I can vouch for the quality of the Procaster. I’ve talked up it’s benefits in other places in this forum over the years.
Mine has, just this month, been on the air for 6 years. During this time it’s been mounted elevated, outdoors. It has needed zero repair or attention. It has remained rock solid on frequency and output has remained co…[Read more]
Here comes Oompah Hour #278!
Another show chock full of songs and groups that haven’t been on the show previously, including a lot of fun songs
that just may go on your list of new favorites! Grab it at the usual link:
Tim’s Oompah Hour #278 Week of July 21 – 27th, 2019
Polka DJ (Theme) – Dick…[Read more]
Hello Polka Fans!
I trust you’re all having at least an acceptable summer, now that we’re halfway through!
Oompah Hour #277 is ready to roll, and you’ll find it at:
As usual! Still working through a big pile of records I haven’t had access to for ages, so lots of fun songs and groups in the show…[Read more]
How about some thoughts from a more recent article?
I predict widespread digital AM in the USA within ten years.
I also predict it will remain on it’s current range of frequencies.
We currently own 3 cars that can receive HD/digital AM. Of…[Read more]
Here comes Oompah Hour #276, at the usual link:
And mostly another batch of records from the buried piles that haven’t been accessed in a long time if ever!
Hope you’re all wrapping up a safe and sane 4th of July holiday!
Tim’s Oompah Hour #276 Week of July 7 – 13, 2019
Polka DJ (Theme) – Dic…[Read more]
This is basically a Shure 515. Sold as the Perma Power S-2020 they were made by Shure and internally are the same as the 515, just that they have a permanently attached cord with plug, whereas the 515 had an XLR connector at it’s base for plugging in a standard mic cable.
The 515 (and hence the S-2020) are geared toward voice use in public…[Read more]
Off and running with another installment of the Oompah Hour.It’s another week of spinning records I haven’t been able to get too for quite some time. Most have never been on the show before! Seems like an extra fun show this week, so enjoy!
At the usual link:
Tim’s Oompah Hour #275 Week of June 3…[Read more]
I can’t speak for all Procasters, but mine has yet to need any retuning. For the first 3-4 years or so that it was up I used to check the tuning every few months to see if there was any need to peak it again. Every time I checked it was still as peaked as it could get.
Mine has been mounted outside a third floor attic window for 6 years. it’s…[Read more]
I’m not where I can take a look at the backup UPS right now, but it’s a bug sucker. UPS units come in a million different sizes and capacities — and prices! Mine runs an older iMac (screen off) and the Procaster for quite some time. Longest was three days. The typical ones you get at a big box store or computer store will only run a typical co…[Read more]
Random comments before I head for work:
“Wall Wart” does not immediately mean crappy. There’s a big difference between a good quality supply and a cheap Chinese one. People see a 12V supply for $50 and have a cow at the price, and pop on Amazon or eBay and grab one for $3 then bitch because they’re crap. We have racks of professional broadcast…[Read more]
1. Your ART Pro units are quite useful. The Mic pre-amp is just that. Is used to bring mic level up to line level to input to a mixer, etc. Most mixers have some mic inputs already with built in pre-amps that are perfectly functional for broadcast use. But, musicians especially, and those who record them, will go crazy trying different mic pr…[Read more]
FWIW here’s my follow up to John’s “So Far”
1. Agree completely the transmitter belongs where the antenna is. Be it ground mounted or elevated. This eliminates any issues with the legalities of a long feed line to the antenna, and eliminates any signal loss through this lead. Although presently there is no legal way to ground it when elevated.…[Read more]
Here’s another week of fun polka music! And another week of spinning records that have been buried the last few years in places that made them almost impossible to get to so they haven’t been played in a long time if ever! This weeks show pretty much fills the hour too, just a few seconds to spare to make it in an hour, so beware! Grab it at the u…[Read more]
Not sure I can relate to the concept of rack mounting as being a major feature. These transmitters are small. Put them at the base of the antenna and be done with it. There’s no coax or antenna lead necessary, period. I installed my Procaster outdoors 6 years ago, on my third floor attic window frame (outdoors). During this six years it has s…[Read more]
Over the years I have pondered this as well, but have no hard data.
As is well known, I have a Procaster mounted on a third floor window frame of a 100+ year old wooden house. It is mounted to a plastic conduit pipe that is then mounted with standoff brackets to the wooden window frame. There is no ground lead attached at all.
The only wires c…[Read more]
Here we go with Oompah Hour #273.
It’s an exciting show, as there’s been drastic remodeling and organizing going on in the studio. This has led to giving me access to hundreds of records that were stored in places that made it very difficult to get to them, so they haven’t been played for a couple years, at least, if ever. So lots of fresh so…[Read more]
A lot. LOL. Hard to say exactly. But for the fun of it I tried to ballpark the “organized” records by counting how many records fit in 6 in inches of shelf space then adding up linear inches of shelved records and doing the math. This leads me to about:
1450 – 45’s
550 – LP’s
And no idea on the 78’s, as they’re sort of stacked up here and…[Read more]
Here we go with another hour of perfectly good polka and old time music! Show #272 is waiting for you at the usual link:
Felt like and extra-fun show to me! Enjoy!
Tim’s Oompah Hour #272 Week of June 9 – 15, 2019
Polka DJ (Theme) – Dick Pillar
Something New Polka – Mike Stevens Orchest…[Read more]
Well, yes and no to all of the above.
The regulation of profane and indecent language has become practically nil at best, mostly because the definition has changed, and now mostly lies in violating “community standards”. If the broadcast happened in a community where no one ever swears then there’s an issue. Again, this has been drastically r…[Read more]
This week has been plagued with troubles!
First of all I seem to have left the link out of this email for last week’s show, which is:
In case some of you weren’t aware, the show is ALWAYS uploaded at that exact same link. so if I happen to screw up again you can always get it at th…[Read more]
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