A year closes, 2013 begins.

As BW Broadcast close the doors for 2012 we are looking forward to the New Year. We are not only developing our products but our team as well. With recent employees already settling into their roles and new employees starting in the new year, there is much excitement throughout the team here.

With plans already underway for NAB 2013 in April, we take a look back at some of the Exhibitions we attended in 2012 with this short video.

With the Marketing team growing and creativity buzzing in the air, be sure to see more videos and photos of what we get up to throughout the year. So check back here regularly to see what Exhibitions we will be visiting, new products on the horizon and new team members being welcomed into this unique and diverse company.

We would like to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and leave you with this Christmas video from some of our staff.

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InterBee 2012 - Tokyo, Japan

Earlier this month, BW Broadcast in association with our Japanese Partner, Excel Inc., exhibited at InterBee 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.  On show was the RBRX1 FM/Japanese band receiver  DSPXmini, DSPX and DSPXtra Audio processors. InterBee took place from the 14th to 16th of November at Makuhari Messe, Chiba under the sponsorship of JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association), and supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and the National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan(JBA). This year a record number of exhibitors took part in the exhibition which is geared for the Audio, Video and communications sectors. The 48th InterBee saw Excel Inc show the RBRX1 to the Japanese market for the first time with its exciting new ability to receive on the Japanese band. This software selectable option was design specifically for the Japanese band at the request of Excel Inc. The flexibility of the RBRX1 is thanks to its comprehensive software infrastructure meaning that should a customer have something they would like the unit to do, our R&D team will most likely be able to make it happen! Already got an RBRX1 and have an idea how a new function would help you? Why not get in touch with us and see if we can make it happen! Special thanks to Mr. Togashi and his team at Excel Inc. for representing BW Broadcast at InterBee 2012.

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Shuffle up!

Streamlining of production, integration of automated testing procedures and a desire to slice lead times has meant that the store rooms at BW Broadcast HQ have had to be shuffled around to make room for more stock!

We aim to have at least 10 of each product in stock at all times and with our Audio processors, FM Transmitters, RDS Encoders, FM Amplifiers and FM Receivers, that equals multiple shelving sets to accommodate the stock levels. The good news is that two and a half years ago when BW Broadcast moved into its custom built facility, contingency was made to ensure we had ample space to expand!

So if your FM Station is off the air and you need a reliable replacement now, chances are you can get it overnight from BW Broadcast. If your processor has let you down and you need the same and often better audio quality, then look no further than the DSPX range from BW Broadcast.

So why not get in touch with your local dealer today and request a product from the most innovative company in the industry.

We go the extra mile, so your Station stands out on the dial. Call now and find out how to take your station to the next level.

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Happy Birthday BBC Radio

When the first BBC transmitter, known as 2LO, crackled into life on November 14th 1922 few could have guessed the impact that radio would have on our world. A few thousand enthusiasts, listening by headphones to primitive crystal radio sets, heard a news bulletin read by Arthur Burrows, the director of programmes of the newly formed British Broadcasting Company (as it was known then).

To mark the 90th anniversary the BBC is going to bring together over 55 stations, for a single remarkable moment – a three minute piece of history broadcast simultaneously around the UK and the world at 5.33pm, this will be the first simultaneous broadcast since 1922.

The broadcast ‘2LO Calling’ was composed by Blur front man Damon Albarn and is a snapshot of the airwaves featuring iconic sounds such as Bertrand Russell in Morse code and the first ever radio broadcast.

Simon Mayo will be helping to celebrate by presenting his drive time show starting at 5PM on BBC Radio 2 from the Science Museum, which houses a display featuring part of the original 2LO transmitter.

Radio Reunited is just one of a series of on-air events to mark 90 years of BBC Radio, which will also feature a wide range of special programming across BBC stations. You can find out more by going to the BBC website.

So what does radio mean to you and what is your best broadcasting moment?

Marilyn Monroe, when talking about a calendar shoot, said: “It’s not true I had nothing on; I had the radio on,” she made an accidentally brilliant observation about the hugeness of the medium. It’s available everywhere, all the time, unseen and often overlooked. Sometimes it’s wallpaper. Sometimes it’s the most important thing in the room. It does everything any other medium does, only better – and you don’t have to stop ironing to enjoy it…

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Certificate of Excellence

Dealer Training from BW Broadcast is the latest addition to our commitment to providing a level of service that is re-setting the bar to an all new high. What more would you expect from a company that offers a two year warranty and 24/7 support?

