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National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook, 11th Edition by Garrison C. Cavell

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Chapter6.5

Transmitter Remote Control and Monitoring Systems

Paul Shulins

Director of Technical Operations, Greater Media

Boston, MA

Introduction

From the early years of broadcasting, the Federal Radio Commission and later the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required a licensed operator be physically at a broadcast transmitter at all times when radiating to observe its operation and make any required adjustments. Then in 1960, the FCC authorized class D noncommercial FM educational stations to operate via remote control. At that time, the FCC required any interruption in the remote control signal to cause the transmitter to shut off. This was called “fail safe” remote control, and it remained a requirement until 1984.

In 1953, the FCC ...

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