antenna http://ripr.org en 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: 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