Engineer's Corner en TheEC: New STL Dish at 88.1 - INSTALLED! <p><u><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATE @ 1pm&nbsp;: 88.1FM is back at normal power!</strong></u> &nbsp;Pics are available on our Twitter feed <a href="">here</a>, <a href="">here</a>, <a href="">here</a> and <a href="">here</a>. &nbsp; <em>By the way, many of these pics were taken with a stock iPhone 5S using <a href=";psc=1">this telephoto lens attachment</a>. &nbsp;Pretty good for $45!</em></p><p>----------------------------------------------</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday June&nbsp;18th, beginning around 9:30 or&nbsp;10am</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, 88.1FM will be running on the backup transmitter &amp; antenna for a few hours to install new equipment on the top of the tower. &nbsp; We must run on the lower-power backup for the health &amp; safety of our tower climber.</span></p><p>The backup operates using a one-bay vertically-polarized omnidirectional antenna and about one-tenth our normal power. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><br /><b>THIS WILL NOT IMPACT OUR 91.5 OR 102.7FM SIGNALS, NOR OUR WEBCAST.</b></p><p><strong><a href="">Keep watching our Twitter feed for updates.</a></strong></p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:25:47 +0000 Aaron Read 35356 at TheEC: New STL Dish at 88.1 - INSTALLED! TheEC: Logitek Audio's Mosiac Mix Board <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week Frank from </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Logitek Audio</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was in town to provide </span>RIPR<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;with a demo of their MOSAIC mix board. &nbsp;To turn a phrase, this is not your father's mix board!</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:36:03 +0000 Aaron Read 35075 at TheEC: Logitek Audio's Mosiac Mix Board TheEC: Air Conditioning at 88.1FM <p>Regular readers of the ENGINEER'S CORNER might recall <a href="">my story about air conditioning at our 102.7FM transmitter in Narragansett Pier</a>. &nbsp; Well now I'm pleased to report that we have air conditioning at 88.1FM WELH in Seekonk as well!</p><p>In many ways, this is an even bigger deal; 102.7 had a hefty vent fan system that could move a lot of air. &nbsp;Sure, if the air outside was hot, it means the air inside was hot, too. &nbsp;Usually you can't cool a room using outside air below about +10F degrees above outside air temps. &nbsp; So if it's 90F outside, it's 100 to 105F inside...ugh! &nbsp;</p><p>And at 88.1, we didn't really have even that. &nbsp;The transmitter site is an 8x10ft shed with a single 12 inch desk fan blowing air out one of the wall vents, and no insulation whatsoever on the walls or ceiling. &nbsp;Temps routinely broke 120F inside, even when it was only 70 to 80F outside.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 14:17:53 +0000 Aaron Read 33986 at TheEC: Air Conditioning at 88.1FM TheEC: NAB2014 in Vegas <p>As promised, here are some pics of my six days and seven nights in Las Vegas for the 2014 <a href="">National Association of Broadcasters</a> (NAB) show, one of the biggest conferences in the USA, with over 98,000 engineers, managers, vendors and content creators all crammed into the truly massive Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 18:24:41 +0000 Aaron Read 32988 at TheEC: NAB2014 in Vegas TheEC: Audio Dropouts on 88.1FM <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>UPDATED 5/8/2014.</strong></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The morning of April </span>30th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> saw several odd "dropouts" in the audio on 88.1FM, usually lasting 5 to 8 seconds each, happening as often as 2 or 3 times a minute, but more commonly once every 10 to 15 minutes.</span></p><p>There was also an odd "repeating audio" effect some people noticed, when the audio came back.</p><p>Read on for the explanation of both!</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:42:25 +0000 Aaron Read 32862 at TheEC: Audio Dropouts on 88.1FM WCVY 91.5 update Apr.22 <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATE 3:30PM</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">​ &nbsp;Taking advantage of the downtime, we swapped in the new </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">BW Broadcast TX300v2 transmitter</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to replace the aging BE </span>FX50<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> &amp; </span>QEI<span style="line-height: 1.5;">/</span>LPB<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>FM150SS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> combo. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:10:45 +0000 Aaron Read 32411 at WCVY 91.5 update Apr.22 TheEC: Heartbleed and Donations to RIPR <p>The <a href="">big news in computing this week is&nbsp;<strong>Heartbleed</strong>​</a>, a serious security problem with secure websites. &nbsp; Specifically, it's a two-year-old bug in the near-ubitiquous OpenSSL (Secure Socket Layer) protocol...most commonly recognized when there's a "https" (instead of "http") at the beginning of a website address.</p><p>It's a big problem, and I'll explain why in a second, but first I wanted to let everyone know that the RIPR&nbsp;donations website&nbsp;<u>is secure</u> and <u>never was vulnerable to Heartbleed</u>. &nbsp; They use a hardware-based implementation of SSL, not&nbsp;OpenSSL.</p><p><strong>So if you have <a href="">donated</a> or <a href="">plan to donate</a> to RIPR, you have <u>nothing</u> to worry about in regards to Heartbleed&nbsp;and that donation. &nbsp;Whew!</strong></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:11:41 +0000 Aaron Read 31844 at TheEC: Heartbleed and Donations to RIPR TheEC: West River Runs High Through 1290 <p>As many of you know, RIPR owns and maintains the 1290AM site on the Providence/North Providence town line. &nbsp;Our NPR satellite downlink is there, and we lease the frequency to our friends at <a href="">Latino Public Radio</a>.</p><p>In the past, the site was largely a pond (Whipple Pond) with Douglas Ave forming part of a dam in the eastern corner. &nbsp; After the torrential rains of 2010, the dam broke and the pond drained. &nbsp;Now the West River flows freely through the site.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:41:24 +0000 Aaron Read 31289 at TheEC: West River Runs High Through 1290 TheEC: $18 Million Dollar Typos <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This time on The Engineer's Corner, I want to look back three weeks ago, and look back over fifty years ago. &nbsp;And how little typos can have a big impact when it comes to engineering.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:46:24 +0000 Aaron Read 30642 at TheEC: $18 Million Dollar Typos TheEC: FullChannel Proves Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery <p>Our good friends at FullChannel cable, available to residents of Barrington, Warren and Bristol, are not only nice enough to put RIPR's&nbsp;audio on channel 799. &nbsp; But also their engineer, Jamie Griffin, has started his own <a href=";id=b5f3050b42&amp;e=f677833176">"Engineer's Corner" email newsletter</a> for cable TV folks.</p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 22:00:28 +0000 Aaron Read 29548 at TheEC: FullChannel Proves Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery