Bob Cooper Alternate Sources

 

Although Coop was writing for and publishing the American Ionospheric Propagation Association (AIPA) monthly 'journal' from 1954 (at age 16 with several hundred subscribers), his first 'major' publication would be in the June 1956 edition of 'Popular Electronics'. Within months he had been engaged by the Hugo Gernsback publication 'Radio Electronics' to create their regular column feature "TV DXing" (later enlarged to ("TV-FM DXing"). The "VHF-UHF Column" for Western Radio Amateur quickly followed (jumping ahead two+ decades Coop inaugurated "The New Frontier/ World above 1 Gig" for QST in March 1979 through May 1980).

 

 A group creating The Old CATV Equipment Museum (http://theoldcatvequipmentmuseum.org)

has begun the process of web posting what could eventually include more than 20 of his books plus thousands of his magazine articles, and even their early material NOW available includes all of his as-editor major publications between 1974 and 1987 (note: this includes CATJ / Community Antenna Television Journal, CSD / Coop's Satellite Digest, CSD-2 and CJR / Cooper-James Report). These same publications are also available on this web site. Click LIBRARY BUTTON.

 

 From 1956 through 2011 Coop created more than 30,000,000 'published' words (and several hundred hours of professional television). The near-term challenge here is for as much of this to be 'webbed' for worldwide use as possible. Beyond the now-available CATJ-CSD-CSD2-CJR archives only a mouse-click away, initial emphasis is being placed on recreating DXing Horizons, Television Horizons, and Video Communications Journal - Coop's original (1960 onward) 'trade publications' for the television reception/engineering industries.

 

 You might enter http://theoldcatvequipmentmuseum.org/coop/as a go-to site favorite and future use; it is an ever-expanding resource. His (he suggests) "final book" has been in process from 1990 (a working title of 'TELEVISION: How it infected all of our lives') built around hundreds of one-on-one personal interviews (from Zworykin to Arthur [C. Clarke]), more than 4,500 printed publications covering 1920-2011, an estimated 50,000 page-by-page copied documents from FRC/FCC archives, 600 hours of Coop-created edited and 'raw' videotape, and a collection exceeding 12,000 still photos shot and collected between 1954 and 2011.

 

 Finally, the images to follow are from an early-September (2011) 'status' of the under construction "Coop's Chronicles" web site from The CATV Old Equipment Museum; an ever changing and enlarging effort (with credit to creator Neal McLain).

 

The Old CATV Equipment Museum

Publications

 

Robert B. "Coop" Cooper Jr. is one of the unsung heros of the CATV industry.   During his career, he has been an amateur radio operator, RF engineer, CATV equipment manufacturer, association CEO-by-default, journalist, videographer, novelist, and CATV system operator.   As an RF engineer and equipment manufacturer, he founded and ran CADCO, the Community Antenna Development Company, an early manufacturer of CATV headend and distribution equipment.   As a journalist, he has been an effective voice on behalf of small CATV operators and the home satellite community, documenting industry news with pointed political analysis and detailed technical explanations.   As a CATV operator, he built and operated several 12-channel systems in California during 1960s, at a time when solid-state amplifiers were just being introduced.

 

 

Bob Cooper in 1970

 

 Underlying all of these activities, Coop is a writer.   He has written and published numerous journals, technical articles, novels, and memoirs.   And he's still writing today, documenting the history of the CATV and home satellite industries.   His most recent publication, C-Band Remembered: Home Satellite TV Pioneer Memories, usually available (but not always!) through Amazon. . Other publications of note are listed below.   Coop urgers readers to give "serious thought" to ordering Television's Pirates: Hiding behind your picture tube.

 

 

Periodicals

    �  CATJ: Community Antenna Television Journal

    �  CSD: Coop's Satellite Journal

    �  CJR: Cooper James Report

Coop published these journals between 1974 and 1987 for the cable TV and home satellite industries.   Scans of the complete set are available here.

