Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on February 21, 1941 · Page 13
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 13

Phoenix, Arizona
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Friday, February 21, 1941
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p .lephone 3-HH Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Friday Morning, February 21, 1941 (Section Two) Page Three Ijrectional |rray Used For Antenna «riiii the sound of dulc.-t *V.__ .M/I wilr.pfi sweet. , x „ BUILDING OF NEW KTAR PLANT IS RADIO HOUSE OF MAGIC Precise Equipment • *• Skilled Engineers Combine For Efficiency ..Milton. KTAR's house of mag.c trumpets, chime of , of music, swel' they are transmut- my of the radio en- invisible force which KTAR's programs to the rtof the Southwest. SI aOA precision of the engi- S who sees it in terms of oscil- tols co" 1 ™ i amp c ' ' 55,T time-delay relays and Slnput, the KTAR house of > is the "transmitter plant", " J5 teii y° u with pride that 5000-watt transmitter, too, d on the station's own 40- jeSct at 36th street andThom- -^Sdf-Supporting: Towers vidt the house of magic and ^r«ngineer would tell you that a IK "self-supporting, series- 00 feet high and "self-sup fltawers-one is 4 "rther 300-and they utilize di- cfional antenna". The engineer would tell you, too, ut.ui elaborate "ground s>-stem" • - of a 35-mile network of ppermre radiates from the bases the towers. He transmitter buildinc in- «lote •" observation hall — mum to visitors at all reason- •blehours— and rooms for the Controls, transmitter, auxiliary •power plant, chief engineer's iffiee, workshop and the air- tonffltfoninir and heatinR units. iFrom rectifiers to vacuum tubes, torn volume controls to oscillator, fc house of magic'is devoted sole- k to the legerdemain of creating Bd transmitting what the engineer alls the station "signal"— the 620- jtocycle "carrier" wave on which ) impressed, or modulated, the sta- jon's program. ; Fluorescent lichting, stain- lets steel trim for the observation hall, double-plate glass windows providing vision into the control room, trouble-indicator lamps which flash instant Wiming when adjustments are needed, quartz crystals in the cscfllitor-«mplifier unit kept »t constant temperature in toy electrically heated "ovens", water-cooled tubes, voltages of up to 12,000, delicate antenna. (Control devices — these are just a few of the items in the KTAK BOOK of magic. The antenna system is a direc- taal array by means of which wercan be concentrated or limit- I in desired directions. This sys- n represents one of the newest (ranees in radio engineering and !the first installation of its kind (the Southwest The towers, even though the larg- :one weighs SO tons, rest on porce- in insulators which insulate them om the ground. Red obstacle Jits which mark the towers' loca- ns at night are turned on and off, stomatically, by a photo-electric fl, or "electric eye",,according to • presence or absence of daylight. f Bow Of House Of Magic ?or daylight visibility the towers t painted in alternate stripes of ternational orange and white. key were built by the Allison eel Manufacturing Company. Arthur €. Anderson, KTAR chief gineer and veteran of Arizona dio, is boss of the house of magic, d associated with him in its oper- lon is another- veteran engineer, Told Haughawout The louse of magic was de- iagnea by Gumore and Ekman, arehttecte, hunt by H. R. Mea- BOWI, contractor. Four months were required for construction. EqBJpment Is Western Electric and the most up-to-date yet to come from the laboratories of «» newest science. in««.ut -,.=—'E e is a P^ °f the pnsmitter building. UniTMds AllProgr AS in jglj tiros rf pa ctintr broadcasting stations, program department is ™?ly responsible for actual pro™» of all local studio and "W wents program service. "S 8 » u Program plans are wnpleted, continuity written, «"»H! wd other program fea- ™» selected and arranged, ***s«ls scheduled and super™« and final timing checked. j^y tte on-the-air presenta- jZ®!* trough the hands of the u&? epartment Personnel. In- Mag the KTAR news bureau, o£ toe P r °gram de- seven full-time em- PSed in this division Uy operations. department for his J- Howard Pyle. Mr. l ° directly from Republic and Phoenix ising department with him many years of music and I the asso- in the Creasrnan, now in . as an an- muity writer and P r °of musical director and direc- R Choral Glroux also is a Specializing in s POrtscasting for- and KOB - Mey erson serves as e department with and Modern magician Is the radioman. Delicate but precise equipment, fleet communications facilities, training to hair-trigger efficiency—these are some of the tools with which he works. 1—The observation hall of the new 5,000-watt transmitter plant, S6th street and Thomas road, with a partial view of the control room. Z—Harold Haughawout, assistant chief engineer, adjusts program volume level at the control desk. 3—-One of the many transmitter circuits is tuned by Arthur C. Anderson, chief engineer and technical director. 4—Tool in the house of magic—precision monitoring device for checking fre- quency, antenna condition and modulation percentage. 5—A corner of the spare cabinet. 6—Looking into the 12,000-volt rectifier unit. 7—This emergency power supply unit swings into action automatically in case of failure of the regular power supply. 8—An antenna tower rises skyward. 9—Francis Connolly, a KTAR news editor, scans dispatches being received in the newsroom, situated in the Heard building, where the studios and offices are maintained. United Press and International News Service teletypewriters poar in the new! at 60 words per minute each. 10—Harold Bickett, engineer, adjusts one of the high fidelity recording units. Traffic Post Is Exacting From a desk surrounded b'j charts, laden with private telephones and with a teletypewriter handy, Harper Phillips, KTAR's traffic manager, handles the painstaking job of Beeping the t station operating on a- schedule that meets the requirements of the Red and Myron Drake, announcer and rewrite man in charge of the news bureau. FURNISHED I THE Mmber-Cement and Plaster For KTAE's , * Broadcasting Station HaNoran-Bennett Lumber Co. Ph. 4-2111 Blue networks of the National Broadcasting company .as .well as the regional Arizona Broadcasting company network. In order that the station properly fulfill its commitments, it is necessary that schedules be maintained for weeks ahead. These intricate charts are plotted in various colors, each color indicating a certain service or a certain advertiser, and codes of letters and combinations of figures. Every minor program change immediately -is charted to avoid complications. From these master charts, technicians, announcers and script writers work. • They are as essential as a recipe when a chef prepares to bake a cake and expects exacting results. Precision equipment is used throughout the new KTAR plant. Studios and offices of KTAR still are maintained in the Heard build- j PLUMBING FOR KTAR New Transmitter Bidg. (Now 5,000 Watts) Installed by us You will also find our methods constantly advancing to insure up-to-the-minute plumbing, Roy Brooks 913 N. 7th St. Ph. 4-2215 Another Completed For In Their New Transmitter Building STATE ELECTRIC CO. 214 WEST WASHINGTON . = . Si . HAROLD EKMAN Architect Security Building ing in downtown Phoenix, connected with the big new 5,000-watt JORDAN Painting Co. Phones 4?460—33735 or 44494 A Modern Business Floor Our fine battle ship Linoleum in the new KTAR home is designed to harmonize with the beautiful new streamlined building as well as stand the. wear and tear of heavy traffic. A Lasting floor Actually Mad* For Years of Wear Phoenix Shade & Linoleum Co. 1ST & ADAMS TELEPHONE 3-2549 transmitter at 36th street and Thomas road by means of special phone lines. The big 5,000-watt transmitter tubes used by KTAR in its new plant are water-cooled. KTAR Standardized On GLOBE-WERNICKE CO. "STREAMLINER 11 STEEL OFFICE EQUIPMENT Peterson, Brooke, Steiner & Wist 524 West Washington

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