Monthly Archives: November 2014

The KEØVH Hamshack For November 2014

November 30, 2014
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                           Jack Roland

 

                         By Jack Roland, CBRE, AMD and CBNT

                         KLove /Air 1 EMF Colorado Engineering.

Greetings, during the month of November and latter part of October things have been extremely busy in Colorado as we finally managed to get all the work done in Durango for the old KTEI (now KLove KLCQ). I met a new friend and really great engineer down there, Joe Frankland, who was employed by our land lease owner and also good new friend and top engineer Jim Burt. Jim runs an engineering contract firm in Durango and has been extremely busy himself so he lent Joe to me to get all the work done on KLCQ. I went down and spent a couple of days with Joe getting the satellite dish built, installed, aimed, and cross poled, installing the Nautel VS 2.5, and getting it all airworthy and turned on. So, all is finally done with that one! Really happy to have it going and completed.

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     Just built dish — The KLove carrier locked in on the Field Fox!

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 Jack signing KLCQ “ON THE AIR”!    

 

 

                                                                                               The Rack

For the time being the transmitter is located on top of the small 5 foot rack due to the building being extremely small. Next year I will want to have some AC installed and move the Nautel VS 2.5 into a small rack down lower if feasible. Next on the agenda is getting 100,000 watt erp KIQN (soon to be KLove KLCX) licensed to Rye/Pueblo. It is underway even as I type! It has been a bit of an adventure already as I inherited a BE FM35B that was in need of some TLC. We had to transport a 500 pound Shively bandpass filter up to the site on a UHaul trailer and had to chain up the truck to make it as the snow had already fallen to make site access a little difficult. More on that in a later edition.

During the month of October, I was able to go visit my Mom back in NW Georgia and while doing so was able to finally after all these years as well to visit the really nice Hamshack of K4KR, my longtime friend Kenny. Jim, KCØRPS had been out to visit Kenny a few years earlier, and now it was finally my turn. Kenny’s shack is literally in the east wing of a barn, and while the rest of the building looks like a barn, Kenny built out this beautiful wood paneled room, did the electric and set up his work bench and ham shack . One of the nicest I have ever seen! And it was good to have breakfast with him and his wife LeAnn and visit in Chickamauga Georgia.

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      Kenny in front of the “barn”                        The K4KR work bench

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K4KR at his very nicely appointed operating position

And just a few hours later, I was able to visit my very first radio station where I worked as a DJ at the age of 16! I also got to meet up with quite a few of the WFLI alumni who I had worked with and who had been on the air at this Chattanooga heritage 50,000 watt radio station beginning back in the early 1960’s! This was very special to me, as I got to visit with guys I knew back in the late 70’s when I got my start in radio. This station also features one of the last intact Western Electric transmitters in existence. AND, I also got to set down in their “museum” section of the building in front of the very Gates console that was on the air there when I started. Lots of tubes and even the old smell I remember from my earliest days in radio. The place hadn’t lost any of the old atmosphere and memories. One of the guys that was there, Mike Green (KD5NCQ) who was known on the air as “Machine Gun Green”, was the DJ who originally trained me and who I was a fan of when just listener to the station. Pretty cool for a 16 year old at the time. Mike and I got back in touch a few years earlier via, you guessed it, ham radio. How cool is that?!?!

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WFLI Jocks Jack, Mike “Machine Gun Green”,  

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Jack at the old Gates console

And Tim Cunningham from the late 70’s in front of the station.

          

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The old original WFLI Gates control room console

It was really a great time getting to visit this facility and see where it all started for me. This was where I obtained the old 3rd class license with Broadcast Endorsement certificate and my first on air experiences. It was a very special time that I will never forget.

