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Aug052010

TWiRT 43 - Dropping Towers and Bars

So, just how do you drop a radio tower in New Jersey?  Seems like it wouldn't take more than a phone call to the right guy.  We discuss the SBE's Ennes Workshops, fractal antennas, and just what should 5 bars indicate?

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Kirk Harnack - Executive Director, Int'l Business Development, Telos-Omnia-Axia
Tom Ray - VP, Engineering, Buckley BroadcastingWOR, New YorkW2TRR
Chris Tobin - CBS Radio, New York
Chris Tarr - Entercom, Milwaukee, GeekJedi, and Broadcast Engineering Info

 

Show notes:

SBE Ennes Workshop, August 20, 2010

WOR Tower Collapse (on purpose)

The New EAS - Webinar by SBE

BlackBerry hack to display signal in dBm on the main screen

Mapping mobile signal strength to bars

What should it mean when you see 5 bars?  

 

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TWiRT 43 - Dropping Towers and Bars

Wednesday
Jul282010

TWiRT - Hiatus for 1 Week

Dear friends,

We're taking 1 week off - this week - Wednesday, July 28.  Next week I hope to be able to report a new addition to the family - my family.  My wife is in the hospital and our baby boy wants out now - or soon.

We'll have a terrific show next Wednesday.

Best regards,

Kirk Harnack

 

Sunday
Jul252010

TWIRT 42 - IP Ahoy

From a docked ship to the Empire State Building, some carefully-aimed IP radios get the broadcast on-air.  And ISDN by satellite?  From a yacht, no less!

Kirk Harnack - Executive Director, Int'l Business Development, Telos-Omnia-Axia
Tom Ray - VP, Engineering, Buckley BroadcastingWOR, New YorkW2TRR
Chris Tobin - CBS Radio, New York
Chris Tarr - Entercom, Milwaukee, GeekJedi, and Broadcast Engineering Info

 

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TWiRT 42 - IP Ahoy

Sunday
Jul182010

TWiRT 41 - Troubleshooting and Asymmetrical Sidebands

Kirk replaces a tube in WKXY-FM's 3.5 kilowatt transmitter.  Hal Kneller discusses practical advances in HD Radio transmission.  Sage advice and troubleshooting victories from Chris Tarr and Tom Ray.

Kirk Harnack - Executive Director, Int'l Business Development, Telos-Omnia-Axia
Tom Ray, Director of Engineering, Buckley BroadcastingWOR, New YorkW2TRR
Chris Tarr - Entercom, Milwaukee, GeekJedi, and Broadcast Engineering Info 
Hal Kneller, Market Development Manager, Nautel Ltd. 

Show notes:
We discussed replacing a tube and installing a new 300 watt FM exciter at Kirk's radio station, WKXY-FM.
Photos of transmitter and new exciter. 

 

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TWiRT 41 - Troubleshooting and Asymmetrical Sidebands

Wednesday
Jul072010

TWiRT 40 - War Stories

Radio tech war stories from three continents!  Andy Linton from Ireland, Peter Smerdon from Australia, and Chris Tobin from New York City - regale us with stories from the broadcast engineering trenches.

Kirk Harnack - Executive Director, Int'l Business Development, Telos-Omnia-Axia
Chris Tobin - CBS Radio, New York
Andy Linton, Total Broadcast Consultants, Waterford, Ireland
Peter Smerdon, Melbourne Australia

Show notes:
Peter mentioned the General Dynamics F-111 fighter jet. 
We discussed OB Vans
Marti Electronics

Empire State Building FM antennas and combiner room 

 

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TWiRT 40 - War Stories