It is a good idea to inspect the satellite dish as early in spring as you can, and evict any birds nesting. Later in spring, check for wasps in the feed horn or on the underside of the dish.
Spring is a good time to verify all gates and fences at the transmitter site are in good order.
Brian Beezley has documented the audible effects of misaligned time delay and mismatched audio, and he has written a handy utility to help keep the analog and digital elements synchronized.
Finding new uses of old equipment helps the bottom line. How about getting more power out of a power amp? If the stereo amp can be converted to bridging mode, there's hope.
Most LCD screens were not meant to operate 24/7. Here's a capacitor upgrade that may buy you some extra life.
Trouble mounting a computer in a rack? You can try to make do with modified shelves, or get the right hardware for the job.
After years of relying on the broom method and not having the budget to invest in a commercial deicer, KLJC engineer Glenn Williams devised his own way to keep the ice away.
The author prefers nitrogen over dessicated air, but he adds two more steps to manage the pressure.
NASA's Crimping, Interconnecting Cables, Harnesses and Wiring publication, a sagging E-V RE-20 arm solution and hard-synced closures.
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
A simple way to find a cable break is to use the regular telephone tone generator and the inductive amplifier.
Many times important supplies go bad on the shelf, especially adhesives and sealants. Cutting and drilling tools dull quickly with heavy use.
There are a lot of useful things thrown out as trash every day. While much of it really is garbage, even a slight glance at another man's trash can yield an unexpected treasure.
The Dremel handheld rotary drill kit, conversion calculators and more tools for your toolbox.
Changes to make for the fall season, the Extech Mini IR thermometer, steel letters and numbers, BNC extractor, and automatic changeovers for backup generators.
Serial data explained Even though there are faster and easier ways to connect data devices, many older protocols, particularly RS-232, live on. I have
Alternative power supplies, road rack wiring and rubber belts.
Ben Brinitzer has installed a number of HD Radio systems. He shares his top 10 tips for a successful installation
Punching in, leaving the light on, mic identity and staying connected
Vehicle maintenance, checking for leaks, and wasps and bees
Flying springs, analog cell phones and extra pieces.
Wart remover, the spaghetti alternative, and send a tip, win a book.
Rack maintenance, efficient rack use, power distribution and deeper racks.
Remote rack mounting, tape machine maintenance, studio headroom and from the Tech Tips Mailbag.
Part 2 of the analog tape series investigates the electronics. We also offer some insight into the basics of electronic logic.