At BW Broadcast, we understand the importance of reliability, efficiency and quality of service. We understand this because this is what we expect from each other and this creates a fundamental undertone within the organisation. An undertone which goes into everything we do.

With tens of thousands of products around the world, working in some of the most challenging locations, BW Broadcast equipment has a reputation for being robust, reliable and industry leading. This wide distribution is thanks in no small part to the international network of partners who provide local support and information to a wealth of different communities, cultures and applications.

To maximise the quality of service you receive, BW Broadcast actively encourages its dealers to undertake factory training, allowing us to share our knowledge and provide unparalleled support.

Add this to our 24 hour support line and you can see our commitment to giving you the best service in addition to innovative, reliable products, and all of course for the great value you expect from BW Broadcast.

Doug Tharp, pictured above, recently completed his training in London and received his Certificate of Excellence from Dave. The training involves a brief introduction to the build procedure, the identification of key components and set up instructions, a detailed look at our automated testing procedure with emphasis on the extreme lengths that we go to to ensure the products meet and surpass all international requirements and a run through of the set up and operation of all the products in our portfolio. Once the training is complete, engineers, designers and test staff are all on hand to answer any questions.

Interested in our training options? Why not get in touch and see if you too can benefit from the wealth of knowledge and experience that is available from BW Broadcast HQ.

Why not contact your local BW Broadcast dealer today and start using equipment that comes with a level of quality that you will love and a level of service you could really get used to!

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Broadcasters Clinic 2012

Its Monday evening in a small town called Middleton, just outside of Madison, Wisconsin and engineers, owners, designers, sales people, manufacturers and organisers are converging on the Marriott Hotel, home to the Broadcasters Clinic.

Ahead is three days of discussions and presentations on the things that matter today and what effect we can expect from the future of Radio and Television.

The shows appeal is quite simply down to its organisation. The attendees, who attend in great numbers and with exuberance, are treated to talks from well known faces in the industry, demonstrations and representatives from all the industries leading companies and a seemingly endless supply of food!

All three days saw great attendance at both the conference and the booths, with people coming from not just Wisconsin but all over to share knowledge, learn from industry experts and see what is coming next and how they can utilise new technology.

In cooperation with SCMS our US stocking distributor, BW Broadcast were in attendance and on hand to offer support, advice and information on some exciting new projects coming from BW Broadcast HQ, so be sure to watch this space over the next few months.

Located near two beautiful lakes surrounding Madison, the conference organisers do a great job at allowing everyone in attendance time to discuss at length if they so wish, products and key factors from the industry. Those who visited the BW Broadcast and SCMS booth were informed of the new features in our FM Transmitter line, with in-built audio processing and AES/EBU inputs, and a popular topic of discussion was the award winning RBRX1 which since its launch two years ago has redefined what can be achieved at a re-broadcast site.

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Do be sure to keep an eye on all things BW Broadcast as these are exciting times and our R&D team is in full swing!

 

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Don't get a fright...

Tis’ the season to be scary…

BW Broadcast cares about our products, and cares about our customers.  With ghosts and ghouls around the corner we don’t want you to have a fright, and so a lot of development time goes into making sure our equipment is reliable and remains in service for as long as possible.

This includes maximising efficiency to reduce unwanted heat, meticulously designing cooling systems to remove what we cannot prevent, and ensuring power supplies are easy to replace in the case of mains power spikes.

We are so committed to this cause that we have an extended warranty period on all BW Broadcast products of 2 years. As you look around the website from the range of FM Transmitters to Audio Processors, RDS Encoders to the latest FM Receivers you can purchase a BW Broadcast product with peace of mind.

This haloweed you’ll have to get your frights another way, here’s some great inspiration to get you started!

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Broadcast India 2012

BW Broadcast will be exhibiting at Broadcast India 2012 on booth F-630 represented by Setron India.  The exhibition runs from the 10th-12th October at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.

Setron India Private Limited was incorporated in 1994 and provides complete end-to-end solutions to the Broadcast Industry, Pro-Audio and Video industry. Setron India is one of the leading Importers / Distributors of Broadcast & Pro-Audio equipment and has opened the first Pro-Audio showroom in Lajpat Nagar-II, New Delhi, the very heart of Business Centre of New Delhi. This showroom showcases a wide range of Pro-Audio and related equipment.

