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Traffic Director Survey Shows Salary Increase, More Work


Temecula, CA - Jan 21, 2003 - Radio station traffic directors reported an average increase of $2,787.64 in salary levels during the past year. Those findings are included in the 2002/2003 Traffic Directors Guild of America (TDGA) salary survey, which will be unveiled to its members on Feb. 1. The Traffic Directors Guild of America, serving more than 4,000 of the nation’s traffic directors, reports the higher salary average amounts to a 9.4 percent hike. It comes, however, coupled with a significant increase in workload, especially in the top 50 markets.

Average Salary 2000 2001 2002 ’02 Growth
All Stations $26,717.59 $29,756.87 $32,544.51 + 9.4%
Commercial Only $25,682.43 $29,658.94 $32,359.57 + 9.1%
Public Radio Only $28,956.67 $30,219.03 $32,689.19 + 8.2%



"Our Association was cognizant of the fact that titles such as office manager, business manager, program coordinators often become interwoven with duties of a traffic director or traffic manager," said Carol Anderson, COO of the Trade Association. "We, therefore, asked very specific questions to qualify that traffic department personnel included in our survey, did in fact perform functions associated with traffic and/or billing. A person overseeing the log department but having no contact with actual preparation, scheduling or A/R duties was not included in the salary figures."

A complete copy of the survey is available throught the TDGA at
www.tdga.org.


Public Radio Exchange Forms Advisory Group


Cambridge, MA - Jan 17, 2003 - The Radio Exchange is an online service for peer-review, acquisition and distribution of public radio content. The Radio Exchange provides a forum for critique and dialogue about the substance, creativity and value of public radio programs and pieces, helping stations make informed programming decisions, build contacts with established and emerging production talent, and exchange material around special projects and interests. For producers, the Radio Exchange creates a robust platform to present work for peer-review, audition and distribution to stations and other content acquirers. The service will be a Web-based bridge between public radio producers and stations to take advantage of digital audio distribution over the Internet.

The group has been working to design the Public Radio Exchange and has begun development for a service launch in the Spring.

To help steer its efforts, PRX is looking for some technical people to be part of an advisory mailing list discussion. The group hopes that this will raise important technical questions for the Public Radio Exchange and derive the best answers. Some anticipated topics include digital compression standards and preferences, Internet-based audio and station hardware/software, digital technology trends in public radio and technical practices for stations and producers. To participate, e-mail Steve Schultze at
steve@prx.org to be added to the forum, or subscribe directly at http://lists.prx.org/mailman/listinfo/prx-tech-advisory.


U.S. Supreme Court allows 20-year copyright extension


Washington - Jan 21, 2003 - In a 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a 20-year extension that Congress granted to all existing copyrights in 1998. The controversial ruling was a significant victory for large corporate media companies, including the Hollywood motion picture and television studios, which had lobbied for the extension.

At stake were billions of dollars and whether such corporate icons as the original Mickey Mouse and other aging artistic works from the past century would slip into the public domain. Opponents saw the ruling as another step toward a perpetual copyright and the gradual loss of the legal concept of public domain. Even members of the court who voted for the extension said it was bad public policy, but within the constitutional authority of Congress.

The key plaintiff in the case was Eric Eldred, who wanted to publish some Robert Frost poems. Others included a church choir director; an orchestral sheet music company; a company that restores old films; and Dover Publications, a publisher of books that have passed into the public domain.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's majority opinion rejected the opposition of a coalition of Internet publishers and other users of noncopyrighted material to the Copyright Term Extension Act. Dissenting were Justices John Paul Stevens and Stephen G. Breyer.


Real Networks' Glaser To Keynote Webcasting Session at NAB2003


Washington, DC - Jan 17, 2003 - Chairman of Real Networks, Rob Glaser, will provide the keynote for the Internet Broadcasting and Webcasting Super Session at NAB2003, April 9 in Las Vegas.

Glaser is also the founder of the board of Music Net, a joint venture between Real Networks, AOL Time Warner, Bertelsmann AG and EMI Recorded Music. Formed in April 2001 and built on Real Networks technology, Music Net is a legal, label digital distribution platform for streaming and downloading music. Prior to founding Real Networks, Glaser worked for Microsoft from 1983 to 1993 in a number of executive positions, including vice president of multimedia and consumer systems.

Glaser has served on several non-profit boards and committees, including his appointment by President Clinton to the Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. Glaser is a graduate of Yale University, with a BA and an MA in Economics and a BS in computer science.


FCC Creates Link Between ULS and CDBS


Washington - Jan 17, 2003 - As the result of a cooperative effort between the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the Media Bureau, a new electronic interface will permit linking between broadcast auxiliary stations in the Universal Licensing System (ULS) and their parent stations in the Consolidated Database (CDBS) via their Facility Identification Number. This interface provides streamlining and improved processing for FCC customers with broadcast auxiliary licenses. Beginning Jan. 22, 2003, the following changes will be in effect:

  • When applying for new auxiliary licenses in ULS Online Filing, indicate that the licensee has a parent station. Enter the Facility Identification Number, and information about the parent licensee will pre-fill into the ULS application from the CDBS database.

  • Certain changes made to the parent station license in CDBS, such as renewals, cancellations and administrative updates, will be reflected in all auxiliary stations in ULS with the same Facility ID Number (after overnight processing).

    The following information will be automatically updated from CDBS into ULS during overnight processing for all auxiliary stations with the parent’s Facility ID number:

  • Facility ID Number of the parent station

  • Parent station licensee name and address

  • City and state of principal community of the parent station

  • Radio service of the parent station

  • Expiration date of the parent station’s license

    More information is available through the ULS technical or licensing support at 202-414-1250, TTY 202-414-1255, or ulscomm@fcc.gov. Contact the Technical Support Hotline with questions concerning computer access to ULS, FRNs, file uploads or submitting attachments. The hotline is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time except federal holidays.

    ULS Licensing Support and Forms Information can be obtained by calling 888-CALLFCC (888-225-5322), and selecting option #2, by calling 717-338-2888 or by e-mailing ulshelp@fcc.gov. Contact Licensing Support with questions about application purposes, FCC forms or schedules or other ULS-related licensing matters. ULS Licensing Support is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., ET except federal holidays.


NPR Initiates Tomorrow Radio Project


Las Vegas, CES - Jan 10, 2003 - NPR announced the initiation of the Tomorrow Radio project, a multi-year undertaking that will test and demonstrate new digital technologies and services to operate within the FCC-endorsed IBOC system, now labeled HD Radio by its designer, Ibiquity Digital. Kenwood USA and Harris have agreed to join the first testing team under the project. A principal goal of Tomorrow Radio is to test multi-channel or second audio technology that could allow public radio stations to broadcast more programming and content using their existing spectrum.

The current Ibiquity system does not provide for more than one program stream, a point that some broadcaters have lamented. During the transition period from analog to digital, stations will broadcast both components with the same program materials. Many broadcasters feel that the changes to the audio quality are not sufficient to drive consumer demand. The added data services offer additional promise, but this is also a lethargic process. By allowing stations to add a second program stream, additional content can be delivered to listeners.

Kenwood USA will demonstrate and test new radio receiver designs with new digital services, from supplemental audio channels to customized services such as zoned traffic announcements, weather reports and market quotations. Kenwood will also test an number of consumer-defined choices, from high quality text-to-speech annunciation to customized graphic displays.

Harris will provide HD Radio transmission equipment during the testing phase of the Tomorrow Radio project-equipment that will deliver the data that will enable a wide array of new public services.

It will take about 10 years for all public radio stations to become fully compatible with HD Radio. NPR and its stations have long been advocates of digital radio because of its greater audio fidelity and enhanced service possibilities. During the dozen years it took for HD Radio to become a reality, NPR member stations prepared for the transformation by upgrading to digital interconnection and production systems. Today, stations are near the final phase of digital conversion. WUSF in Tampa, FL, recently announced an entire digital upgrade of its transmission system provided entirely by Harris, and KKJZ in Long Beach, CA, has joined the Tomorrow Radio project as the first station partner.


