WCFB rebuilds after a tornado 

A borderline F3/F4 tornado had cut a path across WCFB's transmitter property, directly hitting the building and 1,500' tower, bringing it to the ground. The building and everything in it was a total loss and it was going to be a long recovery process.

New Hampshire Public Radio 

Although the timeline for the construction project was to be on the air from the new facility by Dec. 31, 2008, in an almost unheard of turn of events, NHPR originated its first broadcast from the facility at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15.

IP-based STLs 

Many of the devices we find in a broadcast facility today communicate by way of IP; what was once kind of a luxury (LAN at the transmitter site) has now pretty much become a necessity.

Keep an Eye Out 

Whether or not you use video surveillance at your station will largely depend on how secure you need the facility to be, compared to what you are willing to invest. The benefits of using video surveillance can speak for themselves in terms of reducing the chance of experiencing lost air time.

IP remotes: Instantly Practical 

Learning how to use IP codecs takes a little time and may require some patience on your part. Using IP codecs for remotes can provide some excellent results.

Fuel Cells 

Battery technology hasn't kept up with the advancements in technology of the myriad of portable devices available now. Wouldn't it be great to have an alternative power source that was easily portable (unlike a generator), that worked day or night (unlike solar cells)?

Radio Excellence Awards Winner 2009 

Congratulations to all the entrants in this year's Excellence Awards contest from Radio magazine. The entries represent the highest standard of radio technology. Special congratulations to Cox Radio Birmingham for winning this year's award.

A Better Method of Line Pressurization 

The author prefers nitrogen over dessicated air, but he adds two more steps to manage the pressure.

WGBH: Green in Boston 

WGBH's new Brighton complex is officially green, with LEED certification granted by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The green designation features construction from recycled steel, motion-sensitive office lighting, UV-filtering glass and motorized sunshades, water-conserving features, solar panels generating 100kW of power and a "green roof."

Digital wireline STLs 

The link from the studio to the transmitter is a critical, but often overlooked part of the transmission system. There are generally two options: wired or wireless. There are some common reasons behind building a wireline STL system as opposed to using a radio system.

The Engineer's Guide to the 2009 NAB Show 

Get ready for the convention with our NAB Show preview.

2009 NAB Extra 

The 2009 NAB Show preview highlights new product offerings from AEQ, Barix Technology, Belden, Comrex, Henry Engineering, JK Audio, Logitek, Nautel, Tieline Technology and many more.

Tips for clean and neat wiring, mic support arms, missed cues 

NASA's Crimping, Interconnecting Cables, Harnesses and Wiring publication, a sagging E-V RE-20 arm solution and hard-synced closures.

Choosing a small wind turbine for your station 

If you look closely at most power consumers you will find the majority use power with less-than-ideal efficiency; that is likely because over the last 100 years or more electric power has been easy to come by and, for the most part, cheap. There has been little if any economic incentive to maximize the efficiency of electrical usage.

Tips, tricks, hints and more on mic and headphone cables, and staying organized 

Watch out for snakes Robin Cross, chief engineer at KCUR-FM Kansas City, needed a snake for the station's remote kit. The snake had specific needs for

Nautel HD Power Boost: How it Works 

Nautel has developed a technology called HD Power Boost that uses an intelligent peak to average power ratio (PAPR) technique to address this issue.

HD Radio Ad Substitution 

Not every listener is going to want to participate in targeted advertising. Our society has raised suspicions about privacy to paranoia proportions. However, there will be those who are unconcerned. There will be those who prefer to hear commercials that match their lifestyle. There will be listeners that desire certain free-but-protected programming and are willing to opt-in to receive premium content.

Top 10: HD Radio penetration 

It seems the 2,000-station mark is in sight, but the rate at which stations are activating HD Radio signals has slowed.

The Studio Shuffle 

Sandusky Radio's stations had outgrown their outdated Tempe, AZ, facilities and wanted state-of-the-art studios for their AM talk station, AM 1060 The Fan, and their FM rock station, KUPD.

Tips, tricks, hints and more on finding a cable break 

A simple way to find a cable break is to use the regular telephone tone generator and the inductive amplifier.

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