Our friend and fellow amateur, Robert, KC8GPD is a big part 15 AM enthusiast, and has a really great little station setup in his apartment in Denver with a streaming format, closed circuit AM electrical common current facility, and streams a really cool format from his home studio. Check it out at: http://www.facebook.com/classichits1630am

 

Robert writes: we run classic hits from the 1960s to 1990 (playlist is over
2000 tracks and growing) and everything in between, also run public service
announcements from the ad council, BBC news at the top of the hour, and a
syndicated old time polka show every Wednesday at 6 p.m. mountain. We are
looking to add an oldies show in the future as well when the guy doing it is
ready to syndicate it. Also looking to add local weather from NWS if/when it
becomes available in MP3 download. The station uses all professional
broadcast gear from microphones to processing is NRSC compliant, we even
have EAS decoder and monitor LP-1: 98.5, LP-2: 850, Aux: 162.550. The
station is fully automated using “RadioDJ” automation software. We run
250uV/m @ 3m on FM which gets about 600-700ft to a sensitive portable with
good adjacent channel rejection. The AM with 100mW input and a 3 meter
antenna gets about 150-200ft with good signal to a good all band portable
receivers. Everything is balanced line +4dbu between everything except to the
fm. there is a conversion from balanced +4dbu to unbalance -10dbm near the
FM transmitter because that is what it is designed for. The aim is balanced
input and capable of -99% / +125% modulation. The pictures of the station in
drop box tell a lot about the professionalism of the operation that is run
here. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dmoop1yl8rts94m/AACdzBO4TqUYiCrU1itPwTusa?dl=0
Robert P Chrysafis
Classic Hits 1630 AM 88.9 FM Denver
Professional Part 15 Low Power Radio
Email: Classichits1630am@gmail.com (best bet for a fast response)
Phone:720-338-3020

 

 

Don’t forget the SBE IRLP (and Echolink) Hamnet, the first and third MONDAY EVENINGS of the month.  AND the EMF Hamnet now is the same manner on every Monday evening at 7pm Mountain time for radio discussions, both broadcast engineering and amateur radio. Details on how to join are at  http://www.qsl.net/ke0vh/sbehamnet. I hope you will be able to join us and share your engineering and ham exploits!

73’, God be with you, & see you next time!  KEØVH

 

Clay’s Corner for December 2014

November 27, 2014
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                                 Clay’s Corner for December 2014   

 

Think about this one for a moment – You build a nice new TV facility, costing millions of dollars…You go on the air … Then the whole station shuts down due to an electrical problem back in July and come to learn  that it will cost $1.8  Million to repair it and it won’t be back on-line until summer due to the lack of availability of spare parts.   Add to this the cause of the problem was a design flaw dating back 17 years and the parts must be manufactured in Germany.     Sounds like the perfect nightmare, does it not?    This is the sad story of the Ferry Tacoma.   Yet another botched project by our State Department of Transportation ….Your tax dollars at work.

 

For many years, before the wireless revolution, we had tons of spectrum set-aside for future TV stations.     Then came the transition from analog to DTV and a lot of that spectrum was put to work for duplicate stations during the transition.   When that process was completed the total number of stations went back to about what it was before the conversion.   But, by then, the hunt for spectrum was on  and the Feds had come to understand that the Wireless industry would happily pay for it.     Then the Feds looked at the TV transition and ‘discovered’ that they had allowed a ‘checkerboard’ pattern of spectrum utilization ….Not good for a wireless system that needed the same spectrum coast-to-coast….So the Feds decided to re-shuffle the TV stations into  specific spectrum with the goal of freeing up blocks of spectrum for the wireless industry.    Along the way the thought occurred to them that this new spectrum would fetch zillions of bucks…and just maybe some TV stations would rather shut down and take some of this new loot.   At least this is the way I understand the program.    The Feds, at least so far, at letting TV station owners decide whether to take the spectrum auction money.  as handled by the Federal Broker, or continue in the business.    Apparently some stations have already looked at their bottom line and have announced that they will sell.   Others, usually majors in big markets, are likely to stay in the business.       There are some wild-cards in this mix.   What about those stations that are located near Canada?    If you recall there is a big chunk of BC that is South of Bellingham.    What will the Canadians do with this Yankee plan?     (Think the TV stations with transmitters on Mt Constitution).  What about the NCE TV stations that are owned by the State, like Bates two operations in Tacoma and Chehalis?  Just wondering….would the State sell these to help with their budget shortfalls?    How about the religious stations operated by Daystar or TBN?   Will they sell-out, or stay on as a fund-raising tool?…Or…Will the whole idea collapse as suggested by  Ion Media CEO  Brandon Burgess?

