February 2016
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For those concerned people

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.

Lake Placid hand shake

End of game hand shake, USA rink, Lake Placid, NY

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.

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12 comments to For those concerned people

  • Tim Moore

    We love you Paul, you are THE MAN!! A rock star to your fans!! Glad all is well.
    73 Sir

  • TP Reitzel

    I pray that your personal situation improves as life is very demanding at times. Some of my property is currently undergoing condemnation because I refuse to accept the lousy offers for devaluing it. The stress has been tremendous as the laws are written by corrupt politicians who have been purchased by robber corporations. I understand the demands on your life and wish you the very best in resolving them.

  • Lester Daffin

    Hi Paul. You’re certainly busy, glad you’ve enjoyed those “projects.” Was becoming concerned for your well-being after not seeing some posts. Very happy you’re well. I really enjoy your posts. Even if they’re on the same subject but at different sides. Brings back memories to this old retired radio guy. Keep up the good work!!!

  • Paul,

    If you need anything, you know how to get a hold of me. Let me know.

    — Mike

  • Always glad to hear from you again, Paul. Selfishly waiting to hear about the LPFM in Rochester 🙂

  • Chuck Gennaro

    Sounds like it’s time to pack the family up and take a vacation somewhere warm. Beach, drinks with little umbrellas….. things have a way of sorting themselves out when you remove the day to day stress for a while. This isn’t always an easy career for a family man, no question. Good luck friend….

  • Mark Esbjerg

    Paul, I sure appreciate your “transparency” and honestly telling your story. My life as a hockey parent and having my “career lifestyle” contribute to the end of my marriage and working for a “company” seem to be similar to yours. The big difference is that you have skill and talent, and I can turn unplugging things and plugging them back in, into a 35 year career!
    Best wishes and thanks for the blog.

  • @Paul: Glad to hear you’re still alive and well. It’s sometimes difficult to keep the balance between work and home but I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers that things will work out all around. Hopefully when the weather gets warmer perhaps things will turn a little sunnier.

  • Bob Doolittle

    Getting home from daily battles of work and finding more battles at home is a hard way to live.

  • JimSeaman

    Paul, I have been in your shoes before, and feel for you. I’ve often said that broadcast engineering is not just a job, it is a lifestyle choice which requires a very tolerant and understanding spouse. The demands placed on us are not unlike those of first responders and military personnel.

  • Chas

    Good to hear you’re still around. On a WISP forum I frequent, one of the really great helpers stopped posting one day. A few weeks later someone found out he had died, family didn’t know much about any online communities… @JimSeaman, yeah, try working for an ISP, that’s fun too, 24/7/365. Standards are slipping in all these industries though, so the younger guys get to slack more. 🙂

  • Paul Thurst

    @Chas, to quote Monty Python; I’m not dead yet. I just wanted people to know what is going on and I haven’t given up on the blog, there are many other things going on right now.

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