BES 2014

In the new year we will be attending the Broadcast Engineering Society Exhibition in India. It is being held in Halls 12 and 12A at the Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. It is India’s biggest broadcast technology show and is being held between the 14th and 16th January.

The objectives of the Broadcast Engineering Society is to promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and practices of broadcasting in the field of radio and to enhance the knowledge of broadcast engineering professionals. The exhibition is open for participation by manufactures, dealers, distributors and suppliers of products, equipment, systems and services related to terrestrial and satellite broadcasting for radio and TV.

The 20th International conference and exhibition has the theme of – Opportunities and Challenges for Broadcasters. We are delighted to be there with some of our biggest dealers from the region to show broadcasters that our products will create opportunities for them and their stations as well as help them overcome the challenges they will face along the way.

As well as our usual products from the audio processor, FM receiver and RDS Econder range, the BES Expo will see the newest release from BW Broadcast, the V2 FM Transmitter range which came out in April at NAB 2013. With multi-band DSPX audio processing, you can sound great right out of the box, without a dedicated processor.The new V2 range was built to help customers with easy maintenance; with ‘Gold clamp’ transistors which can be changed with just a screwdriver and slide-in power supplies making replacement a breeze, its no wonder our range won a coveted Pick Hit Award.

Neal, our newest member of the BW Broadcast sales team will be there this year supporting the dealers and representing the brand. You can contact him before the event to arrange a meeting or just to say hi!

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Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Typhoon Haiyan swept through the central Philippines on Friday 8th November, causing catastrophic damage. It has been one of the strongest recorded storms ever to hit land. The UN has estimated that at least 11 million people will be affected by the 300 mile wide typhoon and the sad news that the death toll has risen to over 3000 means that a huge international relief operation is underway.

As the World unites, we recognise the need for this region to re-establish communications and receive important information is more crucial now than ever. But with roads blocked and infrastructure destroyed, it is hampering efforts to distribute to those in need.

Paul Jenkins of the British Red Cross, one of the DEC’s members said “The priority was to get goods and supplies to those most in need as quickly as possible”.

The team at BW Broadcast have been working with our UK distributor, Broadcast Warehouse to see what we can do to help. We have products from both companies which have been taken over to the Philippines this weekend to help this community come together during this difficult time.

One customer will be taking a TX300 V2 FM Transmitter and Ubiquiti NanoBridge Links to help the local members of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television. They are building temporary/mobile community radio stations in affected areas of the storm surge, locally known as Yolanda. They have no resources, only skilled people willing to give their services to the affected families.

With this local partner on the ground, in the coming weeks we will be in constant contact with them to make sure we can assist with all their critical needs. We are continuing to compile what we have in stock so that it is ready to ship as soon as it has been established what they need.

We are happy that we are able do something that will go a little way to help these people rebuild their lives. If you would like to help out then please use the link below to find out more.

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Slide-in Power Supplies

Radio ‘Pick Hit’ winning Slide-in Power Supplies

Not only do our Award Winning V2 Transmitters provide Stations with better sound and improved reliability, but most models now come with our ‘New’ Slide-in Power Supplies.

BW Broadcast’s renowned Transmitters have been getting Radio Stations on the air for over 15 years. During this time, we’ve listened to what you want from your Transmitter and have now designed our V2 Range to give you more control than ever. As well as making your station sound better, we’ve also given you features such as Gold-Clamp Transistors and Slide-in Power Supplies to increase reliability and making tricky maintenance issues a thing of the past!

You have the Power!

If a lightning strike or power surge takes out your transmitter’s power supply, you no longer need to remove it from the rack and spend hours disassembling it, you can simply slide in a replacement power supply in seconds. Waiting for an engineer to attend or sending it away for repair can be both a timely and costly process. With our Slide-in Power Supplies, this issue will be a thing of the past, making your Station more streamlined and always ready to broadcast.

How to choose?

The TX150V2 and above come with Slide-in Power Supply Units fitted as standard and are built to accept a second slide in supply as an additional option. Since the units can each deliver the full power output required from a single PSU, the second removable PSU provides 100% Redundancy.

