I have received a few comments and off line inquiries about my well being and the status of the Engineering Radio blog in general. First, let me say; thank you for your concern. There are many things going on right now, both professionally and personally. Some of those things are good and some are bad. In other words; typical life stuff.
First, from the professional side: The company (?) I work for has undergone some internal changes. We are, in general, very busy and I myself have at least five or six irons in the fire when it comes to projects. These include things like two complete studio projects, a couple of transmitter site rebuilds, some STL installation work, a couple of new IP data links, etc. On top of this there are, of course, maintenance issues and emergency calls, irate general managers, frugal owners, old equipment, and so on. We have had a pretty good cold snap over the last weekend (-10 to -15F), which has lead to numerous failures; pipes freezing, diesel fuel gelling, UPSs quitting, etc. <s>All in, it has been so much fun I cannot believe I actually get paid do to this </s>. If you have worked in the business for a while, none of this should surprise you.
When I get time, I will put together some posts on the above projects, as some of them are quite interesting or at least somewhat entertaining.
Secondly, from the personal side: Youth hockey season is here and I have been carting my son around to practices and various hockey games in upstate NY and western Massachusetts. Last weekend, his team played in the Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York.
For any fan of Hockey, a trip to the Herb Brooks Arena can be a semi-religious experience.
In addition to this, another common radio engineering problem has occurred; marital discord. So much so that alternate living arrangements have been considered.
Thus, my time and very often my mood has been constrained. Hopefully, after youth Hockey season ends in next month, I will at least have more time to do some quality posting. Your patience is appreciated.