WCVY http://ripr.org en WCVY 91.5 update Apr.22 http://ripr.org/post/wcvy-915-update-apr22 <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="http://www.bwbroadcast.com/fm-transmitters/tx300-v2-fm-transmitter/52/product" 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 http://ripr.org WCVY 91.5 update Apr.22 TheEC: 91.5 is Back On the Air http://ripr.org/post/theec-915-back-air <p>As of Tuesday November 12th, WCVY is back on the air in limited fashion.&nbsp;&nbsp; As you know, WCVY <a href="http://ripr.org/post/why-wcvy-was-air-few-days">suffered catastrophic damage to its equipment and facility from a roof leak during a thunderstorm in August</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; The entire space had to be gutted to the concrete walls, and new electrical wiring and drywall installed.&nbsp; Much of the transmitter gear either took direct water damage (e.g. electricity shorting out) or took indirect water damage (e.g. rust and other corrosion), and eventually a lot of it failed completely.</p><p></p><p>We have put a temporary setup in place with a donated 30 watt transmitter on loan (with the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antenna_gain">antenna array's gain</a> factor of 2.1, it's really more like <strong>63 watts</strong> of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effective_radiated_power#FM_example">Effective Radiated Power</a>), and a special radio that's tuned to 102.7FM (there's a high-gain FM antenna on the rooftop tower) and puts out the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RDS_vs_DirectBand_FM-spectrum2.svg">composite signal</a> directly into the new transmitter.&nbsp;&nbsp; This effectively makes 91.5 into a "repeater" of 102.7FM.</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:43:01 +0000 Aaron Read 24695 at http://ripr.org TheEC: 91.5 is Back On the Air TheEC: FCC License Renewal http://ripr.org/post/theec-fcc-license-renewal <p>Sharp-eared listeners may have noticed some announcements this morning on RIPR, having to do with our FCC broadcast licenses.&nbsp; In fact, listeners to every radio station in Rhode Island, and all of New England, will be hearing similar announcements today.&nbsp;&nbsp; It&rsquo;s because every eight years, AM &amp; FM broadcast licenses expire and must be renewed; these announcements are required by the FCC as part of that process.</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:43:46 +0000 Aaron Read 22512 at http://ripr.org TheEC: FCC License Renewal 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