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by kkiddkkidd
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: LPFM Antenna Recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: LPFM Antenna Recommendations

I have been using NICOM BKG77 antenna's for the last few years for translators due to their broadbanded nature. I don't particularly like them but they seem to have good coverage and when a translator is bumped off it's freq, doesn't require a climb and retune. As of yet, I haven't had a BKG77 fail ...
by kkiddkkidd
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Ham Radio
Topic: Voter system for repeater
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Re: Voter system for repeater

You are correct. Since there is only one channel receiving the "voter" puts it on the air. All memory channels have the same 2m RX and TX rpt pair but a different TX tone for each remote receiver. We are currently using Kenwood mobiles in crossband mode for the remote receivers. IE, all receivers ha...
by kkiddkkidd
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Low resource SDR Software
Replies: 18
Views: 963

Re: Low resource SDR Software

I am still working thru the recording but my reception was much as you noted. Western stations quickly up and back down and then several upper band stations in Chicago, Birmingham, Northern KY. Then the eastern stations from NC, SC and GA were booming in for an extended period. Lots of frequencies w...
by kkiddkkidd
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Low resource SDR Software
Replies: 18
Views: 963

Re: Low resource SDR Software

I will look into that. I have several Dell Mini's that I bought new as a lot and was wanting to use a couple of them to record the Eclipse AM band but they didn't have enough horsepower. I ended up using my good Panasonic Toughbook at the center of totality and the Dell Mini to log the few ham radio...
by kkiddkkidd
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Ham Radio
Topic: Voter system for repeater
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Re: Voter system for repeater

Stay away from voters unless you are prepared to drop the big bucks for a good system or spend a lot of time screwing with it. We have one of the LDG units on our rpter here and it really isn't very good. I set it up and it works OK but is very finicky about levels, radio compatibility, etc. We even...
by kkiddkkidd
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Radio Automation Systems
Topic: Broadcast Tools SS8.2 Power Supply
Replies: 1
Views: 120

Broadcast Tools SS8.2 Power Supply

Hi all, Has anyone found a reasonably priced replacement for the old original SS8.2 (and other) switcher AC power supply? They need 34.5vac/500ma center tapped and 10.5vac/1a. Notice that the PS output is AC. I have a number of working switchers laying that I would like to use on a low budget projec...
by kkiddkkidd
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Blue tooth mixer and high school games
Replies: 7
Views: 387

Re: Blue tooth mixer and high school games

Make sure that the bluetooth is 2-way. One of my clients looked at one of the early, cheap consoles with BT connectivity and just before ordering found that the BT was incoming to console only. I have seen others recently that mentioned using it to broadcast phone calls so that may not be a problem ...
by kkiddkkidd
Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: Arrakis Console issue
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: Arrakis Console issue

I concur with davek. I recall that those consoles are DC coupled from one end to the other. Or there is something wonky going on with the VCA. Or yet another of those little tantalum caps has shorted... I only have 2 old Arrakis consoles and one new Arc in use. I begged the customer not to buy the A...
by kkiddkkidd
Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Sine Remote Control
Replies: 6
Views: 405

Re: Sine Remote Control

It's the same commands as the phone codes, but the unit has to have the serial port and the correct firmware version. I'll post the details once I get to the office today. You can do it with a simple terminal program. There actually was a software (DOS IIRC) that would aid in programming the RFC1b ...
by kkiddkkidd
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: Administrator Announcements
Topic: Hurricane Help
Replies: 4
Views: 421

Re: Hurricane Harvey Help

I am available from middle TN for AM emergency work as well. I also have an Argo ATV. Rich Wood may still have his inflatable boat...
by kkiddkkidd
Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Low resource SDR Software
Replies: 18
Views: 963

Re: Low resource SDR Software

They are definitely not super duper Flex or TenTec receivers but does everything that I need for remote monitoring and this sort of interesting projects. And they cost $169 bucks. One of the best things that I did was add common mode chokes on the USB and coax cables at both ends. I had a box of #43...
by kkiddkkidd
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Low resource SDR Software
Replies: 18
Views: 963

Re: Low resource SDR Software

Both of mine are SDRPlay RSP2. One is the plastic cased model and the other is the metal cased "Pro" model. I typically keep one of them here at the shop so that I can check clients and listen to our SkyWarn net when I am traveling. I like them because they have 3 software selectable antenna inputs....
by kkiddkkidd
Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Bleed over
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: Bleed over

And since these are Gates1 transmitters, check the +/-60khz spurs. If the transmitters are over 6 or 7 years old, they may be suffering Blue Cap of Death symptoms... Now you could have 6 carriers to filter rather than 2.
by kkiddkkidd
Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Low resource SDR Software
Replies: 18
Views: 963

Re: Low resource SDR Software

I am recording to the internal HD. I tried various USB mem sticks and USB HD's on my i5 laptop and as expected, USB2 isn't up to the speed requirements. A good USB3 drive worked part of the time and then would cause HDSDR to lockup after an hour or so. I cleared enough space on my good laptop to sto...
by kkiddkkidd
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: Splitting coverage into markets
Replies: 14
Views: 530

Re: Splitting coverage into markets

I think that all of my clients are using Modulation Science SideKicks which do appear to be gone from the new market. If you want to talk to Lyle about the FMExtra, hit me with a DM and I will get his email to you. I was mistaken about the control via FMExtra. It does not transport closures but will...