WZIP-FM is on the Right Track


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When I switched the NV on to the Shively directional antenna system the reflected power actually dropped to 8W from the 16W it had on the load. Obviously the antenna is well tuned but I know the more than 800' of transmission line helps some too. One quirk in the NV AUI is when you log in through the Web and enter your user name it pops up a touch keyboard on the screen, but you can hit esc and it's back to normal.

At the transmitter site, the main transmitter is a Nautel NV-5 with a Harris Z5CD backup.

At the transmitter site, the main transmitter is a Nautel NV-5 with a Harris Z5CD backup.


Now I'm able to access all of the equipment at the remote site through the Net, and the new transmitter logs look great with a screen cap of the main Nautel display page. The only drawback was the delay in the audio from adding the STL link and Axia IP audio path. It wasn't too much in each unit, but add that to the slight delay in the Omnia and it was just enough to throw the announcers off.

I handled this by changing the source for the headphone feed to an analog processed feed before the STLs and all was well. It was a busy month or so but very well worth it and I'm now back to having the same type of equipment as the stations our graduates may be working on in their future jobs.


Equipment list

Audemat FMB80
Audio-Technica AT2035
Axia iQ, Core, analog nodes
Enco DAD, Rama
Harris HD Link
Mosley LanLink HS 900
Nautel NV-5
Omnia One
Radio Systems StudioHub+
Telos HX-1


Thompson is chief engineer of WZIP, Akron, OH.




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