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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


Last month’s NAB Convention in Las Vegas saw great activities in both DRM and HD Radio technologies.

DRM and DRM+

Nautel featured by far the largest of the DRM Showcases at this NAB with about 150 people watching presentations on the latest DRM+ trial at Vatican City in Rome and receiving a general world-wide update on the activities of the DRM Consortium.

Nautel-Digital-Showcase-Allen-Lang-Newstar-DRM111-Receiver-NAB-2012 Nautel showed the latest DRM receiver, the table-top Newstar DRM111 (shown here with Allen Lang), which is currently available at a cost of $120.

The prototype of this was shown last year at IBC.

Nautel demonstrated DRM+ live transmission equipment which has been around the world at trade shows and at on-air DRM+ trials from Europe to Asia.

Working with partners RFmondial and Fraunhofer, numerous rich media features were shown to the enthusiastic crowd.


DRM recently announced its user guide has been translated into Russian as that country is looking towards adoption of DRM30 on MW, LW and SW bands.

HD Radio

Nautel-Digital-Showcase-iBiquity-HD-Radio-Smartphone-NAB-2012 iBiquity featured a prototype SmartPhone with HD Radio reception in their booth. This fully featured phone featured the new Artist Image graphics which shows album air, station logos and client logos.

iBiquity has also been in the news with more automotive manufacturers releasing HD Radio receivers either as standard or option, with GM being the biggest of the recent releases.

Several manufacturers also showed integrated navigation in receivers for the automotive after-market.

Here are the latest statistics from iBiquity:

  • Over 7 million HD Radio receivers are now in the marketplace.
  • A total of 27 automakers have now publicly announced their plans to incorporate HD Radio Technology in 141 models by year-end with more than 64 featuring HD Radio receivers as standard equipment.
  • Over 2,100 HD Radio stations have converted to HD Radio Technology.
  • Over 1,300 new HD2/HD3/HD4 multicast channels are on the air.

iBiquity also had an outdoor display with many cars that attendees could sit inside and get a look at and listen to the latest innovations in the OEM receivers. Several cars featured ‘Artist Experience’ displays.

In Mexico last month, HD Radio broadcasting was officially launched with seminars in Mexico City. Broadcast interests as well as receiver manufacturers, distributors and retail stores were all involved. Mexico has the advantage that the technology from both receiver and transmitter have been greatly improved since the US launch in 2002 and all expectations are that it will grow much more swiftly and easily than the early years in the US.

At NAB Nautel demonstrated its latest hardware and software for HD Radio transmissions featuring asymmetrical sideband operation and HD PowerBoost™ showing enhanced power output and operating efficiency on an NV5 transmitter. Nautel-Digital-Showcase-NV5-Transmitter-HD-Radio-PowerBoost-NAB-2012

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