Monthly Archives: February 2015

Amanda’s News

February 24, 2015
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 I thought since Cris has been so busy as of late I’d step in with an update. We just finished up upgrading to the Wheatstone blade system in Denver. For years we’ve used outdated Audio Science soundcards along with 32-channel Mackie boards for the production rooms and Wheatstone G6 consoles for our control rooms. While we stayed with the G6 consoles for the control rooms, we did upgrade the Mackies to Wheatstone E6 8-channel consoles. We got rid of the Audio Science cards in all of the rooms and now have a variety of Wheatstone Blades. We have the IP88AD in the production rooms and the Blade 3 in the control rooms. The new consoles required us to cut holes in the tabletops so we’d be able to drop them in. We actually had my husband come in and do it one night. Thankfully cutting the holes was rather easy. We were able to hook the consoles up and drop them in. Part of this project was also upgrading our computers. We went ahead and bought brand new computers for the production rooms because they get the most intense work. We decided to refurbish the control room and audio server computers. This meant buying new hard drives, RAM, and a second gigabit network card and a copy of Windows 7. The process was rather easy as we had a few spare computers lying around. I didn’t have to take anything down to do the work. Once we ran out of spares I was able to put the ones I did in service and basically take the computers I just replaced and do the same process. I found it went by rather fast and we were able to get the four audio servers done in a matter of days and the same with the control rooms.

One issue we have found with Windows 7 and our NexGen automation system is windows thinks a program has quit responding and forces us to close it down. We’ve tried waiting on it to see if it clears up but unfortunately, it never does. This proves to be an issue when we are recording. Without a secondary record device going, we risk losing it altogether. I’ve put everything to be Windows XP compatible and this has helped out some. As more and more broadcasters move to Windows 7 and beyond, we need to find a way to stop this from happening. So if anyone has any ideas about this I’m all ears.

The next step for Crawford Broadcasting is me typing up a how-to guide for our other engineers for getting all things Wheatstone set up. It’ll be a task but it’ll be good when it’s done.

I think that about covers it for this month. So until next time…73,

Amanda, KD0CIC, CBRE

The KEØVH Hamshack for February 2015

February 16, 2015
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           Jack Roland

 

By Jack Roland, CBRE, AMD and CBNT

K-LOVE/Air 1 EMF Colorado Engineering.

If you ever crack your cellphone display, (and I did severely) more than likely the cell phone itself is still good, but who wants to pay for a new phone these days, especially when they cost 4, 5 or 600 dollars or more? I would encourage you to check out a display replacement service. Here in Denver there is a group who for $120 for an IPhone 5c for example (different prices for different phones), come to your home, replace the display and even include a tempered glass cover. I watched the guy do this, VERY impressive. Saves a lot of money, and you don’t have to have the hassle of going thru the whole phone replacement deal in a crowded store and it take 2 or 3 hours. GREAT SERVICE! Check it out! http://premieriphonerepair.com.

Over the super bowl weekend, before the game, I took my younger sons to a video game tournament here in Denver. Thought I would enter a few of the contests for prizes. Now for a while I have wanted to buy a quadcopter that had a camera so I could play with flying and taking video from one of these “drones”. I actually happened to win one from Davinci Coders, which is a Denver based school for programmers in various programming languages and coding. Here is a picture of the ‘copter I won!

01 Quadcopter

I will be posting some video soon, after I learn how to fly the thing. It also has onboard WiFi, and transmits the camera view to your IPhone while in the air. The IPhone records the received video. Pretty cool system. I can see this becoming another hobby! J

Our good friend Vic Michael, of Mauna Loa towers, who owns quite a few transmitter sites around this part of the country, has one of the BEST Christmas cards I have ever seen. I little late in posting this, but it is too cool to ignore!

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Vic and his boys, at his site on Lookout Mountain, looking down on Denver!

 

My friend Ken, KØUZ just obtained a Yaesu FTM-400 dual band radio and of course, the first thing that you have to do in mounting in one of todays new cars is figure out how to mount it and then get all the power going. He did a beautiful job, and so I thought I would share how great it looks here the article. GREAT JOB KEN!

03 K0UZ Radio

The KØUZ Yaesu FTM-400 mounted in the car

04 K0UZ Mic

                                               Mic Mount      

05 K0UZ Mount

                 Radio mounted under the seat

 

As of this writing, I have ordered one of these:

06 BaofengUV5R_

The Baofeng UV-5R is a very popular rig these days due to the price of $46 and is available in different colors too. Blue happens to be my favorite, so next month I will let you know how I like the radio. This one is also available with a bigger longer lasting 3800 mah extended battery. There is a users group too that has published a much easier to understand manual than the gibberish one that comes with the radio. Having a programming cable makes it much easier to setup with your favorite frequencies too. If you own one or will be owning one anytime soon check out the site: http://radiodoc.github.com/

Don’t forget the Monday Night Broadcast Engineering

IRLP (and Echolink) Hamnet, every MONDAY EVENING

at 7pm Mountain time for radio discussions, both

broadcast engineering and amateur radio. The first and

3rd Mondays are also SBE NET nights. 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! de KEØVH