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.

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.

Out of mind, but not out of sight 

"Why do you listen to radio?" Depending on how listeners are asked this question, the replies can be wildly different, as was shown in a recent study. The results go beyond the actual question to reveal other important aspects of radio.

FCC continues active enforcement of radio rules 

Reports from the FCC violation list including handling of filing fees, proper tower fencing and EAS compliance.

Omega Engineering PX319 and PX219 

Remote and accurate line pressure monitoring is just one important aspect of remote facility maintenance. Omega Engineering has a range of products to fit this need, and the PX319 and PX219 are used at the Cox Radio Orlando facilities.

The high cost of HD Radio receivers 

Radio magazine readers speak up on HD Radio receiver availability, the RIAA's financial tactics, the right way to plan a project and a simple thanks for our Find the Mic Sweepstakes.

New Products from the NAB Radio Show and AES 

New products from Belden, HHB, Ecreso, Studio Technologies, DACS, Canford Audio, ATC, Wegener, Steinberg, Day Sequerra, Genelec, Adam Professional Audio, Gepco, Riedel, Globalstor, Jampro, Blue Microphones, Sennheiser Electronic, Izotope, Lexicon, Wireworks, OK Radio Group and Neutrik.

Sign Off 

Remembering the RCA BTF 20E, WBT's cold war-era studio bunker in a North Carolina bomb shelter and how radio compares to other media on its influence in auto purchases.

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.

Blue Microphones Snowflake 

Portable USB microphone

Sign Off 

The Otari MX-55, Dan Steffen at WVQM studios in 1973 and how well radio retains listeners during commercial breaks.

New Products 

APW Mayville, Ikey-Audio, Innovative Office Products, Kaltman Creations, Marshall Electronics, Mayah Communications, Myat, Neutrik, Rohde & Schwarz and Viaradio.

FCC may help daytime AM stations 

In addition to the previously-reported proceeding looking toward allowing AM stations (including day-timers) to rebroadcast on FM translators, the FCC received comments in August on a petition for rulemaking that proposes a number of improvements to the post-sunset service rules on the AM side.

Field Report: Neustar SW4.0 

It became clear that by using the Neustar software directly on the HD Radio Importer we could maximize our multicasting capabilities beyond the two channels available using dedicated hardware.

Mackie HR824 Mk2 

The HR824 Mk2 has three protection circuits to safeguard the monitors: Overload Protection, Thermal Protect and Integrated Magnetic Shielding.

Tag! Is this it? 

The technology, called tagging, works with a radio that includes the tagging capability. That makes sense, right? The idea is that a listener hears a song he likes, presses a button (or some similar simple action) and the song is tagged for immediate or later purchase.

Wi-fi antennas 

In recent years, the introduction of wireless networks allows users to work anywhere within a defined location. The technology behind wireless networks changes almost yearly, but one thing remains the same: the antenna.

Field Report: Netia Radio-Assist 

In addition to the functionality, reliability, simple pricing structure and knowledgeable Netia staff, the ease of administration of this system is amazing.

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