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by Deep Thought
Thu May 23, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: FCC Discussion
Topic: AM station to shut down at end of May 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 108

Re: AM station to shut down at end of May 2019

AM stations, unlike FM, are free-range. There is no underlying allocation so once it is gone it is gone. Nobody can come in and 'reactivate' it under current rules. Before Congress got greedy and forced the FCC into the auction window system we have now you could apply for the "former facilities" fo...
by Deep Thought
Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: STL Engineering
Topic: RDS options
Replies: 15
Views: 575

Re: RDS options

kkiddkkidd wrote:
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:52 am
No idea how effective with the listeners but their customer that is paying for the RDS ads calls any time the old Audimat RDS encoders lockup or fail.
Typical radio logic: Who cares if it works or drives away listeners as long as we can make some short-term cash! :roll:
by Deep Thought
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: STL Engineering
Topic: RDS options
Replies: 15
Views: 575

Re: RDS options

Sell a few RDS commercials and drop them into a rotation of your station lines or song titles. I can't believe this is a thing. If I saw that on my dashboard I would immediately change the station and delete the preset. Has anyone done any sort of study on how effective this nonsense is? Seems to b...
by Deep Thought
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Energy-Onix
Replies: 4
Views: 474

Re: Energy-Onix

Russell, there is an E-O Facebook group you might want to check out if you are on there...they could definitely use your help.

"Echo" The Energy Onix Transmitter group
by Deep Thought
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Energy-Onix
Replies: 1
Views: 441

Re: Energy-Onix

Russell, thanks for the offer. There are still a lot of these transmitters out there and I am sure you'll be hearing from people needing help.
by Deep Thought
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: AM Translators
Replies: 10
Views: 311

Re: AM Translators

As long as the translator 60 dbu stays inside the 25 mile circle from the AM transmitter, cutting back from 50 kw to 250 watts would not make any difference --even if the translator's 60 dbu now extends outside the AM station's reduced 2 mv/m. True, but there are many now with 60 dBu contours which...
by Deep Thought
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: AM Translators
Replies: 10
Views: 311

Re: AM Translators

But most translators for AM stations will be located inside the 25 mile circle, so a temporary power reduction would not require the translator to be cutback or turned off. You don't have to do that anyway for temporary (STA) reductions. The rule refers to a station making a permanent reduction. In...
by Deep Thought
Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: AM Translators
Replies: 10
Views: 311

Re: AM Translators

...if the AM operated at reduced power, the translator power had to be reduced to stay within the reduced contour of the AM. That refers to a situation where an AM applied for reduced power which caused the translator to no longer be in compliance, say a station going from 5 KW to 250 watts. Howeve...
by Deep Thought
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Very low power recommendation
Replies: 20
Views: 656

Re: Very low power recommendation

You might want to check out the Nicom NT-30. It already has the low pass filtering and also has an internal stereo generator.

As noted, for an old-school class-D you can use anything type accepted for Part 73 operation.
by Deep Thought
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: DBX286 processor with RJ-45 audioarts board
Replies: 3
Views: 135

Re: DBX286 processor with RJ-45 audioarts board

The only problem with the last fix is that you will never want to plug a mono cable into this jack again because the mono plug will short out the audio and you will have nothing, plus risk damaging the dBx. One way to avoid this is to connect the output of the dBx to the jack with a couple 150 ohm ...
by Deep Thought
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: DXing
Topic: X-band DXing
Replies: 2
Views: 805

Re: X-band DXing

The band's been pretty nuts over the last couple weeks...which isn't that unusual this time of year. I've heard stations on every channel (including x-band) several times this month.
by Deep Thought
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: High Reflected Power Puzzle
Replies: 33
Views: 1357

Re: High Reflected Power Puzzle

I spoke with them concerning type acceptance and their position was that even if you have a type accepted transmitter, if you are radiating where you are not supposed to, that's bad from the FCC's point of view. On the other hand, if you are clean, then that's what they are looking for. I would add...
by Deep Thought
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Gotta love Westwood One
Replies: 16
Views: 1115

Re: Gotta love Westwood One

Back in my tone decoder manufacturing days I would sometimes suddenly get several calls within an hour from customers who were missing tones (or firing the incorrect ones). I learned early on to ask which network they were on...and they were *always* looking at the same feed. I'd then call the netwo...
by Deep Thought
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: Arbitron/Neilsen Encoders
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Re: Arbitron/Neilsen Encoders

Turn it off...once they call you (it'll happen pretty fast) you can ask. :mrgreen: