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NAB Insider from Radio magazine - April 11, 2006
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News from the Convention
DRM Plans Big Showing
Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) will premier live broadcasts on the new, multi-standard, DRM-capable consumer radios at NAB2006. These tabletop radios, with DRM/DAB/FM/RBDS capabilities plus analog short-wave, medium-wave/AM and long-wave, will be displayed at the NAB exhibit booths of DRM members Continental Electronics, RIZ -Transmitters and Transradio Sendersysteme Berlin. The receivers use Radioscape's RS500 module and Texas Instruments' DRM350 digital radio baseband.
Also at NAB, a panel of DRM front-liners will present a how-to seminar on DRM implementation called DRM: The Basics in 90 Minutes. The seminar will be presented six times at the Continental Electronics booth N1702. The time slots are April 24 and April 26 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and April 25: 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration before April 14 is advised, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several DRM members will transmit special, live DRM broadcasts into Las Vegas during NAB, including Continental Electronics (from Nevada), HCJB (from Ecuador), CVC (from Chile) and Radio Canada International (from Canada). This will enhance the existing line-up of DRM broadcasts into the United States from Deutsche Welle, NASB, Radio Canada International, Radio Kuwait, Radio Netherlands, Swedish Radio International, TDP Radio and Vatican Radio.
DRM members will showcase DRM-capable equipment at NAB. These exhibitors include Continental Electronics (N1702), Digidia (N3334), Fraunhofer IIS at the Transradio Sendersysteme Berlin booth (N404), Harris (C807), Nautel (N1302), Robert Bosch/Blaupunkt at the Transradio Sendersysteme Berlin AG booth (N404), RIZ-Transmitters (N625) TCI International at the Continental Electronics booth (N1702), and Transradio Sendersysteme Berlin (N404).
Audemat-Aztec Receives Navigator HD FM Certification
Miami - Apr 4, 2006 - Ibiquity Digital has certified the Audemat-Aztec Navigator HD mobile FM and HD Radio field strength meter. The Navigator HD is a compact and portable unit for field surveys as well as on-site/studio monitoring of a station's analog and HD Radio FM signal.
The Navigator HD can decode SPS, SIS, PSD and measure level, time and phase alignment between the analog and the digital signals. In FM analog mode only, the Navigator HD enables multi-station RF surveys and the monitoring of modulation, pilot and RBDS SCA injection level.
Purtan to be Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame
Washington - Dick Purtan, host of Oldies 104.3 WOMC Detroit's Morning Show with Purtan's People, will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the Radio Luncheon during NAB2006. The luncheon will be held on April 25.
For nearly 40 years, Purtan has entertained his loyal following of listeners throughout Michigan, Ohio and Ontario with comedic commentary and topical wit. His cast of characters gives the show witty daily twists and turns, covering current events and public figures.
Purtan is consistently a Detroit ratings winner and is known across the country. His dedication and commitment extend beyond his morning show. In 1993, the Detroit News recognized his charitable contributions by naming him Michiganian of the Year. Over the past 18 years his annual Salvation Army Radiothon has raised more than $10 million for the Salvation Army's Bed and Bread program. The February 2005 16-hour Radiothon brought in a record $1.7 million.
Purtan has collected many honors, including the NAB Marconi Radio Award for Major Market Air Personality of the Year, which he received in 1993. He has twice received the Radio and Records Industry Achievement Award as Oldies Personality of the Year, and Billboard Magazine has twice named him Major Market Air Personality of the Year. In September 2000, Purtan hosted the NAB Marconi Awards Dinner and Show in San Francisco, where Oldies 104.3 WOMC picked up two Marconi Awards for Major Market Station of the Year and Oldies Station of the Year. In 2004, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, located in Chicago.
NAB Awards 2006 Broadcast Research Grants
Washington, DC - Apr 3, 2006 - The National Association of Broadcasters has awarded six research grants to academic scholars as part of its annual Grants for Research in Broadcasting program. Each year, this competitive program attracts research proposals from broadcast scholars throughout the country. Through the program, first initiated in 1967, the NAB has awarded more than 300 research grants approaching $1 million in support of academic studies.
This year's recipients and their research topics are:
The annual NAB grants program is designed to stimulate interest in broadcast research, with special focus on economic, social, or policy issues of importance to the commercial broadcast industry. The goal is to make high quality academic research opportunities available to industry practitioners and academic scholars. Proposals are evaluated by an independent panel of academic and industry research professionals and by representatives of the NAB's Committees on Local Radio Audience Measurement (COLRAM) and Local Television Audience Measurement (COLTAM).
The final reports for these projects are expected by May 2007. Last year's recipients will present preliminary results of their research at the 2006 Broadcast Education Association Convention in Las Vegas. More information about these studies can be found by contacting NAB Research and Planning at 202-429-5489. Details about the Research Grants program are available at www.nab.org/research/grants/grants.asp.
Products on the Floor
Symetrix Lucid 88192
This audio converter supports eight channels of A/D-D/A conversion at sampling frequencies up to 192kHz. The multi-format unit offers simultaneous connectivity for analog, AES/EBU digital audio and SMUX2 ADAT optical digital audio. An option port is included for future adoption of additional formats.