FCC Releases Station Totals Stats


Washington - Jan 13, 2003 - The FCC has released its latest count of licensed broadcast stations in the United States. As of December 31, 2002, the total number of radio and television broadcast stations in the country is 26,319. A breakdown of the total follows.

AM stations totaled 4,804, FM commercial stations totaled 6,173 and FM educational stations totaled 2,354. The total number of radio stations is 13,331.

The FCC states that the number of FM translators and boosters in the United States is 3,825.

The report also counts the number of TV stations in the United States. The total number of UHF commercial TV stations is 755, the number of VHF commercial TV stations is 583, the number of UHF educational TV stations is 254 and the total number of VHF educational TV is 127. The grand total of TV stations in this category is 1,719. Class A UHF stations totaled 485 and the number of Class A VHF stations is 106, for a sum of 591.

UHF translators account for 2,640 and there are 2,094 VHF translators.

The total number of UHF low power TV stations 1,595, and the total number of VHF low power TV stations is 524. Therefore, 2,119 is the total number of stations in this category.


Update on the WOR IBOC Installation


New York - Jan 15, 2003 - WOR-AM installed an Ibiquity HD Radio exciter on Oct. 18, 2002, and has been evaluating its performance. Recently, several segments of audio were recorded to allow comparison between the analog and the digital signals. Listen to the samples online at www.wor710.com/Engineering/iboc/hdindex.htm.


FCC Approves Sirius License Control Transfer


New York, NY- Jan 15, 2003 - Sirius Satellite Radio has received FCC approval to transfer control of the satellite operator's operating licenses in connection with its recapitalization. In its order approving the application, the FCC indicated that "the proposed restructuring will benefit the public interest," and that approval of the application will allow Sirius "to access financial resources necessary to maintain and expand its service to the public." Sirius filed the transfer application because of the significant amount of common stock expected to be issued to its debt holders and preferred stockholders in connection with the restructuring.



Business




Susquehanna to Transition to IBOC with Harris


Cincinnati - Jan 21, 2003 - Harris Broadcast Communications Division will supply several Susquehanna Radio stations with digital products that will allow them to bring Ibiquity Digital's IBOC technology, branded HD Radio, to the San Francisco and Cincinnati listening areas.

Susquehanna has purchased the equipment for three stations, KFOG-FM 104.5/97.7 and KSAN-FM 107.7, San Francisco, and WYGY-FM 96.5, Cincinnati. KFOG will receive a Z8HDS transmitter from the Harris line of Z-HD transmitters. KSAN will upgrade its current Harris transmitter to a Z16HDC transmitter, which will allow the station to begin broadcasting an HD Radio signal.

WYGY began broadcasting an HD Radio audio signal on Oct. 16, 2002, using the Harris Dexstar IBOC exciter. WYGY became one of the first stations in the nation to broadcast an HD Radio signal. Susquehanna has also upgraded WYGY’s Intraplex STL PLUS T1 STL system by adding new Intraplex PT/PR-353 IBOC-ready 44.1 audio modules. The modules are a plug-in retrofit that upgrades the STL PLUS to 20kHz audio bandwidth.


XM Receives Additional $25M Funding


Washington D.C. - Jan 17, 2003 - XM Satellite Radio has increased its financing commitments to $475 million with an additional $25 million commitment from investors spearheaded by Everest Capital Limited in the company's proposed 10 percent Senior Secured Convertible Discount Notes due 2009. The company had previously announced a set of definitive financing agreements totaling $450 million—consisting of $200 million in new funds from strategic and financial investors and $250 million in payment deferrals and related credit facilities from General Motors. The new funds component will be increased to $225 million.

Everest Capital has committed $15 million of the additional $25 million investment commitment. Everest also holds an investment position in XM's outstanding existing notes, and has indicated its intent to participate in the proposed notes exchange by tendering its total noteholdings in the existing notes.

