Holy crap, has it seriously been 5 months since I’ve updated my blog? At least better do an update with what I’ve been up to since my last post.
First off, my job has kept me quite busy. Since my last post I’ve flown out to visit our sister stations in Tri-Cities, WA (Kennewick/Richland/Pasco) and Yakima, WA, the most recent trip just this last week. They have very nice facilities out there and fantastic stations to go along with it. And as much as I hate flying I do enjoy going out there to visit them.
In addition to visiting our sister stations, I spent the summer rebuilding all of our studios. We converted our 15 year old analog studios to Axia AOIP (Audio Over Internet Protocol) studios. The studios are now 100% and sound just that much better. Plus we can do some cool routing things with the Axia boards… things that would take me hours to route or move I can have done in a matter of minutes.
We also remodeled one of our transmitter sites this summer. We replaced the antenna that burned up last fall at our 98.7 site with a new one that will do 98.7 and 107.9. We also bought a combiner and brought the 107.9 transmitter up to this remodeled site to give 107.9 improved coverage to Fargo. Exciting stuff.
And if that weren’t enough, we also purchased a new transmitter for our 95.1 site. It’s a solid state Nautel (so no moving parts or tubes to replace) and it does HD, making 95.1 the first commercial station in Fargo-Moorhead to go HD.
In non-work related news, I managed to get WAS (Worked All States) Basic. It finally took great regional propagation on 20m to work a South Dakota station on PSK… the last state I needed. I have also become a co-advisor to the NDSU Amateur Radio Club and have become a trustee to the D-STAR Repeater. Haven’t had much on-air time lately, but with it getting colder outside I’m sure that will change.
I also managed to get two trips in the summer. First I made my usual trip to my Grandparent’s cabin up at Lake Metigoshe. And the week after I went with my two rock stations to Moondance Jam near Walker, MN. I didn’t do Lollapalooza this year, but I wouldn’t have had time anyway.
So that’s a quick little update with what I’ve been up to. Let’s hope I can go less than five months before my next update!