remote season about to shift into high gear, Bill Draper, chief engineer for
Clear Channel Media in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., offers a tip to keep cables
can wind up a cord as shown in Fig. 1; but it can still kink up. One good approach
is the Rip-Tie Velcro hook-and-loop cable fastener, seen in Fig. 2. Or, as
shown in Fig. 3, Bill suggests an economical alternative. Home Depot sells a
75-inch roll of Velcro brand Plant Ties, with mating fastening material on
either side, for under $10. (If you are shopping out of gardening season and
you can’t find them at the store, search Amazon.com. Or look for Velcro One-Wrap
straps, which are sold year-round at Home Depot.)
Fig. 1: Put an end to
kinked power and mic cables.
Fig. 2: The Rip-Tie has a
cloth flap that makes unrolling cables easier.
secure cables or extension cords, simply cut off a short length and wrap it
around the cable bundle. If the tie gets lost or damaged, simply snip off
another piece. Use Bill’s solution to prevent your cables from knotting
themselves into a twist when you’re not looking.
Draper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fig. 3: You can use Velcro
One-Wrap straps to secure remote cables.
Fig. 4: FEMA’s Ready Emergency
Supply List is free.
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To make finding things easier for you, each issue of Radio
World now has an associated “links page” on our website. In future, when we have
a link to share, we will just point you to that issue’s “links page” to find
it. You need not copy out long URLs with your paper copy spread out over your
For example, all the websites mentioned in this column and
throughout this issue can be found at radioworld.com/Mar-14-2012.
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Babb is customer service representative for RSI, “the RF safety specialists.” The
company will be presenting two sessions of its RF safety course in Pearl River,
N.Y. on April 5. RSI schedules courses — which qualify for SBE Recertification
Credit — throughout the United States.
travel to New York? RSI offers a variety of courses online through a Virtual
University. You can preview classes by visiting the Workbench section of our links page at radioworld.com/Mar-14-2012.
The topics are interesting. In addition to the basic safety course, there
are courses about biohazards at the RF site, antennas, electrical safety and AM
antennas and detuning. RSI offers customized on-site classes, too. These are
ideal for SBE gatherings or state shows.
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your remote transmitter site and even your studio location should be ready for
is the morning personality at WORG(FM) in Orangeburg, S.C. In broadcasting
since 1968, Stu has experienced more than a couple emergencies. He offers additions
to the list of emergency items started by contract engineer Ihor Slabicky in Workbench in January.
recommends a small refrigerator to keep water, soft drinks and cheese cold. Sealed
blocks of cheese have a long refrigerated shelf life and can provide
refrigerators in the classifieds or, if you live near a college, drive by the
dorms at the end of a semester. You’ll be amazed at what students throw out
when faced with lugging all their room contents back home.
you have at least one can of wasp spray, the kind with the cone-shaped nozzle
mentioned toilet paper and paper towels, kept in resealable bags. Stu also suggests
sealed boxes of pre-moistened baby wipes. These can be handy when your water
supply is precious.
that old saying “It’s better to have something and not need it, than need it
and not have it.” In addition to cheese, stock up on foodstuffs, again in
plastic bags. If you save cans of food, don’t forget a can opener and cutlery.
Slim Jim meat sticks are a good addition, as are chocolate and hard candy.
well-stocked first aid kit is a priority. Add a dust mask, insect bite ointment
and rubbing alcohol to the contents.
If you have
a survival kit in your vehicle, add a compass and a coach’s whistle for
signaling. Don’t forget pen, paper and a sealable sandwich bag. Should you need
to leave a note in an emergency, the baggie will protect the paper. A roll of
duct tape will let you affix the baggie where it is visible.
You may find
other ideas by browsing a surplus or camping supply store like REI. We hope you
never have to use any of this. But preparation is your best line of defense.
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put together an emergency supply list in the form of a small tri-fold brochure.
The list is free, as are other useful FEMA publications. You can order up to
500 “Ready Emergency Supply Lists” at no charge, using the FEMA Publications
order form. The link to the form is saved for you at radioworld.com/Mar-14-2012.
9-0659 on the form.
brochures out to folks at your remote events, particularly if you are in an
area of the country where natural disasters are a concern. It really helps tie
the station to the community. The price is right — and your initiative actually
may save a life.
Contribute to Workbench.
You’ll help your fellow engineers, and qualify for SBE recertification credit.
Send Workbench tips to email@example.com. Fax to (603) 472-4944.
Author John Bisset has
spent 43 years in the broadcasting industry and is still learning. He is SBE
Certified and is a past recipient of the SBE’s Educator of the Year Award.