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by Jim Sofonia
Thu May 24, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Compression Question
Replies: 6
Views: 78

Re: Compression Question

I had a friend who used to work for the JCOR group. He tells me the owner of the group wanted the modulations up higher and would buy a steak dinner for any engineer that gets a violation from the FCC!
by Jim Sofonia
Wed May 23, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: Tomato Soup Incident
Replies: 5
Views: 68

Re: Tomato Soup Incident

Thanks for the high tech info. My wife said to do the plate thingy too.
by Jim Sofonia
Wed May 23, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: Tomato Soup Incident
Replies: 5
Views: 68

Tomato Soup Incident

While carrying a very hot cup of Tomato Soup I got a little splashed, very hot hurt my hands, lost balance and fell onto my tv tray cart. I broke the tray and the soup went everywhere, including into my Bluetooth speaker. It was dead, won't turn for more than 1sec. So I took it apart and scrubbed th...
by Jim Sofonia
Wed May 16, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: C-band TI
Replies: 21
Views: 395

Re: C-band TI

I had forgotten about the old SA and whatever the other SEDAT RX was. I have a station with at least one of those down converters still hanging on the wall. I think the other system was the Fairchild Sedat system. It was alot similar to the SA 9000right down to size and changeable receive modules. ...
by Jim Sofonia
Wed May 16, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: C-band TI
Replies: 21
Views: 395

Re: C-band TI

I had forgotten about the old SA and whatever the other SEDAT RX was. I have a station with at least one of those down converters still hanging on the wall. I think the other system was the Fairchild Sedat system. It was alot similar to the SA 9000right down to size and changeable receive modules. ...
by Jim Sofonia
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: STL Engineering
Topic: Getting RDS to transmitter
Replies: 4
Views: 287

Re: Getting RDS to transmitter

After trying several econo methods including a composite relay thru two stations we put in a Barix link thru the internet. Affordable and reasonably reliable bi directional serial port you can also use it as a backup audio link.
by Jim Sofonia
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Nautel V15 GE power supply failure
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: Nautel V15 GE power supply failure

I've had that answer from the best of companies, just depends who you get on the phone. They will go down the list of everything that you could possibly do wrong. Never offering something that is on their side of the fence.
by Jim Sofonia
Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Connector suppliers....
Replies: 14
Views: 630

Re: Connector suppliers....

Beware of the new Andrew cable - the copper sheath is very thin and you have to be extra careful that you don't cut through it when installing grounding kits. The center conductor is also thin and filled with foam to try to make up for the fragility of the conductors. I would stay away from it. Thi...
by Jim Sofonia
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: General Computers
Topic: USB Keyboards/Mice for Studio
Replies: 5
Views: 462

Re: USB Keyboards/Mice for Studio

I've been using HP mice with good results. I know a lot of HP stuff isn't that good, but the mouse they sell at Best Buy runs with no problem . The batteries seem to last forever, well over a year. Give one a try. These are wireless of course.
by Jim Sofonia
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Connector suppliers....
Replies: 14
Views: 630

Re: Connector suppliers....

SWR has a line of connectors a bit cheaper than the other boys, and I think the quality is just as good.

http://www.swr-rf.com/#
by Jim Sofonia
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: TV Engineering
Topic: Can´t receive sat freq over 11500 V or H
Replies: 8
Views: 361

Re: Can´t receive sat freq over 11500 V or H

I would say use the largest dish you have preferably offset focus rather than prime focus. also is it possible to ground mount the dish? High rooftop dishes are more prone to interference. Maybe try to position the dish on the side of your building that would shadow it from the interfering source.
by Jim Sofonia
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Convert to LEDs, or leave 110v?
Replies: 10
Views: 795

Re: Convert to LEDs, or leave 110v?

Why not just use a commonly available 110v. LED bulb screws right into your existing socket.
by Jim Sofonia
Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Everything else
Topic: Weatherized cable/antenna identification tags
Replies: 6
Views: 624

Re: Weatherized cable/antenna identification tags

You can get customized dog/cat tags engraved at pet supply stores for less than $10. They are aluminum and will last a long time.
Good idea to tag all that stuff.
by Jim Sofonia
Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Over-powered translator
Replies: 7
Views: 790

Re: Over-powered translator

Sometimes you can get an idea whats going on by looking at the electric meter.
by Jim Sofonia
Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Broadcast Engineering News
Topic: KFXL Fox 15 in Lincoln NE Tower Collapses
Replies: 3
Views: 645

Re: KFXL Fox 15 in Lincoln NE Tower Collapses

Any news release as to what brought it down? Seems a little early for ice.Hard to tell for sure, but in that picture looks like it was well loaded up transmission lines etc.