Building your business 

Radio stations need qualified technical help. Most need it right now; many needed it yesterday. Radio stations in more than 100 markets are trying to

Staffing the station 

Broadcast engineers are becoming more difficult to find. The demands and requirements for the modern radio engineer are more stringent, and the discipline

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,

Bits are bucks 

The push to digital facilities continues almost every-where. For radio, this not only includes RF transmission but also transmission via other means.

Streaming audio basics 

At one time, streaming audio or video required that you feed a signal through a codec that was attached to a dedicated digital telephone connection that

Minding your business 

Contract engineering is a rewarding career for most who pursue it. It's certainly challenging - from both a technical and personal perspective. My experience

What's online 

By now you should have a website for your station. If you don't, you have some catching up to do.

Using the operating impedance bridge 

Many test instruments have been developed in the history of broadcast engineering. Some have had brief lives; others simply filled the needs that many

New AM CPs to be issued 

In response to the FCC's January 24 to January 28 window for applications for new AM stations and major changes to existing AM stations, the FCC received,

Download quality 

Hi Chriss, I enjoyed your Viewpoint called Future Delivery (September 2000). I have just a few comments. I have downloaded approximately 500 cuts from

Parasitic radiators 

A radio engineer's definition of a parasite might be something that obtains its power from another's energy. In other areas of broadcast engineering it

Dot-coms and delivery 

I recently returned from the West Coast after attending both the NAB Radio Show and the 109th AES Convention. Apart from the one-day show-floor overlap,

Backup power 

When was the last time the lights went out at your radio station? Last summer? Last winter? A year ago? Depending on your luck or your good planning,

Refined studio staffing requirement 

The FCC recently made clear that a station being operated under a local marketing agreement (LMA) may meet its staffing requirements by employing individuals

Serving the Net 

As the Web continues to play an increasing roll in the marketing and positioning of radio stations, the subject will arise as to how Web hosting should

Learning to love the Deathstar, part 1 

As the S-DARS satellites rise into their orbital positions, it's a good time to start thinking realistically about how things might change when satellite

Preparing the budget 

Abudget consists of many individual line item expenditures. Some typical line items for an engineering department budget would include maintenance and

How is your VSWR? 

One phenomenon common to transmitter installations does not always receive the attention it warrants. Voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) can wreak havoc

NAB files brief on LPFM issues 

In July, in its effort to derail the new low-power FM (LPFM) service through litigation, the NAB filed its brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the

Tower maintenance 

Tower maintenance may not rank up there with your top 10 engineering duties: It's costly and time-consuming. Tower work is usually contracted, so engineers

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