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The Broadcasters' Desktop Resource

The Broadcasters' Desktop Resource | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Information and resources for the broadcast engineer and manager.
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, May 23, 12:05 AM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this issue of "The Broadcasters' Desktop Resource (BDR)."  Although this site is focused on the concerns of broadcast engineers, there are plenty of useful tips and news leads for Amateur Radio operators.  The coverage of FCC actions is particularly useful.  The BDR is a useful resource tool from our friends in the broadcast engineering field.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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earth :: a global map of wind, weather, and ocean conditions

earth :: a global map of wind, weather, and ocean conditions | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
See current wind, weather, and ocean conditions, as forecast by supercomputers, on an interactive animated map. Updated every three hours.
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, May 2, 10:36 PM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this article.  Utterly fascinating application of digital technology to weather forecasting.  Quite beautiful in many ways.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 2, 11:41 PM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this utterly fascinating article.  This animated climate map is beautiful and almost enchanting.  Check it out...Quite stunning.  Aloha, Russ.

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Russell Roberts

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I'm a licensed FCC Amateur Radio Operator, holding the Extra Class License. I'm the retired news director of Pacific Radio Group on Hawaii Island. Currently, I'm a substitute teacher at the Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School on Hawaii Island.
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The Broadcasters' Desktop Resource

The Broadcasters' Desktop Resource | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Information and resources for the broadcast engineer and manager.
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, April 25, 2:23 AM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this update.  Although The Broadcasters' Desktop Resource (BDR) is geared for broadcast engineers and managers, there is plenty of useful information for amateur radio operators, especially in  areas of FCC enforcement and basic electrical safety.  Good stuff!  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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#TBT: The 60s were far out dude, the FCC cracked down on obscenity & more

#TBT: The 60s were far out dude, the FCC cracked down on obscenity & more | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
In Basel, Switzerland, Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman accidentally went on a trip. Working as a pharmaceutical researcher, Hoffman accidentally consumed a large dose of LSD on April 16, 1943. Hoffman first synthesized LSD to obtain a respiratory and circulatory stimulant. While synthesizing, Hoffman accidentally absorbed a small quantity of LSD through his fingertips. Hoffman said his experiences were like being in a dreamlike state.
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FCC enforcement monitor | Lexology

FCC enforcement monitor | Lexology | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, the FCC imposed a $7.62 million fine against one interexchange carrier and proposed a $9 million fine against another for changing…
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Telecom trade associations seek reconsideration of FCC’s new “treble damages” forfeiture policy | Lexology

Telecom trade associations seek reconsideration of FCC’s new “treble damages” forfeiture policy | Lexology | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Reacting to last month's Policy Statement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), trade associations representing a spectrum of…
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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, March 30, 11:54 AM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this infographic.  Mathematicians and Broadcast Engineers will find this reference table useful. It's been a long time since I studied differential equations.  I could have used this is college.  Aloha, Russ.

Russell Roberts's curator insight, March 30, 3:52 PM

Thanks to reporter David Hall and the folks at http://www.eeweb.com for this nice calculus-derivatives-limits infographic. I could've used something like this when I was struggling through differential calculus in college. A good refresher for engineers and mathematicians.  This chart will keep your mind busy.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, March 28, 8:16 PM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this intriguing article.  If you've ever wanted to design, build, and operate your own low-power FM station, here's the place to begin. The task won't be easy, but the end result will be worth it.  Good luck!  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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ZIP Codes in a Radius Lookup

Displays a list of ZIP Codes within a radius from a center ZIP Code.
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want to look up and see how many people live in a Radius of your transmitter or Listner area ?

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, March 28, 8:18 PM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this article.  A valuable tool for broadcasters and non-profit radio stations which will help them determine listenership and possible marketing strategies.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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The Origin of Color Bars on TV, and Other Standard Test Files 

The Origin of Color Bars on TV, and Other Standard Test Files  | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Occasionally, we get to catch a glimpse of the hidden tests that ensure our technology-infused world runs smoothly: color bars on TV or blocks of "lorem ipsum"
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, March 27, 4:25 PM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this fascinating look back at how our standard test files, color bars, and other media measuring sticks were developed.  My favorite is still the old black and white test pattern of the 1950s--the one with the Native American in full head dress gear surrounded by test bars, numbers, and other alignment tools. Yes, I go back quite a few years.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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FCC Slaps Virginia TV Station With $325,000 Indecency Fine

FCC Slaps Virginia TV Station With $325,000 Indecency Fine | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
The FCC plans to issue what it says will be the highest fine ever against a TV station for a single incident of airing indecent content, slapping a $325,000 penalty against a Roanoke, Va., TV stati...
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, March 24, 1:02 AM

Sorry, folks, no sympathy from my side of the pond.  The FCC rules and regulations are clear on this issue.  If station management wanted to air this type of program, they could have bought space on a cable tv system or leased time on a satellite network like shock jock Howard Stern does.  There is no excuse for this.  How about revoking the station's license or giving the license to a more responsible company?  This is just another indication of just how crude and rude our society has become.  Aloha, Russ (KH6JRM).

