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RDS & RDS2 with Alan Jurison

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on June 26, 2015

TWiRT 263The Radio Data System - RDS - has been on-air in the US since the mid 1980’s. Good for what it does - identifying FM stations and providing call letters and basic program information. What if we could double or triple the data rate, allowing more text, graphics, and even supporting return data via IP or SMS? iHeart Media Senior Operations Engineer Alan Jurison joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack to find out about RDS2.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

Braden Pickett and IP STLs

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on June 26, 2015

TWiRT 262More radio engineers are installing IP radios as Studio-Transmitter Links - or STLs. Even in - and perhaps especially in - rural areas like Altus, Oklahoma, where the terrain is flat and unlicensed WiFi bands are relatively uncluttered. Braden Pickett joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack, talking about IP radio equipment selection and configuration.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

Remote Possibilities

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on June 26, 2015

TWiRT 261TV stations are doing it. TV networks are doing it. Big corporations and SMBs are doing it. So why aren’t radio stations doing it? We’re talking about IP connections with remote offices, moving vehicles, concerts and sports venues, and just about anywhere you’d want to broadcast from - and do it reliably with bonded wireless data connections. Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack explore the affordable tech that makes this possible.

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Topics: Remote Broadcasts

War Stories with Dave Anderson

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on June 12, 2015

TWiRT 260When does a microphone cable act like an AM radio antenna? Who keeps switching the power off? And did someone really shoot a bullet at this rigid transmission line? Dave Anderson joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack for this War Stories episode.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

Alex Hartman, Curious Engineer

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on May 26, 2015

TWiRT 259He keeps finding methods and gadgets from “outside” typical broadcast engineering circles, then figures out how to solve a broadcasting problem with them. It’s Alex Hartman, the Curious Engineer from St. Cloud, Minnesota. Alex joins Chris Tobin and me to discuss how engineering curiosity leads us to better and cheaper connectivity, remote broadcasts, and better radio.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering