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Best of Show: GatesAir Flexiva GX Transmitters

The line includes 50-watt, 1 kW, 5 kW and 10 kW versions so far

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.

Introduced at last fall’s IBC show, this is a family of air-cooled, solid-state analog FM transmitters with a very compact format. 

“Broadcasters seeking to refresh existing analog FM infrastructure with cost-, space- and energy-efficient systems for large regional and national networks represent a key customer base,” GatesAir said.

The line includes 50-watt, 1 kW, 5 kW and 10 kW versions so far. The company highlights the exceptional power density in a 5U chassis thanks to the latest LDMOS technology, and cites an overall efficiency rating of up to 76 percent. 

Features include hot-swappable power supplies and auto-switching inputs, with dual AES (including AES192), dual composite and analog left/right audio inputs. The line supports N+1 configurations, helpful for large national network operators.

Options include a GPS receiver to support SFN functionality and a new Intraplex IP Link 100e module that integrates in the transmitter, enabling receipt of contributed FM content instead of requiring a codec. 

Read more coverage of our Best of Show recipients.