Can it please be fall already?

It’s damn hot. One moment while I just pour this over myself.

Changing a tire in 112 degree heat sucks. Changing optimod cards and transmitters in an air conditioned building at 4000′ is preferable. All of them seem to be old age electrolytic capacitor failures.

Also, the Forester works better when the big hose stays on the spigot here.

See this cute little teacup? That’s the CVT fluid heat exchanger. Works fine on highways, urban streets, and literally everything but Shasta Bally…. I wonder if the cooler from an outback would fit?

This drives me to drink … coffee

The ultimate indicator of “am I on a crazy project” is, did I score another free coffee yet? Also did I ever mention how much I like Dutch Bros? Yeah so

Living nightmare of the moment:

Studio on air monitor consists of the following

Old Radio Shack BPC* bookshelf stereo amp with wires jammed in the speaker output terminals -> MYSTERY TWISTY SPLICE HELL CABLE -> unlabelled screw terminal strip -> ext monitor input on Wheatstone R60 console -> worn out control room monitor pot -> unlabelled screw terminal strip -> MYSTERY TWISTY SPLICE HELL CABLE -> PYLE** amplifier

The problem: the ancient Orban 8100A/XT2 processor started distorting heavily two days ago, likely due to Capacititis Electrolyticus. Nobody knows how old it is or if it’s ever been serviced. I swapped the station over to using an Omnia 6, which took until 3 am because of all the shitty spliced hell cable and then got the call at 6 am that the morning show hosts were hearing horrible echoes and were, instead of doing their show as usual, COMPLAINING ON THE AIR TO THREE COUNTIES ABOUT THE AUDIO PROBLEMS. Early on they asked if listeners could just call in and let them know how it sounded— nobody heard anything other than that the levels were a little low, as I hadn’t set the first stage wideband AGC to be as aggressive as it was on the 8100.

There was no audio problem on the air and they knew this.

Yet they made fools of themselves and made the station look like an unprofessional mess….

Kind of like this one. It took me 10 minutes of digging around and capturing wild Tangelas to find this. The twisted pair of doorbell wire runs off to a Telos ProFiler box. One wire of that goes to a speaker terminal, one to the amp chassis. How the hell did this ever “work”….??

As an added bonus the “loudness” button was stuck on at this amp so it had been basically… wrong…

We used to have an identical setup in one of our studios and I ripped it out because it was plagued by inexplicable leakage of audio from the station in the next room. I don’t know how it was getting in but the air monitor is now a reasonably good quality stereo tuner being converted to balanced by a Henry Engineering Matchbox. The amp driving the speakers in there is a Lepai “Class T” digital amp which has unbalanced inputs being driven by the other side of the Matchbox. It sounds perfectly nice and clean!!

So maybe my standards are too high but, you don’t go on air and trash your own station because you hear some echoes and distortion in your headphones. You leave a note for your engineer*** and the show goes on. That’s how this works, okay? Got it? Good. Now go entertain and inform the listeners, I’ll have the gear on order to give you the right audio to your headphones. Sheesh.

* Black Plastic Crap

** PYLE of shit

*** Please feel free to attach a Dutch Bros gift card (do they have those?)

Oh and here’s some electronic porn… The stereo generator in the 8100. 19khz crystal. That is all for now but I’ll be using these images in a later post

Chaos Butterflies

A former engineer (who was eventually banned from the facilities for various people problems including throwing a chair at a DJ) had made dozens of these splices where almost anything that’s an analog stereo pair goes into an electrical tape covered Y connection into some kind of 4-wire shielded cable.

Out of curiosity I unwrapped the tape from one of his splices to see what was inside.

Oh, no. No no no no no no my entire facility is wired like this no no no no NOPE FUCK AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHNOPENOPENOPEARONIWITHCHEESENONONONO

Ah… The good ol’ Ryko NerveWracker

I hate the Ryko Thrust Pro dryer with a passion that burns like a thousand fiery suns. The usual issue I have with them is that a windshield wiper will get lifted off the glass just in time to go up the air channels and get lodged there and smashed to oblivion, either by the car’s movement or even the pneumatic system retracting the ‘follower’. It was not the best designed car wash dryer ever, okay?

That not exactly Solo Jazz swoosh pattern, though… The same cover plate was used in the US2001 overhead wash.

Vote of no confidence

If you told me years ago that we’d have concentration camps on US soil with a president who seeks to indefinitely lock people up there with no due process, government attacks on media, a carefully orchestrated effort to collapse the heavily global trade based US economy in very rapid order, the repeal of protections for workers and child labor laws, the rigging of the US Supreme Court to rapidly overturn landmark decisions made in favor of civil rights, and the existence of those fucking weird light bulbs with a bi-pin bayonet base for things other than automotive brake lights/turn signals, I would have called you bubble-brained nuts and walked away.

Welp.

Fox News, you went full incel. You never go full incel.

Fnord

So as I’m trying to take a peaceful little break over coffee, Fox News blares on a television.

The current round of commentators seem to be outright sick of Trump and GOP policy, however, they’re spending their time on camera there on intense denial of misogyny in public policy and society, and sneering over efforts to change this. They’re also denying racism and claiming that immigration policy is in no way discriminatory against certain cultures, only against “security risks”…..

Boy, you morons sure sound like incels that got thrown on a cable network.

Ask YOUR local cable company for the Incel News Network! All toxic hate, all the time.

bUt wE’re ProFEssIonAls nOt YOu

Local HVAC service contractor: “Oh, yeah, we know what’s going on, your condenser coils are just dirty.”

Technician shows up and sprays the coils then promptly leaves.

Air conditioning continues to not work. Vital equipment starts to warn of impending thermal shutdown.

I go out and take a look at the condenser for literally four seconds.

ICE ICE BABY

how. HOW DID YOU MISS THIS???!!! Were you too busy trying to capture our ample local supply of rock and bug type Pokemon or something and never bothered to look at ANYTHING???

Pissing the night away—-

This is as obvious as the nose on your face. Damn thing’s iced over. That’s why we had no cooling. I set the unit to fan only and the amount of water that came flying out the condensate pipe was stunning.

Also, when the other tech came out to actually check everything, I got horribly, seriously confused by his gauges.

 

From the “It Blowed Up Real Good” Desk…

These are not my pictures. I know nothing of the horror here, though it was powering the transmitter that cooked these modules. The faults may or may not be related. First off— yes, you are seeing light through that— it blew a hole right through the cover. Also, I am now adding an “Arcy Sparky” category for all future posts relevant to it.

 

It sharted.
Please, no, I do not want to know what horror lies below that tape. Never show this to me. Never. In theory it may be split bolt connectors, but I fear far, far, far worse.

Oh, yes, in case you’re wondering what I mean when I say “Zeeky Boogy Doog”….

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