 

Think about those that are impacted by all of this –

Ø         Stations that wish to continue to operate wonder what channel they might end up on.

Ø         Stations that want to cash-in are left to wonder if they will be able to

Ø            Antenna makers are all on hold waiting to see if they get a bunch of orders for new products, or not

Ø            Wireless outfits are wondering if they will get more spectrum for their users every increasing demands.

Looking at the first phase of the spectrum auctions has produced some pretty startling numbers with reportedly total bidding surpassing $30 Billion.   Is it no wonder that the Feds are anxious to add a bunch of former TV channels to their list of items on the auction block?   AT&T, Verizon and the Dish Network obviously have very deep pockets or those that are financing their bidding certainly do.

 

Changing the focus a bit…Look at the AM Band.   There are a number of AM’s that have already cashed in…Not for funds from the wireless industry, but rather from land developers.   Recently such an event took place in Kirkland where two radio stations lost their site with one of them going dark.    As the economic situation for AM’s becomes more bleak, the property under that antenna system may well have the potential to make more money than operating the radio station.    Not all stations are in this boat for sure, for example the 1210 in Auburn and the 3 stations in the Bellevue Swamp, likely don’t have this way out as their antennas are sitting on land that cannot be used for other purposes.     The bottom line for many TV and Radio stations will dictate their future…in not too many years all of this may well look very different.

 

It finally happened – KDDS  managed to get a better auxiliary  transmitter installed on North Mountain (down the ridge from South Mountain) with the installation of a much more trustworthy Continental.    This project was delayed for several years.    Working on the project was Doug Fisher, Alex Brewster, Nick Winter and myself.   The good news is we were able to get this completed before the first snow

 

 While up there we were rewarded with a spectacular sunset one evening.

 Towers 

This picture was taken from what’s called North Mountain, looking SSW. The tower on the right is on the summit of South Mountain and is now the home for 93.7, 99.3 and 97.7.  Tower on the left is operated by the Feds.

 

Taken on another night is this picture, looking west, showing the harbor and the Pacific Ocean beyond.     This site is approx. 50 miles SW of downtown Seattle.

 Sky

 Now that Whatcom county has turned down the application of KVRI to move to Pt Roberts the dust continues to fly.    The owners of the station are, apparently, going to appeal the decision.   Meanwhile the CRTC has come down with a decision to prohibit the production of radio programs in Canada and transmitting to Canadian audiences using transmission facilities in the US.   

As you know, legendary AM station KGY in Olympia was recently sold to Sacred Heart who also operates KBLE (AM) in Seattle.   Now to complete the change the call letters have been changed from KGY to KBUP.    Often call letters have a hidden meaning…but in this case, I’m not even going to try.Everyone talks about climate change these days….however little has been said about the impact on broadcasting.  In one of these columns a while back in did mention the impact on the rise in Sea-Level on a couple of AM’s in our area – 570 at Vashon Island and 1360 on Browns Point near Tacoma.    There is another impact that has not been discussed.   A recent study suggests that climate change may come with an increase in thunderstorms and  lightning strikes.  Every broadcast engineer knows what that means…Often things to repair.    Here in the PNW thunderstorms are rare compared to other parts of the country, however the tornado in the South-Sound a couple of months back that triggered a TOR from the National Weather Service was certainly a wake up.   Many of the really bad fires we had in Central Washington State this past summer were lightning caused too. 

 

