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.

Zoom H4n 

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

Contributor Pro-File: Conrad Trautmann, CPBE 

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

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.

Switch N Sense 

Many automation systems utilize the Measurement Computing Systems Switch N Sense-8 USB converter box for cue closure inputs.

The spirit of coopetition 

As the rules of business are bent and retooled to ensure success, coopetition is a way for two or more typical competitors to work together for their mutual benefit.

Field Report: JBL Control 2P 

Tight spaces, small recording rooms, trucks and engineering spaces are ideal environments for the Control 2P pair, and users will find the performance and sound reproduction the system provides to be the right solution.

New Form 323 to require multiple FRNs 

The most striking proposed change is that the new Form 323 requires that every person or entity holding an “attributable” interest must have his/her/its own FRN which must in turn be reported in the new form.

New Products - October 2009 

New products from ARX Systems, Axia Audio, BW Broadcast, Cascade Technology Corporation, Eaton Corporation, Intracom Systems, Intrinsic Net, Kaltman Creations, Key Digital, Middle Atlantic Products, Neutrik, Olympus, Platformic, RCS, Schomandl, SurgeX, Tascam, Towermast, Vcreative and Vycon Energy.

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.

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