Students at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) will start 2008 with a new learning aid: a high-power Harris FM transmitter.
Harris Corp. donated the Z-Series transmitter to SAIT to support its Broadcast System Technology program. The two-year program, certified by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), is the only such technology course in Canada, providing an education in all technical aspects of the broadcast industry.
“High-power FM broadcasting is an important part of our training, and Harris recognized the need for our students to train on current state-of-the-art equipment,” said Garry Shepherd, technology instructor at SAIT.
David Haydu, director of engineering at the CHUM Radio division of CTVglobemedia, arranged the donation. CTVglobemedia operates 35 radio stations across Canada.
Haydu said that Harris is providing training for SAIT instructors on the operation of the transmitter.
“Harris has made this donation as a gesture to support students in the broadcasting field; providing this equipment to this non-profit institute will bolster knowledge and education in the radio industry and benefit the community in general,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications.