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IBC SNEAK PEEK: Nautel Brings Range of Transmitters

Recent projects include Antenna Hungaria, Trans World Radio and All India Radio

Nautel will show a range of its medium wave and FM transmitters at IBC2018, including products from the NX, GV and VS lines.

Nautel’s high-power NX transmitters have made the news several times during the past year, with high-profile installations taking place in locations around the world. Earlier this year, a 400 kW NX400 was placed on-air at TWR (Trans World Radio) on Bonaire, a Caribbean island. The transmitter was commissioned by TWR’s engineers following training at Nautel’s Nova Scotia factory in Canada.

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This deployment follows last year’s installation of the largest MW radio transmitter in Europe, a 2 MW station at Antenna Hungaria’s site near Solt, Hungary. The Nautel NX2000 system incorporates five Nautel NX400 transmitters along with a large, versatile combiner. The new transmitter, which replaced an aging custom-built tube transmitter, represents significant power savings, as well as space savings, for the customer.

“Large projects which involve multiple transmitter units and combiners can be of concern to customers,” said Wendell Lonergan, Nautel Head of Broadcast Sales. “Transmitters have typically been combined in a binary fashion requiring bypass functionality in each combiner. Nautel has developed more sophisticated two-way and five-way combiners. If any transmitter in the system goes down or is taken off line, the combiner automatically reconfigures itself in order to maintain maximum on-air power.”

The past year also saw final acceptance of a four-year project to bring digital broadcasting to more than a billion residents of India, with the commissioning of 27 high-power medium wave transmitters throughout the country for All India Radio.

Lonergan said that Nautel looks forward to meeting national broadcast organizations from all over the world at IBC to discuss transitions to digital broadcasting as well as ways to lower operating costs at large facilities.

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