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— 1 -12/2012
films bullfights in Tijuana, Mexico right
on the other side of the border. “The
season goes from May to September
every year and then on every Sunday
there are bullfights that I fully record
with my camera.” Today he does this
work only for fun but a few years ago
he and his wife were actually able to
make some money from this by sell-
ing DVDs of these bullfights. “2007
was our best year; we managed to sell
The Internet, though, has brought
this business to a standstill – not many
people buy DVDs these days anymore.
I am fascinated with bullfighting; in
fact, I stood in the arena as a Tore-
ro myself back in my younger days”,
beams Jack as he shows us a picture
from the old days.
His fascination with bullfighting is
the reason why he converted his home
into a real studio. He collected count-
less pieces of equipment and connect-
ed them all together so that he could
electronically edit the videos and store
them on a server in his home. “I have
five fixed IPs.”
The Internet also managed to reduce
his enthusiasm for satellite reception.
Today I rarely do any DXing any-
more”, admits Jack as he gestures to
all the dishes still mounted on his roof.
Only one of them is still connected
and working.” He’s still interested in
NASA’s satellite broadcast that he reg-
ularly receives from AMC-18C (105W).
Jack admits that his fascination with
satellite reception has faded. “These
days my wife, who is originally from
Korea, watches her Korean TV chan-
nels via the Internet”, laments Jack re-
garding this development. Jack saved
many of the satellite magazines from
the old days. “Here I have many years
worth of TELE-satellite that I regularly
bought”, explains Jack as he points to
the thick stack of TELE-satellite maga-
zines. Today, though, he can read the
magazine online.
A look at the rack Jack set up in his
Still sitting in his living room TV
cabinet: one of the first GENERAL
INSTRUMENTS satellite receivers that
Jack used back in 1978. Underneath
are the two receivers that he uses
today: a DVB-S2 receiver and a box to
receive the Mexican PayTV package.
He uses that to keep track of Mexican
bullfighting broadcasts.