The TX600 V2 FM Transmitters are delivered with dual Slide-in PSU’s fitted as standard. If one fails it can be removed “hot” and replaced without re-powering the unit.  While operating on a single PSU, you will get approx 400w output from the unit. The TX1000 V2 and TX1500 V2 Transmitters are fitted with a single high rating PSU.

To find out more on our Award Winning Transmitter Range and to view a video demonstration of the new features, including the Slide-in Power Supply please click on the link below. Alternatively, contact your local dealer here.

See The New V2 Range Here

 

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RBRX1 - Problem Solved

“Getting clean, clear audio from a marginal signal can be tricky. Robert Reymont, president of Double R Consulting in Mesa, AZ reports on how a tuner introduced last year solved a difficult reception problem”.

A DIFFICULT PICKUP

Robert Reymont, Double R Consulting

For years I had problems getting a clean usable signal to feed a translator on. To give you an idea of the challenge that I was facing, 700 kHz below the desired carrier was a 100 kW station operating in full HD mode with 14% injection. And operating 400 kHz above the desired carrier was another 100 kW station, planning full HD operation in the near future. Both of these stations transmitters were within a half mile of my receive antenna. South Mountain in Phoenix, AZ, the home for a full slate of full power FM and TV stations. With all that RF, trying to pick up a Class C-1 station more than 60 miles away in order to provide a signal for a 10 Watt translator was extremely difficult. Even though the tuner we were using was equipped with a band-pass filter and notch filters for the adjacent stations, their signals still desensed the tuner, making reception of the desired signal difficult.

In fact, due to reduced power of the main inbound signal, at times the reception fell below the noise floor causing the receiver to mute.

PROBLEM SOLVED

The RBRX1 uses several techniques to improve reception. It employs an image cancelling, high dynamic range front-end mixing system for an on-channel IF conversion. Working together with a digital signal processed steep IF band filtering, the RBRX1 achieves the excellent adjacent channel filtering that makes this tuner an ideal reception tuner for distant FM signals.

The BW Broadcast tuner proved its mettle immediately upon installation – the required distant station was pulled in cleanly, and passed on solidly to the translator via the composite output.

I set the pre-emphasis to 75 µs on the audio menu (the RBRX1 can provide the complete composite signal, so I turned off the pre-emphasis in the transmitter to avoid a double pre-emphasis), then selected the multiplex generator output (MPX) and navigated to the MPX setting for “Radio” adjusting the level to match the transmitter and maintain 100% modulation.

This tuner also features more than 50 possible adjustments for High Cut, Soft Mute, RDS, Outputs, and a Scheduler for day-part processing.

EASY MENU NAVIGATION

Navigating the menu was easy, using the touch sensitive “wheel” with the ‘enter and exit’ keys. Text input is available for setting call letters. Saving the setting is also easy.

The backplane of the RBRX1 has provisions analog, digital, and two multiplex outputs. There are analog, digital, and USB inputs for audio playback in the case the main feed should fail. RJ45 Ethernet and RS-232/GPIO connections are provided for remote control and configuration via a web browser interface that will work even on smart phones.

In the case where the tuner is to be used for critical monitoring in the studio, there is a sister model, the RX1, without the multiplex outputs.

FM Receivers

In conclusion, this receiver filled the bill for a top of the line monitor relay receiver for a translator in a congested signal area.

Why not try out the RBRX1 receiver for yourself by contacting your local dealer for a demonstration today.

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Inter BEE Online 2013

The International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition 2013 will be taking place 13th – 15th November. It will be held in the Makuhari Messe convention center just outside Tokyo, Japan.

Inter BEE is an exhibition for professionals in audio, video and communications. At this international exhibition, you’ll find the most advanced broadcasting, video and audio equipment, as well as related applications and solutions, from across Japan and around the world, all in one room. As a showcase for the world’s most state-of-the-art technology, Inter BEE responds to the needs of professionals and delivers the latest industry information to target markets in Japan and worldwide.

This year we will have the RBRX1 on display. Last year this was show cased for the first time with the ability to receive on the Japanese band. The RBRX1 has a comprehensive software infrastructure meaning our engineering team can adapt it to suit your customer’s needs.

Our R&D department are currently working on the latest software update for the RBRX1. Keep checking our news pages for the latest information.

If you are planning on going to the show. Then you can Pre-Register for your visitor pass below and get in for free.

