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Hal Kneller is a 40 year veteran of the broadcast industry working both as an engineer for WGCU, WGSM, WCTO, WPAT as well as owner/operator of five of his own stations.
 
Hal is a past International Sales Manager for Europe for Nautel. He also worked for iBiquity Digital Corporation as Director of International Broadcast Development where he played a pivotal role in the promotion of Digital Radio.
 
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by Hal Kneller

 
Nautel and the DRM Consortium held a special event in the Nautel stand at NAB entitled “Building for the First Billion Listeners”. The significance of the event is that India is in a rollout of DRM30 technology on its medium wave AM and short wave stations. When completed, over one billion people will have access to the rich media digital platform. Some DRM transmitters are presently in operation, while many more, including 27 high power units from Nautel are pending delivery.

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DRM Consortium event “Building for the First Billion Listeners” at Nautel stand, NAB 2013.

 
Visitors at the event received an update on DRM globally, DRM+ trials, and from India, Rakesh Aggarwal of Comcon Industries (and Nautel’s representative) along with John Abdnour from Nautel provided an update on India’s DRM rollout progress. This was followed by the latest from Brazil regarding their big decision on which of the digital radio standards (DRM or HD Radio Technology) to select. Joao Eduardo Ferreira of Digicast Brazil presented the update, and we were honored to have a technical adviser to the Brazilian Ministry of Communications with us, Otavio Viegas Caixeta. Following the brief presentations, refreshments were served, and the crowd networked with DRM experts and witnessed the live demonstrations of DRM transmission with audio and data services.

Immediately following NAB, Nautel was proud to host the annual DRM General Assembly at Oceanstone Resort which is close-by the Nova Scotia factory. Many issues were discussed, decided, the budget approved, and a Nautel factory tour was offered. A highlight of the tour was an NX300 transmitter “built with love” by Nautel employees – the first of the 27 transmitters for the All India Radio project slated to be delivered within one year. Nautel will be providing DRM transmitters of 100, 200 and 300 kW levels which will be used throughout India in the largest DRM deployment anywhere in the world.

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DRM General Assembly attendees pictured with an NX300 for All India Radio during the Nautel factory tour.

The DRM General Assembly was attended by representatives from US, Canada, India and several European countries. Each year the DRM Consortium has its General Assembly at a member’s location. This is the first time it has been held in the Americas.

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