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An excerpt from this week’s Monday Morning Coffee and Technical Notes

The following is from the Alabama Broadcasters Association’s weekly e-newsletter, Monday Morning Coffee and Technical Notes. Thanks to ABA’s Larry Wilkins. To subscribe to the newsletter, email lwilkins@al-ba.com.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS?

Well it is that time again….time to change your clocks. Daylight Savings time starts next Sunday, March 11, at 2 a.m. Clocks move ahead by one hour. Engineers and program directors need to make sure the required changes made to remote control units and station automation equipment.

Daylight Saving Time was originally instituted in the United States during World War I and World War II in order to take advantage of longer daylight hours and save energy for the war production.

RADIO PUBLIC FILES ONLINE

Hopefully everyone completed their public file upload by the deadline of March 1st. I spoke with several SECC chairmen around the country and they were still taking phone calls even the day after. It was the same way in Alabama as well.

It was actually a painless process with most stations only needing to upload their Issues and Programs list from 2012 to present.

SPRING CLEANING

With spring on the way trees and bushes will start to leaf out. Now is a good time to clean out around you transmitter site, especially around the tower and guy anchors. If you guy paths have grown up it will be easier now before the new foliage starts to fill out to remove trees and other growth along the path. Recommended width is ten foot either site of center line of guy line

While visiting the anchor points inspect them closely to see if there are any broken/missing clamps or bolts, ground connections, rust buildup, or damage to the preforms. Inspect the concrete to check for cracks and proper water runoff from guy point.

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