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Kirk Harnack performs transmitter maintenance at the WKXY-FM site where a Nautel VS300 transmitter is deployed as a replacement exciter for the station's tube transmitter.

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Nautel-VS-Series-Transmitter-AwardsBreathe new life into your tube transmitter by adding the most advanced and reliable low power FM transmitter available as an exciter and instantly gain the entire feature set of the award-winning VS Series transmitters.

New features, superior audio performance, improved reliability and a host of audio input and audio back-up sources make the upgrade to a VS Series Exciter
one of the most cost effective, feature rich improvements you can make to your main or stand-by transmitter.

The rack mountable VS300 requires only 2 RU and the VS1 only 3 RU.

The rack mountable VS300 requires only 2 RU and the VS1 only 3 RU.

From just $5,250 the VS300 gives a new quality of life to older analog transmitters with new features, superior audio performance, improved reliability and often can simultaneously upgrade the IPA. For main or backup transmitter use, the VS300 cost-effectively vastly improves transmitter audio and feature performance at an extremely affordable price. If your transmitter requires up to 1200 watts of drive, the VS1 offers the identical feature set from a mere $8,400.

Customer Success with VS Series Exciters

“When each of these Nautel units [VS300 and VS1] was installed, a slight coverage increase was noticed along with the incredible increase in loudness and audio quality. Summit Media is a very happy Nautel customer. The other stations in their markets are baffled by WDBS’s, WVBD’s and WKQV’s loudness and quality of audio.”
Fred A. Francis Jr., Contract Engineer
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In the VS Series, not only did Nautel engineers integrate the exciter, they implemented a true direct-to-channel digital exciter to achieve class leading performance. That means crystal clear audio and outstanding value. A great achievement considering that digital exciters alone usually sell for over US $10,000.

The VS300 and VS1 transmitters with their built-in RDS generator, gps input, powerful presets and -90dB SNR make for powerful and extremely cost-effective exciters.



Never before has such sophisticated control been made available in this class of transmitter.

Nautel brings its renowned Advanced User Interface (AUI) found in its high end transmitters to the VS Series. Instrumentation is included that would be valued separately at more than the cost of the transmitter. In addition a front panel LCD provides control of key functions.

Advanced control features include:

  • RF and audio spectrum analyzers
  • Comprehensive monitoring and control
  • Extensive logging of all events
  • SNMP support
  • Email notifications

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





Access the AUI via the internet or a direct CAT-5 cable connection. Years of interface development effort gives you immediate access to almost any parameter imaginable, whether at the transmitter site or from the comfort of your living room.

Imagine knowing in advance what parts and tools you’ll need at the transmitter site. Having that much control remotely can help you avoid trips, save time and save money.



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 to learn more about Nautel PUSHRADIO™.

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.

Nautel PUSHRADIO can help satellite connected stations slash costs and provide more local content.

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For the first time ever, Orban’s signature processing is integrated directly into a transmitter via an economical plug-in DSP card.

At about half the cost of a standalone processor Orban Inside™ incorporates many features of Orban’s Optimod 5500 Series digital processor with 5 band processor and dual band window-gated AGC.

Utilizing the Nautel AUI, users have full control over processing functions.

Orban Inside accommodates L+R, AES/EBU, LiveWire, SHOUTcast and USB player inputs.

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Maybe you have clear plans for digital broadcasting or maybe you’re not so sure but you’d like to know that your investment today keeps all of your options open.

Thanks to the optional VS digital upgrade unit – VSHD Digital Exciter – either DRM+ or HD Radio™ broadcasting can be easily accomplished.

Staying true to the concept of big transmitter features in a low power system, Nautel even brings its award winning HD PowerBoost option and free asymmetrical sideband functionality to the digital VS systems. All to help you maximize your digital coverage and all shipping today.

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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 replaceable 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 >>

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