Recent news this past month that iHeart Media is shutting down the business that was called Clear Channel Satellite.    Apparently the Premiere system will continue however, that’s good news as Premiere has become a valuable partner in the distribution of National EAS messages.At one time 101.9 was a favorite frequency for pirate radio operations – Not any more as the FCC appears to be busy filling that rather quiet spot on the FM dial with little stations.   For example in our area – ¨            KZIT-LP in Olympia – 16 watts¨            A new CP for an LPFM in Tacoma with a transmitter near the Tacoma Mall – 16 watts¨   A new LPFM for Bellevue – 100 watts¨            KVSH-LP on Vashon – 7 watts¨            K270CG in Sumner – 3 wattsI have to admit that I am shocked that Phil Johnson did not catch KZIT for his list of ‘interesting’ call letters. (I did let him know)   Jim Dalke added one to the list – “Can I add KSUX-FM Winnebago NE to your list of unusual calls”Boy oh Boy did the recent use of EAS Tones by a syndicated DJ stir the pot!.    The usual came out of the woodwork calling for the bozo to be fined megabucks to calls for a complete overhaul of the EAS system.  The FCC even sent out a document warning everyone to check their EAS equipment for a false and illegal message that might be lurking in there.   This one will remain active until the Feds determine what they are going to do about it.  One thing was made very public – Not all of the EAS equipment out there behaves in the same way.     From the ‘Pearls of Wisdom Department comes this item from the late Tom Croda –  “Nothing is fool-proof.  At best you can make it fool-resistant.”Perhaps the excuse was – because it was there?  Back on October 30th someone elected to parachute from a radio tower near St Louis.    In this case the bozo (Technical term) got hung up on a guy wire about 150 feet from the ground and 20 feet from the tower.   The local fire department rescued the guy who was not injured….Yes, he was arrested.Not often I mention the passing of an ‘on-air’ type…but the death of Tom Magliozzi hit me pretty hard.  For those of you that have not been entertained for years by the boys of Car-Talk, you would not understand.  Tom was 77.    Thankfully NPR continues to run these old shows that are 100% timeless.Has it been wet enough for you?  According to the times on Sunday, Nov 23 our total precip for 2014 is standing at 40.84 inches !!!   Normal would be 30.37 for this date.  That’s about 10 inches above normal.   What the folks in California would give for 10 inches of rain about now?   So how bad is it in California?Well….The FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for November 24th announced Red-Flag Warnings for the golden state.   At this writing we have flood warnings for Western Washington.Changes over at Entercom, John Price is out after over 20 years as part of the shuffle of Boston market chief John Kennedy to DOE.And from the ‘I’m sure I turned off the power’ file …or perhaps an OSHA training manual?

Guy Working

We all know that Microsoft is a pretty large outfit ….Did you ever consider their size in terms of the space they occupy in this area?   The answer is 5,000,000 Square Ft.  You can convert this to CU’s and that comes out to just under 35 average Costco’s.   This compared to Boeings Everett plant that comes in at 4.3 Million Sq. Feet.   At the current rate Amazon is likely to top them both as they keep adding to their collection of buildings.Occasionally you will see me write about the necessity of having a good security system on your broadcast transmitter building.   What recently took place in Tri-Cities should help underscore it.  The transmitter building used by KJOX AM that also served as an STL Relay site for two FM’s was recently torched knocking the 3 stations off the air and causing an estimated $100,000 in damage.   Due to the magnitude of the damage a $10,000 reward is being offered to find those vandalized the property.Looking at video from a local TV station, the building appears to have been the target of vandals in the past, at least to the extent the place was heavily ‘tagged’.    In the most recent event, the fence was cut and the building was forcibly entered.    I have not heard whether or not the facility had an alarm system and/or cameras…if it did not, I can bet this is something that will be considered going forward.A number of broadcast companies and equipment vendors have been sold to outfits knows as Venture Capital Groups.   A friend in California explained to me recently that the proper term for ‘venture capitalist’ is  “_vulture_ capitalist “

The new regional American Tower Broadcast Site Manager, Joe Taylor, has moved from Northern California to the vicinity of Portland, Oregon.

 

Now here is an interesting idea – TV Freedom.org, Antennas Direct and LG are getting together to start giving away free TV antennas.  I suspect that this promotion is likely to be largely misunderstood by the masses.   First you will have to explain that free TV can be picked-up with an Antenna…Then you will have to explain what an antenna is etc.    This is very much like the folks that are confused when you try and explain that milk comes from a cow…All the time they know it comes in a carton at the store.   Perhaps they can explain that it’s like free satellite TV with the antenna looking different?

 

Has it been that long since Sleepless in Seattle was a hit movie?   I caught this great flick on the tube recently and could not help but notice that all the computers shown were  -Pre-Windows –  Green and Orange displays…Wow how time flies.

 

Speaking of displays….You may be hearing more about ‘Computer Vison Syndrome, or perhaps Digital Vision Syndrome.    Kids are complaining about double vision, eyestrain etc. caused by viewing computers, tablets, smartphones etc.   What do you want to bet that there will be a new generation that will be requiring glasses?     Perhaps this is not as bad as the folks that walk into things while looking at their smartphone (A lot of videos showing this available on-line) or those that look at these gizmo’s and try to drive.     Driving a 4×4 I am able to look into folks windows while driving along and I am here to tell you that the prohibition on texting while driving has only caused people to place their devices where they think they can’t be seen.   Let me go out on a limb and suggest that driving while texting likely causes more deaths and injuries than firearms.

 

Looking at the latest Seattle area 12+ radio-ratings a  couple of things caught my attention.

 

Ø         Of the 34 stations listed 4 of them are Non Commercial (KUOW, KING, KPLU and KEXP)

Ø         Only one AM is in the Top-10 – KIRO…8 are positioned lower than #10. 

Ø         Of the bottom 10 stations (24 thru 34) 5 are AM’s

Ø         Of the Top-10- 9 are FM’s.   Of those 9….7 are transmitting from West Tiger

 

There was a time that Continental sold the majority of FM transmitters in the Seattle area.   To this day, many of these historic work-horses are still at work pumping out the kilowatts.   However the days of Tube transmitters in AM radio history and the vacuum devices are slowly being replaced with solid state models for use on the FM Band.   For reasons not fully understood, Continental elected to yield to manufacturers like Nautel and GatesAir (formally Harris) and not introduce solid state transmitters for our industry.   Recently Continental announced they were ending their 24/7/365 tech support in favor of a Weekday ‘Normal business hours’ operation.    One can’t help but guess that sales of their long-popular tube transmitters have dropped significantly making one wonder if the day will come that CEC will join those others that have exited the business.

 

On the flip-side – American Tower continues to grow bigger and bigger.   It was recently announced that ATC is buying an outfit in Brazil that operates 6,480 towers for a cool 1.2 Billion Bucks.    American Tower says this will fatten their annual bottom line by over $170 megabucks.

 

I normally don’t write about many personal things in this column… However this time I need to make an exception.   For those who encounter me in my travels around the area to various transmitter locations you know that I often had my best friend with me.   That friend was Taylor a large Yorkshire Terrier, more commonly referred to as a Yorkie.   In the past few weeks she has begun to lose weight with the Vet telling us that her kidneys are failing with that came the knowledge that she would not be with us very much longer.  Her pain and suffering ended on November 25th.   I was extremely fortunate to have become very close to this little girl, and for those of you that have deeply loved a dog, you know what I am going through.   I’ve included a couple of pictures of a truly wonderful companion.   The second picture shows her in the snow she loved at West Tiger a few years ago.   I recall driving up the mountain and see her get excited at the first site of snow.     Thank you sweetheart for 12 wonderful years….I could not have asked for more…You gave more love than I ever deserved.  

 

 

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 That’s it for this month – Hope to see you all at the SBE Christmas Party……Have a Wonderful Holiday Season and the best in 2015.

 

Clay Freinwald, K7CR, CPBE

Clay’s Corner for November 2014

November 1, 2014
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Hard to believe that we only have a couple of months to go in 2014- Wow has this whizzed by.   Of  course all things do when you reach this point in life.    You can certainly tell we are at this time of year when the days are getting really short  and the weather has turned wet.    Speaking of which, have you noticed that Seattle’s precip. Total is about 10 inches – above- normal for the year?   I’m guessing that the folks in California would like to have their 10 inches back.     Winter is getting really close.  I noted that the higher peaks in the Cascades are sporting a nice fresh coat of snow.    For those of us that head up into the hills – it won’t be long before we will be dealing with the ‘white-stuff’  I just checked and the snow level is now down to about 4000 feet.   For those of you that read this column in other places, this must seem strange to read.  Remember we are at 47 degrees North !

 

Just completed a roll out of new Satellite Receivers for WSU’s NWPR.   This required a lot of driving over a short period of time.   Gone are the old ICP’s  with new XDS’s  taking their place.  On the subject of NWPR, one of my co-workers, Tom Saylor, has been out due to a medical issue…The latest is that he is, thankfully,  on the mend.   On the subject of NWPR – the WSU Based radio network continues to grow and now consists of 19 transmitters and 12 translators.   In-State programming originates in Pullman as well as at the KVTI Studios in Lakewood at Clover Park Technical College.

