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Harris Donates Replacement Transmitter to Iraqi Women’s Station

Harris Donates Replacement Transmitter to Iraqi Women's Station

Harris Corp.’s Broadcast Communications Division Radio Business Unit donated its Platinum Series Z5 5-kW solid-state FM transmitter to independent Iraqi women’s radio station Radio Al-Mahaba.
The transmitter, to be installed this month, will transmit within a 60-90 mile radius of the station’s Baghdad location and will reach people in approximately half of the 18 provinces.
Radio Al-Mahaba is a non-religious, non-governmental station for women that encourages audience members to call in and talk to one another, and features commentators and guests that educate them about their rights.
An explosion in October 2005 destroyed the station’s original 5 kW transmitter, and its subsequent 3 kW rental unit failed. Radio Al-Mahaba is currently operating with a rented 1 kW unit, which Harris says has reduced its ability to reach its audience and garner ad revenue.
“After the bombing that destroyed our first transmitter, we had to reduce our staff’s salaries by half,” said Radio Al-Mahaba spokeswoman Bushra Jamil. “With this new transmitter, we can become financially self-sufficient through increased advertising revenues.”
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