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by Bill DeFelice
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Radio Automation Systems
Topic: Suppressing Windows 10 Update and Forced Reboots
Replies: 6
Views: 81

Suppressing Windows 10 Update and Forced Reboots

Sometimes trying to explain things to somebody who's neither in the biz or has any tech savvy can be a challenge. I'm dealing with somebody who is insistent in wanting to migrate their station on-air automation (as well as other systems) over to Windows 10. While some might argue that Win10 is much ...
by Bill DeFelice
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: RING MY BELL
Replies: 21
Views: 409

Re: RING MY BELL

All worked here on the East Coast. I was at my 9-to-5 job in a classroom where students weren't suppose to have their phones on them. I can tell how many paid attention as they got ratted out by the alert.
by Bill DeFelice
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Dead Relio Revived
Replies: 13
Views: 429

Re: Dead Relio Revived

@Bob: For removal the Chip Quik works fine with a decent soldering pencil as it keeps the solder molten for quite a while. Of course when you're out of it you need to find an alternative, considering I rarely do SMT board repairs. Without Chip Quik I use Kaowool insulation and cut a hold big enough ...
by Bill DeFelice
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Dead Relio Revived
Replies: 13
Views: 429

Re: Dead Relio Revived

I usually get it from Mouser when placing regular parts orders:

https://www.mouser.com/Tools-Supplies/S ... 2eZ1yzskbq
by Bill DeFelice
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Dead Relio Revived
Replies: 13
Views: 429

Re: Dead Relio Revived

I wonder if the de-soldering alloy I use for surface mounted chip removal would have made things easier to remove. I never think of using it for other han SMD repair.
by Bill DeFelice
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: TX + Bad Memory = Off Air
Replies: 10
Views: 728

TX + Bad Memory = Off Air

Anybody have an idea of the manufacturer of this transmitter? It appears it was a SanDisk Compact Flash memory card

KEXP returns to Seattle airwaves after 11-year-old digital memory card takes station down
by Bill DeFelice
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: General Computers
Topic: computer dropping off network
Replies: 11
Views: 582

Re: computer dropping off network

Sorry, but windows 10 is garbage. they keep taking out features from PRO, they reinstall "Apss" and change your settings with every update (that you have little control over when they are installed, you can defer them for up to 60 days max I believe). Don't have my notes handy, but changing the wir...
by Bill DeFelice
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: General Computers
Topic: computer dropping off network
Replies: 11
Views: 582

Re: computer dropping off network

The OP mentioned it was a USB device. Depending on driver and hardware I usually make sure that the power can't be inadvertantly powered down by the computer.
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I was having a problem with other hardware failing until I disabled this setting across all the USB ports.
by Bill DeFelice
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: WKRP
Replies: 16
Views: 574

Re: WKRP

The beauty of it is that it is so typical of how radio was in the 70’s. Not real far from the truth. 70's? I worked at a station in the mid-late 1980's where they could have scripts for the next 10 seasons! I note that all the WKRPs in Dave’s database were named after the show first came on. Reckon...
by Bill DeFelice
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Anyone Home?
Replies: 13
Views: 582

Re: Anyone Home?

It's even more hilarious when I hear the local AM carry a Yankees game where there's dead carrier throughout the game except for the commercials, which fire off and play fine. Considering this particular station is owned by a major group who recently shed a billion off their debt you'd think they'd ...
by Bill DeFelice
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Ecreso vs. BW for Translator
Replies: 11
Views: 503

Re: Ecreso vs. BW for Translator

I've used a couple of the BW transmitters and experienced two problems. I had the final output go soft, not making maximum power output after a year or two, and the backlight on the transmitter had gone dim. It's used as a backup for the backup so it's not a pressing matter, especially back before t...
by Bill DeFelice
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: Name that mic
Replies: 5
Views: 271

Re: Name that mic

Looks like an EV 666 to me (if that's a clip I see holding them). Had a few of them at the high school FM station I started out at back in the mid 1970's.
by Bill DeFelice
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: AM Tuning Unit Design Software
Replies: 9
Views: 463

Re: AM Tuning Unit Design Software

I don't know why it took me this long to think about it, but how about loading Win7 or something older in a virtual machine using VirtualBox? I do that when I need software that doesn't run natively under Win10.
by Bill DeFelice
Thu May 31, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Everything else
Topic: Tomato Soup Incident
Replies: 22
Views: 666

Re: Tomato Soup Incident

I was meaning to share this as it was told by a technical scientist I'm acquainted with: A user had apparent spilled some portion of a cup of coffee into a laptop they had been working on. The scientist picked it up and started walking to their lab hurriedly due to the spill. Unbeknownst to him one ...
by Bill DeFelice
Fri May 25, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: Tomato Soup Incident
Replies: 22
Views: 666

Re: Tomato Soup Incident

I wonder if the soup is/was less toxic to the PC board than the incident I heard, which was when a jock dumped a large orange juice into a PR&E BMX console. Took out the entire backplane and then some. Luckily it wasn't at any of my stations.