about TV broadcast transmitters. My first job out of engineering school was a RF engineering job at WPIX-11. The first day of work they sent me to the transmitter at world trade (1983). Met Steve for the first time. His knowledge, whit, and absolute love of being a transmitter engineer moved me.
By choice he always got transmitter duty. I was only at the transmitter 3-4 times a month maximum for microwave work. Also in the old days, when a transmitter man worked on a TX, another FCC licenced engineer had to watch his back! High voltage and the like.
I prefered intense pressure of the studio in midtown.
It was ironic when management decided to let the transmitter operate unmanned. management thought they could save $60,000 on a transmitter engineer.
Well penney wise..pound foolish!!!. The transmitter went down uring prime time!!
Hundreds of thousands of dollars in AD time were lost in a few hours.
They begged Steve to go to the transmitter and fix it. He did in less than a hour!!!!
Steve moved near his beloved transmitter. So such an event could not happen again.
Steve loved his family, his job, and being a ham!
Steve man, I miss that gigantic, totemic antenna too...Radiating out american television for better for worse..red,white and blue.
I remember that lab like room on the west tower on floor 110. Not one single, stupid window, that defies zen!
Thanks for teaching me about the great powerfull broadcast transmitter....I just know that 9/11 morning as a always
you over paid the baby sitter!
Do not even want to know what your last minutes were like...but hey you are always welcome to key any the mic!
MICHAEL E. POSNER WA2JJH
Contributed by: MIKE POSNER (WA2JJH)
Steve, you had a wonderful outlook on life (even if you were a liberal.) Your wit and humor were second to none. Best of all, I could talk to you about any subject and you would have something intelligent to say. You had to gift of conversation which most hams sadly do not have. I remember the long QSOs on 223.76 and then later on 224.44, boy we had some wonderful times on the air.
In person, you were just as great. I remember going to dinner in the Indian restaurant after working on the repeater at night. You were so generous with your time at the transmitter site, alway willing to give a "nickle" tour.
The gang misses you both on and off the air. They don't make hams like you any more. I'd like to say something witty in closing but I can't top what you'd come up with if you were still here. However, I do repeat some of the funny things you've said and it brings on a smile. You brought smiles to many faces and that's a wonderful thing you left us.
Contributed by: Roland Stiner (NK2U)
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