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nautel-tips-tricks-LTE-interference-11-12-2014

Can You Hear Me Now? LTE Interference

 

LTE Interference is a hot topic currently affecting hundreds of stations, both with and without Nautel gear.

Longer than Jeff’s usual, this article gives a comprehensive overview of the challenge and provides some decent, cost effective solutions. It contains input from three consultants, a contract engineer and a Washington, DC communications lawyer.

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Tips-Tricks-09-04-2014

Install the Latest Software… Please!

 

After visiting several transmitter sites this summer, Jeff is on a quest (OK maybe a bit of a rant) to get you to upgrade your software.

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Tips-Tricks-06-24-2014

Extending the Life of your Transmitter

 

While visiting transmitter sites in the upper Midwest, Jeff observed a few things covered in a recent transmitter reliability webinar which bear repeating as we enter the summer storm season in North America.

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Have Your Transmitter Text Alarm Messages to You

 

In the old days, if something went wrong at the station, someone would dial your pager pretty quickly to get your attention. But now that we have moved on to mostly empty studios and monitor everything by smart phones and email, how can you be sure that you will not miss an important alarm? Jeff Welton has a tip to share.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-NAB-30-04-2014

Tips ‘n Tricks from the NAB 2014 Show Floor

 

During the NAB show, Jeff shook thousands of hands and spoke to an equal number of people. Some of these conversations were related to making Nautel equipment do certain things. Jeff shares and expands on these conversations in this article.

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Tips ‘n Tricks for Surviving NAB

 

As a long-time attendee of NAB, Jeff has a few NAB-specific Tips ‘n Tricks he’d like to share for surviving NAB. He covers everything from ground transportation and badge pick-up to food, gambling and staying comfortable.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-10-12-2013

It’s an IP Enabled World

 

Jeff Welton discusses a few things to remember when configuring your transmitter for operation on a network.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-04-09-2013

What You Need to Know Before Calling Nautel

 

Jeff Welton details what you need to know to get the most out of your calls to us. What you need to know: before you order; at order time; before equipment is delivered; and, when calling for technical support.

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Nautel-Tip-Tricks-11-06-2013

Checking Ground Radial Integrity / Making a Quarter Wave Stub

 

Jeff Welton details how to check ground radial integrity without digging, and how to make a quarter wave stub.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-18-04-2013

Make Your Own Clamp-on RF Current Probe

 

Jeff Welton details how to build an RF current probe. In AM sites, this can be very useful in many ways. First, to check for the presence of RF on a wire, and to adjust tuning to null or peak the current flow. It’s also a good way to check RF currents in ground radials to see if you’ve got a broken radial.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-12-02-2013

Transmitter Site Safety

 

Jeff Welton discusses the importance of safety; both at Nautel and measures you can take to stay safe at the transmitter site.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-13-11-2012

How to Make ‘Roll Your Own’ Carbon Ball Gaps

 

Jeff Welton details how to make ‘roll your own’ carbon ball gaps; where to get them, how to make them, etc. Carbon balls make great spark gaps, because they don’t suffer from metal migration during arcs, like brass or steel.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-04-09-2012

The Ideal Surge Protector Location for Lightning Protection

 

Jeff Welton details the ideal surge protector location for lightning protection.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-17-07-2012

The UPS Interface Option

 

Jeff Welton details the UPS interface option, what it does and why it’s important.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-23-05-2012

Fixing AUI Lockups & the Importance of Software Updates

 

Jeff Welton details the official factory-approved reset procedures for AUI lockups on NX and NV Series transmitters, as well as the importance of updating your transmitters with Nautel’s latest software updates.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-03-04-2012

More Heating and Cooling

 

Jeff Welton features a letter from Mike Payne, with Townsquare Media’s Twin Falls, ID stations who wrote in to share his experience about why keeping things warm enough is as important as keeping them cool enough.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-24-01-2012

Heat & Hardware Checks

 

Jeff Welton discusses why it’s necessary to HEAT the transmitter room, and the need for annual hardware checks.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-27-07-2011

Heat Wave!

 

Jeff Welton discusses air handling. By examining the air handling specifics of two transmitter sites, Jeff demonstrates how a few minor changes can provide major benefits to your transmitter.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-05-04-2011

Shields Up!

 

Jeff Welton discusses the tried and true but frequently underutilized – Ferrite Toroid – as a means of surge/lightning protection and pickup reduction.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-01-25-2011

Staying Grounded

 

Jeff Welton discusses good grounding for lightning protection.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-11-17-2010

Critter Control / Air Handling

 

Jeff Welton discusses critter control, and air flow – both hot and cold.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-09-15-2010

iPhone AUI / Proper Grounding / Replacement Ampfet Fuses

 

John Bisset discusses: how to set-up Nautel’s AUI on your iPhone; fixing hot toroid cores on an XR12; and avoiding a short in the Rectifier/Regulator Module of an AMPFET 5.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-07-07-2010

VS300 as an Exciter / Avoiding Oxidation

 

John Bisset discusses the impact of Eimac discontinuing their 4CX300A tube, and why our Nautel field service technicians would never be caught without a can DeoxIT®.

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Nautel-Tips-Tricks-05-25-2010

NV Module Installation / Ampfet Cooling Tips

 

John Bisset discusses PA module protective panel covers for NV series transmitters and older Ampfet models.

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