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Blog Central

The Xcuse Box with Dick Debartolo

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jan 22, 2016 2:13:00 PM

The Giz Wiz, Dick Debartolo, admits he’s no engineer. But he does have an eye - and ear - for fascinating devices and products. Some are useful - others, not so much. MAD magazine’s maddest writer joins Chris Tobin and me, Kirk Harnack, to ooh, ahh, and snicker at the some gizmos he found at CES.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

Naughty or Nice? Christmas Gifts for Engineers

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Dec 11, 2015 2:01:00 PM

Who’s the engineer on your Christmas list? Perhaps it’s you! From network and audio analysis tools to weather stations, cameras, and stocking stuffers, Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack check out some gift ideas for us engineers to put on our wish lists.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

AM De-Tuning and Co-Location with Lawrence Behr

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Oct 9, 2015 10:16:00 AM

Cellular towers are everywhere and they’re still building more.  But trouble occurs when they’re too close to existing AM tower sites. That’s where Lawrence Behr of LBA Group comes in - helping cell carriers and AM towers live together peacefully, and sometimes even co-habitate.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

WSB-AM Transmitter Party

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Oct 4, 2015 9:56:00 AM

During the 2015 NAB Radio Show in Atlanta, Charles Kinney opened the doors to the iconic WSB (AM) transmitter site and threw a party!  Nearly 80 engineers and friends showed up to see the current site and learn about the history of AM transmissions from here.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

Leveraging Radio Engineering with Daniel Hyatt

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Sep 18, 2015 12:49:00 PM

Daniel Hyatt is finding ways to leverage his radio engineering experience. From his Director of Engineering position in Denver, Daniel is running a large DJ business, Sound and Light company, does global sourcing, and is even manufacturing custom LEDs for niche projects. What can we learn from Daniel’s entrepreneurialism?

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

War Stories with Chris Tobin

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Aug 22, 2015 4:11:00 PM

On this “War Stories” edition of TWiRT, we draw upon Chris Tobin’s years of experience in the radio engineering trenches. From power outages to gelled diesel fuel to police inquiries and “shelter in place”, Chris has been there and done that - and lived to tell about it.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

SBE President, Joe Snelson

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Aug 14, 2015 3:55:00 PM

The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) is the only organization devoted to the advancement of all levels and types of broadcast engineering. And for two consecutive terms, the SBE’s members have elected Joe Snelson as president of their organization. Joe joins us to discuss the terrific educational and career advancement opportunities from SBE, as well as some regulatory issues from the SBE’s perspective.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

Did You Test ALL of It?

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Aug 8, 2015 3:43:00 PM

When it comes to testing your generator, don’t do what Kirk did; do what Chris says and does - test the entire generator system. Chris Tobin runs through a verbal checklist of steps to take now to prep for fall and winter weather. Plus SBE Ennes Workshops and a preview of automated site testing.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

Just Aim that Dish at My RV

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jul 31, 2015 3:32:00 PM

Can you go camping in your RV and still get over 100 Megabit Internet?  Bryan Jones can, and he joins us to show us how.  Plus studio pics from hit107 and TripleM in Adelaide, Australia. And Chris Tobin reveals exactly what’s in his “Go Kit.”

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

SMPTE 2015 with Stephen Wilkinson

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jul 24, 2015 3:10:00 PM

Live from Sydney, Australia, we’re meeting with broadcast engineers and manufacturers at SMPTE 2015.  From audio production tools to a look inside a new, solid state FM transmitter, we’re taking you inside this popular show.  Stephen Wilkinson from Hope 103.2 joins Kirk Harnack on This Week in Radio Tech.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering