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This Week's Newsletter

Greetings from your broadcast friends out on the Desert...
This is the BDR Newsletter Volume 13, #11 for October 13, 2021
Here are some things you might want to know about:

Applications for the first NCEFM band open in 14 years start being accepted in just under three weeks, on November 2nd. If you have not arranged for a filing, time may be running out to get your normal RPE to build a file as most Consulting Engineers are busy. The BDR Services Page has some listings of Consultants you may wish to call if needed. Check them out here.

Also, in just over three weeks, it will be time to "fall back" and get your hour of sleep back. Daylight Saving Time ends this year on November 7th at 1:59AM, when it will be 1:00AM. If you have any gear or apps that need adjustment, this is the time to take stock and plan.

If you have ever found yourself in the middle of a repair and discover there is one or more parts that you do not have, that the manufacturer does not have, and you fight that sinking feeling of failure? Dave Dybas has some suggestions on how to overcome some of the parts hassles. In fact, you might just find a "Heap 'O Parts" that are still out there. But how?

This week our Lunch Gathering topic will be webRTC and how to use it. Chris Crump, the Sr. Director of Sales & Marketing for Comrex will help focus on the technology, including Comrex' Opal, and how it has helped stations. He will also answer any questions you might have. We think this will be an interesting discussion - Thursday at 2PM EDT/11AM PDT on the Zoom broadcast or the YouTube live stream. More information is at ... or just reply to this email for invite instructions.

If you missed last week's discussion of all digital AM (there are four now), check it out, also at

A tech tip recently noted that if you are using a microphone for Zoom or other apps on a Win10 computer, pressing the Windows Key + H should allow you to speak and insert text into many applications. It is worth a try. In fact, this very sentence is being added by voice.

There is a 6-bay Shively antenna; just come and take it (... well, you may have to climb a bit to take it down. <gggg>) But you cannot beat the price. This and other items are available on the ForSale Page.

May we please recommend this fine company which supports the BDR - and you!

Some recent articles of interest:

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has started shipping its new OPTIMOD XPNEnterprise ecosystem. It is said to be an easy-to-use, customizable Linux-based processing platform for multiple broadcast stations or streaming services, with centralized control. It provides Orban’s proprietary OptiCloud™ processing for up to 8 FM and 8 HD/DAB+/Streaming processing channels in a 1 RU package, using an enterprise-class SoftGear™ server and the appropriate OPTIMOD XPN-Enterprise Nodes.

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continues its "special deal" on the Audemat RDS Encoder. If you order a new Audemat RDS Encoder before Dec 31st, you can save hundreds! More information is here.

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More news from manufacturers (and links) are at:

May we please recommend this fine company which supports the BDR - and you!

Do You Remember? This week in history:
Broadcast related items:

  • 41 years ago (10/11/80) Queen was #1 with "Another One Bites the Dust" for second of three weeks.
  • 44 years ago (10/15/77) Debby Boone hit #1 for 10 weeks with "You Light Up My Life."
  • 43 years ago (10/16/1976) the #1 spot on the pop chart was taken by "Disco Duck." (It was last novelty song to do so.)
  • 52 years ago (10/10/69) Sesame Street went on the air.
  • 64 years ago (10/14/57) the Everly Brothers topped the charts with "Wake Up Little Susie."

and 276 years ago (10/11/1745) Dean Ewald Jurgen von Kleist inventis the Leyden Jar (the first capacitor).

... and here are a couple of somewhat more "newsy" items:

  • 56 years ago (10/14/64) Nikita Khruschev was ousted as Soviet Leader.
  • 74 years ago (10/14/47) Chuck Yeager was the first to break sound barrier in the X-1 rocket plane.
  • 104 years ago (10/15/1917) Mata Hari was executed by the French. (More myth than spy.)
  • 228 years ago (19/16/1793) Marie Antoinette was beheaded.
  • 229 years ago (10/13/1792) the White House Cornerstone was laid.

May we please recommend this fine company which supports the BDR - and you!


Sure we are now in Fall, with early snow in some places. But as hot as it was this summer, flip the globe and check this out. ... and then, there is the video.

Finally, please - do check out theBDRnet channel on YouTube for some great videos from our Lunch Gatherings. If you subscribe, you will get a note when new videos are posted.

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