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4 Myths About Computer Monitors You Might Believe - Make Tech Easier

4 Myths About Computer Monitors You Might Believe - Make Tech Easier | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
when buying a computer monitor, the truth is that most people have no idea how they're being duped into buying displays that throw fancy numbers at them.
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This Week in Radio History


September 14, 2007
FCC allows AM IBOC operation at night (MM Docket 99-325)

September 15, 1921
Westinghouse's WBZ, Springfield, MA, receives broadcast license

September 15, 1934
Mutual Broadcast System forms

September 15, 1965
8-track players marketed

September 17, 1995
BBC begins Eureka-147 DAB broadcasts

September 18, 2006
WIYY-FM, Baltimore, becomes the 1,000th station to commence HD Radio transmissions

September 20, 1956
First multistage rocket, the Jupiter C, launched

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, September 19, 7:58 PM

A nice compilation of significant communications events over the past 80 years...remember 8-track tapes, the advent of IBOC (In Band On Channel) AM broadcasting, or the debut of Eureka-147 DAB broadcasts? It's all here in this convenient list. Thanks to reporter David Hall for the info.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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TVB - Jobs

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Watch Your Morning MicroNugget

Watch Your Morning MicroNugget | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Watch a short MicroNugget on various IT and tech topics.
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, September 18, 11:29 AM

Nice  feature packed with useful information. Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Case study - Improper grounding practice of computers in buildings | EEP

Case study - Improper grounding practice of computers in buildings | EEP | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
The grounding of computer system had been carried out according to the recommendations of manufacturers. The grounding leads were insulated and
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, September 17, 8:52 PM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this interesting case study of grounding and the consequences of not bonding building grounds to computer system grounds. Once the two systems were joined, the problems of computer crashes and personal  safety issues were largely solved.  In a related way, amateur radio operators must make sure they have both a ground system for their equipment and a rf grounding system for their antennas, especially if vertical antennas are used.  "Ground to safety" is sound advice.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Public Broadcasters Challenge Broadcast Incentive Auction

  

PBS, the Association of Public Television Stations and the Corp. for Public Broadcasting filed a joint Petition of Reconsideration asking the FCC to change its proposed rules for the broadcast incentive auction to ensure that at least one noncommercial station remains in each market, or at least a reserved channel is left open. 


Why This Matters: The petitioners point out that if a non-commercial station decides to give up its license for auction, rather than share, no replacement spectrum would be reserved for a new noncom entrant.

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, September 17, 8:56 PM

The petition stresses the importance of having at least one public or community broadcast station in urban areas. Petitioners feel that kind of station and its frequency should be protected from auction.  If a public broadcast facility leaves the air, there may be no available frequencies if it returns to the air at a later date.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Radio World: One Didn’t Make You the Other

Radio World: One Didn’t Make You the Other | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Radio World Was he a first-class engineer, or was he an engineer with a First Class?
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How & Why to use Integration on an Oscilloscope

In this tutorial Dave demonstrates the seldom used and often little understood mathematical integration function available on your modern digital oscilloscop...
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, September 14, 10:00 PM

Excellent tutorial on using the mathematical integration function on modern digital oscilloscopes. Dave also shows a practical example by using the function to measure total power consumption in a microcontroller "that sleeps and then wakes up and does some processing before shutting down."  Good, well-thought-out video presentation.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Study Finds Cord Cutting on the Rise

   

According to a new research report from Frank N. Magid Associates, consumer intent to cut the cord and drop pay TV is up. 2.9% of pay-TV subscribers say they are “very likely” to cancel their service in the year ahead, up from 2.7% last year and 2.2% two years ago.


Why This Matters: Though the percentage of people getting video content from broadband is still small, cord cutting worries the TV industry. The number of pay-TV subscribers dropped last year and the trend could accelerate as more content goes on line and mobile devices become more powerful and popular.

