Summer Is a Good Time To Plan for the Unexpected

We'll teach you how to plan and to prepare for those times that you are away, or otherwise occupied
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LOS ANGLES��Proper prior planning prevents perplexing problems.� I learned that axiom from one of my middle school math teachers; I wonder if he ever worked in our field. That phrase has stuck with me. If you want to succeed in this line of work, the key is preparation; and in this edition of Radio, we�re presenting a couple of articles that will teach you how to plan and to prepare for those times that you are away, or otherwise occupied with other projects.

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July is vacation season. I�m looking forward to some hard-earned down time. I work in a department; I know many engineers don�t. When I�m away, someone else picks up the slack. If you�re a �one-man (or -woman) band,� leaving town can be a hard thing to do. After all, who will cover your station(s) in an emergency? If you invest the time in some of the techniques we�re explaining this month, then I can tell you, from my own experience, that it�s much more likely that you can spend time away without being bothered continually by phone calls.

Recently, we offered up a survey that many readers filled out online � I thank all of you who did. Probably the biggest take-away I got from the results is that there are many beginners out there who read Radio, some of whom left comments for us.

Let me give you a couple of examples: �How about a series of articles for beginners to teach them about various subjects?� and �Love to read more beginner articles on AM directional arrays and how to care for them....� Radio is the magazine for radio engineers who are really into the effective use of technology, but we appreciate those of you just getting into the business, as well.

We will be featuring articles in the coming months for beginners in our field. Watch out for those. In particular, we�ll be addressing more AM radio topics, such as directional antennas. Please; we�re starting up some new online features geared toward beginners.

Even before our survey, though, I received a comment from a reader to the effect that our Facility Showcase series almost invariably covered a shiny, new major-market facility. As I have frequently written, there�s no monopoly on good ideas; smaller facilities often have many great features that we want to tell people about. Perhaps more importantly, we need to expand the category to include different types of broadcasters, since that category is no longer limited to the over-the-air media. This month, our facility showcase covers Old Westbury Web Radio, a facility in upstate New York.

Jeremy Ruck is back with a very informative article on the Longley-Rice propagation model and how it applies to our work. Lee Petro discusses EAS rules updates this month. Both of these articles are important for radio engineers�veterans and beginners alike.

Dennis Sloatman is an industry veteran, known to many of you, and a top-tier expert in the field of site automation. We�ve got what, I hope, is a thought-provoking article about techniques in automated testing at remote transmitter sites. This follows a theme that we�re trying to spread among our readers: How to be in two places at once.

The Wandering Engineer has his own opinions on where the industry is headed when it comes to transmitter maintenance. �Take whatever they say with a grain of salt� are his words to live by. Check out his column, and you�ll see what I mean.

The reader survey is over, but you can always send us comments by way�

Thanks for picking up Radio again this month. I know you�ll enjoy it.


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