Environmental protection issues for towers extend beyond air, water and wildlife. It also includes historical buildings, landmarks, protected lands and national parks.
The bottom line is that without maintenance, transmission line will ultimately fail. The good news is that with regular and periodic inspections, the likelihood of unplanned failures is greatly reduced.
The bottom line is that Revision G is a good thing, and the standard authors have crafted an excellent standard.
There will always be opportunities to rent tower space. Here are some insider tips to keep in mind.
While there are similarities between various grounding methodologies, asking 10 engineers for their opinions will probably return a minimum of eight different and valid recommendations.
The upcoming generation of radio engineers will encounter a new ease of measurement as a fact of the Commission's new directional antenna proof rules.
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.
Getting back on the air was the first priority. Once that was accomplished, steps were taken to improve the temporary facilities.
After the dust had settled on getting WCFB on air at a temporary site, the task of selecting a new antenna for the permanent installation began.
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.
I would recommend you consider the TLM-1 when the need for a tower light monitor arises, especially if you have a tower light circuit where a separate wire is not available for each sidelight and beacon level.
Second edition is based on industry best practices.
Legend Communications, which operates 14 radio stations in Wyoming, recently added two new stations to its Basin Radio Network in Gillette: KAML-FM, upgraded from a C1 station at 96.9 to a C0 at 97.3, and KDDV-FM.
The average ground system is quiet, dependable and retiring, performing its work efficiently, without demand for attention. Unfortunately, too many stations try to economize when installing or maintaining ground systems.
Tower lighting requirements, which are specified in part 17 of the Commission’s rules, sometimes come as a financial shock.
Sometime this year the Telecommunications Industries Association (TIA) will release the most comprehensive revision to the tower standards since 1996.
Broadcasters who propose to locate their antennas on new towers near historic sites will face greater scrutiny to determine the environmental impact of their towers.
For towers that require incandescent lighting, regular tower-light inspection and maintenance is a task that tower owners must undertake. The annoyances lie in changing a burned-out lamp, affording the cost of a tower climber, timing convenience of the failure.
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Tower maintenance may not rank up there with your top 10 engineering duties: It's costly and time-consuming. Tower work is usually contracted, so engineers