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Nautel to Provide HD Radio Training at Radio Show

Geared toward stations considering digital deployment

Nautel is offering a one-day training course on HD Radio in conjunction with the upcoming Radio Show in Chicago. The course is designed for those considering HD conversions, and participants qualify for a 1/2 SBE certification credit.

The session will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 1–5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Skyway 260.

“Our goal with this session is to make HD Radio less intimidating,” said Kevin Rodgers, Nautel director of customer service. He said today’s HD gear can be deployed easily.

Kicking off will be basics of HD Radio, starting with a session titled “HD Radio: Why Now?” The non-technical presentation is for managers, programmers and engineers and will cover technologies for digital broadcasting and current capabilities provided for HD Radio.

Attendees familiar with that territory are welcome to start at 2 p.m., when a session covers HD Radio transmission technology. “RF Basics,” including an explanation of digital carriers, transmitter power de-rating, combining methods and digital injection levels are on the agenda.

A talk on “Networking and Components of the System” is slated for the third hour. Components that may be familiar names but unfamiliar technologies will be explained including exporters, importers, SPS channels, data, monitoring components and other peripheral components. The hour’s session will close with an HD Radio cost planning checklist.

The afternoon will wrap with an “Advanced HD Radio” session at 4 p.m., covering Nautel-specific technologies. The company’s Reliable HD, HD PowerBoost and asymmetrical sidebands will be explained along with a demo of the Nautel advanced user interface.

Though the training is free, Nautel said space is limited; it recommends registering early online or contacting Ian Burns at: [email protected].