On Jan. 16, XM announced it had received the necessary consents from an investor group and General Motors, which together are providing the original $450 million in new financial investment and financing support (now totaling $475 million with the additional $25 million in commitments) in conjunction with the proposed notes exchange, to reduce their closing condition for the minimum notes exchange participation threshold from 90 percent to 75 percent. XM also amended the notes exchange to reduce the minimum participation condition to 50.1 percent. However, as described above, the General Motors and investor group financing transactions are currently conditioned on 75 percent participation by existing noteholders in the exchange offer, and XM will close on the exchange offer only if the minimum participation condition of the financing transactions are satisfied or otherwise waived. This condition to the financing transactions can be amended only if agreed to by both General Motors and two-thirds of the investor group including the additional commitments.

The deadline for acceptance of the notes exchange and consent solicitation remains unchanged and is scheduled for expiration midnight, Jan. 23, 2003. All tendering noteholders must have tendered their notes by that time. Tendering noteholders should contact D. F. King, the information agent, at 800-714-3306 for copies of the offering documents and transmittal instructions.


Dielectric Aquires Flash Technology


Raymond, ME - Jan 20, 2003 - Dielectric Communications, a unit of SPX Corporation, has purchased Flash Technology of Franklin, TN, from American Tower Corporation. Flash Technology designs, assembles, monitors and services aviation obstruction lighting systems servicing the communications, broadcast, airport, wind energy and hydropower markets.

The acquisition of Flash Technology adds to Dielectric's leadership in the broadcast and wireless industries. Additionally, Flash brings to Dielectric a proven service platform for the automated monitoring of tower lighting. The union of Dielectric and Flash will benefit customers through more comprehensive turnkey systems, broader engineering expertise base, and reduced costs associated with remote monitoring capabilities.

Dielectric will continue to operate the Flash Technology facility in Tennessee


Digigram Group Agrees to Management Buyout


Montbonnot and Strasbourg, France - Jan 14, 2003 - The Digigram Group agreed to a management buyout led by top management from Digigram and Audemat-Aztec. The management group, as well as venture capital company Perfectis Private Equity and the Digigram co-founders, will create a new private holding company, Audiendis, which will control three companies: Digigram, Audemat-Aztec and Digigram subsidiary Innova SON. Three audio veterans lead the management buyout: Digigram Managing Director Philippe Delacroix and Audemat-Aztec Managers Daniel Werbrouck and Bruno Rost.

Delacroix, Werbrouck and Rost will make up the new executive board of directors for Audiendis. Delacroix will become managing director of Audiendis, in collaboration with Werbrouck as product director and Rost will be in charge of special duties for the board. Digigram founders and current majority shareholders, Philippe Girard-Buttoz and Marian Marinescu, will retire from operational tasks, a move they have been planning for several years. The pair will maintain a minority investment in Audiendis, and Girard-Buttoz will become chairman of the Audiendis Supervisory Board.

"The new capital distribution won't affect the internal organization of Digigram, Audemat-Aztec or Innova SON. Sales and distribution networks will work in the exact manner as before, so our customers and partners won't notice the difference," said Delacroix. "The advent of Audiendis will give the three companies the flexibility and autonomy that is necessary to meet objectives in their respective markets."

Audemat-Aztec was formed Jan. 1, 2003, in a merger between Audemat and Digigram subsidiary Aztec Radiomedia and is led by Rost as managing director.

The Audiendis executive committee will consist of the three directors and Bernard Mossé, Digigram and Audiendis director of finance and administration, Philippe Royer, Innova SON managing director, and Gérard Malvot, Innova SON technical director. The new board of directors should hold about 20 percent of Audiendis' shares with Perfectis (60 percent) and the Digigram co-founders (20 percent) maintaining the rest of the shares. According to the agreement, Audiendis will launch a tender offer on the publicly traded remaining shares for Digigram.


