Introducing Type Certified VS300 for Low Power FM (LPFM)

Nautel-VS-Series-Transmitter-AwardsThe most advanced Low Power FM transmitter available, Nautel’s VS300 is ideal for use by community, religious, educational and other non-profit radio groups. The award-winning VS300 transmitter has received type certification from the FCC to be used in LPFM applications.

When designing the VS300 LPFM special consideration was given to the needs of Low Power stations. Nautel wanted to offer a transmitter that simplified the installation process and could be easily automated and controlled while providing the flexibility to broadcast any type of programming in any format imaginable.

With a strong history of supporting local radio Nautel is happy to be able to offer a product that has been designed to meet the unique needs of low power, community, and religious broadcasters. The VS300 for LPFM is a unique platform that eliminates many of the peripheral components that are often required even in a first time low power installation. This integration of components that traditionally required their own hardware greatly simplifies the set-up, operation and maintenance of a LPFM station and most importantly helps keep costs down.

FCC Type Certified and Operates on 110 Power Supply



The VS300 is a rack mountable 300 watt transmitter. At just 2 RU tall and weighing in at less than 25 lbs, the VS300 is very easy to handle and takes up very little room at the transmitter site.



See the AUI in Action

Watch the 10 minute introduction to the Advanced User Interface (AUI), Nautel’s award winning web-based interface for the VS300. The AUI gives Low Power broadcasters control and monitoring capabilities not offered with any other transmitter in its class. Most set up and programming tasks can be performed from a desktop computer or web-enabled smart phone that supports Flash, VNC or VPN.


LPFM on Fire eBook

In the “LPFM on Fire” eBook, Radio World hears from five of the some 963 new LPFM stations that were on the air as of January 2015 (according to the FCC database).
Read the previous “LPFM 2014: Low-Power Stations Ramp Up” eBook




Many of the features included in the VS300 LPFM were originally developed for our line of high power FM transmitters.
The result of carrying this innovation over to the VS300 LPFM is a transmitter that is unmatched in the Low Power category.
Here are some of the features available in Nautel’s Type Certified VS300 LPFM transmitter:

Built-in Commercial Grade Instrumentation

A feature initially developed for our high power NV Series transmitters, all VS300 low power transmitters are equipped with RF and audio spectrum analyzers. Pre configured to allow instantaneous analysis without the need to set up or purchase expensive stand alone equipment costing thousands of dollars, these tools open up a whole new world of professional grade instrumentation for low power broadcasters.


Advanced User Interface (AUI) Features

The AUI can be accessed locally with a user provided laptop and remotely using the internet.

Screens are easy to set up and read, and clearly display the parameters you need to see. No matter where you are, you’re only moments away from ensuring your transmitter is operating optimally. AUI functionality includes:

  • Instrument grade audio spectrum analyzer
  • Comprehensive monitoring and control
  • Extensive logging of all events
  • Presets and easy transmitter control

Learn more about Nautel’s Award-Winning AUI >>

100% Remote Access

No matter where you are, you’re only moments away from ensuring your transmitter is operating optimally. Open a web browser on your computer or smart phone (that supports Flash, VNC or VPN), enter your transmitter’s IP address and password and you’re connected. 100% of the local display functionality is available on web-enabled devices. Whether your troubleshooting issues at the transmitter site or making last minute changes to your programming, it can all be done remotely.

SNMP Support

The AUI also supports Simple Network Management Protocal (SNMP), a network protocal that allows network management  systems or a network operations center (NOC) to monitor network-attached transmitters.




Audio processing is no longer the realm of audio engineers. Nautel has teamed up with Orban, an industry leader in audio processing technology, to put audio processing inside the transmitter. No need to worry about configuring a stand-alone audio processor to work with your equipment, with Orban inside you simply turn on your transmitter and begin adjusting your audio.

Whether your format is classical, rock, country or alternative, the Orban audio processor will make sure that your Low Power station is sounding great without the need for additional equipment. And of course the Orban audio processor is accessible through the Advanced User Interface, allowing you to make changes from anywhere you have web access.

For a limited time you can pick either FREE Orban Inside or $1,000 off your VS300LP transmitter. Sign-Up Now! >>

Learn more about Orban Inside >>



The VS Series are the first transmitters ever to implement Axia’s Livewire Studio to Transmitter Audio over IP Workflow. The result is a seamless digital IP audio path from a host of Livewire compatible devices directly into a Nautel transmitter ensuring outstanding audio purity via a CAT 5 cable.

If you stream your station on SHOUTcast you can even use it as an input should your STL fail.





When you add this much intelligence and IP I/O to a transmitter you’ll be amazed by what you can do.

Nautel added a USB port so that you can connect megabytes of local storage. Use the storage to store content or even load up the songs and content using the VS internet connection.

Once you have audio loaded it can become part of the automated back up audio capability should all other connections fail.



If you think the local audio storage mentioned above sounds interesting you’ll want keep your eye on soon to be released VS Series playlist and scheduler capability.

From your office or anywhere for that matter you can set up basic automation capabilities to playout audio or insert local content. It’s like putting part of the studio inside the transmitter.

Stay tuned for more capability in the VS by way of something we call Push Radio that can help satellite connected stations slash costs and provide more local content.

Learn more about Nautel PUSH RADIO™ >>





Every rugged and reliable VS Series transmitter is the result of years of Nautel design expertise and is crafted completely within Nautel’s North American manufacturing facilities.

Compact, value-optimized packaging, easy-to-access washable air filters, published parts lists and screw driver replacable power FETS make living with your VS transmitter easy for years to come.

Join the growing ranks of customers who have deployed over 3,500 VS Series transmitters and learn why Nautel transmitters and support are counted on for decades of service.

Learn more about how Nautel builds the world’s best transmitter >>



VS300LPs are on air all across U.S. Hear what some of our customers are saying…

“I’ve looked hard at the costs and benefits of buying off-shore, less-expensive transmitters, and lower-priced, quality transmitters from the usual suspects. In the end, after looking at them all… I decided to buy a Nautel VS300.” Mike Starling, WHCP(LP), Cambridge, MD. Read more about Mike’s experience >>

“The VS300LP’s versatility allows us to set up for a remote in minutes and using the Internet as our STL, we can go live anywhere. The sound quality brings us a constant stream of compliments. We couldn’t be more pleased.” John Phane, KVBB, Big Bear, CA.

“The Nautel AUI is unmatched and the little Optimod 5500 inside the VS300LP actually IS a processor that is extremely competitive. It wasn’t long before listeners were commenting on not only the incredible reception of our 100 watt ERP station, but the phenomenal audio quality.” Dan Slentz, WDPE-LP, Dover, OH.
Read more about Dan’s experience and his reasons for choosing the Nautel VS300LP >>

“What a treat our new VS300LP was to setup and put in to service. As I work my way through the AUI, I am more and more impressed, but not surprised; it’s a NAUTEL after all! This line of transmitters is a treat to set up. Thanks, Nautel, for another terrific product! Highly recommended!” Chris Tracy, WZCS-LP, Springfield, MA.



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