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, September 12, 9:47 PM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this report.  The real issue is advertising revenue.  The trend to "cord cutting" has the broadcast TV industry deeply worried. As more people shift their entertainment and information preferences to mobile devices, advertising revenues could suffer.  I don't subscribe to cable and probably never will.  My neighbors tell me that cable and access fees keep going up.  Since I'm on a fixed income, every dollar counts.  If I need a television program, I just connect my homemade HDTV antenna and enjoy the few shows I like (PBS, news, and occasional sports events).  Most of the programming I find on the cable don't appeal to me anyway, so why waste my retirement funds?  As for movies, I go to my neighborhood library and borrow from their DVD collection.  Of course, your mileage may vary.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Radio World: In Indy, Engineering for the Bottom Line

Radio World: In Indy, Engineering for the Bottom Line | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Radio World Session with veteran radio engineers will explore 15 helpful tech ideas
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FCC fines former owner of WOYK 1350 for unlocked antenna structure

The Federal Communications Commission fined the ex-owner of Sports WOYK-AM 1350 radio station $5,600 for failing to properly secure its antenna structure, the FCC stated on its website.
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FCC Regulatory Fees Due Sept. 23

FCC Regulatory Fees Due Sept. 23 | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
TVTechnology FCC licensees pay regulatory fees either at the time their license is granted or renewed or on an annual basis.
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TVTechnology: Audio Control Room Acoustics

TVTechnology: Audio Control Room Acoustics | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
TVTechnology Welcome to part two of our look at audio control room acoustics and the reasons we expend so much effort to build great sounding rooms.
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jerell vargas p.'s curator insight, September 13, 9:52 AM

This is a structure that shows how it should look a acoustic room. Build a acoustic room is not cheap and is not easy. You have contract builders of acoustic room to make one your own were ever you want it.

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Radio World: Kintronic Presses FCC on AM Standards

Radio World: Kintronic Presses FCC on AM Standards | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Radio World Tom King also urges agency to allow AM synchronous transmission
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, September 7, 11:52 PM

All of the suggestions from KIntronics spokesman Tom King are workable.  AM broadcasters are facing rising noise levels and atrocious receivers in the market place.  King's suggestions are modest and could be implemented by January 2016:  Establish mandatory minimum technical standards for AM receivers; Require AM receivers to have a low internal noise floor; Require AM receivers to have better sensitivity, selectivity, and dynamic range.  Finally, the FCC should require AM receivers to have effective noise cancellation circuitry.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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The Broadcasters' Desktop Resource

Information and resources for the broadcast engineer and manager.
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, September 19, 8:03 PM

Here's another edition of "the Broadcasters' Desktop Resource," a convenient collection of articles that will help both broadcast engineers and amateur radio operators (some of whom are in the broadcast business).  Some featured articles include:  Better Field Intensity Measurements, AM Improvement...or Not?, and a timely AM improvement plan for Channels 5 and 6. Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Quote of the Day:

“The FCC received approximately 3.7 million Open Internet comments as of midnight on Monday, Sept. 15, the close of the official comment period.” ~ FCC spokesperson

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, September 18, 11:36 AM

Internet neutrality has received a lot of press attention in the past 6 month, and the public response to FCC initiatives in this area is huge.  The adoption of a two-track internet, a faster one for business and government, and a slower one for the rest of us, is a reflection of the surging demand for broadband services against a limited rf spectrum.  For my fellow amateur radio operators, expect further incursions into the bands we share on 2.3 GHz and 5.0 GHz. This is already happening in Australia and in the UK.  Perhaps there can be a frequency swap, such as taking place in the UK, where the loss of some UHF spectrum has been balanced by amateur allocations in the 60 meter (5 kHz) and 630 meter (472 kHz) bands.  If these trends continue, look for more amateur radio use of bands below the standard medium wave broadcast band.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Equity Communications Hit With $30,000 In FCC Fines

Equity Communications Hit With $30,000 In FCC Fines | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
EQUITY COMMUNICATIONS LP has been fined $10,000 for fencing violations at Oldies WCMC-A/WILDWOOD, NJ and $20,000 for painting and lighting violations at its simulcast partner Oldies WMID-A/ATLANTIC CITY.

At WCMC, a portion of the station's fence surrounding the base of the tower was missing after Hurricane SANDY hit the shore. "Although there were remnants of a fence," the Commission wrote, "the portion of the fence that remained did not restrict access to the base of the ...
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, September 18, 12:31 PM

Thanks to David Hill for this article.  When I was active in the broadcast business (1975-2011), a full-time station engineer was retained to keep management "in the loop" concerning such basic station functions as tower maintenance, barrier repair (fencing), transmitter repair, and various logs (program and operations).  Now a days, it seems station management is "penny wise and pound foolish" when it comes to required maintenance tasks.  Ignoring these fundamental requirements will lead to decreased station performance and possible FCC fines--such as in the case mentioned above.  Skilled people, such as broadcast engineers, are a resource that must be maintained. A broadcast engineer, with extensive IT and transmitter experience, is worth his/her "weight in gold."  I don't feel sorry for the managers of these stations. They knew the rules and now must pay for their negligence.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Giant net-neutrality videoboard at FCC's front doors wants YOUR videos

Giant net-neutrality videoboard at FCC's front doors wants YOUR videos | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Fight for the Future and Namecheap just parked a truck directly across the street from the FCC with a huge video billboard mounted on top facing the agency's main entrance; we're playing net neutrality videos all day today and tomorrow."