Foundation Announces Grant for NPR


Chicago - Jan 13, 2003 - The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded $14 million in grants to National Public Radio in recognition of its contribution to diversity of information and opinion among broadcast media.

The foundation is making a $4 million endowment grant to NPR immediately and will award $10 million in general operating funds over the next 10 years. The grant to NPR is the largest grant to a single organization in a series of grants totaling $42 million.


Stations Adopt HD Radio


Quincy, IL - Jan 13, 2003 - As of year-end, Broadcast Electronics had received orders from six of the major broadcast groups, plus several independent U.S. stations.

Entercom, Clear Channel, Greater Media, Spanish Broadcasting System, Crawford Broadcasting and Multi-Cultural Radio Broadcasting placed orders for the company's transmission or exciter and generator products, which are capable of transmitting HD Radio signals on existing broadcast channels.

Independent broadcaster WJLD-AM in Birmingham, AL, became the first non-experimental AM station to air HD Radio on Dec. 20, 2002. The station is using a BE ASi 10 signal generator and a BE AM-1A transmitter to transmit the digital signals over the AM band.



People




Broadcast Electronics Increases Customer Support


Quincy, IL- Jan 24, 2003 - Broadcast Electronics has appointed Lowell Smith to the position of customer service engineer for digital studio products, including the company's Audiovault and related systems. In his new role Smith will be responsible for handling calls related to Broadcast Electronics’ digital studio systems, as well as performing on-site installations and training for customers across the country.

Smith brings extensive radio experience to Broadcast Electronics, including imaging/production, programmming, on-air and music direction.



Lance Named President and CEO of Harris


Melbourne, FL - Jan 20, 2003 - Harris has named Howard L. Lance as its chief executive officer. He has also been elected to the company's board of directors. Lance was most recently president of NCR and chief operating officer of its Retail and Financial Group with over $4 billion in sales. Previous to that, Lance was executive vice president of Emerson Electric. At Emerson, he led one of the company’s largest segments, electronics and telecommunications, with sales of about $3 billion. Lance’s appointment as CEO at Harris is effective Feb. 1, 2003.

Phillip W. Farmer, who currently serves as chairman and CEO of Harris, will continue as chairman of the board and as an employee until the end of June when the company’s fiscal year ends. Farmer reaches 65 years of age this summer and his career with Harris spans more than 21 years. He was named chairman and chief executive officer of Harris in 1995.

Lance spent 17 years of his career at Emerson Electric, holding senior management positions. In 1999, Lance was named executive vice president for the electronics and telecommunications businesses, which provide a broad range of power, electronic and networking products for the information technology and telecommunications markets.

Previous to that, Lance was chief executive officer and a director of Astec Plc, which was Emerson’s majority-owned power supply and electronic components business based in Hong Kong. Prior to that, Lance served as group vice president within the Climate Technologies segment of the company and was previously president of the Copeland Refrigeration Division. He served at Copeland for a total of 12 years and rose to the top position through a variety of sales, marketing and product service assignments.

Earlier, Lance held sales and marketing assignments with the Scott-Fetzer Company and Caterpillar, where he began his career in an engineering co-op program. He earned an M.S. degree in management from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University and a B.S. degree in industrial engineering from Bradley University.


Rosen To Leave RIAA By End of 2003


Washington - Jan 22, 2003 - Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) chairman and CEO Hilary Rosen, announced that she will leave the organization at the end of 2003. Rosen, who was named CEO in 1998 and has been with RIAA for 17 years has been the recording industry’s chief advocate and spokesperson during a time of change in the music business.

Rosen gained notariety for leading the recording industry’s fight against online piracy, which she and recording industry officials blame for the decline in CD sales.

Rosen said, "RIAA has much to do to address these issues as well as help the companies transition the music consumer to the exciting offerings everyone has been working so hard to deliver in the legitimate on-line music business. We must also work with our partners at retail, in the creative and technology industries and with governments worldwide to promote the future growth of the music industry.

