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Comment: Not just cellular-affecting (Score 2) 350

Bad thing about a lot of these jammers is they don't just affect cellular but also the 700 and 800 MHz spectrum used by public safety - firefighters and police. There have been jammers seized by LE where they got out on traffic stops and their radios started showing out of range.

Comment: Transtector (Score 1) 341

by kf4lhp (#39946091) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Heavy-Duty, Full-Home Surge Protection?

We use suppressors from Transtector on the AC lines, and suppressors from PolyPhaser on RF lines at a number of radio tower sites my employer owns. No lightning damage in the time I've been here, just have had to replace a few PolyPhasers, which means they work.

Also you really, really, really need a good, low resistance earth ground. Bond EVERYTHING to it.

Comment: Counterproductive IMO (Score 5, Insightful) 214

by kf4lhp (#38515258) Attached to: Justifications For Creating an IT Department?

As background, I worked in an engineering department of a TV station for a while, and with the way things are going, engineering and IT are becoming far more intertwined and co-dependent on each other. Splitting them apart would, I think, be counterproductive - you'd end up with IT wanting to do their own thing and engineering being unable to make it work with their side of the house.

Having dedicated IT people and dedicated engineering people is a great idea, but they need a single leader to keep everyone pulling in the same direction (and some cross-training helps too).

Comment: Split some atoms (Score 5, Interesting) 403

by kf4lhp (#24636169) Attached to: World's Largest Solar Plants Planned In California

I still like nuclear.

The plant that's 4 miles from my house sits on less than 1 square mile and produces over 2300 MW, day or night.

The 12.5 square miles of flat desert land may be no problem out west, but finding several hundred acres of flat land here in the Appalachians just isn't happening. Besides, we'd have to cut down all the trees.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.