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Oh, damn: Una Parte

Guess what caught fire this time?  It’s this thing, which has become the newest piece in my burned up shit collection:

BE FM30A IPA regulator board

BE FM30A IPA regulator board

If you give up and are totally flummoxed, this is the IPA power supply regulator for a BE FM35A transmitter.  Here it is in better days, when it was actually working.  The IPAs are in pull out drawers on the right side of the transmitter cabinet, below the FX-30 exciter.

BE FM35A transmitter, on air

BE FM35A transmitter, on air

Said transmitter is aging not so gracefully, as it turns 26 this year.  There does seem to be a finite life to transmitting equipment, something that should be kept in mind when planning out next years capital expense budgets.  Regardless of all that, this event naturally occurred the day after Thanksgiving.

The good news, and there is always good news, we have many spare IPA regulators and PA modules in the shop ready to go.  Upon investigation, there were numerous other problems with this transmitter, which have been or will be addressed.

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...radio was discovered, and not invented, and that these frequencies and principles were always in existence long before man was aware of them. Therefore, no one owns them. They are there as free as sunlight, which is a higher frequency form of the same energy.
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