Broadcast Electronics Big Pipe LT
This series offers a data capacity starting at 10Mb/s for transporting AES and analog audio as well as multiple channels of HD Radio audio and data. This version has been optimized for point-to-point connectivity between a studio and a transmitter site. It is capable of transporting main channel audio at a 32kHz, 44.1kHz or 48kHz sampling rate, plus several channels of HD Radio coded audio for HD2 multicasting, as well as channels of advanced data services--while still providing Ethernet connectivity and RS-232 serial data to the studio or remote site.
Day Sequerra M4SE
Tuner with multicast
A broadcast quality tuner available with built-in multicast capability, the tuner includes synthesized, push-button tuning for AM and FM bands including multicast channels with 20 preset stations each for AM and FM band. Other features include optional proprietary Class-M audio output circuitry that delivers +4dBV on XLR connectors; transformer-isolated 110 Ohm XLR for AES digital audio output--5.1 surround capable; a high current Class-A headphone output with recessed gain control on the front panel; and a slim-line IR remote control. The M4SE also has the capability to add an optional satellite radio or Internet streaming audio module.
Belden Wire and Cable Brilliance Low Cap
The cable's performance gains are achieved through the use of high-conductivity, oxygen-free, copper conductors that are inherently free of impurities. The new cables are available with 10, 12, 14 or 16 AWG bare copper conductors and feature round, brightly colored and satin-finished PVC jackets. Distinctively colored jackets, with ascending/descending sequential markings at two-foot intervals and print legends that incorporate location information, also facilitate accurate, streamlined installation.
Did you know...?
Q: What year did the Las Vegas Convention Center open?
Sessions of Interest on Wednesday
Wednesday, April 26
9:00 a.m. - noon Test and Measurements for HD Radio
9:00 a.m. - noon Managing Your Multicast
Noon - 1:45 p.m. Technology Luncheon
2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Making Radio Work- Part II
2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Emerging Technologies for Television
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Amateur Radio Operator's Reception
Kronos E1/T1 Multiplexer
This system allows transportation of voice channels, high quality audio and data across 2.048Mb/s or 1544 Mb/s structured links (E1 or T1 circuits), using time division multiplexing (TDM). The multiplexer supports four E1 or T1 links. It is possible to drop and insert time slots across any of the connected T1 circuits. Audio coding options are J41, J42, J57, ISO MPEG ½ Layer II, ISO MPEG 1/2 Layer III, G711 and G722.
Gepco International G37
These 12-channel connectors feature an anodized aluminum backshell that locks in place with two set-screws into a series of castellations. The set screws and castellation prevent accidental loosening of the connector shell thereby extending the operating life. The male connector shell is constructed from stainless steel to prevent damage and wear. The crack-proof neoprene insulator features a bonded and scalloped design that prevents rotation. The pins and sockets feature a three-micron, mil-spec gold plating for improved solder and tarnish resistance. For strain relief, the connectors feature an oversized nut and rubber gland seal with an optional kellem cord grip and heat shrink.
Junger Audio Studiotechnik Level Magic, Level Magic Surround
Audio processor, controller
Level Magic uses an adaptive level control algorithm to equalize audio levels from any source at any time. The range incorporates automated gain control, plus transient processing and peak limiting for continuous unattended control of any program material. Level Magic Surround is designed to support eight-channel audio processing.
SRS Labs Circle Surround TDM Pro 2.0
Pro Tools DAW plug-in
The newly upgraded plug-in for Digidesign's Pro Tools Series digital audio workstations includes a new Music Mode for mixing and monitoring SRS Circle Surround-encoded material. The plug-in also features an Xtract up-mixing feature that produces 6.1-channel surround sound mixes from mono and stereo material. The SRS TDM Pro 2.0 now provides a broader front sound stage, enhanced lateral imaging and surround channels with a wider sense of separation.
NAB Offers Complementary Wi-fi Access
The NAB has created two complementary Wi-fi hot spots for attendee's convenience. Check e-mail while grabbing lunch at the Cyber Cafe in the North Hall or the Wi-fi Restaurant in the South Upper Hall.
Logitek Users Group to Meet at NAB
Las Vegas - Mar 15, 2006 - The Logitek Users Group will meet at NAB2006 on April 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tuscany Suites Hotel. The hotel is at 255 E. Flamingo Road, between Koval and Paradise, and the meeting rooms are on the second floor over the lobby.
This year's agenda features several sessions:
Overview of the Logitek Console Router System and an introduction to AE Config
Overview of Command Builder and an introduction to writing triggers
RSVP online at www.logitekaudio.com/usergroup.html before April 14. Choose which seminar you would like to attend when you RSVP. Call John Davis for more information at 877-231-5870.
Dawson, Rackley to Receive NAB Engineering Radio Achievement Award
Washington - Feb 13, 2006 - Each year, the NAB presents its Radio and Television Engineering Achievement Awards. First established in 1959, the awards are given to individuals for their significant contributions that have advanced the state of the art of broadcast engineering. This year's winners, Benjamin Dawson, Ronald Rackley and S. Merrill Weiss will be honored at the NAB2006 Technology Luncheon on April 26 at NAB2006.
