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“Cool Stuff”: Nautel NVLT Transmitters

One in series about recipients of the 2012 Radio World “Cool Stuff” Award.

Shown in analog mode are Ellis Terry, Gary Liebisch, Kevin Rodgers, John Whyte, Chuck Kelly, John Abdnour, Gary Manteuffel and Jeff Welton Sometimes, “analog-only” is a selling point.

Nautel launched the NVLT line of transmitters, describing them as a combination of the architecture of its NV Series with features of the VS Series. Models are available in 3.5, 5, 7.5 and 10 kW configurations, ranging in price from $30,000 to $50,000.

Capabilities include analog or AES digital input; PushRadio; Livewire IP Audio I/O; Shoutcast or IceCast streaming input; local content storage; USB audio backup; dynamic RDS, dual SCA and stereo coders; scheduler and playlists. An Orban Inside option with Advanced User Interface integration is available.

Control capabilities include local or remote access via Nautel’s AUI with onboard audio spectrum analyzer, mod monitor and other instrumentation.

The transmitter has an integrated direct-to-channel digital exciter with modular solid-state, hot-swappable, redundant architecture. A redundancy package is optionally available with dual FM exciters in hot standby configuration and redundant power supplies. The series boasts 72 percent efficiency.