Search found 2618 matches

by NECRAT
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: From the Trenches
Topic: Oh those viewer calls...
Replies: 14
Views: 756

Re: Oh those viewer calls...

One quick one.

Woman during the DTV transition, my old market at a VHF 6, DT 49. When the analog shut down happened, she went to radio shack and bought a "digital radio", so she could continue hearing channel 6 at "87.7", but couldn't figure out how to make it work...
by NECRAT
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: PC Aircheck Recorder
Replies: 2
Views: 144

Re: PC Aircheck Recorder

awsherrill wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:23 pm
There's this:

http://www.charliedavy.co.uk/surelog-free/

Free version only records at low bit rates and lacks some other features...but if you don't need high-quality audio, can't beat free.

The paid version is about $45 US.
The $45 version fits our budget as well. Thanks for the find!
by NECRAT
Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: PC Aircheck Recorder
Replies: 2
Views: 144

PC Aircheck Recorder

Any suggestions for an inexpensive, PC based audio aircheck recorder. It would need to be able to take a tally to start and stop. Right now our students use a Denon flash drive unit, which is somewhat kludgey, to do their airchecks. So I'd like to start looking for what the next level up would be....
by NECRAT
Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Broadcast Engineering News
Topic: Sony camera leap day bug
Replies: 6
Views: 348

Re: Sony camera leap day bug

PID_Stop wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:00 am
Good idea. I almost posted it here, but figured it didn't apply to the majority of members who work in radio.
Also the board settings would've prevented you from doing so too. Only admins/moderators can create posts in this forum. We just move the posts deemed to fit in this forum here. :)
by NECRAT
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Broadcast Engineering News
Topic: Sony camera leap day bug
Replies: 6
Views: 348

Re: Sony camera leap day bug

Moved to Engineering news forum.
by NECRAT
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Another one bites the dust
Replies: 10
Views: 780

Re: Another one bites the dust

The only ways for an LPFM to generate revenue are through donations, fundraisers and underwriting because they are non-commercial. Any LPFM that airs actual commercials should be reported to the Commission for violating the terms of its license. Two of the three I mentioned where. Nothing happened.
by NECRAT
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Another one bites the dust
Replies: 10
Views: 780

Re: Another one bites the dust

Then there are the three LPFMs in Southern New England, which are all running commercially, two of which are "co owned" as part of a four station cluster.... The two which are co-owned, supposidly were reported by another radio owners in the state (who himself is running two translators on two diffe...
by NECRAT
Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: From the Trenches
Topic: Oh those viewer calls...
Replies: 14
Views: 756

Re: Oh those viewer calls...

Back during the transition to all digital TV, we had a woman who called us, after talking to her friend "in the know" to tell us how unhappy she was that we were turning down our transmitters at night to save power. She was so mad she even contacted the local senator's office. Turns out, she had ass...
by NECRAT
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Broadcast Engineering News
Topic: KOLN-TV 1500 foot tower down
Replies: 1
Views: 285

Re: KOLN-TV 1500 foot tower down

KOLN-TV's tower was constructed in 1984, according to FCC records. KOLN did not repack.
by NECRAT
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: AM Revitalization Idea.
Replies: 7
Views: 410

Re: The Looming Engineering Age Crisis

Deep Thought wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:23 pm

This should probably be moved to the AM forum.
Agreed, and it has been done.
by NECRAT
Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Smart AC Power Circuit Breaker with Web Control?
Replies: 18
Views: 573

Re: Smart AC Power Circuit Breaker with Web Control?

Three comments: Motor operated circuit breakers are found in UHF TV transmitters employing IOT's (Inductive Output Tubes). The crowbar circuit which protects the IOT throws a dead short on the beam supply via a hydrogen thyratron. This trips the 3-phase breaker for the beam supply located (in the c...
by NECRAT
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Smart AC Power Circuit Breaker with Web Control?
Replies: 18
Views: 573

Re: Smart AC Power Circuit Breaker with Web Control?

spareparts wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:17 pm
ABB (and I'm sure others) make motor operated circuit breakers.
Motor Operator Breakers are typically only found in machine control logic systems, where breakers are also tied to a shunt trip, and used as a method to reset. They are never found in life or property safety panels.
by NECRAT
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Smart AC Power Circuit Breaker with Web Control?
Replies: 18
Views: 573

Re: Smart AC Power Circuit Breaker with Web Control?

Reminds me of the photo in RadioWorld magazine's Workbench column that showed a Continental Electronics FM TX circuit breaker being pulled up/on through a rather large externally-mounted solenoid? Seemed like a clever idea but I too agree that you really want to be present when restoring power. Bob...
by NECRAT
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Smart AC Power Circuit Breaker with Web Control?
Replies: 18
Views: 573

Re: Smart AC Power Circuit Breaker with Web Control?

The old panel box is about 40 years old. I would never want a circuit breaker that I can't reset in person. If something causes a trip, you're not sure, hit "reset", and it comes back, you could be looking at replacing the panel with the rest of the building that burned down. For the nuisance for a...
by NECRAT
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: How to feed mono only audio into base band input on tx?
Replies: 14
Views: 416

Re: How to feed mono only audio into base band input on tx?

You want an audio processor for your translator. Trust me on this. The audio processor does more than make your station "sound good", it helps provide modulation density and other niceties that can help reduce multipath noise, offer protection from over modulation and make your station sound like, w...