NAB 2019, Booth N5924 – Nautel has increased its commitment to enabling all-digital AM operation, announcing support for the currently experimental all-digital modes as a standard feature in all NX Series transmitters. “Although all-digital AM operation currently requires an experimental license, we and others feel that this is an exciting direction for the AM band and Nautel is ready to support broadcasters as they move ahead with their plans,” said John Whyte, Head of Marketing at Nautel.
Nautel’s ability to fully support all-digital AM operation was demonstrated this week when a new NX5 all-digital AM transmitter was placed on the air at WWFD in Frederick, Maryland. WWFD is undergoing a one-year test of all-digital AM operation under experimental license from the FCC. The new combination of the NX5 along with the Nautel MultiCast+ Importer/Exporter enabled the station to transmit stereo audio plus Album Artwork data services to its listeners for the first time in its test. An example of this all-digital AM operation will be demonstrated at Nautel’s NAB booth.
“Nautel’s NX Series has been specifically designed for digital operation, supporting analog and hybrid modes and now the potential of all-digital use,” said Whyte. “Its digital modes provide the precision needed in the spectral mask as well as the in-band signal quality required for digital features such as User Experience metadata. NX transmitters, combined with our digital-ready importers and exporters such as HD MultiCast+, make it easy for AM stations to adopt digital transmission.”
The future of AM radio will be the focus of a panel discussion at the company’s [email protected] Radio Technology Forum event, to be held Sunday, April 7. Guests include Mike Cooney, CTO and EVP of Engineering, Beasley Media Group; Martin Stabbert, VP of Engineering, Townsquare Media and chair of the NRSC AM & FM Analog Broadcasting Subcommittee; Mike Raide, Senior Manager, Broadcast Technology at Xperi and David Kolesar, Senior Broadcast Engineer, Hubbard Radio (Washington, DC). Nautel’s Ted Nahil will host the panel. (Registration is required for [email protected]; visit nautel.com for details.)
Nautel is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of AM and FM radio broadcast transmitters. Focused on making transmission worry-free for users worldwide, Nautel provides valuable new solutions for digital radio broadcasting at stations of all sizes. All Nautel transmitters employ advanced control, monitoring and instrumentation tools which simplify management of transmitter sites, both locally and remotely via Web access. More than 16,000 Nautel transmitters have been deployed in over 177 countries since 1970.
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