How to set LNB power 

Recently several major networks have upgraded their satellite delivery platforms. These new systems are from three incompatible vendors, but all have similar features.

Satellite dish check-up 

It is a good idea to inspect the satellite dish as early in spring as you can, and evict any birds nesting. Later in spring, check for wasps in the feed horn or on the underside of the dish.

25 years of Pick Hits: Top winners 

This year marks the 25th year for Radio's Pick Hit Awards, so we look back at the companies who have claimed the most honors.

Contributor Pro-File: Steve Fluker 

This month: Steve Fluker, Director of Engineering; Cox Radio Orlando

Field Report: Nautel NV20 

The Nautel NV20 is a solid-state FM transmitter capable of running in analog, digital and hybrid modes. The footprint of this box is amazingly small for the power levels attained.

May New Products 

New products from AEQ, AKG, Alesis, Audio Engineering Associates, Audio-Technica, Avlex, Clark Wire and Cable, Dalet Digital Media, Fostex, Furman Sound, L-com Global Connectivity, Media Monitors, Olympus, Pinta Acoustic/Sonex, Primera Technology, SM Pro Audio, TC Electronic, Ultimate Support, V-Soft Communications and Wireworks.

Do you remember MEOV? 

MEOV offered a wonderful means of providing a way around a potential difficulty in meeting the approved radiation pattern.

Relaxation of LPFM interference standards 

Two bills introduced in Congress would statutorily eliminate LPFM's third-adjacent channel protections to full-power FM stations.

Field Report: JK Audio Bluepack 

I was bouncing back and forth between two election night headquarters, cell phone clipped to one hip and the Bluepack on the other. By using a microphone headset I had full hands-free operation.

The 2009 NAB Show is Over 

For years exhibitors have been talking about the quality of the attendees being good even though quantity had slipped. This year was the ultimate example of that with fewer attendees, but those who were there were serious buyers.

HD Radio Time Alignment Tip 

Brian Beezley has documented the audible effects of misaligned time delay and mismatched audio, and he has written a handy utility to help keep the analog and digital elements synchronized.

FM-Capable Cell Phones and NAB Attendance Stats 

Looking back at NAB Show attendance, and looking ahead at FM-capable cell phones.

Contributor Pro-File: Mark Nootbaar 

This month: Meet Mark Nootbaar, Assistant News Director, WDUQ-FM, Pittsburgh

Repairing Flat-panel monitors 

Most LCD screens were not meant to operate 24/7. Here's a capacitor upgrade that may buy you some extra life.

IP audio: The new audio format 

Analog audio was simple. It could be transmitted easily and heard with anything. Digital audio complicate things, but standards help. Now we have IP audio. Is this the replacement for AES3?

Rack-mounting computers 

Trouble mounting a computer in a rack? You can try to make do with modified shelves, or get the right hardware for the job.

April New Products 

New products from Auralex Acoustics, Axia Audio, Broadcast Electronics, Day Sequerra, Enco Systems, Marantz, Sonifex and Yamaha.

Headphone Amp Power Upgrade 

Finding new uses of old equipment helps the bottom line. How about getting more power out of a power amp? If the stereo amp can be converted to bridging mode, there's hope.

Filing fees, moment method modeling and broadcasting phone calls 

The FCC was not able to implement the new application fees in January, so despite the Federal Register notice the agency has continued to charge the old fees. But the latest announced implementation date, April 28, is firm.

Field Report: Intrinsic Net Studio Hawk 

Several versions of the Hawk and now the Studio Hawk have been an indispensible safety net for our operations in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa for several years now. I feel comfortable enough to "disengage" from constant monitoring knowing the Studio Hawk will alert me the minute any one of our stations has an audio problem.

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