Register for Broadcast India Here.

For more information please contact Setron India:

CORPORATE OFFICE NEWDELHI
Block O-14 , Lajpat Nagar-II, New Delhi – 110 024
Phone No: +91-11-29841761 / 1762 / 46540317
Fax No: +91-11-46529100
Business Development: +91-98186 82274
E-mail: sales@setronindia.com , setronindia1994@gmail.com
Website: www.setronindia.com

MUMBAI OFFICE
Flat No. 102/28-A, Sunrise Building, Apna Ghar CHS Ltd.
Lokandwala Main Market
Andheri (West), Mumbai – 400 053
Phone No: +91-22-2637 1638
Fax No: +91-22-2636 7421
Mobile: +91-98204 28814 , +91-9867328814
E-mail: sales@setronindia.com , setronindia1994@gmail.com
Website: www.setronindia.com

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Exciters, how to choose?

Remember Vinyl and tapes? Then along came CDs – and the majority agree that was a big leap forward in audio quality. Then came MP3s and we were sold on how digital progression could give us less for more. Same great sound but in less bits, so we could get more on our computer or download faster. It wasn’t long before people realised that although MP3 offered data reduction improvements with its obvious benefits like music streaming, there was a penalty in audio quality.

In the broadcast industry, an advance to digital technology has opened up many a passionate debate. DAB was promoted as the future 20 years ago, but it’s poor coding technology and the desire to squeeze more stations in the same amount of digital bandwidth has seen a reduction in quality for the listener compared to analog FM. The same debate rages for IBOC/HD and other new broadcast systems.

The perception that digital is better has recently crossed into the analog FM transmitter industry. Although the authors of this article and the author of the referenced white paper acknowledge that a correctly designed direct to channel digital synthesis of the FM carrier dramatically improves the audio and RF performance of the FM signal, we look to highlight, like MP3,  that just because a transmitter generates it’s signal digitally (DDS) it doesn’t always make it perform better.

The picture above illustrates a clean  FM transmitter as shown in the report below.

The attached white paper was written as a study of the noise performance of Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS) and analog FM broadcast transmitters, comparing performance when un-modulated, modulated with single frequencies and modulated with audio. The tests are carried out on three transmitters, two implementing DDS: a PTEK FM150ES and a Zhongchuan Digita  ZHC618F-100W, and one analog: a BW Broadcast TX150. Although the commonly held belief is that DDS provides considerably greater performance compared to analog  transmitters, the white paper demonstrates that this is not the case for the devices tested.

The tests show that for the two DDS devices chosen, the RF spectral output of the transmitters does not conform to the ETSI EN 302 018-2 european harmonised standard for FM broadcast transmitters, making them unsuitable for use in many countries. In some cases they may also become dangerous to use as they cause interference in bands reserved for aircraft automatic landing and communications systems. Throughout all of the tests, the analog BW Broadcast TX150 conforms fully to the standard. The results are plotted as frequency spectra given with 1MHz bandwidth to see spurious signals close to the carrier, and at 50MHz to see signals further from the carrier.

The picture above illustrates two different transmitters with the same modulation.

One is digital and marketed as state of the art, while one is analog and may be considered older technology. Which is which? Click the report link below to see if you guessed right.

Comparison of Exciter Methods – BW Broadcast Whitepaper

 

 

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WI Broadcasters 2012

The Broadcasters Clinic takes place from October 9 to October 11, 2012 at the Madison Marriott West Hotel, Middleton, WI.

In association with SCMS, we will be showing off all our products and answering any questions you may have. With SCMS holding stock of all our products, you can place your order at the show and have it the next day!

This show boasts influential speakers from around the industry, alongside all the latest and greatest equipment from the major movers and shakers in the Broadcast industry.

Since 1951, The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association is the only trade association which supports, promotes and represents all radio and television broadcasters in Wisconsin. The WBA’s membership is comprised of 98% of all radio and televisions stations in Wisconsin, as well as associate member companies who provide services to the state’s broadcasting industry. Member services include a variety of education programs, state and national legislative and legal and regulatory advisory services, and a host of networking opportunities.

Going to be in the area? Be sure to register in advance here.

 

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