1st RADIO TECHNOLOGIES
INSTITUTE OF ELECTRICAL &
SOCIETY OF BROADCAST ENGINEERS
SBE SENIOR MEMBER
BROADCAST TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY
PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR AM / FM RADIO BROADCASTERS
Let's talk... (202) 239-5550...
There's NO obligation or consulting charge for our initial conversation.
Welcome... Thank you for the opportunity to let me help you. For over 30 years, I've provided consulting services to the
broadcast radio industry including the preparation of FCC exhibits, feasibility studies, maximization / expansion of broadcast radio station coverage,
new facility planning / design and much more.
I'm a former staff engineer with the prestigious Washington, D.C. consulting radio engineering firm of Jules Cohen and Associates, was a commercial
broadcast radio station proprietor / General Manager and additionally was employed as Chief Engineer and/or Director of Engineering
for numerous broadcast radio operations. I understand the challenges of radio and can communicate concepts and ideas without
unnecessary technical jargon.
Consulting services are offered to individuals and companies with an interest in FM, AM, Low Power FM (LPFM),
Translator, Booster and Shortwave (SW) radio plus HD digital radio, internet streaming, computer automation systems and networking.
If you decide to utilize my consulting services, I'll attempt to reveal how we can meet your goals without wasteful expenditures and
possibly expose a few adjustments that will give your station an immediate boost.
If you already have a station, I'd like the opportunity to be your consultant and research all options to maximize and extend your broadcast coverage.
We can find creative ways to integrate state-of-the-art digital telecommunications technologies into your existing radio broadcasting operation.
I'll research station acquisitions, facility relocation and FM translators / Boosters for fill-in service use by both
AM and FM radio stations. As your consultant, I'll recommend options and do my best to include cost effective solutions.
Contact me directly using the above phone number or by email:
| The Institute of Electrical &
| Federal Communications
General Class License
| Society of Broadcast Engineers
| Radio / Television Electronics
ETA, Int. Certification
| Federal Communications
Extra Class License
REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF BROADCAST RADIO CONSULTING / CONTRACT SERVICES
For Full Power FM, Low Power FM (LPFM), AM, International Short Wave (SW),
FM Translator / Booster and Travelers' Information Service (TIS) Broadcast Stations:
- Prepare FCC Construction Permit (CP) and other exhibits or applications for new start-up and existing operations.
- Provide frequency searches ("Channel Finder" studies).
- Inspect your facility and advise you of various potential improvement options including acquisitions.
- Verify operation within the terms of your Station License, Construction Permit (CP) or Special Temporary Authorization (STA).
- Transmitter and studio site relocations.
- "Due Diligence" pre-purchase station inspections.
- Review compliance with the technical rules and regulations.
- Work with station legal counsel.
- Inspect equipment and generate inventory lists.
- Equipment performance measurements and proofs.
- Provide turn-key systems.
- Research and technical report writing.
- Typical projects include design, repair and/or installation of new or upgraded:
- Transmitters and transmitter sites.
- Studio equipment and studio sites.
- Studio to Transmitter RF Links plus survey available STL frequencies / channels.
- Remote Control systems that utilize the telephone, internet and/or wireless to remotely control your station.
- Audio processing contingent with your station type, format and audience demographics.
- Digital Audio Delivery broadcast automation systems.
- Audio and video internet streaming and broadcast specific website development.
- Computer hardware, software and networking techniques.
- Evaluate "remote" broadcast equipment... the options, utility and associated cost.
- Recommend satellite delivery systems and surveys to find unobstructed satellite view.
- Address Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) and Tower Lighting issues.
- Respond to off-air radio emergencies with ideas / techniques that help minimize down time.
- Provide maintenance of equipment at your studio and transmitter sites.
- Discuss HD Radio implementation.
- Assist FCC inspectors contingent with minimizing station inspection compliance discrepancies.
- Discuss specific market programming options, competitive marketing ideas and study ways to cut unnecessary overhead.
- Communicate the initial and operational cost of any upgrade and the probable return on investment for your station based on your market.
- For non-commercial, educational and religious broadcasters, survey expanding coverage options utilizing Low Power FM (LPFM)
stations or FM Translators / Boosters.
- Feasibility studies and design / construction for AM, FM, Translator, Booster, Low Power FM (LPFM), Carrier Current, Campus Radio and
Travelers' Information Systems (TIS) stations.
Consulting matters specific to FM, LPFM, Booster and Translator Stations:
- Evaluate FCC FM Auction allotments to establish relative value and construction feasibility of an FM assignment prior to bidding.
- Investigate if significant improvement in coverage can be realized by utilizing a different FM transmitting antenna, mounting technique or
- Determine if a transmitter and antenna combination is functioning at maximum potential and in compliance with the station authorization.
- Study and graph the true power radiated from your antenna with recommendations for improvement.
