Killing the killer ap 

Someone has to say it: maybe traditional broadcasting should just stay analog. The US transition to digital broadcasting is in trouble.

Duopoly rule revisions proposed 

The FCC has begun a rulemaking proceeding to revise the definition of radio market and/or the method of counting the number of stations in a market.

Field Report: Comrex Matrix 

John Diamantis takes the POTS codec for a spin in this review.

New Products (Feb 2001) 

microphones AKG Emotion II series: The three new Emotion Series Models include the D440, the D550 and the D660. The D440 is a cardioid dynamic microphone

Reader Feedback 

Letters from our readers

How to stream 

As the Internet continues to play a larger and larger role in our lives, the role of the radio station must change to suit the times.

One year later 

Almost one year after it was initially created, LPFM has been reduced to a sliver of its original idea.

Reality check 

On the PC side, new codec upgrades for streaming media players will improve audio quality at lower bit-rates.

Manager's Perspective on Consolidation 

After the past two years of consolidation and mergers, it is time to get down to the business of running our radio stations.

New Products (Jan 2001) 

Frequently asked auction questions 

The FCC has begun the process of awarding 359 FM radio station licenses at open auction. Here is a list of frequently-asked questions, and their answers,

Parasitic radiators 

A look at the theory of controlled parasitic reradiators and possible directional arrays using parasitic elements.

About wireless WANs 

Wireless LANs have been around for a few years, but a lack of standards required that only components from the same manufacturer could be used. Today,

Reader Feedback 

From the clear blue sky The article in the November 2000 issue on Satellite Services contains some misleading information on the StarGuide II Receivers.

Bookkeeping basics 

While it may be an article of faith that broadcast engineers tend to be analytical, does it follow that we are naturals when it comes to business principles?

Care of transmission lines 

Most radio engineers will agree that after the antenna and ground system, transmission lines are probably the most neglected item. For both AM and FM,

Facing change 

Radio tends to favor a conservative approach. Once the innovator in RF technology and audio, radio now follows the lead of other industries. On the eve

The computing future 

It's always fun to write about the future of technology because it permits us to combine reality with imagination. It has been said that the best way

Focus on enforcement 

The Chief of the FCC Enforcement Bureau recently reminded all licensees that a renewed rule-enforcement effort at has been undertaken in the last 12 months

Service with a smile 

The adage of the new media age is "content is king," and such content attracts audiences. While this truth is undeniable, it's high time that the service

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