"The Board will be conducting a formal search for my replacement over the next several months and we are confident of a smooth transition. I believe that the RIAA staff is simply the best in the business and I am proud of the team we have built."

Cary Sherman will remain in his current position as RIAA president.


OMT Appoints Chief Operating Officer


Winnipeg, MB - January 22, 2003 - OMT, through its subsidiary OMT Technologies, has appointed Marieke Wijtkamp as its chief operating officer. Wijtkamp will be responsible for managing operations for the company and participating in the development and execution of the company's strategic growth plans.

Wijtkamp brings senior management experience in strategic planning, marketing and business development from previous positions with Infocorp Computer Solutions, a business software solutions company, and Norsat International, a satellite technology company.


Broadcast Electronics Adds Two New Regional RF Sales Managers


Quincy, IL - Jan 21, 2003 - Broadcast Electronics has appointed Steve Schott as the southwest regional RF sales manager and Ellis Terry as the western region RF sales manager.

Schott will handle the southwest territory, including New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. His office is near the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, area. He can be reached at (888) 896-2400 or sschott@bdcast.com.

Prior to joining Broadcast Electronics, Schott served as the southwest district sales manager for Harris for eight years and southwest district sales manager for Continental Electronics for 16 years. He also served as chief engineer or director of engineering for radio stations in Colorado, Detroit, Chicago and Dallas.

Terry will handle the western territory including Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Hawaii. He will be based in Las Vegas. He can be reached at at (800) 766-8817 or eterry@bdcast.com.

Prior to joining Broadcast Electronics Ellis served as west coast district sales manager for Harris. His radio background also includes corporate director of operations and engineering for Douglas Broadcasting/Personal Achievement Radio and director of operations and engineering at WHUR Radio in Washington, DC.


Trott to Head Soundcraft Group


Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England - Jan 21, 2003 - Harman International has appointed the new managing director for the Soundcraft Group, Andy Trott. He take responsibility for all brands within the group, including Soundcraft, BSS, Amek and DAR.

A skilled engineer and technologist, Trott brings to his new role eight years of experience at PACE Micro Technology where he was director of technology and strategic development, and, more recently, CEO of PACE's Networks and Connected Devices Division. Trott also has a close affinity with the audio industry as a musician, and earlier spent four years with UK mixing console manufacturer Studiomaster.

Trott replaces John Carpanini, who recently accepted a position elsewhere in the Harman network as executive vice president of JBL Professional.



Products



Daking Relaunches Product Line


Wilmington, DE - Jan 22, 2003 - Geoffrey Daking & Co. has relaunched its product line, added a new manufacturing process and expanded dealer support for the Daking Mic-Pre/EQ and Daking FET Compressor.

In 1993, Geoff Daking started his business restoring used vintage limiters and compressors. Citing an abundance of what he felt were poorly built processors on the market, Daking started building his own mic preamp/EQs and compressor/limiters in 1994.

Patterned after the rare and highly valued EQ circuitry of the Trident A-range consoles, the Daking Mic-Pre/EQ employs all-discrete transistor circuitry and transformer-balanced inputs and outputs. Only discrete transistor circuitry, transformer-balanced inputs and outputs and Class A amplifiers are used in the Daking FET Compressor.

Daking is distributed by Transamerica Audio Group of Las Vegas, founded by Brad Lunde. The company handles premier pro audio products including Drawmer signal processing equipment, SoundField 5.1 microphones, Brauner tube microphones, Soundelux vintage microphones, GML high-end recording products, AEA vintage re-issue ribbon mics, ATC Loudspeakers and Z-Systems Digital Detanglers and Processors.


WPR's Whad'ya Know? Installs an MH4


Madison, WI - Jan 21, 2003 - Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) recently purchased a Soundcraft MH4 console for its popular live comedy quiz show, Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know? Produced by WPR and distributed by Public Radio International (PRI), the show is heard each week on more than 300 public radio stations across the country.

