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by themarcshow
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: What does it cost to replace an AM tower these days?
Replies: 7
Views: 420

Re: What does it cost to replace an AM tower these days?

Thank you, all! This is exactly the info that I was looking for. And hopefully information I never need in an insurance claim! I will tend to stay on the high side with my insurance estimates. Our owners said they'd rather have a little higher annual insurance bill that be 'up the creek without a pa...
by themarcshow
Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: What does it cost to replace an AM tower these days?
Replies: 7
Views: 420

What does it cost to replace an AM tower these days?

Hi Braintrust, I'm going through our yearly insurance review and I was hoping to get some vague general ideas of how much it would cost to replace an AM tower. I fear we've vastly undervalued out towers' replacement costs should we lose one to an ice storm or a lawnmower vs. guy-wire. We have 3 base...
by themarcshow
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: XDS PRO4R Manual?
Replies: 2
Views: 639

Re: XDS PRO4R Manual?

XDS with Livewire! NICE! I don't have a Livewire network but I do know enough about AOIP to make me dangerous... and I like to look at the settings on things. Here's what I found. In a browser, pull up the local IP assigned to the receiver either manually or via DHCP. Username is tech, password is t...
by themarcshow
Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)
Replies: 153
Views: 44579

Re: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)

Is a Scientific Atlanta model 9000 2.8m solid dish 2 degree compliant? ... This dish was installed in 1999. It may be a 2-degree dish, as 2-degree spacing was authorized in 1986. If it was used for AMC-8, however, it might be a 2-degree dish - many stations have successfully continued to use 2-degr...
by themarcshow
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)
Replies: 153
Views: 44579

Re: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)

I was in a discussion today with our contract engineer about the transition. On thing I want to check before we move our dish is if it's actually 2 degrees compliant. So, Is a Scientific Atlanta model 9000 2.8m solid dish 2 degree compliant? Is anyone using one? My google skills didn't find any spec...
by themarcshow
Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Radio Automation Systems
Topic: Rivendell Music metadata
Replies: 4
Views: 1088

Re: Rivendell Music metadata

I've found Rivendell to be very configurable for the export of metadata. First question would be how do you want the data to get from your Rivendell to your Windows computer? Serial cable? UDP over the network? A text file written over a network to a share drive? A text file written on the Rivendell...
by themarcshow
Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: From the Trenches
Topic: Your Biggest On Air Screw up..
Replies: 35
Views: 10870

Re: Your Biggest On Air Screw up..

My most memorable screw up came in the midst of some severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings. I was still youngish in my broadcasting career. I was the afternoon guy and the most weather savvy- perfect for this afternoon when things were 'sparkin' and arcin'. Our 100kw FM has a reach of about 75 m...
by themarcshow
Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Internet Streaming
Topic: Stream encoders
Replies: 17
Views: 4735

Re: Stream encoders

Aside from the sound card issues... I was told by Securenet that their encoder software is not supported on XP anymore. I do have one old machine on XP and have to run the few versions back encoder software. Even that's unstable. At minimum I think your encoder needs to be to Windows 7 or higher. Th...
by themarcshow
Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:39 am
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: RE-20 Shock Mount Failure
Replies: 7
Views: 1600

Re: RE-20 Shock Mount Failure

Better Bands. They started up a year or two ago to solve just this. And they're $20 per shockmount! http://www.bswusa.com/Shock-Mounts-Better-Bands-BB4-4-Pack-P11131.aspx Main Features: • Better Design: Better Bands are created with more than twice the amount of material as OEM bands, with 100% less...
by themarcshow
Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:51 am
Forum: Internet Streaming
Topic: Stream encoders
Replies: 17
Views: 4735

Re: Stream encoders

I have an XP machine right now with 4 sound cards that is running fine. I have a rescued PCI AudioScience (high dollar) balanced card that is the streaming source for one stream. The other cards are just being used right now to feed silence monitors. There are 2 PCI cards. Real cheap ones I also sal...
by themarcshow
Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: General Computers
Topic: Two serial connections into one, transport, then split again
Replies: 17
Views: 6279

Re: Two serial connections into one, transport, then split a

Hey all, Thanks so much for the discussion. I've been deep in other stuff this past week so I'm sorry I haven't replied promptly. I think that Dave K summed up my situation best: If the encoder/decoder pair was only specified to be a 2 channel unit, then the parts required to operate in 4 channel mo...
by themarcshow
Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: General Computers
Topic: Two serial connections into one, transport, then split again
Replies: 17
Views: 6279

Re: Two serial connections into one, transport, then split a

Deep Thought is right. I don't currently have the luxury of any data link other than the 4800bps serial through the STL. The Mosley is a 6000 digital encoder (L and R audio and the single 4800 Serial) feeding the composite input of a 6010 Transmitter. The engineer who normally handles all of our RF ...
by themarcshow
Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:56 pm
Forum: General Computers
Topic: Two serial connections into one, transport, then split again
Replies: 17
Views: 6279

Two serial connections into one, transport, then split again

Hello all, I was wondering if anyone had ever come across a box that took two serial connections, combined them into one, transported them across a one-way link and then split out to the separate devices on the other end? Here's my situation: I have a Mosley STL that is configured for a single (up t...
by themarcshow
Sat Jul 12, 2014 11:50 am
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Feedback from other engineers with an issue
Replies: 17
Views: 2128

Re: Feedback from other engineers with an issue

I once contacted our state's public broadcaster to let them know of an issue with their station in my area. (I monitor them for EAS). This station is a translator and is about an hour from their studio. I was listening to them in my car and thought the L/R balance seemed off. I was able to use a mod...
by themarcshow
Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:52 am
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Older Avaya phone system and studio gear
Replies: 2
Views: 932

Re: Older Avaya phone system and studio gear

Thanks Grich! That is exactly what I was hoping for.