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Radio World: Mixed Reviews for Wheeler’s AM Plans

Radio World: Mixed Reviews for Wheeler’s AM Plans | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Radio World Broadcasters disappointed about his expressed reluctance on FM translators
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, May 16, 2:00 AM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this exhaustive analysis from "Radio World" about the future of AM broadcasting in the United States.  This article will have significant importance for amateur radio operators who work as engineering consultants for AM radio stations.  The transition to an all digital AM broadcast band is coming, but no one knows when or what kind of system will be adopted for that service. Also on the agenda is what to do about FM translator use by AM stations overwhelmed by industrial noise and other interference issues.  The expanded AM broadcast band is another issue that will continue to heat up the medium wave debate.  All told, AM broadcast stations are reeling from a variety of interference and site issues beyond their control.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Top 3 In-Demand Radio Jobs

Top 3 In-Demand Radio Jobs | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
What is the future for jobs in radio in our digitally connected world? Three jobs in particular stand out as being in demand right now and look to be still in demand as radio celebrates its 100th A...
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, May 2, 10:49 PM

Some sage advice from reporter David Hall and http://www.dictaylorblog.com.  When I left commercial broadcasting in September 2011, these positions were in demand--ironically these are the same positions outlined in this excellent article:

1.  Radio sales people, especially those with strong digital media backgrounds.

2.  Internet creators--something just getting started when I left broadcasting.  Many stations have a web presence and offer audio streaming through the Internet.  People are needed to present their stations to the digitally equipped and technologically aware listening public.

3.  RF Broadcast Engineers, especially those with a computer and digital technology background.

Positions not in demand anymore:

1.  General Managers.

2.  Promotion Directors.

3.  News reporters.  I was once the news director for my station chain on Hawaii Island. I branched out into RF engineering and sales early on and was able to work until I retired in 2011.  My Amateur Radio License also helped me establish a working relationship with the station's contract engineer.  I did a lot of work under his supervision.

 

So, for those aspiring to a broadcast career, ditch the announcing job and head to sales, content creation, and RF engineering.  I speak from experience.  And, by the way, I did some on-air work, too--mostly sports and remote broadcasts.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM)

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 2, 11:48 PM

As our British cousins would say of David Hall's article, "Spot on, mate." As a 37-year veteran of commercial broadcast and college radio stations and a recently retired News Director of Pacific Radio Group, I can attest to the validity of the statements made in this well-crafted article.  The advice is clear and true:  Ditch the on-air announcer role and become a real force by entering radio sales, content creation, and RF Engineering.  I've worked in all three areas and had a wonderful, occasionally challenging career.  I also did on-air work when the situation demanded, such as sports, live remotes, newscasts, and filling in for on-air talent.  Good luck in your search for a meaningful job in broadcast media.  Aloha, Russ.

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The FCC’s $365 Million Man

The FCC’s $365 Million Man | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Travis LeBlanc, the head of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, is cracking down on the telecom giants.
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, April 28, 8:09 PM

Despite plans to cut back the FCC's Enforcement staff, Travis LeBlanc isn't cutting any broadcaster, internet service provider, and the NAB any slack.  Le Blanc, who heads the FCC's Reduced Enforcement staff, has levied huge fines against Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Century Link, and even the Marriott Hotel chain for exploiting customers and engaging in monopolistic behavior.  His recent $350,000 fine against a small Virginia television station for briefly showing a pornographic image has incurred the wrath of the NAB.  LeBlanc, who has the support of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and most of the public, says he will cite any media outlet under FCC supervision that breaks the rules of the Commission. We've been warned.  Aloha de Russ.

