Antenna Compendium Volume 1 by American Radio Relay League

By American Radio Relay League

The leading quantity in ARRL's well known Antenna Compendium sequence comprises articles on a multiband moveable, quads and loops, baluns, the Smith Chart, and extra.

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Moreover, a great many of these connections are increasingly opaque, and the transparency required of any ethical communicative connection is simply not present in them. Whether we are talking about stealth marketing, product placement, infotainment or any of a large range of similarly camouflaged forms of communicative intent and interest, the fact of deregulation has led to an unprecedented, yet weirdly furtive, commercialization of public life (Goodman, 2006; Thussu, 2007). Public culture 40 Enforcing and Evading Rationalization is dominated by forms of expression whose purpose is hidden from view and the content of which is deliberately distorted and manipulated to achieve a predetermined outcome.

Each of the two acts as both mold and figure, foreground and background, to the other. When music passes through the liminal space of the studio, borne by loyal devices charged with reproducing its perceived splendor with some measure of fidelity, something happens to it. It is not simply reproduced, it is reconfigured; it becomes richer and denser. The corpses of sound in the form of discs or audio files that enter the studio by the door or the data cable are recontextualized, reproduced and reanimated.

They must therefore manage risk and uncertainty as close to extinction as they can. This quixotic quest has produced the unrelenting consistency in the music programming of contemporary commercial radio that has come to dominate their medium. Yet this methodically Social Solidarity in the Luminiferous Ether 33 administered consistency is hardly a foregone conclusion. Commercial radio has at times produced the odd compelling anomaly, such as freeform commercial radio of the 1970s, the aural upheaval produced by 1950s’ payola, the role played by commercial radio in the development of new forms of country and rock and roll, and the remarkable reach and influence of African American commercial radio in the southeastern USA after World War II (Post, 1974; Kloosterman and Quispel, 1990; Dannen, 1991).

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