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by Kent T
Tue May 01, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Repair Log: BE FXi-60
Replies: 4
Views: 621

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: 23
Views: 1041

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: 1356

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: 323

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: 767

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: 578

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: 2018

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--Downgrade coming
Replies: 12
Views: 871

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: 988

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: 3976

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...
by Kent T
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Low resource SDR Software
Replies: 18
Views: 2321

Re: Low resource SDR Software

Suggestion! Look for an inexpensive business class laptop, Core i5 based Lenovo ThinkPad T 410 boxes in nice shape can be had for under $100. Usually you'll have USB2 and 8GB RAM Limit. I use these machines as daily drivers, and happy with them. Good battery life, especially with the extended batter...
by Kent T
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: DX-10 Controller Probs
Replies: 10
Views: 1431

Re: DX-10 Controller Probs

Agree, the old Harris DX line were good solid reliable transmitters. Usually dependable. Arguably my favorite SS transmitter from Big H.
by Kent T
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Dead Harris - X1000B Suggestion
Replies: 7
Views: 1201

Re: Dead Harris - X1000B Suggestion

No complaints here about the BE AM1a either. Had one module have a problem, BE exchanged it for a repaired one for reasonable rates. Get the optional antenna tuning unit, a good grounding system, a good load, and clean power in a clean, cool transmitter site, they work, and are reliable as any engin...
by Kent T
Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Dead Harris - X1000B Suggestion
Replies: 7
Views: 1201

Re: Dead Harris - X1000B Suggestion

Seconded. Armstrong AM transmitters are not supported, pain in the rear to live with. And you can't repair them. Get a BE AM1A or a Nautel J 1000 if buying a new transmitter, both are reliable, maintainable transmitters. The latter is for me the best Solid State new AM rig you can buy, And Nautel su...
by Kent T
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Bad hum
Replies: 6
Views: 1345

Re: Bad hum

Yes, those Marti STL 10 power supplies were always a frequent hum cause and common failure items. That previous post recommends exactly what I did to the ones I maintain, they've been vastly more reliable ever since.