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.

Sign Off 

The computer hard drive is 50 years old this month. Take a look at the IBM RAMAC, which held 5MB of data and was the size of a refrigerator.

FM antennas and radiation 

New construction can distort an AM station's anticipated service contour. This primer reviews the basics of antennas and RF propagation.

Acoustical Design Details 

When we began our design efforts for the new Air America Studios, we had to address four main issues: studio layout, accommodation of technical equipment,

New and nifty, or tried and true? 

What's the one item in the facility that every on-air and production staff member will have an opinion about? The mic. Some newer offerings are challenging conventional thought and offering new choices for radio.

XM and Sirius experiencing regulatory problems 

There have been widespread complaints that some satellite radio receivers that use low-band FM frequencies to transmit the incoming satellite signal to on-board car radio receivers “bleed through” so that persons in nearby cars receive the signals intended for the subscriber’s car radio.

Field Report: Audio Design Associates HD-Pro 

Radio stations finally have an HD Radio monitor that can be mounted in a rack to interface with the professional equipment within a radio station.

Field Report: Barix Technology Instreamer, Exstreamer 

Barix manufactures TCP/IP-based network amplified audio products that can be used within local area networks and over the Internet.

Continuing education and certification 

Enhancing your skill set is an affirmative way to affect change in your career. Change is positive and ultimately allows you to control your own destiny

Airways and airwaves 

The FAA seeks greater control of some broadcast spectrum in a new proposal for rulemaking. It's troubling that the FAA NPRM deals with EMI in a broad way, but this fits with how the FAA has always viewed spectrum issues

New Products (Aug 2006) 

Check out new products from Axia Audio, Digigram, Digital Juke Box, Energy-Onix, Marshall Electronics, Microboards Technology, OMT Technologies, Pop 2 Life, Prophet Systems Innovations, Wireready and Yamaha.

Sign Off 

While radio undergoes its current transition to digital, there have been other transitions that have been implemented to improve AM performance.

New Products (Jul 2006) 

New products from Audio Science, Audio-Technica, Axia Audio, Broadcast Tools, Burk Technology, Day Sequerra, Dorrough Electronics, Edirol, ERI, Eventide, Fanfare, Fiberplex, Holophone, Jampro, Junger Audio Studiotechnik, Marshall Electronics, MGE UPS Systems, Myat, Neutrik, Non-Stop Music Library, RCS, Shure, Sonifex, Sony, Sound Devices, SRS Labs, Teracom Components, Ultrasone, Waves, World Vibrations, Yamaha and Zaxcom.

Translator program origination 

Local program origination on FM translators is an ongoing issue, and following a recent petition from a broadcaster, the outlook appears bleak for the possibility to ever come to pass.

Tower inspection and climbing 

At one time, tower climbing and inspections were something that everyone and anyone could do. In today's safety-conscious world, it pays to play by the rules and do it right.

Broadcast Tools SRC-8 III 

This device is most often used to transmit closures between remote locations via a serial connection, and the author has found many useful applications for the device.

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