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

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

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

Basic networking 

It seems like only yesterday that I started writing articles on PC networking for BE Radio. But it was actually a few years ago. At that time, PC-based

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

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