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FCC Eases Translator Siting Limit for AMs
Posted on 02-23-17 by Suzan
The 2,000 or so U.S. AM radio stations that rebroadcast on FM translators now have more flexibility in locating those FM signals.
The Federal Communications Commission today expanded the site limitations where translators can rebroadcast AM stations. This change was expected, having been discussed in the ongoing AM "revitalization" initiative, of which new Chairman Ajit Pai has been a vocal advocate.
The National Association of Broadcasters welcomed the rule change. Pai thanked the Media Bureau`s Audio Division, naming Jim Bradshaw, Peter Doyle, Tom Nessinger, and Lisa Scanlan for their work.
Dashboard “Mayhem” and Radio
Posted on 02-21-17 by Suzan
Jacob Media Strategies
The last decade has been an important one for the auto industry. And we’re not just talking about the recession that nearly put General Motors and Chrysler out of business.
Consider that just ten years ago, it would have been illogical to see automakers at an event like CES. After all, what did cars have to do with the consumer electronics industry, the realm of brands like Microsoft, Intel, and Samsung?
But as technology began to transform the dashboard, the landscape of media and entertainment in cars changed with it. Ford’s SYNC platform was the early pioneer in the space, preceded by GM’s On-Star, which back in the day was an emergency services tool. You contacted On-Star when you were locked out of your car. You punched up SYNC when you paired your phone or started using embedded apps on your touchscreen.
WorkHacks: Use an Ironing Board to Access a Transmitter
Posted on 11-28-16 by Suzan
Anyone who’s been in this business for a while will find themselves scratching his or her head at the way some equipment is designed. It’s as if the designer never expected the equipment to fail.
Mark Goff handles contract engineering in Kansas and sent in a picture that’s both funny and practical.
One of his clients had a Harris FM20-H transmitter. Fig. 1 shows Mark’s high-tech approach to working on the driver tube sockets under the shelf in the 20-H. The drivers in this transmitter require a contortionist to get underneath in order to get a good view. However, the ironing board works great.
Yes, Mark found that lying on an ironing board positioned his head and arms perfectly for troubleshooting and repair of this section of the transmitter.