Shure X2u 

XLR to USB adapter

Poor Man's Satellite Dish Deicer 

After years of relying on the broom method and not having the budget to invest in a commercial deicer, KLJC engineer Glenn Williams devised his own way to keep the ice away.

Field Report: FM Services TLM-1 

I would recommend you consider the TLM-1 when the need for a tower light monitor arises, especially if you have a tower light circuit where a separate wire is not available for each sidelight and beacon level.

FCC cracks down on noncommercial "commercials" 

What precisely constitutes a commercial is not easily determined. Generally NCE stations cannot accept payment in return for the on-air promotion of commercial activities.

The application of NEC programs 

The NEC programs offer a great improvement over the slide rule era when the sheer volume of manual operations involved tended to influence full and comprehensive searches for perfection.

Quality of service - Quality in manufacturing 

A fellow engineer tells me about some recent equipment failures, and he is concerned about the quality of manufacturing. I understand his concern. There is an expectation for a professional product to provide reliable service. He is not expecting unrealistic support, but he is expecting the product to work.

Field Report: Thermo Bond Buildings 

Thermo Bond designed and built a beautiful building, both aesthetically and functionally, as this review explains.

OECD broadband penetration 

Looking back at a 1966 photo of Dave Land, and OECD broadband penetration.

Field Report: ATI DM500 

In this review, Doug Irwin rates the DM500 as very useful around the radio station facility.

Contributor Pro-File: Lloyd Mintzmyer 

This month: Meet Lloyd Mintzmyer, President, Praise Network

What's happening at 700MHz? 

The newly cleared spectrum is perhaps some of the most desirable largely due to the fact that radio frequency in this lower range travels farther and tends to penetrate buildings more efficiently than higher frequencies.

February New Products 

New products from Automated Processes Inc. (API), Axel Technology, Belar, Blue Microphones, Clark Wire and Cable, Furman Sound, Marantz, Neutrik, Nevaton, Omnia Audio, Phiaton, RAM Broadcast Systems, RMG International, Society of Broadcast Engineers, Tascam and Zaxcom.

A Webster-Chicago Model 80 Wire Recorder and the top 20 radio advertisers of 2008 

Looking back at a 30-year-old NAB study guide, a Webster-Chicago Model 80 Wire Recorder and the top radio advertisers of 2008.

KRK Systems Rokit G2 

It is obvious KRK put some work into these speakers, with intuitive features that make the Rokit Series adaptable to many acoustic environments and audio situations. I must say, when you consider the price, the sound and the features, these speakers stack up pretty well against the competition.

President Obama's changes to the FCC 

The bad taste of former Chairman Kevin Martin still lingers, but immediate efforts are being made to cleanse that memory. The first step was President Obama naming Michael Copps to be the interim chairman of the FCC.

When does an omni antenna become a DA? 

In a recently-filed petition against an FM station modification, an issue was raised as to whether a proposed omnidirectional antenna should be treated as directional due to pattern distortion resulting from tower mounting and compensating antenna design features.

Contributor Pro-File: Chris Wygal 

This month: Meet Chris Wygal, engineer, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

Samson Technologies Go Mic 

USB microphone

Field Report: Broadcast Bionics Phonebox Solo 

The Solo product is a smaller version of the company's Phonebox 2 product, a software-based call handling and caller information system.

Looking for change at the FCC 

We're due for a chairman who can lead the FCC and make real progress. Who's the next chairman? Julius Genachowski, Don Gips, Larry Strickling and Blair Levin are some of the names I have heard.

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