“The integrated direct-to-digital exciter is exceptional. The sound is so good and clean we’ve had many people commenting on the marked increase in sound.”
“As for the back-up VS1; I love it, it’s a great little box! It is so frequency agile that with just a little switching I can back-up any one of my FMs.”
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Nautel’s Reputation and Two-for-One Pricing made our NV10LT and VS1 Purchase an Easy Decision
When I arrived at Stonecom in January, 2012, the decision had already been made to purchase a Nautel NV10 solid-state transmitter to replace the incumbent Harris 10 kW tube transmitter at WLQK. The decision had been based on Nautel’s solid-state technology being more cost-effective and easier to service than tubes.
I had no previous experience with Nautel transmitters but heard through my peers of Nautel’s top-notch reputation, so I was pretty excited to visit the Nautel booth at NAB and check out the NV10 for myself. I met with Nautel’s Central USA Sales Manager, Jeff Welton and he showed me not only the NV10 but also the brand new NV10LT transmitter which combines the proven architecture and outstanding efficiency of the NS Series with the intelligent features and exceptional value of the VS Series.
Well, I was sold! For the same price as the NV10, I could get an NV10LT and a VS1 for back-up. From our small-market standpoint the dollars made total sense and we were getting such tremendous value that I changed the order right there and then on the show floor.
I installed the NV10LT in May and it was a breeze. I couldn’t believe how quick and simple it was – four wires and I was done. If I hadn’t had to wait for the electrical contractor it could easily have been on the air within 24 hours of delivery. And since going on the air, there’s been no issues, it’s rock solid.
The extensive redundancy with multiple amplifiers, modules, fans and power supplies eliminates any single point of failure giving me the confidence to only check on it once a week which saves me time and trips to the site. And the integrated direct-to-digital exciter is exceptional. The sound is so good and clean we’ve had many people commenting on the marked increase in sound. While I’ve not had chance to quantify the exact power savings yet I know they’re there and I’m also looking forward to hooking up the AUI for remote accessibility via the internet soon.
As for the back-up VS1; I love it, it’s a great little box! I installed it in June very easily with no issues at all and it serves as a regular back-up for two FMs at the same site on a single bay antenna. It is so frequency agile that with just a little switching I can back-up any one of my FMs and I’ve even used it to back-up an FM at a different site.