AM Directional Arrays — What to Do When They’re Broken

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W.C. Alexander Director of Engineering Crawford Broadcasting Company

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In this, the Digital Age, the AM directional array still proliferates as a necessary transmission tool in the broadcast industry. The pool of engineers trained to work on these often complex and difficult-to- understand antennas has dwindled due to attrition, retirement and other causes, leaving many AM directional stations without an AM DA-trained engineer. When a problem arises with the array, the station engineer may be ill-equipped to deal with it. In this paper, I will present practical methods of troubleshooting and repairing a directional antenna that will prepare an engineer without significant AM DA experience to work on the array with confidence.

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