New directional measurement techniques proposed 

A group of broadcasters, consultants and manufacturers have petitioned the FCC to allow moment method modeling of AM directional arrays as a ways to reduce the burden of taking field strength readings in determining coverage.

New Products 

New products from AKG, Audemat-Aztec, Avlex, Bext, Bird Electronic, Broadcast Electronics, Broadcast Tools, D.A.S. Audio, Day Sequerra, Digi-Data, DM Engineering, Docsoft, Global Security Systems, Harris, Heil Sound, Jetcast, Middle Atlantic Products, Nautel, Neutrik, Prism Sound, Realtraps, RTW Radio-Technische Werkstatten, Sennheiser Electronic, Soundfield Research, Thales, Unlimi-tech Software, West Coast Magnetics and Winmedia Software.

Adam Audio A7 

Adam Audio has taken the original ribbon tweeter technology and created the Accelerated Ribbon Technology (A.R.T.), where a folded-diaphragm membrane is used for the tweeter. The result is a higher velocity air flow for crisper highs.

Sony Sound Forge 9.0 

The development computer-based non-linear editing software has permeated the broadcast market with option after option for creating a digital audio workstation (DAW). The encouraging fact for many is that the software packages available today are affordable. Sony Media Software's Sound Forge is an established product that provides a great deal of power.

Being duly diligent in station operations 

Take some time to ensure that basic legal and FCC rule obligations are met when taking over as the chief operator at a station.

Sign Off 

WHK celebrates its 85th year this year, the original Media Touch system is revisited, and the next wave of radio listeners are listening to radio at all.

Contributor Pro-File: Kent Kramer 

This month: Kent Kramer; Director of Engineering; Reach Media/TomJoyner Morning Show

Field Report: Sangean HDT-1 

Device operation is simple, and the Sangean HDT-1 displays lots of information.

Personal-area networks 

Wireless personal area networks might present some interesting applications in a broadcast facility.

Field Report: Wheatstone Bridge 

The Wheatstone Bridge is built around card-configurable frames that can sample any combination of analog or digital audio sources and interface with logic control sources.

FCC acts on noncommercial applications, announces window 

In March, the FCC announced that a filing window for new and major-change NCE-FM applications will be opened in October.

Selling history 

One of the largest—and rarest—radio sets ever made, the WLW Model Super Power Radio Receiver, was sold at auction on April 28 for $55,000.

New Products from NAB2007 

More new products from NAB2007.

Radio's real fix 

Some say that HD Radio won't save radio broadcasting, and that we should focus instead on better programming. Why not do both?

Sign Off 

Do you remember? The first Continental Electronics 317C 50kW AM transmitter was installed in 1965. The transmitter was mostly solid-state and featured

Field Report: Whirlwind AES Qbox 

When a station changes to AES3 or S/PDIF digital audio, the availability of easy-to-use, rugged and portable test equipment declines greatly.

The alphabet soup of broadcast engineering 

When the early pioneers such as Alexanderson, Fessenden and Marconi commenced the production of non-ionizing radiation no one limited their RF levels, blamed their antenna towers for the deaths of migrant birds, or complained about ugly towers spoiling picturesque views.

Unethical interference 

Radio magazine readers speak out on pirate radio stations, podcasts and more.

Field Report: Henry Engineering Studio Drive 

The Studio Drive's built-in mic preamp had plenty of gain, low apparent noise and no audible headroom issues.

New Products 

Portable signal generator NTI (Neutrik Test Instuments) Minirator MR-Pro: Besides test signals, this generator provides sweeps, fast chirps and offers

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