radio http://ripr.org en RIPR's Own Dave Fallon Honored By Rhode Island Radio Hall Of Fame http://ripr.org/post/riprs-own-dave-fallon-honored-rhode-island-radio-hall-fame <p>The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame announced its class of 2014 at a ceremony&nbsp; Wednesday.</p><p></p><p>Seven people, who’ve played some part in Rhode Island radio were named to the hall of fame at an event in Smithfield. The list included anchors, hosts, an engineer, and programmers.</p><p>Among them was Rhode Island Public Radio’s own afternoon host Dave Fallon, who got his start in the Ocean State forty-six years ago, on an easy listening station.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:18:24 +0000 John Bender 31091 at http://ripr.org RIPR's Own Dave Fallon Honored By Rhode Island Radio Hall Of Fame TheEC: Prison Radio http://ripr.org/post/theec-prison-radio <p>A recent article in the <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2014/01/the-ipod-of-prison-sony-radio.html">New Yorker about radio in prison</a> piqued my interest. &nbsp;Besides providing a window into a world that many of us know little or nothing about, it caught my eye that these <a href="http://www.prototype.pw/SONY-SRF-39-FP-Clear-AMFM-Radio-or-equivalent_p_30.html">Sony SRF-39FP</a> ("FP" for "Federal Prison") radios are actually remarkably good receivers. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:08:07 +0000 Aaron Read 28583 at http://ripr.org TheEC: Prison Radio TheEC: 1290AM Heard in Norway http://ripr.org/post/theec-1290am-heard-norway <p>We've talked in the past about <a href="http://ripr.org/post/theec-skywave-propagation">skywave propagation</a>, but it's cool when you heard about real-world examples of it. &nbsp; Recently I've gotten several emails from "DX'ers" (Distant Reception enthusiasts) in Europe saying they've been able to hear <a href="http://www.lprri.org">Latino Public Radio</a> on 1290AM all the way across the Atlantic! &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:50:53 +0000 Aaron Read 25177 at http://ripr.org TheEC: 1290AM Heard in Norway 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 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