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  • in reply to: EAS Fail (again) #41537

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    KRVM had two EAS events this morning, both regarding a child abduction AMBER Alert in Spokane. They came through very clearly on both the main program and on HD2 a minute or so later. The speaking voice was very robotic but intelligible.


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    Nobody ever speaks TO Trump’s supporters except FOX News, Rush Limbaugh and his ilk, and Trump himself. Everyone else talks ABOUT Trump’s supporters. Like it’s THEM.

    Someone else with gravitas needs to reach out to THEM and appeal to their common sense. Acknowledge their hatred and frustration of the system but convince THEM what we have right now is just wrong.

    If 25% of them can be turned against Dear Dotard, that might be enough to turn the tide.

    in reply to: Eugene Radio Happenings #41535

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    Cumulus changed to a different contract engineer within the last six months or so. I think it might be the same guy who does McKenzie but don’t quote me. Whoever it is I’m pretty sure the last couple days haven’t been very pleasant.

    KZEL, KUJZ, KEHK, and KNRQ returned to what passes for their normal state of operation late this morning.


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    I’d like to see someone with some credibility (and no dog in the race) speak directly to Trump supporters. I have Mitt Romney in mind because he’s smart, credible, and can speak well. But you can pick your own spokesperson, as long as it’s not a current candidate for president.

    “I know you don’t like politicians in general, and you don’t like me. And you HATE Obama and Hillary. You’re very distrustful of the news media, and for good reason. You’re frustrated and feel betrayed by our partisan political system.

    But please hear me out.

    You and I both know Trump is a lying, cheating, self-absorbed con man. He’s doesn’t care about facts or truth and he spins everything to make himself look good. His highest priority is watching TV to see what’s being said about him.

    He’s widening the partisan divide in our country. The old cliche “He’s a divider, not a uniter” applies in spades.

    He routinely insults and pushes away important US allies around the world, causing serious damage to our country’s stature and credibility on the world stage.

    And he’s surrounded himself with incompetent, sometimes criminal sycophants. He doesn’t want anyone around who disagrees with him. He only wants to hear “Yes Mr. President”.

    In short, Trump is everything you profess to hate about politicians in general, only times 10.

    All of us may be disappointed in our country’s leadership over the last few decades. Many mistakes of judgment have lead to unfortunate outcomes.

    But if we look at the current situation objectively, the only rational conclusion is we’re being lead by an incompetent lying weasel who is possibly guilty of serious criminal actions himself both in and out of office.

    It’s imperative that we change direction in 2020, if not sooner via impeachment. The fool blindly leading our country down the road to economic and social ruin cannot be allowed to remain in charge.”

    Something like that. Maybe via a 60 Minutes interview. Or Romney can afford to buy the network TV time to speak directly.

    in reply to: Eugene Radio Happenings #41523

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    This morning KUJZ and KZEL are dead air. KEHK and KNRQ are not up at all. KEPW is also not up.

    in reply to: Eugene Radio Happenings #41520

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    Is KOCF running 24/7? I’m getting something very weak in east Eugene near I-5 but haven’t ID’d it yet. Don’t have a very good antenna though.

    EDIT: Live Stream confirms it is KOCF.

    in reply to: Eugene Radio Happenings #41518

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    Somehow “amusingly” came out as “amazingly”. Auto-correct?

    KEHK and KNRQ are completely off the air right now.

    in reply to: Eugene Radio Happenings #41512

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    So at around 4:10 PM this afternoon, Steve Tannen’s show was going out on KUJZ, KZEL, and KEHK. KNRQ was dead air. Right now KUJZ and KZEL are garbled noise. Tannen is still on KEHK, still dead air on KNRQ.

    EDIT: Steve Tannen and crew are explaining to KEHK listeners what their sports talk show is all about. Basically using this snafu to amazingly promote their show. He described this as the radio equivalent of “an away game”. Steve Tannen for the win! He’s too good for this market. 😉

    Wait — Now they’re on KZEL again.

    This is probably the most listeners “KUJZ” has ever had.

    in reply to: CD Players for broadcast use #41511

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    Update

    They’re getting brand new TASCAM CD-500B CD players. Hopefully the last CD players they’ll ever buy.

    https://tascam.com/us/product/cd-500b/top

    in reply to: Notre Dame on Fire #41482

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    Frech billionaires have already pledged $675M toward the rebuild.

    https://www.thisisinsider.com/notre-dame-rebuild-fund-donations-2019-4

    France’s superrich have joined together and pledged about 600 million euros, or $677 million, to help rebuild Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral after it was ravaged by a fire.

    It would be nice if some American billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates would put something in too.

    in reply to: Notre Dame on Fire #41479

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    Very sad indeed.

    in reply to: CD Players for broadcast use #41459

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    While researching this issue I ran into a couple articles about the rejuvenation process. If this was my gear I might be more likely to pursue it. Not with the station’s gear though.

    The predecessor to the DN-D4500MK2 is the DN-D4500 (sans MK2). The only obvious difference is the MK2 has USB playback.

    I did find a service manual for the old model. The newer MK2 is substantially different. The schematics for the old model are pretty useless for the MK2.

    in reply to: CD Players for broadcast use #41454

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    I cleaned the drives in another Denon DN-D4500MK2 and they were about as dirty as the first one.

    The 2nd Denon has very dim displays. They’re virtually unreadable except in total darkness. Two other techs looked into the issue and were unable to diagnose the cause (it seems very unlikely that 2 independent displays would both go dim – the problem has to be something common to them both).

    They’re vacuum fluorescent displays, not LCD. I offered to take a look at them. I was unable to find a service manual online, so I called Denon DJ Support. Their reply: “We’re very sorry but Denon does not publish service manuals.” Isn’t that special?

    Anyway I couldn’t figure it out either. Power supply is good. Filament voltages are good.

    in reply to: CD Players for broadcast use #41427

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    Update

    Did I mention I’m just a volunteer with some non-broadcasting technical experience who’s trying to help them out?

    This is what the inside of a Denon dual-deck player looked like when I removed the cover.

    The label side of that CD had some kind of sticky gummy residue near the center hole. The disc would stick to the drive upper stabilizer clamp. You press EJECT and the tray would be empty as if there was no disc installed (because it’s stuck to the upper clamp inside). So of course you insert another disc, close the tray, and on its way in it pushes Brother Ray off the back of the drive into the case.

    That’s not even the problem drive. Lol.

    Both drives had a considerable buildup of dirt around the laser lenses and the mechanicals. This in spite of (or due in part to?) weekly cleaning with canned air and a CD cleaning disc.

    Cleaned the drives thoroughly and they work fine now.

    EDIT My image links don’t seem to work on the board. For anyone still reading, try this direct link.

    https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0eGRMtznGNqKkG

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    in reply to: CD Players for broadcast use #41394

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    From a radio DJ’s perspective, how many CD decks do you want available to you in order to facilitate a semi-professional 3-hour show done entirely from CDs?

    Same question for other digital media like USB and SD.

    Thanks!

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