New Products - Dec 2009 

New products from American Audio, APW Mayville, Belden, NTI Audio, Sonifex, Studio Technologies, Tascam and more.

NPR asks FCC to end TV-6 protection rules 

The NPR proposal is unrelated to the proposals of the Minority Media and Communications Council and the Broadcast Maximization Committee, which want the FCC to look into the allocation of current TV-5 and TV-6 spectrum for use by radio broadcasters.

A deserved punishment for KWVE? 

The reality is that EAS does not really work as well as it was intended. Editor Chriss Scherer does not believe any broadcast station should ever, as part of a standard plan, originate an alert.

Contributor Pro-File: Harry Martin 

This month: Harry Martin; Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth; Washington, DC

Number of articles by John Battison 

Total number of articles Battison has penned: 215. How much the broadcast community has learned from him: countless.

Zoom H4n 

Chris Wygal thinks the Zoom H4n is a perfect solution when top-level audio must be captured quickly.

New Products - Nov 2009 

New products from Aphex Systems, Bext, BW Broadcast, Harris, Middle Atlantic Products, Netia Digital Audio, Sonifex and Tieline Technology.

Engineers propose abandonment of ratchet rule 

The ratchet rule was adopted in the early 1990s as part of an effort to reduce interference in the AM band.

Changing of the guard 

Another RF expert takes over the RF Engineering column reins from John Battison: Jeremy Ruck. John is stepping back from his routine involvement with Radio magazine.

The Phasor 

The upcoming generation of radio engineers will encounter a new ease of measurement as a fact of the Commission's new directional antenna proof rules.

EAS Checkup 

One piece of equipment that can be left untouched and unnoticed for some time is the station's EAS encoder/decoder. Don't let it become a quiet problem.

John Battison: 1986 View of Radio Future 

In 1986 John Battison wrote an article called Making History in which he made predictions about the future of broadcast radio. Here are his predictions.

USB audio interfaces 

Professional quality audio cards are expensive and many times you have no choice by tto make do with the built-in sound interface from standard PC.

Contributor Pro-File: Conrad Trautmann, CPBE 

This month: Conrad Trautmann, CPBE; EVP, Technology; Dial Global Radio Networks; New York

Don't be anti-social 

According to Jacobs Media's Tech Survey V for 2009, two-thirds of people surveyed visit and or/have profiles on social networking sites, up from 57 percent in last year's poll.

Antique Tube Testers 

A look at Steven Johnson's antique tube tester collection

Field Report: Harris HPX 

It appears Harris did some serious homework on this transmitter. The controller is like nothing I have ever seen before.

Outsource yourself 

Outsourcing broadcast engineering services is not new, many markets, particularly the smaller of them, have been using contract engineering services for years.

Freeware for audio editing 

Wavosaur will multitask like the previous version of Adobe and is compatible with most older Windows operating systems.

Go wireless 

When you must have more than one keyboard and mouse, one way to make things neater is to use a wireless keyboard/mouse combination.

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