BUCHAREST, Romania — My company, Laet Exim, a broadcast systems
integrator based in Romania, bought and installed for a client several CTE
Digital Broadcast VL series air-cooled FM radio transmitters of 2.5 kW and 5 kW
power. The VL series transmitters range from 2.5 kW up to 10 kW.
We recommended the VLs upon
our technical and economic comparisons. The price that we paid was reasonable
and the delivery time was two weeks from the order confirmation. The transmitters
have been installed in five sites, all of them some distance away from the capital
city, Bucharest, in rural areas where the reliability of the electrical grid is
the decision to choose CTE, we asked the company for detailed literature about
their equipment and the complete manuals for our prepurchase evaluation. We
analyzed the design of these transmitters, where the smart modularity concept was
the most evident feature.
simplify maintenance operations, the RF amplifiers and the power supply unit are
Installation and operation of the transmitters proved easy. The user
guide was helpful, something that can’t always be said. It included
instructions for safe, fast and successful installation for both the 2.5 kW and
5 kW FM transmitters.
bonus for us, with no increase in the price, was the inclusion of a remote
control and monitoring interface for IP networks (SNMP-compatible). This allows
for the management of many operations using a simple Web browser.
CTE’s exciters for the VL series offer
an AES/EBU digital input, remote control and capability for n+1 systems. In the
design, a special effort was devoted to achieve friendly and fast routine maintenance,
a much appreciated aspect for us. Frequency and other operational parameters can
be set by an intuitive menu that is controlled by four buttons and displayed by
an LCD screen on the front.
To achieve power, RF stages
of 1.3 kW nominal power are used. Each of them includes four SD2942 next-generation
MOSFETs. At our lab in Bucharest, we performed tests that measured impressive high
linearity. We have also found out that each module includes a control loop with
a high-speed reaction time to protect the equipment against overheating or
excessive SWR. These protections are independent with respect to the
The power supply is
composed by three identical boards connected in parallel. It has the standard dimensions of 19 inches and is 2 RU.
overall depth is 28 inches deep and just under 31 pounds in weight. Such
compactness and reduced weight are sufficient to carry the unit, even by one
Since installation all of the
equipment has been running at full power, all day long, without disruptions or
inconveniences. Our customer is happy because he has noticed a 30 percent
reduction in the bill for electricity compared to the previous transmitters.
Power spikes and instability in the mains have had no impact on the reliability
and no variations in the signal have been noted.
Upon our overall positive experiences
impressions, we recommend VL series transmitters from CTE Digital Broadcast.
Marius Marin is senior engineer and owner of Laet Exim.
For information, contact
Enrico Antoniazzi at CTE Digital Broadcast in Italy at 011-39-02-96738811 or