Chattanooga, Tenn., (January 21, 2016) – Luken Communications, LLC is pleased to announce an affiliation agreement between Rev’n, Luken’s latest network offering, and WMKE in Milwaukee, WI (DMA 35).
WMKE, operated by LocusPoint Networks, launched Rev’n on Friday, January 15. Milwaukee area viewers can now find Rev’n over-the-air on channel 21.1. Ian Milne, General Manager of Station Operations for LocusPoint Networks, says, “Rev’n’s programming is a perfect fit for the Milwaukee audience. We are proud to partner with Luken to bring such a unique program offering to our viewers.”
Tim Krass, Luken’s Vice President of Affiliate Sales - West, said, “Everyone at Luken is thrilled to expand our relationship with LocusPoint Networks into another market. I know Milwaukee viewers will appreciate everything Rev’n has to offer.”
Rev'n, a network geared towards the performance enthusiast, officially launched on December 1, 2014. Rev’n is dedicated to all things revving including cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, events, auctions and more. With proven automotive content such as V8TV, Stacey David’s GearZ®, Two Guys Garage, Bidding Wars, Truck U and My Classic Car, Rev'n is a hit with fans and advertisers alike.
About Luken Communications:
Luken Communications offers diverse, family-friendly programming with its collection of networks reaching approximately 80 percent of all U.S. households via a blend of over-the-air, cable and satellite television. The current network offerings include Rev’n, Retro TV, The Heartland Network, The Family Channel, PBJ, TUFF TV and Frost Great Outdoors (FGO). Luken Communications’ flagship Retro TV was one of the first digital broadcast networks launched in 2005. For more information about Luken Communications and its portfolio of broadcast networks, visit www.luken.tv.
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-- SEMA to Oppose Action as Threat to Modified Racecars and Parts Suppliers --
Washington, DC (February 8, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2.”
The regulation would impact all vehicle types, including the sports cars, sedans and hatch-backs commonly converted strictly for use at the track. While the Clean Air Act prohibits certain modifications to motor vehicles, it is clear that vehicles built or modified for racing, and not used on the streets, are not the “motor vehicles” that Congress intended to regulate.
“This proposed regulation represents overreaching by the agency, runs contrary to the law and defies decades of racing activity where EPA has acknowledged and allowed conversion of vehicles,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “Congress did not intend the original Clean Air Act to extend to vehicles modified for racing and has re-enforced that intent on more than one occasion.”
SEMA submitted comments in opposition to the regulation and met with the EPA to confirm the agency’s intentions. The EPA indicated that the regulation would prohibit conversion of vehicles into racecars and make the sale of certain emissions-related parts for use on converted vehicles illegal. Working with other affected organizations, including those representing legions of professional and hobbyist racers and fans, SEMA will continue to oppose the regulation through the administrative process and will seek congressional support and judicial intervention as necessary.
The EPA has indicated it expects to publish final regulations by July 2016.
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $36 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,633 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909-610-2030, or visit www.sema.org.
An often overlooked item when installing a T56 Magnum is the Reverse Lockout Module. Because of the location of reverse (next to 5th), it would be too easy to accidently hit reverse during a 4-5 up-shift. Not a good thing. To remedy this, Tremec built in a Reverse Lockout solenoid. In the off (de-energised) position this solenoid prevents the shift lever from entering the gate for reverse. Note: It can be over-ridden with a lot of force. When activated the solenoid opens the gate allowing the lever to move to the reverse position.
So people have come up with various solutions to activate this solenoid from switches mounted nearby to switches on the brake pedal.
The safe alternative is to monitor vehicle speed and only allow the reverse lockout to de-energize the solenoid at low vehicle speeds. This electronic module from Modern Driveline contains a microprocessor that constantly monitors the vehicle speed while you are driving. At low vehicle speeds, The reverse lockout solenoid is energized to allow you to shift into Reverse. At speeds above about 5 MPH (typical) the control module de-energizes the lockout solenoid, therby preventing inadvertent shifting into reverse at higher speeds.