What’s Wrong With Radio (Magazine)?

Our Technical Editor addresses reader feedback from the annual compensation survey and more
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Our yearly Salary Survey results are one of the highlights of this month�s issue. They garner quite a bit of attention, so if you are a new reader initially drawn in by that article: Welcome! If you have an interest in the technology behind radio (and its derivatives), then you�ve found a unique resource.

Once again, many thanks if you took the time for the survey. Towards its end, as you may recall, were places to write in comments about what you like and don�t like in the magazine itself. There were many positive comments but in reality, to get better, we need to be more concerned about the things you don�t like.

For example: �... I think I actually liked it better when it was coming in paper form.� You may be holding your own paper copy right now; but if you are reading the digital edition, wishing for your own paper copy, please use the URL at the bottom of this page. It will take you to a free subscription form, and qualified subscribers may sign up for the print delivery.

�Needs more articles for my entry level people.� We actually include articles for entry level people in every issue. Our series Trends in Technology is often (almost always) aimed at beginners and entry level people. Our facility showcases and field reports are geared towards readers of all levels.

�Some technical articles do not drill down to the finer details.� To the extent practical, we�re addressing this concern, which I saw last year as well.

The survey results are not all we have for you this time. Hubbard Radio has built a great new facility for their five stations in Phoenix � we�re covering it here as our Facility Showcases.

Even though Trends in Technology is often aimed at beginners, this time we�re covering a complex subject � digital radio single-frequency networks. KUSC has built one in southern California, and we�ve got the details on how it�s put together. Interestingly, single-frequency networks (also known as on-channel boosters) are more likely to work nearly seamlessly with digital radio, due to the nature of the receivers and the decoding of the data (ones and zeros are so much easier to understand).

Other regulars are back this month. Lee Petro explains the latest changes in the FCC�s rules about station ownership � yes, there have been some. Tech Tips is our series of articles on new ways to accomplish the things commonly done around a station. It�s meant to be an exchange of ideas among radio engineers and toward that end if you want to share something you�ve done, by all means, please forward your ideas to us. (You can write it up, or we can do it for you.)

This issue of Radio is one of the most feature-packed and detail-oriented of all we�ve created during my tenure as technical editor. To finish it off, on the very last page, is the Wandering Engineer. He/she has read the Salary Survey results, with some interesting insights and comments. You won�t want to skip it.

As usual, thanks for reading Radio magazine!

Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB | Technical Editor

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