The Source
Issue Date • April 2015
Quality Audio & TIS No Longer Strangers
Information Station Specialists Debuts High Quality (HQ) TIS/HAR Service
ZEELAND, MI:  Thank the American Association of Information Radio Operators (AAIRO) for asking the FCC for something they were apparently prepared to do anyway – that is, to improve the audio quality of the Travelers Information Radio (TIS/HAR) Service. In their recent Report & Order 15-37, the FCC agreed with AAIRO on all the major tenets of its petition to “relax” the bandwidth of the audio filters on TIS transmitters, paving the way for a straightforward, low-cost means for operators to make the improvement in the field. The result will be a much fuller and more natural sound for Travelers Information and Highway Advisory radio stations.
TR6000 TIS Transmitter from Information Station Specialists 
Information Station Specialists' TR6000 TIS/HAR Transmitter
Information Station Specialists is the only provider to announce the improved High Quality (HQ) service. The company’s TR6000 Transmitter will be going through required FCC proof-of-performance soon – the final step that will allow the firm to provide the upgrade for both new and existing TR6000 series transmitters.

Field upgrade kits will be available soon that will allow an operator to change a station to HQ status in the field in approximately 15 minutes at a cost of $775, including freight. Discounts will be applicable for operators with multiple stations.

Register to receive a formal quote and get in line for the first shipments. [Email Information Station Specialists' HQ Division now.]
Grand Prix Racer 
Another First at Long Beach Grand Prix
Nation's Premier Road Race Acquires Info Radio Station for Annual Event
Long Beach, CA:  Event planners and city officials are taking a victory lap after the success of their new information radio service that debuted at this year’s Grand Prix in April. The Nation’s longest running road race regularly draws more than 200,000 spectators to the IndyCar course comprised of city streets near the City's convention center. The upshot:  locals need to know which streets are closed or re-purposed and suggested alternate routes; visitors are hungry for parking and event information; should schedules be disrupted by weather or a security issue, everyone needs to know how to conduct an orderly evacuation and other safety information.
[Click thumbnail below to enlarge map.]
Grand Prix of Long Beach's Course Comprised of Streets near City Convention Center
“It worked perfectly,” stated Director of Operations Dwight Tanaka, unequivocally. “The City was very pleased.”

Echoing Tanaka’s assessment, Long Beach’s Wireless Communications Manager John Black added, “The system was an excellent investment. The coverage was phenomenal and it’s absolutely unbelievable that a 10-watt station can be heard nearly 6 miles away in an urban environment with many tall buildings.

[Hear the Grand Prix of Long Beach broadcast message.]

The Long Beach station was licensed to broadcast on the frequency 1680 kHz for the 2015 event. Attendees learned about the radio frequency by encountering trailer-mounted changeable message signs that were positioned on incoming routes. The signal was delivered by a RadioSTATTM portable station. According to Black, the city is making arrangements to use the service for other events throughout the year.
VoiceStar Changeable Message Sign in situ 
Portable Changeable Message Signs such as this advised attendees of the Grand Prix radio station frequency
Annual attractions such as state fairs, golf tournaments, sports events and concert venues have traditionally rented Information Radio Systems such as EventCAST

. The Grand Prix of Long Beach is the first such event organization to own its own station. Organizers selected the RadioSTAT system due to its portability and quick deployment capability. It was set up on the roof of the the Long Beach Convention Center before the Grand Prix weekend, then removed once it had concluded.

Says Black, “Events bring thousands of people to Long Beach and this is an effective method of reaching out to them.”
Miracle at Hudson?
County Acquires Surprising Ally in Quest for 100W Station
SECAUCUS, NJ:  In February of 2014, the FCC turned down a proposal by Hudson County, NJ, to bump the power on its 1710 kHz Information station to 100 watts. [See March 2014 The Source.] A big reason for the denial:  broadcast station WRCR up the river in Ramapo, NY, will be changing to the adjacent channel 1700 soon.
Flight 1549 Fuselage Enroute in Hudson County 
Flight 1549 Fuselage on Flatbed on
NJ Route 46 in Hudson County*
In June 2014, the County petitioned the Commission to reconsider the denial and proceeded to contract with Information Station Specialists engineers to measure the real ground conductivity of the land area between the stations. Research determined that the signal overlap would not be as substantial as first thought.

The reconsideration petition has now gained a substantial ally – Radio Station WRCR itself. The station’s ownership has acknowledged the “low likelihood of the TIS interfering” with their new 1700 signal and will allow the 100-watt operation to commence, as long as there is no interference.

But first, the FCC has to grant the 100-watt waiver. Stay tuned.
[*] Despite the fact that this article has nothing to do with the miraculous landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in January 2009, the plane’s parts were removed from the Hudson River through city streets in Hudson County, NJ, causing traffic disruption that illustrates the potential usefulness of the County’s proposed 100- watt Information Radio service. [Editor]