Well, we had another EAS mess.    Like many times before someone has used EAS data in their programming with no regard for the FCC’s rules, potential fines, or the impact on others down-stream.

In this case it was a syndicated radio-DJ that thought it was a good idea to make fun of a station that ran an EAS during a ball-game.    It just happened that the data he used  was of the type that the FCC’s rules require everyone to forward so a lot of broadcasters, perhaps 100,  ran a false message.    I suspect that the DJ that ran this had no clue about the impact of what he was doing, he probably just thought the data bursts were just noise-makers.   What technophobe would think to decode the sound  of computer data before running it during a radio program?   The other thing is that it’s very likely that this DJ had no clue about the legality of what he was doing.   Chances are he is not likely to be well versed in the FCC’s EAS rules.

The big question now is what is the FCC going to do about it and who are they going to do it to?    If the radio program syndicator is not a licensee, the FCC has limited authority.   What about the licensed stations whose EAS equipment was triggered and, obediently, forwarded it as an legitimate message?   Can they be held responsible for the authenticity of EAS messages they receive?    Or could the FCC go after the syndicator?

A number of solutions have been proposed.   Because the EAS data was from a couple of years ago…EAS Boxes should be able to not forward messages that are not current.  Only problem is that much of our current hardware won’t do that.    One party suggested that perhaps preventative equipment could be deployed that would prevent EAS tone from being sent from syndicators or other suppliers of programs and program elements for broadcasters.

At this writing there is a lot of dust in the air – and when this settles out, the Feds will likely weigh in …In the meantime – a lot of band-width is being used by a lot of people discussing what happened and waiting for the next shoe to drop.

On the subject of EAS – We are always looking for volunteers to help with the EAS effort in Washington State.   The most pressing need is at the local level, working with the LECC’s.   If you have an interest in helping (I call it giving back)…Drop me an email and I will get you connected.  The next meeting for the Washington State SECC will be Thursday, November 13th at the State EOC at Camp Murray – I hope you can attend either in person or via the conference bridge.

Doug Fisher is back to working full time after his open heart surgery….He is assisted these days by Alex Brewster.

We have all heard someone’s cell phone whose ringer sounds like an old Western Electric mechanical bell.      Those of us old enough will smile at this sound in the world of electronic tweets or other sounds.

(Still like Jim Dalke’s phone that rings in Morse).    Now for those that have an ‘old phone ringer’ comes this App.

Rotory App

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you look back in history, just a wee bit, you discover a huge number of problems that were addressed with mechanical solutions…..Then came electricity and with that the marriage of the two and electro-mechanical devices.   The rotary-dial phone, step switches and mechanical bells were an example.   Later, when electronics came along we had mechanical devices controlled by electricity that was controlled by electronics.    Now we have computers controlling everything.     I have to smile when I had a neighbor kid come over to the house a while back and he asked about an old radio I had…and asked if it worked, I said sure-does and turned it on.   He looked a bit puzzled when I told him it had to warm-up and asked – what do you mean ‘warm up?’.  I explained it had vacuum tubes inside – He frowned some more.  Then (when it had warmed up) I dialed about and found 3 stations in Portland.  I suggested he should go home and see if he had a radio there that could receive 3 Portland stations… He was blown-away that something so old could work so well.   I recently ran across this item in the same category.

Simple Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talking about a very cool thing to do – The Arne Skoog Memorial Scholarship Fund providing money to pay for a percentage of educational efforts for engineers  who wish to improve their skills.    Arne, as you know, was an Engineer for CBS Radio in Seattle.  Check the Chapter 16 Web Sirte for more info –

http://sbe16.org

  or send an email to

director1@sbe16.org

The FCC has pushed back their filled with controversy spectrum incentive auction until early 2016.   Have to think a lot of lawyers are involved with this one.     Remember those days when there was all that un-used spectrum allocated to TV?

