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by Lee_Wheeler
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: High Reflected Power Puzzle
Replies: 24
Views: 524

Re: High Reflected Power Puzzle

Are there grounding kits on the coax? The outer conductor is so paper thin on coax these days that I have had trouble with the outer conductor actually coming apart at the point where a ground kit was installed due to the tower crew getting overly aggressive with the utility knife when they gut the ...
by Lee_Wheeler
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: ORBAN OPTIMOD-FM 8400 Display Problem
Replies: 3
Views: 121

Re: ORBAN OPTIMOD-FM 8400 Display Problem

With a network connection and the 8400 remote program you can see everything that was on the display and then some. The remote program is on the Orban FTP site if you don't have it. It is available in English or Spanish at . Just scroll down to the 8400 and choose your language. ...
by Lee_Wheeler
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Copper theft deterent
Replies: 4
Views: 274

Re: Copper theft deterent

I've been doing a two part method. The first is to spray it with cold galvanizing to make it not look like copper and then I buy some tree wound sealer spray. The spray doesn't stay as gooey as tar over the long run but it is such a mess that there is no scrap value in the copper if you do steal it....
by Lee_Wheeler
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: AM Radio Wall
Replies: 13
Views: 511

Re: AM Radio Wall

I had a 10 kW years ago (Religious Format) and the neighbor complained - loudly - to the city because his toilet was preaching at him. In that case the seat screws were all corroded and replacing them with nylon screws fixed it for good.

All part of the job I suppose.

by Lee_Wheeler
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Broadcast Engineering News
Topic: Tiger Mountain (WA) master antenna catches on fire
Replies: 20
Views: 857

Re: Tiger Mountain (WA) master antenna catches on fire

Makes a case for a split feed to the panels. Most master antenna systems I've been involved with have a line to the top half and a line to the bottom half that can isolated in case of a failure.

by Lee_Wheeler
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: STL Engineering
Topic: Marti STL-20M Question
Replies: 4
Views: 599

Re: Marti STL-20M Question

If the translator is at the AM tower site you will need either a composite system or, as was suggested, a second mono system. With the composite system your FM processor will be at the studio but with the two channel mono system the FM processor will be at the transmitter site. The nice thing about ...
by Lee_Wheeler
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Everything else
Replies: 21
Views: 508


My T-Mobile phone, with calls routed through a WiFi connection was a fail and my wife's phone on the T-Mobile cellular network was also a fail. Both phones are older Samsung Note 3 handsets. My son's phone did work but I am unsure what carrier / handset he has. Too bad the Commission didn't give all...
by Lee_Wheeler
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Radio Automation Systems
Topic: WireReady Automation
Replies: 3
Views: 311

Re: WireReady Automation

The last time I used it it was a DOS based program so it has been a while. As I recall it was a bit tough to set up but after the configuration files were set it was fairly bulletproof. In a way it was like the original Computer Concepts DCS system and it would pretty much take a fire to stop it fro...
by Lee_Wheeler
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: SAS 64000 Manual or DXE-256 pinout
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: SAS 64000 Manual or DXE-256 pinout

That is a really cool router. Don Winget and I did a studio build for KFAN in Minneapolis many, many moons ago for Shamrock when they had studios on Xerxes Avenue and that router was the heart of the station. They even had custom SAS panels that filled in blank spots on PR&E consoles to control the ...
by Lee_Wheeler
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: TX + Bad Memory = Off Air
Replies: 10
Views: 846

Re: TX + Bad Memory = Off Air

As I recall some of the very early BE digital hybrid systems used a flash memory card somewhere in the Importer, Exporter, Exciter chain (All different boxes). I did the install on one but I never heard from them again after I walked out of the door. I never took the time to try to figure out what i...
by Lee_Wheeler
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Synchronizing FM over IP?
Replies: 11
Views: 605

Re: Synchronizing FM over IP?

I have some experience with synchronous boosters and it is not easy. I don't know that it can ever be done reliably when the audio is fed via IP codecs since the transmission delay through the Barix codecs is variable depending on the network connection quality. No matter how robust the network is t...
by Lee_Wheeler
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: The-1 or FX-30
Replies: 17
Views: 659

Re: The-1 or FX-30

I have examples of each floating around as backups or to drive aux transmitters. I had a Continental 802A setup as a backup to a BE FXi 60 through a auto transfer panel. I didn't have it tied to the remote control so I never monitored which exciter was on the air and it wasn't really anything I paid...
by Lee_Wheeler
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Information Request
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: Information Request

We need a bit more information. I am going to assume this is automated or satellite programmed with an automation system. If you can elaborate a bit more with information on what kind of automation system you are running it will help. It sounds like a switcher problem but it depends on exactly what ...
by Lee_Wheeler
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: 500w translator
Replies: 16
Views: 722

Re: 500w translator

The weird part is that they were displaced and filed for a new channel, 210 to 227, in 2013. I have never seen grandfathering ever survive even a minor change application but there may be some different standards for displacement applications. I have personally never prepared one.

by Lee_Wheeler
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: PC based multi-band processor
Replies: 8
Views: 422

Re: PC based multi-band processor

I tried running an Optimod PC1101 into an 8100 when I had a 8500 go bad. The 8100 was basically a final clipper but it was still pretty grim sounding and uncompetitive. If you crank the modulation up to about 125% it does OK but I figured the guys at the field office, 1/4 mile away from the tower, m...