Free tools you can use
Shortly after the PC came onto the scene, there began a steady stream of free software for the broadcast engineer. Much of it is still available, and updated to run with contemporary operating systems. Some are available at RadioMagOnline.com in the Engineer's Notebook. Many more can be found through online searches.
Here are some of the more useful programs I have found.
E-Slide -- From Continental Electronics, this utility includes FM contour calculator, satellite acquisition, STL design, H-pad calculators and others.
Starguide Relay Logger -- a relay logging program that can save hours of troubleshooting time with automated programs.
toolbox.exe -- A compilation of 20 different calculating routines for everything from FM power to shunt capacitance of tee networks.
Endec Remote -- A Windows utility for controlling a Sage Endec unit remotely.
Some to look for with online searches:
wnettime.zip -- Don't have a timeserver on your network? Run this.
abrterm.zip -- A utility for remotely controlling a Comstream ABR-200/220 series satellite receiver.
easwatch.zip -- A program for logging EAS activity, which can save lots of time and effort reconciling logs at the end of the month.
For the adventurous types, a GNU/Linux broadcast automation system (for playout, logging and editing) is available free from the Rivendell project at www.rivendellaudio.org.