 

 

 CATV Operations Manuals

    �  CATV System Management & Operation.   TAB Books, 1966.

    �  CATV System Maintenance.   TAB Books, 1967.

According to Coop, CATV System Management is apparently the first-ever "how to" book describing how to create, build, and operate a Community Antenna Television system.   It went to 5-plus printings and introduced thousands to the concept of CATV.   CATV System Maintenance expanded on keeping a system functioning (solid state was new in those days).   These books describe 12-channel CATV systems Coop had constructed in California at a time when Pacific Bell would not grant pole-attachment agreements.   As a result, Coop's Valley Vision system set more than 3,000 of their own 25- to 35-foot poles.

These books are out of print, but they occasionally appear on Amazon as "used and collector" items.

 

 Memoirs (Technology)

    �  Television's Pirates: Hiding behind your picture tube. ______, 2006.

From primitive rooftop and rabbit-ear aerials through to cable and satellite TV, it's 'pirates' who have been at the forefront of pushing the technology.   �Ken Schaffer, in a review posted at Amazon.com.

    �  C-Band Remembered: Home Satellite TV Pioneer Memories. ______, 2010. Just published ― see ad at left.

 Memoirs (Personal)

    �  Portobello One, ________, 19__.

    �  Portobello Two, ________, 19__.

    �  Portobello Three, ________, 19__.

Coop's account of life in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, at a time of rapid development and social change.

 

One Listing

   Here in one place are (some) “alternate Coop” materials  found as here. Most – perhaps all – are one click away from your loading.

(NOTE: ONLY for publications, site work from 2006 to 2013)

Sites:

“Television’s Pirates: Hiding behind your picture tube” (2006 ISBN 0-9777980-0-3) available Amazon etc.

“C-Band Remembered” (2007 ISBN 0-9777980-0-2) available Amazon etc.

 

“Portobello: One”; “Portobello: Two”; “Portobello: Three” (2009 ISBN 1-4392-4300-X and two more) available Amazon etc in Kindle and hard copy.

 

“Free, White & 16!” (2012 ISBN 10-0473218968) available Amazon etc.

“Free, White & 25!” (2013 ISBN 10-0473236168) available Amazon etc – MAYBE available. Issue here with Amazon KDP!

 

Web site mentoring (very partial listing):

http://theoldcatvequipmentmuseum.org/220/index.html

 

http://theoldcatvequipmentmuseum.org/220/226/2261/index.html

 

 

 

YouTube:

Strange/Wonderful World of TVRO - part 1 http://youtu.be/uSt11a_yNRA

Strange/Wonderful World of TVRO - part 2 http://youtu.be/tdenwT14Bvs

 

Following is six part RCA Vernon Valley tour:

 

SatScene_1  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nzW3ljMCJA&feature=youtu.be

SatScene_2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMCJE9wagLo&feature=youtu.be

SatScene_3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFFFhfDtWno&feature=youtu.be

SatScene_4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpaKSd-esvU&feature=youtu.be

SatScene_5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxJP3XggIh0&feature=youtu.be

SatScene_6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXceVNGC198&feature=youtu.be

 

16 minute 176 photo slide show:

http://youtu.be/qSpxKjtQdlg

TVRO’s Fifth Birthday Party:

TVRO’s Fifth Birthday Party:

TVRO Glory Days - part 1  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jer3TFOIlck&feature=youtu.be

Includes FCC footage of approval to eliminate licensing for TVROs (October 18, 1979), start of Nashville 5th Birthday party telecast – David McClaskey (Intersat – see David on front cover of “Portobello: Two” with his pet lobster) awarding to Robert Coleman and Coop visit to Coleman’s home and his $50 TVRO system (1979).

 

TVRO Glory Days - part 2http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDWR1dWbyyI&feature=youtu.be

Includes CBS Evening News/Cronkite (October 31, 1978) and first TV coverage of Coop’s pioneering home dish systems); Paraclipse’s David Johnson with award to Bob Taggart (Chaparral) and Taggart’s first appearance at SPTS ’80 Miami; Susan Cooper and Mary Maniachi introducing Gus Wirth award to SPACE Counsel Richard L. Brown with SPTS ’80 coverage of Brown in Miami.

 

 TVRO Glory Days - part 3  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUOf6gvtChA&feature=youtu.be

Music video from SPTS ’81 Fort Worth (antennas lot); Channel Master’s Dick Deutsch award to Taylor Howard (Chaparral); music video inside at Fort Worth showing Sat Tec’s price barrier breaking $999 receiver, and Dexcel 120 degree LNA at $1,999.

 

 TVRO Glory Days - part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjgnESlvIDI&feature=youtu.be

Opens with Coop hosted 1979 one hour Satellite Magazine show with guest Dick Campbell (Scientific Atlanta) announcing first home dish system product, follows with Tom Snyder NBC December 23, 1979 Jack Perkins detailed report on the sudden growth of home dish systems featuring video from SPTS ’79 Oklahoma City; closes with music video and England’s Steve Birkill, plus Steve Richey and Rod Wheeler displaying first purpose-designed home dish TVRO receiver (July 1978).

 

 TVRO Glory Days - part 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yqImfRVZTI&feature=youtu.be

Dr Ed Meek, Lloyd Covens plus Jacob Inbar (California Amplifier) award to David Barker for his creation of first single conversion mass producible TVRO receivers (Barker video from SPTS ‘79 and SPTS ‘80-San Jose).

 

 TVRO Glory Days - part 6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5fytcfJyqg

First ever small dish Intelsat reception (Miami SPTS ’80) with Andy Hatfield (AVCOM), Paul Shuch (International Crystal); Guy C. Davis (Uniden) award to David Brough for his pioneering work in Canada (see CATJ March 1979 here in Library – Brough on front cover). Brough video from Chicago IEEE conference 1978.

 

 TVRO Glory Days - part 7 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4egAGl4G-o&feature=youtu.be

Susan Cooper, Mary Maniachi introducing Mike Stevens (BR Satellite) for award to John Ramsey of Sat-Tec (video from SPTS ’80 Miami and SPTS ’80 San Jose); Polly Dehnert, Carol Graba introduce Doug Dehnert (United Satellite Systems – Maspro) for absentee award to Arthur C. Clarke with Bob Luly accepting for Clarke (Clarke video from visit to his home in Sri Lanka 1983).

 

 TVRO Glory Days - part 8  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcczzROErAc

 Dealer oriented promotional video (USS/Maspro) which accurately relates the status of home TVRO in mid-1984.

 

 TVRO Glory Days - part 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR7DUHMm7A0&feature=youtu.be

Show close, Maniachi and Coop with music video featuring first demonstration of Luly transportable 12’ TVRO antenna system (ingenious!), capturing of Molniya inclined orbit reception and classic response from RCA after Coop and J. Duke Brown (Microwave Associates) invaded the Vernon Valley uplink for an expose series (here in six part RCA Vernon Valley tour – listing just above).

 

Note: Credit for capturing the 5th Birthday party video, and the editing of it plus Coop’s library pieces, to Don Hunt Teleproductions of Nashville. Yes – Hunt was another ham/amateur radio guy!

 

And (“Free, White & 16!”)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqsiyKLxP0M&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

 

TVRO’s Fifth Birthday Party:

TVRO Glory Days - part 1  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jer3TFOIlck&feature=youtu.be

Includes FCC footage of approval to eliminate licensing for TVROs (October 18, 1979), start of Nashville 5th Birthday party telecast – David McClaskey (Intersat – see David on front cover of “Portobello: Two” with his pet lobster) awarding to Robert Coleman and Coop visit to Coleman’s home and his $50 TVRO system (1979).

 

TVRO Glory Days - part 2http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDWR1dWbyyI&feature=youtu.be

Includes CBS Evening News/Cronkite (October 31, 1978) and first TV coverage of Coop’s pioneering home dish systems); Paraclipse’s David Johnson with award to Bob Taggart (Chaparral) and Taggart’s first appearance at SPTS ’80 Miami; Susan Cooper and Mary Maniachi introducing Gus Wirth award to SPACE Counsel Richard L. Brown with SPTS ’80 coverage of Brown in Miami.

 

 TVRO Glory Days - part 3  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUOf6gvtChA&feature=youtu.be

Music video from SPTS ’81 Fort Worth (antennas lot); Channel Master’s Dick Deutsch award to Taylor Howard (Chaparral); music video inside at Fort Worth showing Sat Tec’s price barrier breaking $999 receiver, and Dexcel 120 degree LNA at $1,999.

 

 TVRO Glory Days - part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjgnESlvIDI&feature=youtu.be

Opens with Coop hosted 1979 one hour Satellite Magazine show with guest Dick Campbell (Scientific Atlanta) announcing first home dish system product, follows with Tom Snyder NBC December 23, 1979 Jack Perkins detailed report on the sudden growth of home dish systems featuring video from SPTS ’79 Oklahoma City; closes with music video and England’s Steve Birkill, plus Steve Richey and Rod Wheeler displaying first purpose-designed home dish TVRO receiver (July 1978).

 

 TVRO Glory Days - part 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yqImfRVZTI&feature=youtu.be

Dr Ed Meek, Lloyd Covens plus Jacob Inbar (California Amplifier) award to David Barker for his creation of first single conversion mass producible TVRO receivers (Barker video from SPTS ‘79 and SPTS ‘80-San Jose).

 

 TVRO Glory Days - part 6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5fytcfJyqg

First ever small dish Intelsat reception (Miami SPTS ’80) with Andy Hatfield (AVCOM), Paul Shuch (International Crystal); Guy C. Davis (Uniden) award to David Brough for his pioneering work in Canada (see CATJ March 1979 here in Library – Brough on front cover). Brough video from Chicago IEEE conference 1978.

 

 TVRO Glory Days - part 7 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4egAGl4G-o&feature=youtu.be

Susan Cooper, Mary Maniachi introducing Mike Stevens (BR Satellite) for award to John Ramsey of Sat-Tec (video from SPTS ’80 Miami and SPTS ’80 San Jose); Polly Dehnert, Carol Graba introduce Doug Dehnert (United Satellite Systems – Maspro) for absentee award to Arthur C. Clarke with Bob Luly accepting for Clarke (Clarke video from visit to his home in Sri Lanka 1983).

 

 TVRO Glory Days - part 8  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcczzROErAc

 Dealer oriented promotional video (USS/Maspro) which accurately relates the status of home TVRO in mid-1984.

 

 TVRO Glory Days - part 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR7DUHMm7A0&feature=youtu.be

Show close, Maniachi and Coop with music video featuring first demonstration of Luly transportable 12’ TVRO antenna system (ingenious!), capturing of Molniya inclined orbit reception and classic response from RCA after Coop and J. Duke Brown (Microwave Associates) invaded the Vernon Valley uplink for an expose series (here in six part RCA Vernon Valley tour – listing just above).

 

Note: Credit for capturing the 5th Birthday party video, and the editing of it plus Coop’s library pieces, to Don Hunt Teleproductions of Nashville. Yes – Hunt was another ham/amateur radio guy!

 

And (“Free, White & 16!”)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqsiyKLxP0M&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

video is available from YouTube – see TVRO Glory Days - here under Alternate button (#4 in list)  as  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjgnESlvIDI&feature=youtu.be;  9 parts to this!).

 

 

 

usually available (but not always!) through Amazon.

RB Cooper, 23B Bayside Drive. Coopers Beach 0420, New Zealand