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Kirk Harnack [TWiRT]

If you're a radio engineer, this lively mix of news, tech tips and commentary will make its way to your "must watch" list. Join the conversation with our Kirk Harnack, his regular contributors and special guests.
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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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TWiRT 328 - Check the Radio and Turn Signals with Mark Persons

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Dec 10, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Gentleman engineer, Mark Persons, talks about mentoring engineering students from 150 miles away. Custom EAS Relay panels. Plus 4 dB steps in some car radios volume controls is crazy! And car-buying advice you don’t want to miss.  Plus Chris Tobin reports in from the Government Video Expo and Drone Show.

Guest: Mark Persons, President of M. W. Persons & Associates

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

 

 

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TWiRT 327 - Denny Sanders and Processing the Buzzard

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

FM audio processing grew and developed right along with the Rock ‘n Roll radio format.  Denny Sanders played a key role in Rock Radio from Boston’s MIT to Cleveland’s Buzzard. Denny’s our guest along with Chris Tobin on This Week in Radio Tech.

Hosts:

Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist
Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

 

 

Links from the show:

Denny Sanders on WMMS, November 1985 (in-studio video)

LABELING YOUR CABLES - Easy Everyday Solutions

3M™Scotchcode™ Write On Dispenser

 

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TWiRT 326 - Let’s Get Ready to Re-Aim

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Nov 28, 2016 11:16:02 AM

Well, that’s one of many subjects that Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack are discussing on this episode. Others include Burli newsroom software, Harris VistaMax, Shure SM7, Telos iPort PLUS parallel audio distribution, and Krone block patch cables. And, will President Trump replace FCC Chairman Wheeler?  

Hosts:  Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist and Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

 

 

 

Links from the show:

Gentlemen, Move Your Dishes - Radio Networks Moving to AMC-18 (or SES-11?)

Krone Block information from the Online Engineer

Connecting the Land Down Under - via Satellite and Terrestrial Internet

 

 

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TWiRT 325 - Old to New Engineering at WHRO

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Nov 12, 2016 1:00:00 PM

When you start from a solid engineering foundation, it’s much easier to pass the baton to your replacement.  John Heimerl retired from Engineering at WHRO in Norfolk, and the new engineer, Ray Lenz, has been building on John’s AoIP foundation. We’re talking with both John and Ray, plus Chris Tobin on TWiRT.

Guests: 

John Heimerl, Fine Tuning Associates, LLC

Raymond Lenz, Senior Radio Engineer, WHRO - WHRV

 

Hosts:  Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist and Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

Links from the show:

WHRO, Norfolk, VA  

 

 

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TWiRT 322 - Alex and Chris, The Radio Tech Guys

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Oct 21, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Alex Linger and Chris Moran are two radio engineers using the latest technology to help broadcasters create news, sports, and entertainment. What sets them apart is how they share what they do with the rest of us. Alex and Chris have a new podcast and they produce how-to videos about broadcast studio and transmitter systems.

Guests: Alex Linger, Director of IT - West Virginia Radio Corp and Chris Moran, Director of Technology - West Virginia Radio Corp

Hosts:  Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist  and Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

 

 

Links from the show: 

Platinum Tools EZ-RJ45 connectors and tools

The Radio Tech Guys web site

The Radio Tech Guys YouTube Channel

 

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TWiRT 321 - Tower Glam Shots with Scott and Lisa Fybush

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Oct 13, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Glamour shots were hot in the 1980’s and 90’s. But Scott and Lisa Fybush have been making towers famous in photos for fifteen years. Scott Fybush joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack. We’re talking not only glam towers, but also reflections on the NAB Radio Show in Nashville, and Chris is pushing microwaves out of the kitchen!

Guest: Scott and Lisa Fybush - Editor/Publisher at NorthEast Radio Watch/Fybush Media

Hosts:  Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist  and Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

 

 

Show Links:

Tower Site Calendar

Northeast Radio Watch

Lisa Fybush produces The Tragical History Tour show on Rochester Free Radio

Chris Tobin’s live broadcast location: Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar

Howard Price - Disaster Readiness

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Topics: Broadcast

TWiRT 320 - Get Into My Cloud with Curtis Machek

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Sep 29, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Yet another “cloud” service? Yep, and it’s something that radio stations will find useful every day. Curtis Machek, CEO of Cloudcast Software is here, along with Chris Tobin and me. We’re also talking about AES67 and the practical side of making IP-Audio connections using this new standard.

Guest: Curtis Machek, CEO - Cloudcast Software

Hosts:  Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist  and Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

 

 

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Topics: Cloud

TWiRT 317 - Ted, Holly, and David

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Sep 2, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Ted Randall knows both sides of a radio mic. He’s a longtime broadcast engineer and host of the QSO Radio Show. Holly Misslin quietly keeps PCs, servers, and networks humming along. And David Bialik is coordinating another all-star program track at the next AES convention in Los Angeles. Chris Tobin and I are talking with all these broadcasters on today’s This Week in Radio Tech.

Guest: Ted RandallHolly MisslinDavid Bialik

Hosts:  Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist  and Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

 

 

Links from the show:

QSO Radio Show

Speakers: Snell Type A, Dahlquist DQ-10, Acoustat, Adam 7

4G LTE Signal Figures of Merit:  RSRP, RSRQ, and SINR

141st AES Convention - Broadcast & Streaming Track

Empire State Building - Master FM Antenna 50th Anniversary Light Show

Ubiquiti Networking How-To Videos from Willie Howe

 

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Topics: Broadcasting

TWiRT 316 - Radio on the Cheap

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Aug 26, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Engineers seek out tools and products to get the job well done while saving money. It’s important to be frugal when you can, so you’ll have the resources for when you can’t.  Chris Tobin, Andrew Zarian, and Kirk Harnack look at some low-cost solutions for radio engineers.

Guest: Andrew Zarian - Founder, GFQ Network

Hosts: Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist  and Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

 

 

Links from the show:

BM 8000 Studio Condenser Mic

Mic Pop Filter for many side-address condenser mics

Behringer HA400 4--Channel Headphone Amp

CR2032 Batteries for many PC motherboards

Behringer Xenyx 1204USB

Grandstream 4-Line ATA (SIP to POTS adapter)

Refurbished Dell 755 Core2Duo for PC-based projects

Radio World Magazine

ARRL Hints & Kinks book - 18th Edition 

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Topics: Broadcasting