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NPR Distribution is preparing to assist public radio stations in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina to get back on the air. It anticipates that several stations will require extensive replacement equipment to restore services.
To date, PRSS has sent a Comtech 1.8 meter, Ku-band portable satellite antenna to Baton Rouge to try to help get WWNO(FM) in New Orleans back on the air.
Because Comstream ABR-700 demodulators are in short supply, NPR Distribution is asking stations with extra demodulators to consider making them available for the broadcasters in need.
Laura Jensen confirmed to RW Online that three stations had expressed interest in returning two extra demodulators each to support the effort.
The network is prepared to buy back available units for redeployment. Stations with extra demodulators are asked to contact PRSS Business Affairs at (202) 513-2618.