Crown Broadcast has added several features to its low-power transmission equipment.
All Crown Broadcast low-power transmitters and exciters now will front-panel frequency agility out to 10 kHz resolution and the ability to monitor SWR and raise and lower power via remote control.
The manufacturer also says some customers felt they had to purchase a transmitter of higher power than otherwise needed to compensate for line loss and other factors. As of NAB, Crown has upsized three products. The FM100 becomes the FM150, the FM250 will now be the FM300 and the FM500 will become the FM600. This gives a power upgrade to 150 watts, 300 watts and 600 watts respectively, according to Crown. All the upgrades involve no extra cost.
Owners of current Crown Broadcast transmitters can get the upgrades through the company’s transmitter renewal plan. Users would send the units to Crown; worn or consumable parts will be changed and new components installed.
Crown also is displaying a new HD Translator at NAB. Crown Broadcast and Fanfare Electronics cooperated on the translator, which the companies say can pass the FM envelope without demodulation, thereby allowing broadcasters to use translators for HD Radio without the IBOC license or HD-R signal generator.