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by Deep Thought
Mon Jun 14, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: Silly rant
Replies: 5
Views: 1594

Re: Silly rant

I've been long debating whether to start a podcast vs. setting up a broadcast station, and this is ripe for convincing me to tilt toward streaming rather than the airways. The performance royalty rates just went up more than 27%. At 15 songs per hour it will now cost you around $300 per listener pe...
by Deep Thought
Tue Jun 01, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Antenna Recommendation - 2 x Class C Omni
Replies: 3
Views: 478

Re: Antenna Recommendation - 2 x Class C Omni

For that sort of high power combined operation ERI is your best bet. They'll give you several options.
by Deep Thought
Sat May 29, 2021 11:29 pm
Forum: FCC Discussion
Topic: FM Translator Legal ID Question
Replies: 8
Views: 596

Re: FM Translator Legal ID Question

TPT wrote: Sat May 29, 2021 6:49 am The easier route is to run the call three times a day: Morning between 7 & 9, afternoon between 4 and 6, and midday around 1 PM.
Almost every transmitter sold for translator service has FSK ID capabilities. That is the easiest route...set it up and it takes care of it for you.
by Deep Thought
Sat May 29, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: FCC Discussion
Topic: FM Translator Legal ID Question
Replies: 8
Views: 596

Re: FM Translator Legal ID Question

The link is posted above.
by Deep Thought
Fri May 28, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: FCC Discussion
Topic: FM Translator Legal ID Question
Replies: 8
Views: 596

Re: FM Translator Legal ID Question

The answers are right in that rule: (2) By transmitting the call sign in International Morse Code at least once each hour. Transmitters of FM broadcast translator stations of more than 1 watt transmitter output power must be equipped with an automatic keying device that will transmit the call sign a...
by Deep Thought
Wed May 26, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: 2-foot tower face OK for AM ?
Replies: 5
Views: 576

Re: 2-foot tower face OK for AM ?

Use the FCC's TOWAIR program as a double check--the FAA may not see a problem, but that program will see a problem that requires tower registration. Which opens a new can of worms. My experience lately has been the opposite. FAA wants the study while the FCC's TOWAIR doesn't. Mostly due to proximit...
by Deep Thought
Tue May 25, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: FCC Discussion
Topic: Legal ID Question
Replies: 5
Views: 461

Re: Legal ID Question

What I was trying to ask was if it was OK to "tag" other nearby towns, cities &/or communities on the end of the legal id... That is towns, cities, &/or communities not specified on the license. If you had clicked on the link I provided above to the FCC rule you would have seen th...
by Deep Thought
Tue May 25, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: 2-foot tower face OK for AM ?
Replies: 5
Views: 576

Re: 2-foot tower face OK for AM ?

A 24" face is pretty common especially on taller towers holding up an FM antenna, etc. The concrete question needs to be answered by a civil engineer based on the specifics of the tower, location, and soil conditions. The base insulator "problem" isn't a problem. It needs to match the...
by Deep Thought
Sat May 22, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: FCC Discussion
Topic: Legal ID Question
Replies: 5
Views: 461

Re: Legal ID Question

Q1: §73.1201 Station identification. (b) Content. (1) Official station identification shall consist of the station's call letters immediately followed by the community or communities specified in its license as the station's location; Provided, That the name of the licensee, the station's frequency,...
by Deep Thought
Thu May 20, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: AM TX Shelter - Roof Question
Replies: 5
Views: 591

Re: AM TX Shelter - Roof Question

There are lots of metal "Butler Buildings" used at transmitter sites and as long as you are careful to bond everything together properly it won't be an issue. If the tower is directly adjacent you may have to retune the ATU a bit but it won't affect the signal.
by Deep Thought
Mon May 10, 2021 10:16 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Where to buy Ground Wire - #10 Soft Drawn Copper ?
Replies: 6
Views: 822

Re: Where to buy Ground Wire - #10 Soft Drawn Copper ?

Copper clad will work fine but make sure the soil won't turn it to dust in a few years. Several stations tried it and found out the hard way how thin and easy that cladding is to damage while installing it. Rust never sleeps.
by Deep Thought
Mon May 10, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Where to buy Ground Wire - #10 Soft Drawn Copper ?
Replies: 6
Views: 822

Re: Where to buy Ground Wire - #10 Soft Drawn Copper ?

Unless you can find it locally (and save the significant shipping costs) I would recommend Georgia Copper.
https://www.gacopper.com/CopperWire.html

They're also my go-to source for strap.
by Deep Thought
Sun May 09, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: On-Air Studios
Topic: On Air Light - relay
Replies: 10
Views: 1390

Re: On Air Light - relay

Are the lights regular 120 volt AC or are they some sort of DC lamp? What is the tally voltage from the console? You should be able to do this with common solid state relays if the lights are AC and the console voltage is in the 5-30 volt range. If the console just provides a ground to indicate chan...
by Deep Thought
Wed Mar 17, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: STL Engineering
Topic: Barix - pros / cons / which to use
Replies: 4
Views: 1364

Re: Barix - pros / cons / which to use

Friends don't let friends use Barix for STLs. They are sometimes OK for remotes and other non-critical applications but they really are not designed for reliable performance over the long term. And then there is that whole unbalanced audio thing. If you want to do this, use a Comrex BRIC-Link. It co...
by Deep Thought
Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: FCC Discussion
Topic: Geotargetting boosters "zonecasting" Geobroadcast solutions
Replies: 10
Views: 1748

Re: Geotargetting boosters "zonecasting" Geobroadcast solutions

Nathaniel Steele wrote: Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:02 pm They've already approved the experimental license for some testing haven't they?
Sometimes they give the petitioner enough rope to hang themselves.