Thursday, March 23, 2017
The problem was the programming software. First, the mini disc of software instuctions were in Chinese. The installation was in Chinese until you have finished the install - then you could change the language to English.
The software was eventually running. But it would not recognize the radio for reading/writing programming. After exchanging e-mails with Jason at Grapevine, he suggested it may be the problem with Windows 10. He suggested trying Windoes 7 (which I do not have anymore).
I do have 2 old Windows XP laptops, so tried using them for programming. The software installed, but with the same problem - could not communication with the HT. Jason suggested other remedies, but at this time I was done with it.
A ham in our club suggested programming cable and software from RT Systems. I bit the bullet and ordered the CD and Cable for about $50. A far cry from $15 I paid with the HT. Ordered the system on Sunday evening. On Thursday, it was in my mailbox. Awesome service.
I installed the software on my desktop, connected the cable to the computer and HT. Turned on the HT, clicked on the software icon and my HT was recognized and had no problems reading and writing frequencies to/from the HT. The cable and software from RT Systems is worth the price.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
The tour started in Master Control. This is the heart of the station. Stations 5 and 9 in Albuquerque are housed in the facilities on University Blvd. Each station has their HD channels and 2 SD channels. Many years ago I toured a commercial station in Wausau, WI, the big change I saw that most of the screens at flat panel LED monitors. The back wall of Master Control is filled with computer servers, instead of tape recording machines.
From Master Control, we went to the Control Room for the studio. In addition to the programming control and it's switchers, there were separate Audio and Video control booths. The photo here is of the control panel. From there we dropped down to the studio. Most of PBS programing here is on network feeds. I understand the busy times have been pledge season and election night overages. Otherwise, the studios area not used,
We ended our tour by heading over to the Village Inn for food.