It’s been said that the most dangerous phrase in our language is – “We’ve always done it this way”

Then comes word that the French outfit that made glass tubes for Amperex has stopped production. Apparently the only manufacturer for tubes like the 4-400’s (used in many 1 kw AM Transmitters) and 3-500’s (Use in many Ham amplifiers) are in China.  I don’t know of any 1 kw AM’s still running tube type transmitters, but knowing the economic state of AM Radio test days, I would not be surprised that there are quite a few.

For some time, especially in explaining how EAS works, I have used made up call letters KRUD and KRAP, admittedly for the smile factor.     Old sage –Phil Johnson did a bit of research into perhaps funny or interesting call letters and came up with the following list –

 

KRAP-AM  Washington, MO

KRUD-FM  Newman, CA (dark).  This also didn’t work very well for KRUD-AM, Honolulu (dark)

KPOO-FM  San Francisco

KLIT-FM  Ranchitos Las Lomas, TX

WFRT-LPFM  Bronte, TX (dark)

KBRF-AM  Fergus Falls, MN

KFAT-FM  Anchorage

WSHT-LPFM  Indianapolis

KDRK-FM Spokane

 

In Seattle there used to be a number of AM Radio Sites –

KAYO at 4th and Lander, KJR on the West Waterway, KOL on Harbor Island, KXA on Rhodes Department store etc.     Peter Ward dropped me a note informing me that the Pigeon Point AM Tower used by KKDZ (1250) and KBLE (1050) is the last AM tower in the city.   What makes this a bit more interesting is that the tower is not even owned by a broadcaster but rather belongs to American Tower.

Thanks Peter.

What is it about successful Pacific Northwest or Seattle area companies that people don’t like?

Just think of all of those folks that would bad-mouth Bill Gates and Microsoft (That is until he starting giving away millions to help people around the world) Microsoft succeeded because it developed products that people wanted.    Now it’s time for another Seattle based company, Amazon has become just a wee bit too successful .  Some are now saying that they have grown too large and must be stopped through government action.   Seems to me that Amazon earned their way to where they are.

Every once in a while,  someone with lots of time on their hands, comes up with a phony piece of equipment that brings smiles to the faces of broadcast engineers.   Thanks to Dwight Small, here you go –

Funny Processor

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is right in there with the Engineer that provides the technophobe manager with a very impressive box with lots of blinking lights and knobs and switches that they can use to enhance their skills.

The story of the Fox network in our town has taken a few twists and turns.    First the media ran a story about how Fox was buying KBCB in Bellingham.  (Viewed from elsewhere they were calling KBCB a Seattle station …A bit of a stretch)    Then the news that Fox wanted to buy KCPQ-13.    The latest is that KCPQ will remain with Tribune where they just inked a long term affiliate agreement.   Now the question is what will Fox do with the Bellingham station?      Just another story to be continued.

Apparently Nielsen has determined that Seattle is at the top of the list of cities where people are cutting the cord…or where TV signals are not delivered via cable or Satellite but rather via on-line services.  This comes on the heels of another survey that shows the vast majority of folks watch television delivered by the ‘cord’.

No copper thefts to report this month – However I’m sorry to report that James Boyd who does contract work all over the PNW had his truck broken into with the theft of a considerable quantity of very expensive test equipment.   For example – an Aglient  Network Analyzer,  Agilent Spectrum Analyzer and a number of adaptors etc.   If you see this equipment, or hear of where It might be – Please contact James at 503-703-8360 or e-mail

boyd.broadcast@comcast.net

 I’m going to leave you with some interesting quotes –  All from Thomas Edison

 

1.      Never Underestimate the Power of Persistence

2.      Your Accomplishments Define You

3.      Learn from Failure

4.      Give Employees the Freedom to be Creative

5.      Don’t Be Afraid to Think Big

6.      Listen to the Customer

7.      There is No Substitute for Hard Work

8.      There Are No Shortcuts to Greatness

9.      Success Doesn’t Come Easy

10.    The Keys to Achieving Anything Worthwhile Haven’t Changed in Over 100 Years

 That’s it for this month – As we approach the Holiday Season – Have a wonderful Thanksgiving  and may you weigh less the day after!

73, Clay, K7CR, CPBE