air http://ripr.org en Departure Ceremony To Be Held For National Guard Unit http://ripr.org/post/departure-ceremony-be-held-national-guard-unit <p>A departure ceremony for the 126th Medical Evacuation Unit of the National Guard will be held on Wednesday at the Quonset Air National Guard Base in North Kingstown. Rhode Island National Guard Public Affairs Specialist Megan Burmeister&nbsp;says the ceremony is occurring before the unit is deployed in Kuwait.</p><p>"They're a Rhode Island unit and they're going to be deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. They'll be deployed as part of a medical evacuation asset for Army Central in Kuwait."</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:14:41 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 34602 at http://ripr.org TheEC: Air Conditioning at 88.1FM http://ripr.org/post/theec-air-conditioning-881fm <p>Regular readers of the ENGINEER'S CORNER might recall <a href="http://ripr.org/post/theec-air-conditioning-1027fm">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 http://ripr.org TheEC: Air Conditioning at 88.1FM Why WCVY was Off the Air for a Few Days http://ripr.org/post/why-wcvy-was-air-few-days <div>When you’re a broadcast engineer, you get used to receiving calls at odd hours proclaiming things that tend to fall outside the bounds of “normal.” &nbsp; It’s just the nature of the job. &nbsp; But even your intrepid engineer can be surprised sometimes. &nbsp;Friday morning, August 23rd, was one of those times.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br><br>That morning I got a call informing me that WCVY, our 91.5FM signal for much of Kent County, was off the air.<br><br>Why was it off the air?<br><br><a href="http://www.abc6.com/story/23231541/storm-causes-damage-to-coventry-high-school-roof">The roof collapsed and rain got in</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br><br>Say what?<br>&nbsp;</div><div> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 06:53:00 +0000 Aaron Read 21030 at http://ripr.org Why WCVY was Off the Air for a Few Days TheEC: Air Conditioning at 102.7FM http://ripr.org/post/theec-air-conditioning-1027fm <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_conditioning">Air conditioning</a>.&nbsp; Cool heaven for those who have it, blazing hell for those who don't.&nbsp; It didn't used to be terribly common in broadcast engineering, but it's become moreso in the last ten years.&nbsp; The reason is that, more and more, <a href="http://omniaaudio.com">audio processors</a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RBDS" target="_blank">RDS encoders</a>, <a href="http://www.comrex.com/products/briclink.html">audio encoders/decoders</a>, studio/transmitter links, <a href="http://burk.com">remote control systems</a>, and even the <a href="http://nautel.com">transmitters themselves</a>, have all become increasingly "computer-like" with <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_circuit" target="_blank">IC's</a>, hard disk drives, power supplies, electrolytic capacitors and the like.&nbsp;&nbsp; All things that fail quickly when operated in temperatures above 80 or so, and the warmer it gets, the faster they fail!<br> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:23:17 +0000 Aaron Read 20046 at http://ripr.org TheEC: Air Conditioning at 102.7FM