It’s big. It’s highly efficient, for a tube rig. It can do analog and HD. It runs the damn lowest stack temperature I’ve ever seen. It’s full of Linux. It has… a curiously labelled hidden pushbutton I’m amused and scared of. It confused so many other engineers they called me in to shape it up! It’s… the Harris Broadcast HPX! (GatesAir branded, nowadays.)
And it inspired me to invent…. ｔｒａｎｓｍｉｔｔｅｒｗａｖｅ
This post is very image heavy so I’ll split it to avoid an endless front page on my blog.
Remember when the following tag was <lj-cut text=”Read more…”>? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
If you told me years ago this would be a significant part of my job, I’d have had a lot of trouble believing you.
This, incidentally, is what you get when there’s no maintenance budget. This transmitter is the only one in house and can’t be taken off air to replace some bad relays. A potential great deal on a backup transmitter that would have allowed me to do so was allowed to go by the wayside so here I am kicking this box to make it stop dumping half its output power in the system isolator load due to an IPA select relay fault.
The relays responsible for making me have to kick the transmitter.
<fnord> Yes, Miguel, rest assured those are leather pants. Would you expect any less? </fnord>
These pieces of turd infect some Harris Broadcast products to this day.
Sure, IDC connectors seem like a good idea at the time except… A) they use them on stranded wire, making them failure prone, and B) they put them on cable assemblies that experience vibration from blowers….
It’s a surefire recipe for very difficult to troubleshoot problems.