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Best of Show: Elenos Group Broadcast Electronics Quick Block

It aims aims to take modularity to the next level

We are featuring the products that won the Radio World Best of Show Award at the recent NAB Show. Winners were chosen by a panel of radio engineers and RW editorial staff for their innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry.

Quick Block is a transmitter platform that aims to take modularity to the next level. Elenos highlights its high efficiency, scalability, simplified maintenance and significantly reduced footprint. 

The modules are compact, lightweight and easily shippable. “Using the same simple building block, you can scale a transmitter from 1 kW to over 50 kW for analog and HD Radio FM broadcasts,” the company says. Elenos showed a 50 kW transmitter in a single 19-inch rack. (The platform also supports other digital radio and TV standards.) 

Features include multiple modular and software-defined exciter options; an HD Radio upgrade path; and control from front-panel screen or remote HTML-based web GUI interface with no Java or Flash. 

Controllers, power supplies, RF amplifiers and exciters are all hot-swappable by personnel with basic skills. The station engineer can also get a module test fixture to speed up field repair and make troubleshooting easier.

Shown from left are Morten Simonsen, Rich Redmond, Leonardo Busi, Luca Buscherini and Perry Priestley.

Photo by Jim Peck.

Read more coverage of our Best of Show recipients.