Radio broadcasting and 700MHz 

The FCC is auctioning what may be the most important spectrum allocations of our time. This portion of spectrum will be available as a result of the FCC mandate for traditional analog broadcast television to migrate to the new digital HDTV system by Feb. 17, 2009, specifically the portion previously occupied by channels 60-69.

Field Report: Denon DN-C640 

The Denon DN-C640 is a true professional CD player and the network functionality adds to the experience. The response on playback is tremendous. It took less than a half-hour to have the unit up and running on the network and most configurations were done without using the manual. Intuitive design and user functionality make this CD player a useful tool in any broadcast facility.

LPFM rules and proposals released 

The news is generally good if you are an LPFM licensee, but bad for FM licensees who plan to make facilities changes that threaten displacement of an existing LPFM station.

Field Report: Enco Systems DAD 

Southern California Public Radio operates both KPCC in Pasadena, CA, and KUOR in Redlands, CA. The two stations broadcast throughout Los Angeles County,

Field Report: Burk Watchband 

Watchband more than exceeded the expectations of Nasau Vermont: Not only can all 14 stations be monitored from one location, but the group can also monitor all the stations plus its competition from any location that has network access.

Problems and solutions 

In the eyes of broadcasters, December was a busy month for the FCC. Broadcasting is just one small part of the FCC’s concerns, so when several significant rulings are made at once, broadcasters naturally take notice. Two recent actions deal with broadcast ownership while another deals with programming localism. Now that the FCC has acted, there are more questions raised than answers provided.

FCC Adopts Protections for LPFM 

In a move designed to enhance the long-term viability of low-power FM stations and encourage new voices, the FCC has adopted and proposed additional rules, which will afford LPFM stations quasi-primary service status and provide other benefits.

A reel shock 

I was shocked at your story on Otari. Shocked. Almost fell out of the chair. You mean to tell me that 20 years have gone by and I still have three of

Sign Off 

A Collins 12H console at WFMS Indianapolis, Pete Fornatale at WFUV and America's techiest cities.

New Products 

New products from Asentria, Behringer, Broadcast Electronics, Calrec Audio, Centrance, D.A.V.I.D., Digital Alert Systems, DM Engineering, Falcon Electric, Golden Acoustics, HHB, Hosa Technology, Kaltman Creations, Ledtronics, Marantz, Meyer Sound, MGE UPS Systems, MXL Microphones, NTI, OMT Technologies, Orban, Rane and Turnkey Media Systems.

Don't become a statistic 

There are many lists extant of precautions to take before working with high voltage pieces of equipment. Lethal incidents may be more often caused by completely unexpected circumstances than from pure, careless accidents.

Engineered for business 

Why do radio engineers choose their career in radio engineering? We obviously have the aptitude and the skills for the job, but there are other reasons. I think many engineers will tell you that they do their job because it's not really like work. It's like getting paid to practice a hobby.

Project management 

The project management professional (PMP) has only recently become a specialized credential recognized in a wide variety of businesses. In fact, many companies now consider formal project manager training and certification for new hires or employees seeking to grow within an organization.

FCC issues surface in presidential race 

Only a month or two before the 2008 presidential nominees face off in primaries, and less than a year before the general election, top candidates from both major parties are discussing key issues affecting communications policy.

New Products (Dec 2007) 

New products from HHB, Mackie, LEA International, Avlex, LAN International, Audioquest, Dielectric, DM Engineering, Disc Makers, Neutrik, Crown Broadcast, Coaxial Dynamics, Ledtronics, Winmedia Software, Axia Audio, New Avionics, MXL Microphones, Nott, Editshare, Adobe Systems, Audio Precision, Wireworks, Newer Technology, Lavry Engineering and Belden.

Sign Off 

WXVW studios in 1968, a Texar ad from 1988 and current vs. future mobile phone usage.

KRK VXT Series 

For KRK groupies, these are a home run. Their brand ancestry is definitely audible. The company has retained the good from their previous mid-level lines, while improving other facets of their design. However, for broadcasters these boxes pack a lot of punch for a modest price. And the limiting circuit and ready-to-mount abilities make them good candidates for the control or production room.

Field Report: Mackie 642-VLZ3 

The big differences with the 1642-VLZ3 are the mic preamps and the EQ sections on the console. Mackie totally redesigned the mic preamps for this line.

Field Report: Unlimi-Tech File Catalyst 2.0 

File Catalyst 2.0 is a software-based application that uses UDP to transfer files and data more reliably than basic FTP. The File Catalyst server and client system compresses data to reduce payloads and maximize bandwidth.

RF filters 

Radio-engineering work is very involved with filters of one kind or another. The science of broadcasting depends on the correct passage of various frequencies through differing pieces of equipment. Some frequencies are in the audio range and others are in the RF domain.

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