Something to celebrate 

At this time of year it is customary to look back at the events of the past and look ahead to the possible future.

Open for business 

Since the Telecommunications act of 1996, groups all over the country started staking out dominant market shares. By 2000 times were good. Owners and managers were making money and servicing their debt load in a strong economy. What a difference in a year.

Taking stock 

It's been a year to remember - or perhaps to forget. Wall Street witnessed figurative and real collapses, and radio has felt the ripples generated from that.

Class C-0 FM implementation 

In November 2000 the Commission created a new FM channel classification to join Classes A, B, B1, C, C1, C2 and C3. Use of the new class - Class C-0 (C-Zero) - permits upgrades of existing stations and new allocations based on the reduced spacing protections, which will apply when Class C stations are converted to Class C-0.

Field Report: Computer Concepts Epicenter 

At a first glance, Epicenter might seem like just another audio routing switcher, but behind the front panel and flashing lights, there's a lot more going on.

New Products 

AEQ | APW Enclosures | Audio-Technica | Bird Electronic | dbm Systems | Digigram | Electro-Voice | Extron | Fostex America | Netia | NTI | Orban | PiROD | PreSonus | Primera Technology | RFS Broadcast | SADiE | Systems Store | Telos

Gigabit Ethernet 

In 1998, the IEEE adopted the standard defining one Gigabit (1Gb) Ethernet over fiber optic cabling. In June of 1999, the standard defining 1 Gigabit Ethernet, or 1000BaseT, over copper pairs was ratified.

Top loading, part 2 of 2 

Part One described the events leading to the development of top loading of broadcast AM antennas. This part continues with details of the types of top loading and discusses the use of the FCC's Rules in planning a top-loaded antenna system.

Manager's Perspective: Keeping Digital Clean 

A quality digital installation requires more than good equipment.

Top loading, part 1 of 2 

Engineers charged with the job of designing a new AM transmitter facility nearly always try to plan for the tallest tower possible. This is not just an ego trip; it's because the taller the AM radiator, the higher the field strength developed in the listening area with a given power.

Balancing your workload 

With all the hats contract engineers have to wear (and bear), it sometimes feels as if juggling is our primary occupation.

Class of service 

When radio technologists think of signal quality, the first things that come to mind are frequency response, noise and distortion.

New Products (Nov 2001) 

Fluke Networks NetTool | Yamaha MSP3 | TC Electronic DB-8 | Sonic Sense Sonicorder | Wheatstone D-5000 | Omnia Omnia-6 | Middle Atlantic MultiDesk | Statmon Technologies Statmon EMS | Netia

Dispatcher, Web Dispatcher, Autofill | PreSonus DEQ624 | RFS Broadcast 828DA | AEQ Ranger

Mass Media Bureau out 

As part of Chairman Powell's efforts to reform the FCC, the Mass Media Bureau, which handles all radio and television matters, will be merged into the Cable Services Bureau, which handles all cable matters, to form a new Media Bureau.

License-free facility interconnection 

Simple point-to-point audio paths have become complex networks joining multiple studio facilities and transmitter sites, sometimes spread over a large area.

The Web for profit 

As the economy continues its downturn, and radio revenue continues to decrease, station managers must use all their powers and all the tools at their disposal to increase the bottom line. Unfortunately, it now appears that the worst case is a reality, with even greater downside potential if future events cause greater disruption to the economy.

The show might go on 

Last month I wrote about the role that traditional broadcasting played in relaying information when many newer technologies could not keep up with the events of September 11. Just days before that event, I was putting some thoughts together about another event that took place earlier that same month: the NAB Radio Show.

Service provided 

When a major historical event takes place, we often remember, and are usually asked repeatedly, “Where were you at that time, and what were you doing?” September 11 is one of those days.

Network diagnostic tools 

Remember when creating a PC-based network was relatively simple (except for spending countless hours fighting with the operating system software)? Thankfully, most of those problems have been eliminated. Of course, we're not just transferring files or sharing printers anymore.

Webcasters must pay royalties 

In another victory for the record companies, the United States District Court in Philadelphia has affirmed the Copyright Office's December 2000 ruling holding that AM/FM broadcasters simultaneously streaming their signals on the Internet are responsible for royalty payments to ACSAP, BMI, and SESAC, and to record companies.

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