- Calculate the method that maximizes the output power of your FM transmitter, direct or indirect, and recommend the optimum method.
- Expand coverage by simulcasting on FM translators and/or booster stations.
Additional consulting issues specific to AM Radio Stations:
- Repair and readjust directional AM antenna systems to comply with FCC licensed parameters.
- Measurement and adjustment of the directional antenna common point impedance (resistance and reactance) to maximize power, efficiency and audio bandwidth.
- Antenna base impedance measurements and Antenna Tuning Unit (ATU) adjustments to maximize power transfer and efficiency.
- Detune re-radiating towers and/or nearby structures.
- Perform required field intensity meter measurements.
- Analysis to determine if your transmitter is operating at maximum authorized power for each mode of operation and upgrade if needed.
- Design and install a system to make automatic transmitter power changes to optimize Pre-sunrise (PSRA) and Post-sunset (PSSA) power levels.
- Install equipment to significantly improve the audio quality of your AM station beyond what is traditionally used.
- Upgrade your station by investigating the options to simulcast on an FM translator and implementation.
Additional non-broadcast consulting services:
- Answer Radio Frequency (RF) questions for fellow Amateur Radio (Ham) operators that do not involve detailed studies for free.
- Attempt to answer all technical questions covered by FCC rules 47 CFR parts 13, 15, 24, 73, 74, 95 and 97 and possibly share a few
techniques that work.
Purchased a New Jersey radio station in 1994 where I was the General Manager, Sales / Marketing Manager, Director of Engineering / Chief Engineer and more...
Fully paid the mortgage on this station after 5 years of ownership, sold it at a profit a year later, reinvested the proceeds and have remained
continually active in radio and television consulting completing a number of projects.
While employed as a staff engineer with a broadcast radio consulting engineering firm in Washington, D.C., I gained considerable
knowledge in broadcast radio and television feasibility engineering studies and in preparation of FCC engineering
exhibits for applications. In my consulting practice, I have prepared FCC Construction Permit (CP) exhibits for new stations,
power increase applications, short-spaced contour-protected facilities, tower / supporting structure changes and directional antenna applications.
Successfully prepared and filed my first FCC Petition for Rulemaking in 1989. My two most recent Rulemaking Petitions were filed
in 2010 requesting amendment to existing broadcast radio laws under Part 73, Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Additional experiences at other stations include employment in the capacities of General Manager, Advertising Consultant, DJ / talk show host / announcer,
Radio Broadcast Engineer, Designated Chief Operator and Chief Engineer.
Technical involvement has included broadcast radio consultant and contractor services for new station design / construction.
Upgraded and maintained the studios and transmitters simultaneously for 14 radio stations.
Was always a pleasure to run into a station in an emergency and feel the satisfaction gained in coming through by
restoring operation promptly..... time and time again without outside assistance from other consultants,
engineers or technologists. On three different occasions, single-handedly had to relocate and reconstruct the on-air studios overnight,
twice due to emergencies caused by extreme weather conditions.
Other experiences include business consultant, bidding and contracting both government and private sector projects, proprietor / manager of
retail and service businesses, television, cable (CATV), MATV, consultant to a satellite earth station installation company, computer
hardware / software, industrial electronics technician for the Process Engineering Department in manufacturing, editor, college instructor,
technical report writer, lecturer and guest speaker at association meetings.
UNIVERSITY & COLLEGE DEGREES / HIGHER EDUCATION -
USNY (Excelsior College), Bachelor of Science degree with significant studies in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Business Management, 1981.
Thomas Edison State College of NJ, credits earned via individual assessment and college level challenge examinations
ACTIVE FCC LICENSES -
Commercial General Class Radiotelephone License w/ Ship Radar Endorsement
Extra Class "Ham" Radio Operator License
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS -
Member of the 'AM Broadcast Radio Improvement Task Force', effective November 2010.
Elected to 'Member' grade by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) effective 1983
Member Broadcast Technology Society (BTS)
Elected to 'Senior Member' by The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), Washington, D.C.
ACTIVE CERTIFICATIONS -
Consumer, Commercial, Audio/ Hi-Fi and Radio/TV Electronics, Certification; ETA, International
Certified Communications Specialist, US Coast Guard Auxiliary
PREVIOUS LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, CERTIFICATES & MEMBERSHIPS -
Certified Broadcast Engineer at the Senior Level by examination, Society of Broadcast Engineers - SBE, issued 7/1/1985
Member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, Inc. (SCTE), 2001
Certificate for Teacher of Vocational Technical Occupations - Electronics Technology, State of NJ Department of Education, 1979
Certified Technician, National Association of Business and Educational Radio - NABER
Real Estate Salesperson License, State of New Jersey Board of Realtors
Certification Administrator, Electronics Technicians Association, accrediting agency: Iowa State University, 1981-85
First Class Radiotelephone Operators License issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
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