I know you've all already submitted your net neutrality comments to the FCC (you have, right?
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Solar Storms Strike Earth in One-Two Punch - IEEE Spectrum

Solar Storms Strike Earth in One-Two Punch - IEEE Spectrum | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
The moderate solar storms that struck Earth this weekend serve as reminders of what could happen
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, September 16, 8:54 PM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this fascinating article. A true cautionary tale, indeed.  The Earth emerged fairly unscathed from the passing of two large CMEs over the weekend--not too much disruption in communications system was reported. The situation could have been a lot worse.  According to the article, such events "serve as a reminder of the power of solar storms."  These storms "could cause even greater disruptions in the future because of humanity's increased dependence on the electric infrastructure."  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Rail News - FCC fines CN for violating radio license regulations. For Railroad Career Professionals

Rail News - FCC fines CN for violating radio license regulations. For Railroad Career Professionals | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Railroad industry Canadian National Railway - CN news about: CN, Federal Communications Commission. From the editors of Progressive Railroading Magazine
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Radio World: NRSC Adopts Updated Guideline on RDS Usage

Radio World: NRSC Adopts Updated Guideline on RDS Usage | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Radio World Two New Digital Radio Subcommittee chairs named
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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, September 12, 9:38 PM

Although this publication is geared for the broadcast engineer, there is plenty of useful information for amateur radio operators. Among the topics this week are:


Better Field Intensity Measurements.

Ask the Lawyer--your FCC questions answered.

Public Files need to be public.

FCC plans national EAS test in 2015.

The tower that melted.


Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog

KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
A Hawaii-based Amateur Radio Blog.
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Offshoring, outsourcing and start-up salaries: The CIO's hiring headaches revealed

Offshoring, outsourcing and start-up salaries: The CIO's hiring headaches revealed | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Tech chiefs on finding - and if needed making - staff with the right skills.
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FCC Fines Colorado Stations, Pennsylvania AM

FCC Fines Colorado Stations, Pennsylvania AM | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
The FCC has fined WESTERN SLOPE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC $20,000 for public file violations at Sports KRGS-A (ESPN RADIO 690)/RIFLE, CO and Classic Rock KRVG (THE RIVER)/GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO.  The public inspection files at the Stations were each missing multiple issues/programs lists; the station found the lists at another co-owned studio and said the lists were accessible via a shared computer network, but the Commission said, "Inadvertent mistakes are not mitigating circumstances that ...
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, September 10, 7:48 PM

I'm glad to see the FCC cracking down on commercial broadcast stations that don't follow the rules.  When I worked at a commercial AM/FM station in Hilo, Hawaii, the station assigned a person (usually the news director, which was yours truly) the task of producing, scheduling, and recording public affairs programs, as well as keeping quarterly reports of the programs aired.  These documents were used to support our license renewals, since, in those days (1976-2011), such records were required to be available to FCC inspectors and the public.  What happened in this case can best be described as management negligence.  There's no excuse for running a loose ship on the broadcast portion of the rf spectrum

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Pirate radio stations hijacking the airwaves in Brooklyn

Pirate radio stations hijacking the airwaves in Brooklyn | Broadcast Engineering Notes | Scoop.it
Brooklyn radio fans are fighting a pirate invasion — demanding a crackdown on illicit Caribbean, Hebrew and shock-jock stations hijacking the airwaves. Dozens of unlicensed shows operate in New Yor...
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, September 9, 1:22 AM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this fascinating article  from the "New York Post" on the proliferation of pirate radio stations in "The Big Apple."  Apparently, the FCC doesn't have enough people to enforce the current broadcast regulations and, so, these illegal broadcasters run amok.  I also notice that FCC inspectors are getting after amateur radio operators who fail to ID their stations.  While amateurs are being cited for not following regulations, the "free form" radio pirates are carving out their own broadcast empire in New York.  Perhaps, a little more selective enforcement should be directed against these people.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).