Sign Off 

Broadband-enabled hotels to triple.

Wit Easi-8 

Network-based communications in a remote control system provide a variety of configuration options.

FCC begins review of Katrina impact 

Despite the botched governmental response before and after Katrina struck, there is a perception in many circles that the FCC’s performance was praiseworthy.

Field Report: AEQ DR-100 

Recently, Orlando's WBDO news department needed some new field recorders. It chose the AEQ DR-100.

Much Ado About HD Radio 

I happened to flip through the 148-page Crutchfield catalog when it opened to page 23 and I saw a JVC car stereo with an LED readout that says HD RADIO. Could it be that this was the moment that so many people have dreamed about?

Engineering assistance 

Today's broadcast engineer has a much easier row to hoe than his counterpart in the middle to latter part of the 20th century.

Maximized effort 

Many readers have shared their varied opinions on HD Radio and the Digital Radio Alliance.

Tuning in with the Recepter 

David Saviet reports on his experience with the Boston Acoustics Recepter HD receiver.

The value-added engineer 

Have you ever stopped to think about the added value that you bring to your employer? Being the chief engineer at a station carries more experience than you might think.

Sign Off 

The early days of profanity delay.

New Products (Feb 2006) 

New products from Adobe Systems, HHB, Mediatone Music, Omnia Audio, Primera Technology and Stormin Protection Products.

Missing something 

CES was a chance to show people that terrestrial radio was just as important today as it ever was. Unfortunately, digital terrestrial radio missed a major opportunity to shine.

Field Report: Audioarts R55E 

While most control consoles can't do anything about bizarre programming and cappuccino spills, there is a console that's easy to operate and accommodating to green broadcasters.

Webcasting royalty fees in play 

A new proceeding has begun to set the music copyright royalty fees that stations streaming on the Internet will pay to record companies and recording artists for 2006-2010. While the new fees are not likely to be finalized until late in 2006, they will apply retroactively to Jan. 1, 2006.

Neural Audio 5225 

Several Radio One stations were adding 5.1 to their broadcasts, but it wasn't clear how the Philadelphia stations would handle this conversion within their all-analog facility.

Field Report: Digigram UAX220 

The Digigram UAX220 is a USB-compliant interface that addresses all of the typical portable adapter problems.

New Products (Jan 2006) 

New products from AEQ, Audio-Technica, Broadcast Tools, Broadcast Warehouse, Studiomaster, Tascam and Vorsis.

Transmission lines 

While they seem simple enough, transmission lines are actually very complex in nature. Their size, length and type are all important considerations when designing an RF system.

FCC considers low-power AM 

Some of the promoters of LPFM have now returned to the Commission with LPAM--a service that would not be shackled with the restrictions that apply to LPFM.

Better late than never 

While the reasons for establishing the HD Digital Radio Alliance are valid, the Alliance should have been launched at least two years ago when the first digital receiver was sold.

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