Alternative power systems 

While approaches using the sun, wind, sub-surface heating and water cause no pollution and little-to-no operational expense once installed, they have been relatively costly to deploy.

Field Report: Microgen TS9080 

Tim Diehl gives the Microgen TS9080 100 percent thumbs up. It is an outstanding test tool and a must for serious engineers.

Julius Genachowski joins renewed FCC 

There's a new man at the helm of the FCC. Julius Genachowski has served as chief counsel to former FCC chairman Reed Hundt as well as being involved with media and telecommunications, so at least he joins the agency with some familiarity as to its function.

AM stations authorized to use FM translators 

Under the new rules, AM stations may rebroadcast only on "currently authorized" commercial-band FM translators.

New Products - August 2009 

New products from Ace Products/Kaces, AEQ, Airtools, Day Sequerra, Dixon Systems, Furman Sound, Gepco International, Harris, Nautel, Small Plate Radio, Yellowtec and more.

Ads people ignore 

According to a Harris Interactive survey, 46 percent of adults are ignoring Internet banner ads. However, 91 percent of radio listeners are listening to radio ads.

Economics of Replacement Power Supplies 

While the manufacturer can provide a replacement supply, finding your own replacement may result in a savings.

Antique radios 

Steve Johnson has an extensive collection of antique radios. We highlight a few of the more interesting items.

Mounting Power Supplies 

We're a power-hungry industry. Electrical power, that is. As our technological diversity increases, our demand for power and reliance on power supplies follows.

Contributor Pro-File: Tim Diehl 

This month: Tim Diehl, CBRE, Owner/President; RF Solutions, Tulsa, OK

Living with the FCC - a History 

John Battison looks back on the early days of the FRC and the FCC, recalling some of the simpler times and possibly better methods of another time.

Threaded mic adapters 

The last time you bought a microphone you may have found a threaded adapter inside the mic clip. Did you wonder what it was for? Here's one application.

FCC changing ownership reporting requirements 

The shift in reporting requirements, and a change to new reporting forms, arises from concern about the relatively low percentages of minority individuals and females among the ranks of broadcast owners.

Thoughts about NEC 4-1 

As time passed and DA design work received increasing attention, it became obvious that more information was needed about how the antenna worked in its environment once constructed.

Field Report: Airtools Voice Processor 2X 

When I first heard Symetrix was shipping the new Airtools Voice Processor 2X microphone processor, I couldn't wait to get a look at it.

Field Report: Alesis Pro Track 

Everyone has an Ipod, so why not use it as a portable recorder?

Balkite Radio Power Units 

Looking back at a 1927 Balkite ad for radio power units.

How's your attitude in this down economy? 

As we look ahead for relief, we see the predictions: on-air ad sales look flat, but online has promise. The overall economic view predicts a better future.

New Products - July 2009 

New products from Axia Audio, Blue Microphones, BW Broadcast, Digigram, Genelec, PTEK, Sierra Multimedia and Towermast.

Domestic cars need to market best features 

Domestic car buyers want an Ipod connection more than they want satellite radio, GPS or HD Radio.

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