Nautel Selected for Update of Europe’s Most Powerful MW Station
Two Megawatt Radio site in Hungary will be upgraded over the next year with a Nautel NX2000 MW system.
30 August 2016, Hackett’s Cove, Nova Scotia – Nautel Limited today announced receipt of an order that will place Nautel’s largest transmitter, the 2 Megawatt NX2000 Medium Wave system, into operation at Antenna Hungaria’s transmission facility near Solt, Hungary. Porion Digital KFT will manage commissioning of the system, which will involve large infrastructure changes at the site as well as the new transmitter.
Antenna Hungaria is wholly owned by the government of Hungary and provides broadcast, telecommunication and multimedia services throughout the country. Their Solt operation is the most powerful medium wave radio transmitter in Europe and one of the most powerful transmitters in the world. Its signal on 540 kHz can be heard all over Europe as well as in parts of Africa, Russia and Asia. The solid state Nautel system will replace an aging custom-built tube transmitter that has been in operation since 1977. The system will incorporate five Nautel NX400 transmitters with a combiner. Nautel will work closely with Porion throughout the commissioning phase of the project, including interfacing with the existing medium voltage supply, coordination of building modifications to accommodate the new transmitter, and required air handling equipment.
“We are proud and excited to be part of this project,” said Balazs Kovacs of Porion Digital KFT. “A great deal of research went into Antenna Hungaria’s decision to purchase the Nautel system. With a facility this large, power savings are always an important consideration as well as the reliability of the system and the vendor’s reputation for customer support. Nautel was able to meet all of these criteria.”
“Replacing our 40 year old transmitter was a huge decision, and was not undertaken lightly,” said Attila Nagy, Adviser to the CEO of Antenna Hungaria. “We felt that the Nautel system was our best choice for overall reliability and cost of operation. We look forward to working with Nautel and Porion to bring the latest technologies to this important transmission facility.”
“We are honored to have been chosen for a project of this significance,” said Wendell Lonergan, Head of Broadcast Sales at Nautel. “This transmitter site covers a large part of the world and reaches millions of people. Although we have participated in high-power installations all over the world, projects encompassing this power level are extremely rare. We thank Antenna Hungaria and Porion Digital KFT for this opportunity.”
Nautel’s high-power NX Medium Wave transmitters provide unmatched reliability with the industry’s top efficiency (90%) and surprisingly compact cabinets. Individual transmitters are available in 100, 200, 300 or 400 kW designs; these discrete transmitters can be combined to achieve any desired power output up to 2 MW. (Lower power units are also available in the NX Series, ranging down to 3 kW.) In addition to their high efficiency, NX Series transmitters provide digital pre-correction, RF and audio spectrum analyzers, 1.8 MHz direct digital modulation and Nautel’s award-winning Advanced User Interface for management and control from almost anywhere.
The transmitter upgrade is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017.
Nautel Limited will demonstrate transmitter technologies ranging from low power FM to high power Medium Wave on stand 8.C49 at the upcoming IBC convention.
Nautel has emerged as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of broadcast transmitters. With more than 14,000 transmitters deployed in over 177 countries since 1970 and more than 6,000 deployments of AUI-enabled transmitters, Nautel continues to lead the way in providing valuable new solutions for digital broadcasting and other applications.
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