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by Kent T
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: BE AM-6A RF Out Problem
Replies: 19
Views: 623

Re: BE AM-6A RF Out Problem

SOLVED !!! Inside the PA Harmonic Filter / Antenna Tuning Unit of the transmitter there was a burned up wire that became disconnected. On Coil L3 there is a 1/4-20 bolt that connects three wires together, the nut wasn't real tight on this bolt and the wire lugs connected with it and the bolt/nut it...
by Kent T
Fri May 10, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Gates One Blows PA Fuses w/ Modulation
Replies: 31
Views: 2204

Re: Gates One Blows PA Fuses w/ Modulation

Fuse holders are cheap and usually not at all difficult to change. Nautel had an issue some 10 or so years ago with a bad batch of fuse holders. After a problem with one I replaced all of them on the ND25 just taken out of service this past summer. No fault of Nautel - blame it on the maker of the ...
by Kent T
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: From the Trenches
Topic: Make the whole house shake
Replies: 9
Views: 581

Re: Make the whole house shake

Knowing Kent T's law that everything which goes FUBAR happens when most listeners/viewers are seeing and hearing it, 5 P.M. News is my gut instinct when this debacle happened. Keep Calm, level headed, and pray the engineers, can get it fixed or on standby gear fast, and friendly, and the show goes o...
by Kent T
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Gates 5 rebuild
Replies: 11
Views: 1439

Re: Gates 5 rebuild

Thanks for that heads up, and also you're sensible trying to exercise standby transmitters regularly to make sure they will run when you need them. I do this weekly, per site. And my crew engineers are scheduled to do maintenance once weekly at a different site (standby on, and this way gear gets re...
by Kent T
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Gates 5 rebuild
Replies: 11
Views: 1439

Re: Gates 5 rebuild

Deep Thought, Truer words have never been said. Had this happen with a Gates Five. Happened when the utility switched to open delta. When the Delta to Wye transformer was installed, rig has never hiccupped even once in around 8 years. Time to do the PDM section electrolytics (maintenance item. This ...
by Kent T
Tue May 01, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Repair Log: BE FXi-60
Replies: 4
Views: 866

Re: Repair Log: BE FXi-60

And let us also not forget the FX-30, these BE exciters are "The Audiophile Exciter" only Collins and Continental matched them for audio quality.
by Kent T
Tue May 01, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: National over Eimac or Econco
Replies: 24
Views: 1746

Re: National over Eimac or Econco

Yuppers, that's the one. They transferred the manufacturing process to another state, but somehow there was some slight of hand technique - unwritten - of course, that didn't get to the light of day and xmttrs were blowing up all over the country. Some lasted a whole 8-12 hours after tube change, s...
by Kent T
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: GatesAir suspends AM TX sales (Radio World)
Replies: 33
Views: 2045

Re: GatesAir suspends AM TX sales (Radio World)

If New York is any indicator they won’t be selling many TV transmitters either. All but one station so far have purchased Rhode Schwarz. Regarding power supplies, it would appear that most manufacturers choose to avoid the whole approvals process along with the liabilities involved by outsourcing. ...
by Kent T
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: DX50 air flow switch
Replies: 8
Views: 531

Re: DX50 air flow switch

Percussive Maintenance or Shock Test was my goto work description while being held hostage in the 2-way world. Funny story... I got a million of 'em. One of our 2-way customers had an old tube Motorola base station mounted in a ratty old homemade steel outdoor cabinet that had to be lifted up and o...
by Kent T
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Wanted reliable monitor amp
Replies: 11
Views: 968

Re: Wanted reliable monitor amp

For most monitor amp needs in a station,

Crown D 75A (get a USA built one if possible, those were real Crown all the way)

If you can afford ,

McIntosh MC 250, MC 2505-2, or MC 2100 or MC 2105. The best.
by Kent T
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: BE AM-1A Power Supply
Replies: 6
Views: 775

Re: BE AM-1A Power Supply

Each of these BE AM1A rigs I maintain, we keep a spare power supply for at all times. So far out of three, one has had the Power Supply replaced. We got our Power One supplies for these online.
by Kent T
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: RCA BTA1M transmitter
Replies: 13
Views: 2248

Re: RCA BTA1M transmitter

The "National" brand 833a tubes are still very good and last well. No issues with them in a old Gates deep backup, an old BC-1F. It gets used and exercised regularly, on 800 and has been since new in 1953. We keep the processing light when we need to use it. Dual alternate main BE AM1A transmitters ...
by Kent T
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Radio Automation Systems
Topic: STORQ Users--Look at the new Storq 2
Replies: 12
Views: 1473

Re: STORQ Users--Downgrade coming

Design like this new iPump was put there to annoy operator and engineer. Mother Wegener strikes again. A shame that WWOne could not get BSI OpX to work well together.
by Kent T
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Broadcast Engineering News
Topic: Tom Osenkowsky passes away
Replies: 3
Views: 1171

Re: Tom Osenkowsky passes away

Very sad loss. Tom Osenkowsky was a superb engineer, and very skilled and knowledgeable. He was helpful and friendly to all! He will be missed, R.I.P. Tom, you made the world a better place.
by Kent T
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: New member - LPFM transmitter recommendations
Replies: 33
Views: 4276

Re: New member - LPFM transmitter recommendations

There's a reason why I swear by Nautel and not at them, it's called their people. They support their gear, it's reasonably well built and and conservatively engineered. And they take care of their owners and caretakers. Perfect they may not be to everybody, but I swear by Nautel gear. (P.S. I like m...