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Continental Ships Its First Elevated HD System

West Texas public station can go with higher digital power

Continental Electronics is shipping its first analog/HD system capable of operating at an elevated HD power of 10 decibels below carrier, to KACU(FM) at Abilene Christian University.

The company will show an operational 816HD transmitter running 10 percent elevated HD at the NAB Show. Continental says it was the “first to demonstrate the viability of high-power, low-level combined, FM/HD tube transmitters.”

It provided details of the station’s installation:

“KACU’s TPO of 9.1 kW is a perfect example of how tube technology can positively impact lower power FM station operations when running at elevated HD powers,” it stated in its announcement. The KACU system includes an 802Ex FM Digital Exciter, 800Exp Embedded Exporter and 800I Importer with an Orban PC1101 audio card. The 802Ex has Continental’s “Insight” HD performance and monitoring system; the E2X link between the exciter and the Embedded Exporter uses Packet Delay Queue technology to ensure against network induced packet loss.

The station has had a 10K Continental transmitter since 1986. Its general manager is John Best.

NAB Booth: C1607