This year's radio award goes to consulting engineers Benjamin Dawson and Ronald Rackley. They have presented seminars on AM broadcast antenna system design and optimization at many NAB Radio Show conventions and are well known to most radio broadcasters. Although Dawson and Rackley work for different consulting firms, they have recently formed a joint venture to consult on a variety of international projects.
Ben Dawson is the managing partner of the firm of Hatfield and Dawson Consulting Engineers in Seattle, and has practiced as a telecommunications consulting engineer for the last 30 years. He has designed, implemented and refurbished medium-wave antenna systems with as many as 10 towers at power levels as high as 2MW. He began his career while still in junior high school and obtained an FCC First Class Radiotelephone license at the age of 16. While in high school, he worked for commercial and noncommercial stations in the Portland, OR, area, and as an assistant to consulting engineer Harold Singleton. In college, he was chief engineer of the student-operated commercial station, WHRB-FM, Cambridge. He was educated at Harvard College, Portland State University and the University of Washington. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (Electrical) in Washington and California. He is a member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and The Society of American Military Engineers.
Ron Rackley is partner in the engineering firm of du Treil, Lundin and Rackley of Sarasota, FL. Rackley is an electrical engineering graduate of Clemson University, where his studies were specialized in the area of electromagnetic fields. He worked as a radio station chief engineer and was a consultant to other nearby stations during college. Following his formal education, he worked for two engineering firms and a major manufacturer of antenna system equipment before cofounding a predecessor to his present firm, du Treil, Lundin and Rackley in 1983. He is a member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, which he has served as president. He also served as vice president of the Broadcast Technology Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Rackley has published numerous articles and papers relating to broadcast antenna systems, and has participated in writing chapters on medium-wave antennas for two college-level engineering handbooks. He particularly enjoys applying modern technology and analysis methods to AM directional antenna systems. He has adjusted directional antenna patterns ranging in complexity to 12 towers and in power to 2MW. He has designed several multi-frequency AM antenna systems as well. He was a consultant to USA Digital Radio during its early years of digital radio development and has recently been called on to assist numerous client stations with evaluating and improving their AM antenna systems for HD Radio. He is a registered Professional Engineer. He holds General Class Radiotelephone and Amateur Extra licenses from the FCC.
Previous winners of the NAB Engineering Achievement Awards include John T. Wilner, Hearst Corporation, Baltimore, MD, in 1959, George Marti of Marti Electronics, Cleburne, TX, in 1991 and Milford Smith, Greater Media, East Brunswick, NJ, in 2005.
Free Exhibits-Only Passes
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Our and About in Vegas
On April 21 Alan Parsons is playing at The Railhead in Boulder Station, which is located at 4111 Boulder Hwy Las Vegas, NV, 89121. Ticket prices range from $25.75 to $42.25 and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Call 702-492-3960 or 866-80-SHOWS for reservations.
On April 22 Peter Frampton will be at Roman Plaza Amphitheatre at Caesars Palace at 7:30 p.m. General admission bleacher seats cost $51 and floor seating costs $71. Call 702-492-3960 or 866-80-SHOWS for reservations.
Barry Manilow will be at the Las Vegas Hilton again this year during NAB April 12 through April 29. Ticket prices ranges from $104.50 for balcony seating to $181.50 for main floor front seating. Call 702-492-3960 or866-80-SHOWS for reservations.
Sound Devices 702, 703T
Portable digital recorders
These two-channel recorders share the field-tested chassis design of the 722 and 744T digital recorders. The 702 and 702T (with time code) are Compact Flash-only recorders. Features include simultaneous file writing to hard drive and Compact Flash, on-board Li-ion charger and weigh less than three pounds.
Staco Energy Products Firstline UPS
This online, double-conversion UPS provides computer-grade power with a standard battery run-time of more than eight minutes. A user-friendly control panel located on the front of the freestanding NEMA 1 enclosure includes an alarm and remote monitoring through an RS-232 connection. Firstline models are available for 10, 15 and 20kVA applications with input voltage of 208, 220 and 480Vac and a range of +10/- 20 percent (166 to 229Vac). Input frequency is 60Hz ±5 percent. Full load walk-in from 25 percent to 100 percent of rated load in 10 seconds. Inverter ouptut distortion is equal to five percent THD for non-linear loads and equal to two percent THD for linear loads. Output voltage is regulated to ±1 percent of nominal at full load.
This stereo microphone and line level limiter can operate in stereo or dual mono mode, so it can be used as a stereo line limiter or dual mic limiter. Two mic/line inputs have independent gain, filtering and phantom power selection. The VCA limiter circuit can operate jointly on the signals (stereo mode) or independently (mono mode) and the characteristics of the limiter can be set via level threshold presets. The equipment offers line or mic level outputs so that it can be used in line with a mic input on a mixer or similar equipment.
Crown Broadcast FM10K
The Crown FM10K is a 10kW solid-state transmitter with features such as wideband, a small footprint and a three-year warranty.
Did you know...?
A: The Las Vegas Convention Center opened in 1959.
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