Sign Off 

Remember the Ampex Disc Spot? This merging of a tape recorder and a phonograph never really took off.

Business for engineers 

One of the differences between a self-employed person and an employee is that the self-employed person always knows when the job is going to end. A proactive stance in career planning will ensure that the broadcast engineer is always employed and employable.

Field Report: Salem Radio Labs Call Commander 

Call screening software is critical to any talk station's operation. Finding a system that be configured to the station's needs is important, and the ability to try it before you buy it can help the selection process. Because the Call Commander software from Salem Radio Labs is free, trying it out is as simple as finding enough time to download and install it.

The road to antenna maintenance 

Before any useful maintenance can be performed it is essential to know how a system is supposed to operate and also know the licensed operating parameters. A copy of the latest proof of performance and the current license are a good place to start.

Who was first? 

Simply asking "who was first?" doesn't always yield the correct answer. The truth is that KDKA and Marconi just marketed themselves better than the others.

New Products 

From processing to speakers, view more than 20 new products.

FCC uses terrain data in NCE-FM channel reservations 

Petitioners proposing to reserve FM allotments for noncommercial use will now be able to use actual terrain data to show compliance with the first and second local service requirement.

Field Report: Burk GSC3000 

Burk's GSC3000 combines all aspects of remote facilities management.

Field Report: Inovonics Model 713 

The Inovonics 713 fulfilled the RBDS needs of Yellowstone Public Radio's vast network.

PIPs yield progress 

The primary application for Six Sigma is traditionally in a manufacturing environment but it has been successfully applied to other businesses such as engineering and construction.

AKG Perception 200 

At KJR Sports Radio (950) in Seattle the AKG Perception 200 makes a significant contribution to the overall sound of the station.

NAB says FM translators are the answer 

If the FCC genuinely is concerned about the potential impact of FM translators on LPFM service, why would the Commission be attracted to the NAB's plan to help lowly daytime AM stations and forego the opportunity to create more local LPFM stations?

New Products 

New products from DBX Professional Products, Eventide, HM Electronics, Marshall Electronics, Microboards Technology, Tannoy and Tascam.

What do consumers know? 

It is encouraging to hear that more receivers are becoming available, although many of them will not be ready for the upcoming holiday season.

Jampro JHPC 

Accumulated ice can wreak havoc on some antennas if you aren't careful. One station in Manistique, MI, has found the Jampro JHPC to be a reliable choice through the sever winters.

New Products from AES 

This month's New Products section is devoted to new products from the AES convention in San Francisco in October.

FAA proposes tougher tower approval rules 

At a minimum the new rules, if adopted, will cause significant delays in the construction timetable for otherwise routine tower changes.

Field Report: HHB Flash Mic DRM85 

With 1GB of fixed internal memory, the Flash Mic offers six available 16-bit linear PCM or MPEG recording formats ranging from uncompressed 48kHz WAV, to compressed 32kHz MP2.

Harris Platinum Z 

With multiple transmitters and transmitter sites, Clear Channel Chicago has selected the Harris Z series transmitter for primary use. The three split-level HD Radio systems have been operating problem-free since mid-December 2005.

A report card on HD Radio 

The last time I conducted my field study on HD Radio in the stores was in the August 2005 issue. Unfortunately, not much has changed.

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