The 32-mono/four-stereo-channel MH4 primarily resides at Madison's Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, home to nearly two-thirds of the show's 36 yearly dates. The console is used for front-of-house and monitor duties for the intimate 320-seat theater in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed venue. The direct outs on the MH4 are used to send broadcast feeds to a Telos Zephyr ISDN unit, which relays the live signal back to WERN (88.7 FM) and WHA (970 AM) at Vilas Hall on the University of Wisconsin campus for national distribution.

Eight times a year, the production heads out on the road to visit another U.S. city, at which point the MH4 acts as a broadcast mixer and headphone monitor mixer. Because audience sizes in other host cities tend to be significantly larger—somewhere between 1,500 and 2,500—WPR rents an additional console to serve as the FOH board and run the monitor mix for guest musicians. In these situations, microphone feeds are split on stage allowing the broadcast and FOH mixes to be completely independent of each other.


Andrew Releases Updated Broadcast Systems Planner


Orland Park IL - Jan 17, 2003, Andrew has introduced the latest version of its broadcast system planning software. The Andrew Broadcast Systems Planner (ABSP) helps system designers to plan television and FM broadcast antenna systems. The new ABSP is available free of charge and gives users a much greater degree of freedom to design their broadcast system to fit their application.

The ABSP will configure digital or analog broadcast antenna systems, and it supports horizontal, elliptical and circular polarized antenna designs. The ABSP uses a step-by-step on-screen guide to lead customers through the antenna selection process. Performance specifications for antennas and transmission lines are then calculated instantly.

On completing the prototype system design, the ABSP automatically produces a complete antenna specification with that takes into account transmitter power, line loss, antenna gain and calculates effective radiated power. In addition to electrical and mechanical specifications, the ABSP generates a complete power analysis, azimuth and elevation patterns (that can be manually adjusted for special patterns) and associated tabulated data. The printable report is in FCC preferred format. The ABSP is available online at http://www.andrew.com/downloads/absp/default.aspx.

The ABSP is part of the Andrew Powertools suite of communications system planning tools, which is also available from http://www.andrew.com. To order a copy of Powertools by telephone, call the Andrew Broadcast Customer Support Center at 1-800-DIAL-4RF and ask for bulletin M400.


Stardraw Intros Symbol Wizard


London - Jan 21, 2003 - In the latest addition to Stardraw's Feature-per-Month update service, the company has added a Symbol Wizard. The Symbol Wizard can be used within the Block Schematic environment of Stardraw Audio, Stardraw AV and Stardraw Radio to easily create a high-quality symbol. The new symbol can be based on one of hundreds of pre-drawn templates that are grouped by product types such as amplifiers, loudspeakers or players/recorders. Users can also start a new symbol from scratch.


AEQ Impact Now Available


Jan 14, 2003 -AEQ has announced that the Impact digital is now shipping. The router is available in modules of 12x12 AES-EBU circuits, scalable in blocks of up to 60x60 AES-EBU circuits (equivalent to 120x120 mono). It is used in combination with AEQ Caddy AD DA converters when analog input signals are used.

It sums any number of inputs over each output, and distributes any input over the required outputs. It incorporates sampling-rate conversion at all inputs, and accepts an external synch source. Optionally, it can incorporate a redundant power supply and regulation of input and output levels. It is controlled from one or several computers.

The Impact Digital Router can be customized to operate 400X400 circuits such as the system implemented by the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) at the Salt Lake City Olympic Games.


Burk Rebuilds Lynx 4


Littleton, MA - Jan 9, 2003 - The Lynx 4 site software from Burk Technology has been redesigned for use with the GSC3000 and VRC2500 transmitter remote control systems. The software is included when a new unit is bought. By offering simple site setup and control, customized logging and a feature set built for flexibility, Lynx 4 allows the user to control a site easily.

In addition to a redesigned interface, a real-time event list was added to provide immediate notification and detailed logging of user and site activity. TCP/IP-based modem and COM port sharing, expanded logging and advanced report writing capabilities are also new. The software will even read archived Lynx 3.x and VRC 1.x configuration files, making the transition to Lynx 4 an easy one.





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