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by dbuckley
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: Splitting coverage into markets
Replies: 1
Views: 15

Splitting coverage into markets

Our little station is about to have a small collection of translators (the first was supposed to be online May 1st...) and I've had this idea that with some jiggery pokery i could have different adverts playing at each translator, the same way that some national stations split up into regions for ad...
by dbuckley
Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: Mounting stuff to old concrete block wall?
Replies: 16
Views: 744

Re: Mounting stuff to old concrete block wall?

Yeah, rent (or invest in) a SDS drill, which is the answer for knocking holes in masonry. So much better than a "standard" drill with a hammer mode.

And safety glasses. And ear defenders. Though strangely SDS drilling is much quieter than old school hammer.
by dbuckley
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: EAS Issue
Replies: 13
Views: 678

Re: EAS Issue

Here's a link to a Crawford Broadcasting engineering newsletter that discusses the possible issue. Does sound suspiciously like what you're suffering, doesn't it? If the PPM encoders were screwing over EAS tones, every station in the land would be screaming, but they're not (I presume...?) so it mu...
by dbuckley
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: EAS Issue
Replies: 13
Views: 678

Re: EAS Issue

The EAS "tones" seem to make it through the system in that they can be heard on air. But EAS decoders (multiple SAGE units, and possibly other brands) can't seem to decode them "off air" after they pass through the AXIA system. This is a long-shot, but I wonder if it is a similar issue to trying to...
by dbuckley
Thu May 04, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: BW Broadcast transmitter
Replies: 10
Views: 751

Re: BW Broadcast transmitter

We've just ordered a couple of TR300s for translator sites, and a TX1000 as a main TX backup, so I hope these are isolated incidents.

I've had email conversations with BW, and they seem to be responsive people, so maybe give them a call...?
by dbuckley
Tue May 02, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: XLR Mic switch or what ?
Replies: 6
Views: 242

Re: XLR Mic switch or what ?

On the cheap? Well, you could wire each mic in parallel to each room/small mixer. My first thought too. If there are no reasons why you cant do this, it would certainly (in an analogue world) be the easiest and most cost-effective way. Possible technical problems include mics that require phantom p...
by dbuckley
Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Radio Automation Systems
Topic: Rivendell Radio Automaiton
Replies: 18
Views: 2546

Re: Rivendell Radio Automaiton

It's always interesting to hear about stations that have Station Playlist or Simian problems and have come to the conclusion their problems revolve around Windows reliability. We don't have a problem , the stationplaylist runs just fine, and we like it. The system is rock solid stable. Except when ...
by dbuckley
Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Radio Automation Systems
Topic: Rivendell Radio Automaiton
Replies: 18
Views: 2546

Re: Rivendell Radio Automaiton

I'm fairly convinced that our little station is going to have to move to Rivendell; we have stationplaylist, but it's Windows, and I'm coming round to Windows being an unsuitable platform for a 24x7 operation. There is a version of Windows/10 that does appear to be useful, called the Windows 10 ente...
by dbuckley
Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: Production Studio Soundcard
Replies: 13
Views: 662

Re: Production Studio Soundcard

(XLR NOT unbalanced crap!!) There are loads of USB audio devices that will do a fine job, but XLRs will be a problem, only relatively expensive kit has XLR balanced outputs. If you're willing to have balanced out on TRS jack, then there are many more devices that will do nicely, some of which are m...
by dbuckley
Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: FM Composite isolation
Replies: 12
Views: 969

Re: FM Composite isolation

I'm shooting from the hip here, but howzabout a pair of video baluns to convert the signal to balanced Cat5? Composite video goes to about 6MHz, so should be able to handle the MPX composite.
by dbuckley
Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: FM radio antenna
Replies: 24
Views: 1684

Re: FM radio antenna

...addresses the fact that this is illegal I've been wondering about that. What one is doing here is capturing electricity that is already wasted; it is never going to reach it's destination. It's not like putting a loop of wire under the lines and making a one turn transformer; that is definitely ...
by dbuckley
Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Radio Automation Systems
Topic: Simian or Station Playlist?
Replies: 10
Views: 568

Re: Simian or Station Playlist?

The thing I hate about SPL (and it's not unique to SPL) is that it doesn't have a database underlying it, it stores all it's track scheduling information by updating the metadata in the tracks. So the underlying store of files is in a constant state of flux. Even if you schedule the station output u...
by dbuckley
Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: General Computers
Topic: Internet Firewall Importance
Replies: 7
Views: 694

Re: Internet Firewall Importance

Just curious why Gibson might be considered controversial. The security community has a mixed view on him, this, for example , and there used to be a website entitled grcsucks.com, which can be found on the waaaaayback machine. But certainly he provides useful tools; I use Shields Up!, and his pass...
by dbuckley
Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: FM radio antenna
Replies: 24
Views: 1684

Re: FM radio antenna

It doesn't behave like normal electricity. Well, yes and no. It's ordinary electricity, but it's from a high impedance source. As every RF engineer on this forum will tell you (which excludes me!), the secret to getting the power out of the transmitter to the listeners is impedance matching. And it...
by dbuckley
Sun Jan 01, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: General Computers
Topic: Internet Firewall Importance
Replies: 7
Views: 694

Re: Internet Firewall Importance

All good advice. Then point a web browser to Gibson Research Shields Up and test for all service ports. Any ports that show up as red (open) you should be able to explain why they are open. Gibson Research (ie Steve Gibson) are not without controversy, but their shields up test is a very easy and qu...