“Nothing out there even compared to the value and quality of the VS300LP… with its long-lasting reliability, integrated AUI interface, and the killer integrated RDS feature.”
-Daniel Chiericoni, General Manager
Nautel’s VS300LP transmitter offers:
“Most noticeable… was the improvement in sound quality and clarity.
The VS300LP is everything an LPFM station could want in a transmitter and more. It exceeded our expectations here at WIKD-LP, well done Nautel.”
-Daniel Chiericoni, General Manager
VS300LP Delivers Big Transmitter Features, Quality & Reliability at Unbeatable Value
WIKD-LP is an entirely student run (and engineered), free-format, LPFM radio station serving up sunny Daytona Beach with unbeatable variety and quality programming.
Back in early 2005, WIKD-LP commenced operations as “99.1 WIKD-LP Eagles FM”, operating under a timeshare license with another nearby LPFM college station. Through constant persistence and research on behalf of student technicians at the station, WIKD-LP was granted a frequency change from 99.1 MHz to 102.5 MHz in early 2012, which effectively made the operation unlimited, with no restriction on hours of broadcast.
The station is now known by the slogan WIKD “The Wicked” 102.5 FM in order to more closely match the already established call letters “WIKD”. In lieu of this accomplishment WIKD-LP decided to go on the hunt for a new state-of-the-art transmitter.
Since our first broadcast, we have been plagued with poor quality transmitters over the years; three to be exact. That is until we purchased our brand new Nautel VS300LP transmitter in late 2011. Due to the poor reliability and product support of previous transmitters we went on the hunt for a long-lasting replacement that was both top-of–the-line and affordable.
Thanks to our folks down at WPOZ in Orlando, FL we discovered Nautel. Upon investigating Nautel we were pleased to find that they carried the VS300, which was perfect for our needs as an LPFM station, except for the fact that it was not LPFM Type Certified at the time. However, our Nautel Sales Representative, Gary Liebisch had reassured us that an LPFM Type Certified version of the Nautel VS300 was on its way soon. Sure enough, as promised, Gary was pleased to introduce us to the new VS300LP.
There was nothing out there that even compared to the value and quality of the VS300LP, so surely enough, we decided to purchase one. The purchase of this unit immediately broadened opportunities for WIKD-LP with its long-lasting reliability, integrated AUI interface, and the killer integrated RDS feature; All of these features were a first for us here at WIKD, so we were really excited to see them in action.
It’s extremely convenient to be able to have network access to this unit. Being able to adjust a host of parameters on this transmitter remotely from a computer or smartphone is such a convenience. Other integrated features such as the on board playlist function have already saved us from dead air multiple times.
Like their product, Nautel Support is top notch as well; the Customer Service Technician we dealt with was very approachable and helpful when it came to assisting us in setting up Dynamic RDS over IP.
Furthermore we’re really impressed with the included warranty on all of their products. Being completely modular makes this unit even easier to repair in the event of a component failure; there’s no need to send the whole transmitter into service.
The most noticeable improvement with the installation of this transmitter over previous ones we’ve owned was the improvement in sound quality and clarity over the air. Never in our brief history has WIKD-LP had such a solid sounding, reliable unit. Overall the VS300LP is everything an LPFM station could want in a transmitter and more. It exceeded our expectations here at WIKD-LP, well done Nautel.