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and with that its time to wish the Virtual Engineer a happy belated 5th birthday! Can you believe it's been 5 years all ready?

Doc joined the forum, November 13, 2007 with RockmanAC (Adam) and Kent, on November 14th, 2007.

In the 5 years time passed, we have seen a lot of growth , changes and discussion here at the Virtual Engineer.

The one thing which hasn't changed, is the quality. And I mean overall, the quality of the posts, the quality of the posters, the quality of the content.

This site has been an amazing place for Broadcast Engineering over the last 5 year and I for one, couldn't be happier to be a part of the team here.

So thank you all for a great 5 years, here is to 50 more!!
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Wow! I didn't catch that, but you're right!

I second everything you've said. Except that I'd also like to thank you, Kent, Tim Burke (who really is an unsung hero - he volunteers his time and talent to keep the board updated and functioning), Bob (techboywi), Sam (Sam Buca), Adam (rockmanac), Robert (n9lkf), and Tony (k0vsc). You guys do a great job keeping the place running, all in your spare time for free.

I don't think Kent or I could've imagined how great this place was going to turn out when we conceived it. It's exactly what we had hoped for - a place for all of us to get help, exchange ideas, debate, and even have a little fun.

I truly appreciate every single person here - members and moderators. I think you all have built a really fantastic community here, and it's been a pleasure to provide the facility to do it.
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To all involved thanks for a wonderful forum
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Wow...doesn't seem like it's been that long. Congrats! It is great to see how much this forum has grown in the short time we've been here. Congrats everyone!
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Happy birthday!

I am a relative newcomer, but enjoy reading theough the forums. Picked up a tip or trick here and there, offered comment here and there, and just generally like the place.

Good work all. Here's to another 5 (and more!) years!
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5 years. Excellent!

Thanks to all for a fabtastic forum...
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According to the meter on the top of our page, in five years, i've never seen it dip below 50,000 watts...
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Wow! I didn't know it's been 5 years already that we've been going.
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Clearly....though....it has been. That's about when I stopped using that in favor of just "achernow" on things. Something, something, I tried typing "rockmanac" into iNews once when I filled in on a morning show.

Let's do another 5 shall we?
NECRAT wrote:According to the meter on the top of our page, in five years, i've never seen it dip below 50,000 watts...
Oh... I think there's a problem with it. Did I forget to yellow sheet it??? ;)
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That's the remote meter in the manager's office, right? Too bad the station is a Class C.
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Ahhhhh, actually, I think that's the meter on Doc's ham linear.

Fantastic site, this. Keep up the great work.

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Sorry to dredge up a month old thread , but just reading the replies now.

Actually that meter is the power meter from the WTIC 1080 (Hartford, CT), Harris DX50 transmitter.

The tubes are from inside a RCA BTA-1R1 still in use as a primary at WBBF 1120 in Buffalo, NY

The FM antenna no longer exists. It used to belong to WBPR 91.9 , was located on the top of a Golf Course near Worcester, MA. Behind a little church. They moved to a much more prominent site a few years after I took that picture.
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NECRAT wrote:The tubes are from inside a RCA BTA-1R1 still in use as a primary at WBBF 1120 in Buffalo, NY
Egad - I haven't had my hands in one of those in about 20 years. I have worked on an older RCA - a 1948 BTA-1L1 that was the original main at the 1948 WLVA, Lynchburg VA site, and was a non-working aux when I got there in 1984. I nursed it back into operation, mainly by undoing "modifications" made by people who apparently thought they knew more than RCA's design engineers. I've undone other mods in other old transmitters over the years - very few of the non-factory-specified transmitter field mods that I've seen were any good, and most created additional problems. BTW, that BTA-1L1 was decomissioned when the site was torn down and the land sold in about 2002, at the end of my second stint as CE there. I am currently on my third CE stint at WLVA, now on 580 at much less power (and four fewer towers). I gave the BTA-1L1 to some Richmond hams, but kept the spare crystal.
NECRAT wrote:The FM antenna no longer exists.
Isn't that a Shively? It looks like the one that was at WKZZ, Lynchburg, when Aylett Coleman bought it in 1991 and upgraded it in 1992. I moved the antenna to the new transmitter site as an aux, and it is still on that tower some 20 years later.
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