First South African DRM Transmission Will Start on July 1

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Doug Irwin, CPBE DRB AMD

Pretoria (June 30, 2014)--The first ever DRM (medium wave) transmission in South Africa will be on air tomorrow. Radio Pulpit is starting a trial on 1440 kHz broadcasting using a 25kW transmitter (and broadcasting 10kW DRM) using a low profile antenna. The broadcast, with up to two programs and eventually all the extra features and benefits offered by DRM, will cover greater Pretoria and parts of Johannesburg. The tests, conducted by the broadcaster, in co-operation with Sentech (DRM Consortium member) the major South African network operator, and Broadcom International, will run until next year. Detailed trial data will be gathered, analyzed and made public towards the end of 2014. The results will be presented to ICASA (the national regulator) with the aim of a full license being granted.

Dr Roelf Petersen of Radio Pulpit, the Chairman of the first African DRM Platform, was quoted thus: “with DRM, people in difficult-to-reach areas will in future be able to listen to crystal clear digital radio. As we are trying to put forward a credible strategy and structure, we feel that the Platform can offer excellent broadcasting, information and manufacturing solutions for my country and the whole of Southern Africa.”

The DRM Platform in Southern Africa thus joins the Indian, Brazilian, German and other DRM national platforms.

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