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.

Tuning in with the Recepter 

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Products (Jan 2006) 

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

Field Report: Digigram UAX220 

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

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.

Sign Off 

The real interest in satellite radio, and a visit to the Big One.

Field Report: 25-Seven Systems Audio Time Manager 

25-Seven Systems has manipulated the concept of time and has rearranged the way live events unfold. The result give stations the ability to account for unplanned events in an already overloaded schedule.

New Products (Dec 2005) 

New products from AKG, Armstrong Transmitter, Auralex Acoustics, Automation Systems Interconnect, Belden, Digidesign, Digital Juke Box, DK Technologies, Eddystone Broadcast, Edirol, Fiberplex, Furman Sound, Henry Engineering, Inovonics, Korg, Lawo, Lectrosonics, Middle Atlantic Products, Mojave Audio, Muxlab, Otari, Prism Sound, Road Ready Cases, Spectral Communications, Studio Network Solutions, Timewave and XP Sound.

Relaxed tribal notification standards 

Tower construction projects on tribal lands must be coordinated with local tribes. To prevent non-responses from keeping tower projects on hold, the Commission recently announced a new policy for dealing with tribal and native Hawaiian organizations.

Keep the HD Radio Rollout Simple 

While radio waits for the mass rollout of receivers with HD Radio capability, personal electronics devices are bypassing terrestrial radio completely.

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