Before starting up ER, while AMP/X was still going strong, Barry called me on the phone to let me in on his plans. I had no objections, and Roger's role with AMP/X was already beginning to ease out. The main problem with ER, like the mainstream publications, has always been lead time, so it isn't a good vehicle for getting breaking news out to the AM or amateur community. Back in the Docket-a-Month era, NPRMs would sometimes (I suspect intentionally) be released with only a 30-day comment period to follow, which would likely be closed before QST even reached members, let alone their having time to compose and submit comments. With AMP/X, whenever there was an FCC or ARRL bombshell or a new anti-AM petition, we were able to get the information in the mail in a matter of days, even if it meant not having time to do the complete issue as originally planned. I recall a couple of special mailings that only included some bit of urgent news. We usually got the news from W1AW bulletins or from the other ham radio newsletters, or indirect clues from those sources that something was about to happen. Occasionally we received phone calls from people who had inside access to the information, and a few times information was even gleaned from something overheard from over-the-air discussions. In the general ham radio newsletters like ARRL Letter, HR Reports and W5YI Report, which also began to appear about that time because of the increasing lead time for QST and other mainstream rags, such news sometimes was dispensed timely but without any mention of the effect it would have on AM, or else it would be buried in the other content so that few readers would have noticed it.