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TWiRT 332 - Permafrost and Air Conditioning with John Antonuk

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jan 13, 2017 1:00:00 PM

How do you keep equipment operating when the temperature changes by 150 degrees? John Antonuk keeps 4 radio stations running year-round in Fairbanks, Alaska. And that’s pretty impressive when you consider the harsh - and varying - conditions. John joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack on This Week in Radio Tech.

Guest: John Antonuk - Chief Engineer, iHeartMedia, Fairbanks, Alaska

Hosts:

Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist 

Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

 

Show Links:

And, just where is this studio in Fairbanks?

Simulsat receive antenna brochure

AMC-8 Satellite Service Migration

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The Support Team with the Most, from Here to the Coast

Posted by Tom Vernon on Jan 11, 2017 9:06:00 AM

When you purchase a piece of equipment from The Telos Alliance, you're not just getting great gear. You're really getting the Telos Experience. From first contact with the sales staff, who can match your requirements with our equipment, through installation help from our 24/7 technical support team, as well as ongoing assistance with troubleshooting and software upgrades, we're there for you.

But wait, there's more. Sometimes our customers imagine applications that have never been done before, occasionally by combining Telos and non-Telos equipment. Don't be shy about asking for help, the tech support folks love a good challenge. Just ask Rich Parker.

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Topics: Axia Audio, Telos Alliance 24/7 Support

TWiRT 331 - IP Radio Success with Jeff Holdenrid

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jan 6, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Microwave radio links have been around for a while, and now with so many IP Radios on the market, how does a broadcast engineer choose what’s right? Jeff Holdenrid with DoubleRadius has been installing and configuring these systems for over 15 years. He gives us the lowdown on the inexpensive, unlicensed systems up to fully licensed links for broadcast.

Guest: Jeff Holdenrid, Sales Engineer - DoubleRadius

Hosts:

Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist 

Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

 

Show Links:

Superior Essex Armored CAT6 cable

DoubleRadius value-added wireless networking

Micronet Communications & Consulting

Comsearch wireless solutions

Cambium Networks link planner

Ubiquiti outdoor wireless link calculator

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Meet the New Guys

Posted by Krissy Rushing on Jan 6, 2017 12:40:49 PM

It's a new year, and the Telos Alliance has added two new members to its growing family. We welcome Brett Patram, new Support Engineer, and Dave Collins, US Sales Manager for Omnia Audio. Brett has been working actively in the Cleveland radio market as an engineer for the past eight years. He was the Director of Engineering for Salem Media Group Cleveland for the past six years before joining the Telos Alliance. He is also the current Vice Chair for the local Society of Broadcast Engineers chapter 70.

Dave is originally from Philadelphia, and has been in radio, working as a program director, on-air host, and technical guy, for the last 15 years. Most recently, he worked at a station group in Lebanon, New Hampshire, did the ski and snowboard reports for a network of stations, and was the voice of Dartmouth Sports Network. Dave has engineered thousands of remote broadcasts, including live play-by-play sports, debates, interviews, and live music concerts. Get to know Brett and Dave! 

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Topics: The Telos Alliance

Our Top 5 Direct Current Posts of 2016

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Jan 6, 2017 11:17:24 AM

As we begin anew with the start of 2017, we also take a look back at the top Direct Current content of 2016—the items that received the most opens from our weekly enewsletter. (Sign up here!)

5) In late May we introduced Streaming University to rave reviews from broadcasters looking to get the most out of their streams. This informative video series ran all summer long as we featured a new video covering an important aspect of streaming audio each week for 14 weeks. The kickoff drew a lot of attention as Professor Kirk Harnack introduced Streaming U with an overview of what was in store.

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Topics: The Telos Alliance

TWiRT 330 - War Stories with Tom Ray

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Dec 23, 2016 1:00:00 PM

It’s a “War Stories” episode with special guest, Tom Ray.  Tom is a soldier in the broadcast engineering trenches every day. He joins Chris Tobin and me with tower snakes, mothball mice, and clever engineering tips for mobile, street-level remote broadcasts.  

Guest: Tom Ray - President, Tom Ray Broadcast Consulting

Hosts:

Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist 

Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

 

Show Links:

Lectrosonics Wireless Mic and IFB Systems

The Car Doctor show

How to get rid of a Rattlesnake!

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Found in the Attic: Western Electric gear, or... Dumpster Diving at Ma Bell

Posted by Tom Vernon on Dec 21, 2016 9:49:00 AM

As an electronics geek coming of age in the 1970s, my need for components and other gear often outstripped my meager budget. Between construction projects in Popular Electronics and restoration of surplus grab gear, the revenue from the allowance and part-time job wasn't enough.

Fortunately, help was at hand. With the rapid obsolescence of equipment and a thriving economy, it was often simpler for both consumers and companies to replace than repair. Picking up discarded TVs and stereos during the town's annual spring cleanup yielded a wealth of components. Occasionally, colleges got overwhelmed with components from surplus grabs and would pass some along to deserving high school students.

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Topics: Vintage Electronics

TWiRT 329 - FM Antenna Tuning with Dana Puopolo

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Dec 16, 2016 1:00:00 PM

That hunk of brass, copper, and stainless steel up on the tower is a lot more important than we often consider. The FM transmitting antenna launches a station’s signal to the audience.  It can have a huge effect on the station’s listenability. Dana Puopolo joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack for anecdotes and specific advice about tuning FM transmitting antennas.

Guest: Dana Puopolo - Chief Engineer WGLS-FM, Rowan University Radio, Glassboro, NJ

Hosts:

Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist 

Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

 

 

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Channeling Your Inner SDI

Posted by Shane Toven on Dec 14, 2016 2:06:18 PM

Building on insight and history in the television broadcast industry, The Telos Alliance created a new division to focus on the expanding needs of the TV audio market. Titled the “TV Solutions Group” (TVSG), the knowledge and resources of the two Telos Alliance TV brands, Linear Acoustic and Minnetonka Audio, are combined to provide a wide range of products, solutions, consultation, and custom development. Read more about TVSG here.

Here's the first of many TVSG tech tips:

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Topics: Linear Acoustic, Television Audio, Aero.100

Telos Tackles the Last Frontier

Posted by Tom Vernon on Dec 14, 2016 11:29:00 AM

Public radio has a special place in the hearts and minds of listeners in rural communities. Often, it's their only link to the outside world. So it is in Alaska. “The Last Frontier” is served by 26 public radio licensees. Scattered across the state, they cover over 90 percent of the population. Reflecting the unique needs of each community, their program content varies widely, ranging from locally-produced entertainment to town meetings to regional and national news and information. At the hub of this network is Alaska Public Broadcasting (APB), whose headquarters are in Anchorage.

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Topics: Axia Audio, Omnia Audio, Telos Systems, Telos Alliance 24/7 Support, Broadcast Engineering