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by TPT
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Required acres of land
Replies: 6
Views: 222

Re: Required acres of land

Here's a YouTube video of a 350 foot tower coming down in Parkersburg. The lease got too expensive & the equipment renting company that owned the land wanted more space for their bulldozers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aP6wXaF2VU
by TPT
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Sat downlink problem
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: Sat downlink problem

If you can get a spectrum analyzer, hook up a "bare" LNB (and power if the SA doesn't supply) and wave it around. Helps pinpoint nearby sources of TI.
by TPT
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Required acres of land
Replies: 6
Views: 222

Re: Required acres of land

In case anyone is interested--pull up 2354 Greens Run Rd., St. Marys, WV on Google or Google Earth. The small building behind the tower houses our Nautel NV10lt, the other larger building is the studio building.
by TPT
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Required acres of land
Replies: 6
Views: 222

Re: Required acres of land

We have a 225' guyed tower on a half acre--5 sets of guys. In "almost Heaven" West Virginia, but a heck of a place to find flat land on the top of a ridge. Guys out at 2/3 height --or 125'--more reasonable plan. If you went with a square plot of 260 X 260' that would be about an acre and one half. H...
by TPT
Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: New member - LPFM transmitter recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 872

Re: New member - LPFM transmitter recommendations

Easy. Nautel VS300. Recommended Nautel to several stations, costs less than $5K. 1. The FCC requires LPFM transmitters to be type approved, requiring the manufacturer to send a unit to the FCC's lab. As opposed to FM transmitters in other services, which merely need to show their design would meets ...
by TPT
Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Blue tooth mixer and high school games
Replies: 7
Views: 330

Re: Blue tooth mixer and high school games

If you have problems with wireless connections not sure how this mixer would help. As noted, blue tooth is limited in range, so what would it connect to? A cell phone? We do three high school football games each week, so use a variety of connections. We use the JK sport mixer, which has a built in h...
by TPT
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Internet Streaming
Topic: SoundExchange Solution?
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: SoundExchange Solution?

We use Securenet to stream three commercial FM's. Securenet provides the data that Soundexchange wants --as long as the number of listeners/ song are below some magic number we pay a flat fee of $600 per year. Non-broadcast streams are only viable if you are based in some country without an extradit...
by TPT
Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: Splitting coverage into markets
Replies: 14
Views: 417

Re: Splitting coverage into markets

Hmmm--you're right...seems like a product that has kind of disappeared.. Used to be a number of stations with radio reading services for the blind using 67 khz. equipment...wonder what they are using now? Bohn Broadcast has a used Marti SCG-10 generator--this is a good unit. BohnBroadcast.com Metros...
by TPT
Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:04 am
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: Splitting coverage into markets
Replies: 14
Views: 417

Re: Splitting coverage into markets

Conventional SCA encoders/ decoders still widely available, using 67 Khz subcarrier--with DTMF tones for switching. Use the main automation system to fire a relay to send a DTMF tone on the 67 khz system, then use inexpensive SCA receivers at each translator site to pick up the tone to key a switche...
by TPT
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: Splitting coverage into markets
Replies: 14
Views: 417

Re: Splitting coverage into markets

Another method (and yes-I see he's in New Zealand) is if you can get internet connections at the translator site--set=up a computer to insert & use touch-tone on an SCA to trigger the inserts.

But good translator sites usually being on top of a mountain, that may not work..
by TPT
Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: Splitting coverage into markets
Replies: 14
Views: 417

Re: Splitting coverage into markets

For the most part, not legal--unless you are outside the U.S. You can insert one 30 second spot each hour, but that's it. Go read 47 CFR Section 74.1231, especially paragraph (f).
by TPT
Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: OMNIA.7AM
Replies: 4
Views: 377

Re: OMNIA.7AM

I assume some of the "non-studio" audio is incoming telephone calls. Get an $110 ART equalizer & hang it on the output of your hybrid. Makes a world of difference.
by TPT
Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: 6 KW Transmitter Ballpark price
Replies: 17
Views: 1007

Re: 6 KW Transmitter Ballpark price

Contact Nautel. They can be competitive --compared to Harris/BE, not to some of the Italian makers.
by TPT
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: 6 KW Transmitter Ballpark price
Replies: 17
Views: 1007

Re: 6 KW Transmitter Ballpark price

Haven't had experience with DB. Nautel will give you a 4 year warranty (last I saw) & their service is pretty good. Canadian company, but they have a shop in Bangor. I have two of them--a 10 NVlt & a VS2.5--on air, and will be putting a VS-300 back on for a translator shortly.
by TPT
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: EAS Antenna Issue
Replies: 13
Views: 748

Re: EAS Antenna Issue

Still, reality must intrude. My primary monitoring assignment is a Class IV 25 miles away....because the state plan has never been changed to reflect the real world. I just monitor the FM relay, a Class B. Another non-com station isn't even in the state plan (it's 900 watts, been on the air since 20...