Coax is the silent partner in the RF transmission system. The amount of power loss and RF signal alteration depends on a number of factors, and there are regular steps that should be taken to ensure that this piece of the transmission system stays in top shape.
At one time, tower climbing and inspections were something that everyone and anyone could do. In today's safety-conscious world, it pays to play by the rules and do it right.
Finding a new tower site sounds like a simple task, but just because the land is available doesn't mean that it's ready for the new structure.
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On the surface, three-phase operation may appear to be a lot more complicated than single-phase work.
The genesis of this project was an opportunity to relocate and upgrade WDPR's transmitter site from a deteriorating leased tower that was only 200-feet tall, to the local PBS affiliate's 1,500-foot tower.
Myth: You can solicit communication carriers to lease space on your tower. Reality: Only if your tower is in a desirable location.
Find out the main reasons why people don't subscribe to satellite radio.
Migrating from T1 circuits to an IP-based system is an adventure that, until recently, was not for the faint-hearted.
Broadband-enabled hotels to triple.
Network-based communications in a remote control system provide a variety of configuration options.
Radio magazine asked several stations about the options they chose and why.
James Ruedlinger, a staff engineer in ERI's Structural Division, shares his observations of the top ten maintenance problems he encounters when working on towers.
As broadcasters rush to prepare for adoption of the new standard, the time is ripe to step back to consider the state of the radio tower industry and the effect Revision G will have on it.
While they seem simple enough, transmission lines are actually very complex in nature. Their size, length and type are all important considerations when designing an RF system.
When Clear Channel Minneapolis needed multiple T1s to handle its data, Jess Meyer looked for a better way. He found it in the Broadcast Electronics Big Pipe.
Introduced in 2004, the Radio magazine Innovative Product Awards were developed to honor excellence in new product development in the radio industry.
Digital music sales dominated the first half of 2005, while CD and DVD sales continue to slowly drop.
While negative towers are not as frequently used in directional antenna array designs, they can still be found in use. What exactly is a negative tower, and what does it do that is so different from a normal tower?
The Innovative Product Awards were developed to honor excellence in new product development in the radio industry. Circuitwerkes Sicon-8 was the winner in the Facility Support category.
While there are still many opponents to the Ibiquity system, even these people are beginning to acknowledge that the system is here and is seeing acceptance.
Through an unprecedented cooperative effort, the two companies, normally at odds with one another as competitors, put aside everything else so that they could serve the citizens of the greater New Orleans area in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The new specification's table of contents lists 15 main topics or objectives, each of which may have as many as eight subsections.
As cellular towers began to proliferate, the interference to broadcast antenna systems became apparent, and AM broadcasters sought redress from the FCC.
Examine some ideas and items to look for in the budgeting and planning process as they apply to FM and AM antennas.