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by taylorengineer
Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Sine Systems RAK-2
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Re: Sine Systems RAK-2

I bought one several-many years ago. I never got the web side working correctly. The guy who owned Sine Systems (senior moment - can't call his name) died soon after I got mine and I never found anyone who could help me after that. I still use it today for the UPS feature. There was a guy in La.- na...
by taylorengineer
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: STL Engineering
Topic: Starlink LAN
Replies: 18
Views: 828

Re: Starlink LAN

The Starlink simplex LAN is included for HD data transport and works well for that purpose.
There used to be an issue with running audio codecs over Lanlinks but can't remember what the problem was and if it has been resolved.
by taylorengineer
Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: How Old is Old?
Replies: 16
Views: 1196

Re: How Old is Old?

Lee: I'm also trying to decide on replacing, or refurbishing a 30 year old ERI 10 bay rototiller. I have never had a single antenna problem in my 22 years at the station but the site became standby a couple of years back and I worry about reliability. It's a bad day when both your sites refuse to pl...
by taylorengineer
Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: FCC Discussion
Topic: Missing FM pilot
Replies: 24
Views: 1416

Re: Missing FM pilot

Hand wired electronics did have that unique smell. I always thought it was due to "tube warmth" heating those waxy capacitors but Deep Thought is probably correct about it being from the shellac used on the transformers/chokes.
by taylorengineer
Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Theory Discussion: Circular Polarization Vs. Vertical Polarization
Replies: 46
Views: 1805

Re: Theory Discussion: Circular Polarization Vs. Vertical Polarization

Circular polarization is very important for mobile listening. Not all car antennae are vertical and the penalty is up to 20 db if you're not polarized correctly. The difference is only a few dollars to get a ring antenna. This is a great illustration of "penny wise, pound foolish." Your antenna IS y...
by taylorengineer
Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Theory Discussion: Circular Polarization Vs. Vertical Polarization
Replies: 46
Views: 1805

Re: Theory Discussion: Circular Polarization Vs. Vertical Polarization

There is a noise penalty when operating in FM stereo as opposed to mono. Yes...a more robust signal is needed for full quieting. But as others have explained, the FCC grants power levels based on separation; you accept the coverage limitations and try to maximize S/N by limiting dynamic range to som...
by taylorengineer
Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Theory Discussion: Circular Polarization Vs. Vertical Polarization
Replies: 46
Views: 1805

Re: Theory Discussion: Circular Polarization Vs. Vertical Polarization

The reason television stations have historically not used circular polarization is because most tv viewing is done in a stationary environment and does not suffer from multipath in the same way as mobile radio listeners. Radio listening is a constantly changing environment making mitigation difficul...
by taylorengineer
Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:36 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Orban FTP Details
Replies: 8
Views: 518

Re: Orban FTP Details

The ORBAN site is being moved. This is Day Sequerra we're talking about here...it'll be lucky to get back up at all. Sounds the same way I feel about them after they screwed up the repair of an M2 modulation monitor. After waiting months for it to come back it still didn't come back working properl...
by taylorengineer
Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:41 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Gates Air Flex20 vs. Nautel NV20lt
Replies: 16
Views: 827

Re: Gates Air Flex20 vs. Nautel NV20lt

They have gone through 8 or 10 pallets at this point and they are always 1 and 2. My gut tells me there is a problem with the combiner. ...Lee What does Nautel tech support say about the same modules failing every time? Do they give a reasonable explanation for why the same two pallets are the only...
by taylorengineer
Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Gates Air Flex20 vs. Nautel NV20lt
Replies: 16
Views: 827

Re: Gates Air Flex20 vs. Nautel NV20lt

I do have a bit of a sour taste in my mouth with one of the Nautel VS2.5 installations that I have done and it has, from day one, been blowing PAs. The client has spent more replacing PA modules than they paid for the transmitter in the first place and Nautel keeps blaming it on bad grounding, thei...
by taylorengineer
Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Gates Air Flex20 vs. Nautel NV20lt
Replies: 16
Views: 827

Re: Gates Air Flex20 vs. Nautel NV20lt

I work for stations which have both the Flex and GV series Nautel radios. You can't go wrong either way! We have two Flex40s and a FAX20. The FAX has been with us for around 4 years with only a hard to find/replace fuse lost. The Flexivas have been around for 2 years and have never lost any parts bu...
by taylorengineer
Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: How Often Should You Rebuild Antenna and Transmission Line
Replies: 5
Views: 437

How Often Should You Rebuild Antenna and Transmission Line

A question for the brain trust...how often should you rebuild your antenna/transmission line? Are any of you rebuilding 1000 foot runs of rigid every ten years to replace the watchband springs/o-rings/grease or do you wait for the smoke signal? Antenna rebuilds...every 7-10 years or when they refuse...
by taylorengineer
Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Whistling Birdie in FM signal
Replies: 29
Views: 1321

Re: Whistling Birdie in FM signal

They pay you to be omnipotent...you're trying to tell us you can't bend the laws of physics??!!
And you call yourself a broadcast engineer....
by taylorengineer
Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Omnia One
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: Omnia One

Find a version of Java that works and never, ever update java again. I have a single machine to look at my Omnia one and 11s. Bob Orban was probably smart to include his own viewer for Orban stuff...I never have trouble get to my Optimods. This is the same problem I have had for years. Update Java a...
by taylorengineer
Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Audio Issue
Replies: 11
Views: 890

Re: Audio Issue

You may want to look at how the loaner processor is setup. Are input levels correct? It should be easy to find the dropouts. Listen to the STL output...do you hear dropouts? Processor meters should show audio drops if it is STL or behind that. It sounds to me like you need more audio density. Again....