Pre-Register Here

If you would like to find out more about the RBRX1 than contact your local dealer to get a demonstration today.

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Broadcast India 2013

BW Broadcast Ltd will be exhibiting at the Broadcast India Show 2013. We will be represented by our distributor Setron India Private Ltd.

The Broadcast India Show will be held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from 9th – 11th October. You will find the past, present and future of this industry integrated into a karmic cycle that will reveal a vision beyond imagination for things to come. You will witness companies and customers, veterans and professionals and suppliers and visionaries from the broadcast industry connecting and inter-connecting to optimize opportunities.

Make sure you have a place at the Broadcast India Show by going to the website and clicking on the Pre-Register Now button

Pre-Register Here

The show will see the demonstration of our TX1000 and TX50 FM Transmitters. As well as our range of Audio Processors, RDS Encoders and more. If you would like to see our great range of products, stop by booth B – 221 and meet the team.

BW Broadcast have recently released the new V2 range of transmitters, with Low Maintenance features such as slide-in power supplies and Gold-Clamp Transistors. Engineers at our recent exhibition in Amsterdam were very impressed with the new range and very excited with the recent update that was released, which includes the new remote interface for those who use the Ethernet interface.

If you can’t make it to the show this year then you can contact your local distributor for more information or a demonstration.

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V2 V1.4 Update

BW Broadcast is proud to announce the first software update for recently released V2 transmitters. Initially introduced at NAB ’13 Las Vegas, the long feature list included as standard saw the new transmitters instantly awarded with a Radio ‘Pick Hit’ award.

Engineers loved the advanced 4-band audio processing built-in to every transmitter, making stations sound great right out of the box. Innovative features like Gold-Clamp transistors and quick change slide-in power supplies (not every model) make the V2 range the most easy to maintain and service transmitter available. Since launch many V2 transmitters have been installed around the world with glowing feedback.

Dennis, a satisfied engineer comments:

“The transmitter has been placed in service at the site. It sounds gorgeous and is rock-steady.”

The new software update (v1.4) contains a much improved updated Ethernet interface. The new web based control system doesn’t require software to be installed, so can be easily operated from any smart-phone (including Apple iPhones etc). The software release is not critical, but any customers using the transmitters Ethernet interface are advised to update to benefit from the new remote interface.

Dave Gowenlock, BW Broadcast Sales Manager comments:

“There’s a massive improvement to the web interface of V2 transmitters. The update can be loaded onto any model in the range, it only takes a minute and is well worth it considering the update is free of charge. We are committed in continuing to offer value for our customers even after their purchase and our free updates are part of this vision.”

The new software update can be seen at BW Broadcast’s booth E74 in Hall 8 at IBC from 13th-17th September.

Download the V2 Update Now!

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Broadcast ONE

BW Broadcast is proud to announce that as of July 2013, Broadcast ONE have been appointed the Master Distributor for BW Broadcast in Australia. Founded in 2010, the experienced team at Broadcast ONE have built many hundreds of transmission facilities for analogue & digital radio, satellite earth stations & hubs for both commercial and defence use.

Since 2010 Broadcast ONE has quickly grown to be a respected RF supply and integration company in the Asia-Pacific region and has enjoyed recent major successes in Australia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Broadcast ONE have a long standing commitment to BW Broadcast as a highly performing distributor over their years in partnership. With the acquisition of Gencom in place and their wide Asia-Pacific spread, Broadcast ONE are well set to serve the needs of broadcasters in the region. As Master Distributor, Broadcast ONE will hold stock of BW Broadcast’s range of products and spare parts and support the efforts of other excellent re-sellers in the region.

On behalf of Broadcast ONE, Kelly John Woods (KJ), Vice President, comments;

“This announcement continues Broadcast ONE’s focus to bring “Best in Class” FM products to the Australian market and will bring clients and regional distributors alike, fast, first class local support for the BW Broadcast product range. As part of this commitment we are excited to be showing the new BW Broadcast V2 transmitter platform, DSPXtra FM audio processor, RDS2+ RDS encoder and industry leading RBRX1 DSP FM Receiver at the upcoming SMPTE show.”

