Burk Autopilot

The old version of the software, that is. I like the graphical interface, just one glance is all that is needed:

Burk auto pilot
Burk auto pilot

I have not had a chance to fool around with the newer version, the screen shots on the Burk website look a little bit different.

The setup and programming of macros is pretty easy; power/pattern change times, Pre-sunrise, and post-sunset functions, automatic tower light monitoring, AM Directional Antenna readings, and automatic transmitter restoration routines.  If programmed correctly, the software can eliminate many of those late-night/early-morning phone calls, which is always a good goal.

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4 thoughts on “Burk Autopilot”

  1. DAVICOM looks like a good unit. I’ll have to look into that one a little bit more.

  2. It still frustrates me that Burk won’t support SNMP. I don’t want to use two different monitoring systems to monitor my servers/network and RF plant. No offense to Burk, but AutoPilot is small time compared to most network monitoring systems…
    I’ve been using Nagios and Broadcast Tools boxes for a WAY lower capital cost. Setup however is pretty steep, lots of Linux skill required.

  3. @Walter, I always though the Burk network interface was somewhat clunky. They got started with the ARC-16 before 802.x networks became all the rage. There newer product, ARC-16+ is a redesign, I have yet to play around with one, so I haven’t formed an opinion. The advantage of autopilot is it has a simple user friendly GUI. Almost any radio worker should be able to figure it out. Anything LINX or BSD is going to be a bear for the uninitiated.

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