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This Week In Radio Tech - GFQ Network - Podcasting Network

This Week In Radio Tech - GFQ Network - Podcasting Network | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
This Week in Radio Tech "TWiRT" Broadcast Engineers – especially Radio engineers – work behind the scenes to bring you most everything we listen to
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, April 17, 12:06 PM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this interesting program from the GQ Network. As a former broadcast newscaster and on-air announcer, I found the program "spot on".  It takes a lot of talent to bring a program to the public--much of which is never seen or understood by the general public.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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How To Make A Personal Website In Minutes - Personal Website and Resume Templates | Strikingly

How To Make A Personal Website In Minutes - Personal Website and Resume Templates | Strikingly | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Strikingly offers a free resume maker that automatically converts your LinkedIn profile to a personal website with just one click. Come and grab yours.
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Guide to System Design for Control of Electrical Noise | EEP

Guide to System Design for Control of Electrical Noise | EEP | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Most industrial control products don't utilize high frequencies directly, but they can generate them in the form of noise. Logic circuits are affected
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, April 4, 5:41 PM

Thanks to reporter David Hall and the "Electrical Engineering Portal for this in-depth look at electrical noise.  Although most of the information applies to industrial and broadcast engineering, the suggestions for reducing noise are worth considering by all electronics enthusiasts, including Amateur Radio operators.  Noise pollution in urban areas is becoming a major problem.  This article provides some helpful system design tips to mitigate the noise issue. Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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NAB's Bob Weller Rips FCC's Plan To Cut Field Offices

NAB's Bob Weller Rips FCC's Plan To Cut Field Offices | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
NAB VP of Spectrum Policy and former FCC Chief of Technical Analysis BOB WELLER is weighing in on the FCC's proposed cutbacks in field offices, posting on the NAB's Policy Blog that Chairman TOM WHEELER's plan "effectively leaves the FCC in the dark."

Noting that most of the present field offices "already operate with only a skeleton crew," WELLER, who joined the NAB in 2014 after two stints at the Commission (1984-1993 and 2007-2014), asserts, "Even if all of the ...
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, March 31, 8:31 PM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this article.  Bob Weller, the NAB VP of Spectrum Policy and a former FCC Chief of Technical Analysis, believes the move to reduce an already thin FCC staff is a mistake that will lead to major enforcement problems.  Weller is right.  The FCC cutback "effectively leaves the FCC in the dark."  Another case of "penny wise and pound foolish."  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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13 things you need to know about the FCC's Net neutrality regulation - CNET

13 things you need to know about the FCC's Net neutrality regulation - CNET | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Having trouble digesting all 400 pages of the FCC's Net neutrality order? Have no fear, CNET's Marguerite Reardon is here to tell you what you really need to know.
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, March 31, 8:38 PM

Thanks to reporters David Hall and Marguerite Reardon for this explanation of the FCC's stand on Net Neutrality.  Basicly, Net Neutrality means that all Internet Traffic should be treated equally.  In sum, there will be no blocking, no throttling, or no paid prioritization.  As expected, media conglomerates oppose this far-sighted plan decision.  There's a point where greed and outright power should stop.  This is that point.  Aloha, Russ.

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 1, 2:46 AM

Thanks to reporter David Hall  and CNET's Marguerite Reardon for figuring out the basics of this 400-page federal document.  In sum, the FCC regulation states that the Internet should be open to all citizens, that there should be no "throttling" of Internet speeds, and that no prioritization be given to media conglomerates.  Of course, media companies who seek to make money from a "two-stream" Internet system won't like the FCC decision.  It's time for greed and domination of the Internet by only  a few "well-healed" companies to take a back seat to better service, redundancy, and reasonable prices. Aloha, Russ.

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Fuses - Principles of design and operation | EEP

Fuses - Principles of design and operation | EEP | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
A fuse consists of a replaceable part (the fuselink) and a fuse holder. Examples of fuse holders are shown in Fig. 1. The simplest fuselink is
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, March 28, 8:12 PM

Thanks to reporter David Hall and the folks at the Electrical-Engineering Portal for this informative and useful article.  I'm adding this to my Amateur Radio reference library.  Good stuff.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Welcome to Times Microwave | Coaxial Cable - Attenuation & Power Handling Calculator

Times Microwave Systems manufactures high performance Low Loss Coaxial Cable, Connectors, and Cable Assemblies for Commercial Wireless and high reliability Military/Defense applications.
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, March 28, 8:22 PM

Thanks to reporter David Hall and Times Microwave for providing a useful Attenuation and Power Handling Calculator.  This tool will interest Broadcast Engineers and Amateur Radio operators, especially those who run amplifiers at their stations.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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The Broadcasters' Desktop Resource 3-19-15

The Broadcasters' Desktop Resource        3-19-15 | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Information and resources for the broadcast engineer and manager.
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, March 28, 8:25 PM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for recommending this outstanding online publication.  Although the BDR focuses on the concerns of Broadcast Engineers, technicians, and station managers, there are plenty of useful articles applicable to the Amateur Radio Community. A basic reference tool for what is happening with the FCC and the Broadcast Industry.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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FCC to Close 16 of 24 Field Offices


“After analyzing a contractor report on field office use, we have determined that we can more efficiently deploy staff using a ‘tiger team’ approach and make better use of regional offices,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told members of Congress. 

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