Scott Incz, Managing Director of BW Broadcast reflects;

“We welcome the new role of Broadcast ONE as Master Distributor and look forward to working together in serving Australian broadcasters with the latest technology in our product ranges.”

If you would like to visit Broadcast ONE at the SMPTE Show, they will be exhibiting in the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour between 23rd and 26th July. They will be showcasing BW Broadcast’s new range of FM Transmitters; The V2 range was an award winner at the NAB show in April, proved great success at BCA in June and will be demonstrated at IBC in September.


For more information regarding any of our product range contact your local dealer by visiting our Dealer Map below.

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Future of FM Processing

We grabbed Scott Incz, BW Broadcast CEO and lead designer of the DSPX processor range to hear his thoughts on how the processing landscape will change over the coming years.

In the big scheme of radio broadcast audio processing, what’s the next frontier?

I believe that the next technological frontier that broadcast processing faces is in the delivery medium to the listener. With the rising popularity of on-demand services, I see the challenge is for audio processing to make use of future client hardware platforms to deliver the quality of today’s broadcast processing on mobile and utility devices. This is about optimizing processing and developing even more efficient algorithms that can run on low cost mobile and low cost utility devices.

I think a lot of the drive for loudness has come from listening to the radio in an automobile. Dealing with high noise environments that require audio with a low dynamic range but allowing people in a better listening environment to enjoy a higher fidelity version of the audio is an interesting challenge.

How has streaming changed the landscape; and what is BW Broadcast’s response?

The potentially massive audience provided by online streaming has resulted in it being so popular for broadcasters. The level of competition is also huge so it’s going to be hard to get a large audience; therefore the budget for streaming audio processing is usually much lower. BW Broadcast understood this decade ago and started adding value to their products by adding full bandwidth secondary outputs to its FM and AM processors that are optimized for streaming and digital radio. This has allowed radio stations to not only get a better return on investment from their audio processors but to sound great both on conventional radio and online. BW Broadcast recognizes and appreciates the impact of processing on codec technology and vice versa, and has multiple processing products that contribute to making streaming radio stations sound great – in fact, any digital station sound great, IP based or with data over an RF carrier like HD or DAB.

I personally believe that some audio processing will be in the client to give the listener more control of the sound and the environmental effects on the sound. It won’t be long before we will be designing client based audio processing for translucent touch screen shower cubicle speaker doors to cancel out the water noise.

Some audio processing is always required for radio and in the short term the requirement for audio processing won’t go away. In the future I think that an unobtrusive smart multiband device like the Ariane AGC leveler is the best way forward for radio stations, and then give the control to the listener in the client device.

What is your latest audio processor introduction?

At NAB 2013 we revealed our new V2 FM transmitter range, for which we won an industry award at the show. Among the features that engineers loved was the inclusion of an embedded DSPX family 4-band audio processor, from which users can adjust from the front panel and the remote control interfaces.

Never has such a powerful processor been included as standard with an FM transmitter, and never has an FM transmitter sounded so fantastic out of the box.

Although it is not strictly a new processor from a technical perspective, the Ariane Sequel AGC leveler is now being manufactured under the BW Broadcast label since we took over the rights to it earlier in the year from TranLanTech.

DSPX-FM Audio Processor

For the full interview with Scott, download the new Radio World e-Book ‘What’s New in Audio Processing?’:

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Register For Free at IBC

BW Broadcast Ltd will be attending the International Broadcasters Convention in Amsterdam. It is held at the RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre between 13th and 17th September.

IBC is the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide. It combines a highly respected and peer-reviewed conference with an exhibition that exhibits more than 1400 leading suppliers of state of the art electronic media technology and provides unrivalled networking opportunities.

BW Broadcast will continue their success of showcasing the award-winning new range of V2 FM Transmitters. With simple maintenance features such as slide-in power supplies and Gold-Clamp transistors the range has been very popular with engineers. See for your self why V2 transmitters are so popular on booth E74 in Hall 8.  Also on show will be other BW Broadcast ranges including Audio Processors, FM Receivers, RDS Encoders and more.

Don’t miss out on meeting the team and being involved in this inspirational global gathering of innovation and talent. Using the code 11752 you can register for the show for Free!

Register for Free

If you can’t wait until September then you can check out the new range of FM Transmitters and contact your local dealer to buy one now.

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