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by RodeoJack
Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Problem with AM-19
Replies: 5
Views: 1039

Re: Problem with AM-19

Thanks, Both. Will check as advised.
by RodeoJack
Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Problem with AM-19
Replies: 5
Views: 1039

Problem with AM-19

I have a 2-tower AM-19 at a client station. Recently, the unit stopped showing loop current on the reference tower. Without changing the reference adjustments however, I'm getting normal phase and ratio readings from tower 2. Loop current coming in from both towers is about normal, though I don't ha...
by RodeoJack
Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: FCC Discussion
Topic: Any word on the length of the pending NPT?
Replies: 25
Views: 2281

Re: Any word on the length of the pending NPT?

Interestingly, several of our stations picked up and relayed the test from LP1s, and got the CAP version a few seconds later... not an effect I was expecting, but a darn sight better than 2011's test. -- Jeff That was also noted, here in the Seattle area. The explanation (from Sage) is the time lag...
by RodeoJack
Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: FCC Discussion
Topic: Any word on the length of the pending NPT?
Replies: 25
Views: 2281

Re: Any word on the length of the pending NPT?

I was surprised how easy this actually was. The test wasn't much more than what you expect from a common RMT. I don't think I spent more than 5 or maybe 6 minutes on form 3, looking up receipt and transmit times. Within an hour or so, I had everything done. Sure not the 20-some hours the system said...
by RodeoJack
Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: General Computers
Topic: Scheduled Downloading of files?
Replies: 9
Views: 1465

Re: Scheduled Downloading of files?

One of my client stations uses stringers in various nearby communities, who provide periodic news updates. They just load their files into a Dropbox folder, which the local station plays from its end without any further intervention. Very simple, if you can get the file inserted from the remote side.
by RodeoJack
Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: From the Trenches
Topic: Your Biggest On Air Screw up..
Replies: 35
Views: 8595

Re: Your Biggest On Air Screw up..

I'd bet the single word, uttered in frustration, is a fairly common experience for announcers. At 18, and about 3 months into my first "real" radio job (Sunday sign-on at the big country station in town), I introed a song. It's about 12:15 when, a few seconds later, I switch off the wrong turntable ...
by RodeoJack
Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: AM CQuam Stereo
Replies: 14
Views: 2782

Re: AM CQuam Stereo

Some years ago I recall driving though downtown Seattle listening to KOMO playing music - it was absolutely pristine! Must have been Some years ago! :mrgreen: Back in the early '80s, they called me, asking about a set of Howe Phase Chasers I'd been using. I didn't hear if they bought one, but given...
by RodeoJack
Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:39 pm
Forum: AM Radio
Topic: Frese 'Audio Pilot'
Replies: 11
Views: 2083

Re: Frese 'Audio Pilot'

Oh, there's no doubt he was onto something back then. "Hadyourphil" makes a good point about bass pushing the processor back. It had only one band and turning the release up would make it pump badly. In fact, that worked against George's philosophy about things. When I told him about an old Gates do...
by RodeoJack
Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: FM Stereo Pilot
Replies: 32
Views: 3391

Re: FM Stereo Pilot

Not arguing your point. Several of my clients feel that way. On the other hand, I'm around a couple of large-market sites that have racks of stuff on top of the mountain... Optimods, computers for control, monitoring and processing, various IP-based switchers for signal routing, EAS endecs, rotary p...
by RodeoJack
Wed Sep 07, 2016 4:25 am
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: FM Stereo Pilot
Replies: 32
Views: 3391

Re: FM Stereo Pilot

Yes. Put the 8100 at the transmitter. There are plenty of them at transmitter sites and they work just fine up there. Years ago, we had Gates limiters which, along with the transmitters, were full of tubes. Nobody blinked because we had no remote capabilities and we somehow survived. The 8100 won't ...
by RodeoJack
Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: FM Radio
Topic: Audio Issue
Replies: 11
Views: 1384

Re: Audio Issue

In addition to "all of the above", posted earlier, I'd have to suggest you look at the STL. If you have overshoots, or some other problem, that could cause this as easily as the other possible causes. Also, if you're looking for an understanding of what you see on your modulation monitor, "it's fine...
by RodeoJack
Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Offical AMC 8 Transition Thread (was Sat. AMC-8)
Replies: 153
Views: 15861

Re: Sat. AMC-8

Today, one of my client stations got ahold of the "Regional Director of Affiliate Sales" at WW1 (for what this might be worth)... He says, "According to our engineers, they have not heard any sort of news." Interesting, because I started hearing this same speculation from some fairly solid engineers...
by RodeoJack
Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Telephone Pole
Replies: 8
Views: 1058

Re: Telephone Pole

There are also private companies that will do that. I had one set several light poles at my drive-in theatre this year. If you get one interested, they might mount your antennas, too.
by RodeoJack
Fri Aug 26, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Radio Studio Engineering
Topic: IP phone carriers. What do you use. Simple and affordable
Replies: 9
Views: 1119

Re: IP phone carriers. What do you use. Simple and affordable

I've used Vonage for years (on cable internet). At first, they were a little glitchie and latency was a problem, but they're vastly improved. I also have a fax line from them and it works fine... for the 3 or 4 faxes I run through it each year :-( One of my client stations recently subscribed and as...
by RodeoJack
Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: Broadcast Engineering News
Topic: The Looming Engineering Age Crisis
Replies: 60
Views: 7168

Re: The Looming Engineering Age Crisis

Was repairing some vandal damage at a client's tower site, when a young fellow... maybe in his late '20s walks up. Him. "Hi. I'm an ENGINEER with (very large national chain). Been working for them for almost 3 years now. I was just doing my weekly check at (nearby 4-tower DA) and noticed your door w...