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The total number of GatesAir transmitters deployed in that country stands at 1218
MASON, Ohio — GatesAir is getting ready to send its final shipments of transmitters to Norway, bringing the total of its transmitters deployed in that country to 1218 in support of Norway’s transition to DAB.
Norway’s national FM Radio signals vacated the airwaves in mid-December, concluding an 11-month sunset. Many local FM stations remain on the air.
GatesAir says it has been involved in Norway’s DAB digital radio activity since the nation’s first tests in 1994. Upon the Norwegian government’s 2011 approval to switch off FM radio, it says it helped the country to accelerate the site planning and systems design process, and worked closely with partners to set a site-by-site delivery schedule.
According to the company, a pair of redundant GatesAir Maxiva VAX air-cooled transmitters ranging from 50 W to 5 kW support over-the-air content delivery from most sites. The final transmitters being shipped include low-power models.
“Our work in Norway has spanned over two decades to ensure that the exacting specifications of the network and delivery timelines were met in accordance with the Norwegian government’s mandate,” said Darren Frearson, vice president of Sales, EMEA-APAC, GatesAir.
“GatesAir’s modular transmitters were easily configured and rapidly deployed across the network. The compact footprint and small weight contributed to the rapid deployment, which reached as many as 14 sites per week.”
New training initiative intended to fill in gaps for younger engineers with IT backgrounds
QUINCY, Ill. — In May, GatesAir will launch a new training program intended to help “younger, IT-educated broadcast engineers” learn to operate and maintain “next-generation TV and radio transmission sites,” the company announced.
The new training program, launching with an “Introduction to Broadcast Transmitter Technology” course, is described by GatesAir as an adjunct to the its existing “RF:101” program, which was designed for trainees with a basic understanding of RF technology. Because “RF:101” participants increasingly lacked a solid foundation in RF, the company developed a “new entry-level RF training course designed to prepare IT professionals for an RF transmission-centered career.”
“Since many new professionals entering the field have IT backgrounds, this new introductory training program responds to our customers’ pressing needs to find qualified engineers that can operate and maintain their next-generation, over-the-air content delivery systems,” GatesAir Vice President of Operations Bryant Burke said in the announcement. “We’re addressing broadcasters’ concerns regarding the shortage of broadcast engineers, and leveraging the current crop of IT-savvy engineers for ATSC 3.0 and other next-generation DTV and digital radio networks.”
The course begins with three webinars and is followed by a four-day, hands-on training workshop at GatesAir’s Quincy, Ill., campus. The first session is scheduled for May 22–25.
The program limits the workshops to groups of 8-10 trainees. It covers fundamentals, including maintenance of liquid- and air-cooled solid-state transmitters, digital modulation schemes and troubleshooting/repair of modular transmission components. After these stages, participants receive a certificate of completion.
The program is open to everyone — including non-GatesAir customers — and costs $2,150, according to the training website , where registration is also available.
Products were chosen from the show floor in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS — Here are the recipients of the 2018 Best of Show at NAB Award from Radio magazine.
- Blackloud SOUNDOT AF1 & CF1 Headsets with FM Chip
- Broadcast Bionics Smart Speaker Toolkit
- Davicom Cortex360 Remote Site Management System
- DEVA DB-45
- GatesAir Flexiva FMXi 4g HD Radio Exporter
- Wheatstone PR&E EMX-IP Digital Audio Console
- Worldcast APT Mobile SureStreamer
Watch for the Program Guide coming in a few weeks, that will present all of the nominees and winners, with product photos and all their details!
FMXi 4g provides dynamic time and audio correction
MASON, Ohio — GatesAir will introduce its FMXi 4g and other new HD Radio enhancements for audio and data transport at the 2018 NAB Show, April 9–12 in Las Vegas.
In addition to “virtually eliminating maintenance through a fully embedded architecture that combines both functions” the new FMXi 4g is the first HD Radio Importer/Exporter solution to provide dynamic time and audio correction.
“Diversity Delay is a critical component of the HD Radio listening experience…the GatesAir-exclusive algorithm inside the FMXi 4g ensures proper time alignment between analog (FM) and digital (HD Radio) signals, and improves the listener experience by removing the objectionable blending artifacts” according to the company.
The removal of a standalone, computer-based Importer or Exporter eliminates the boot-up process, removes moving parts and frees broadcasters from “troublesome PC-based applications.” HD Radio implementation is simplified by “integrating the Importer and Exporter and eliminating complex external networks, clocking and GPS references between disparate systems which, substantially raises the possibility of packet loss and other imperfections,” according to the company.
GatesAir will also demo how its new Intraplex IPConnect device for reliable and secure data transport can more effectively manage large data payloads across the E2X connection.
“The seamless integration of IPConnect into the Gen4 architecture smooths the very heavy signal bursts that are common across the E2X path,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “The quality of service significantly improves through a reduction in dropouts and buffering instances that have long challenged HD Radio broadcasters.”
Check out the FMXi 4g during the show at Booth N3703.
Also gives new sales territories to Nick vanHaaster
GatesAir has promoted Mark Goins to senior director of sales for the Americas, reporting to Vice President of Sales Joseph W. Mack. Additionally, Nick vanHaaster will expand his regional responsibility to cover Goins’ previously-assigned states — Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
Goins will now be responsible for overseeing the regional sales management and key accounts management teams in North and South America.
Goins has been with the company for 16 years and has 17 total years of broadcast industry experience.
VanHaaster has been a GatesAir employee for nearly two decades and has had responsibility for the northwestern U.S. and Western Canada sales territories.
Company says the move is a “responsible step” and will now “focus on supporting existing customers’ transmitters with our available components”
MASON, Ohio — GatesAir is suspending the sale of new AM transmitters.
Chief Product Officer Rich Redmond said: “Recent changes in the long-term availability of critical components from our suppliers, including several last-time buy notices, have caused us to take proactive steps to ensure we can meet our continued support obligation of our AM products,” he said.
“To safeguard our ability to offer an ample supply of spare components — and to secure the ongoing field support of our AM transmitters — GatesAir has taken the responsible step of suspending new AM transmitter sales, and will instead focus on supporting existing customers’ transmitters with our available components.”
[Related: “GatesAir Adds to Intraplex IP Codec Family “]
He said warranty, field service, phone support, spare parts and repairs continue as normal for GatesAir AM products.
Flexiva AX, DX and 3DX transmitters all had a number of obsolete components that influenced the decision.
“GatesAir is currently in the advanced technology assessment phase for the development of an updated line of AM transmitters,” Redmond said.
The news has no impact on the FM line, anchored by its Flexiva FAX or FLX transmitter. For DAB Radio, GatesAir recently launched the Maxiva VAXTE platform and will be showing new power levels at the NAB Show, Redmond said.
Read the full story at RadioWorld.com .
Here are two more presentations that should convince you to head to Sin City for NAB Show this year
Once per year, the center of the broadcasting universe is in Las Vegas. You need to be there.
If you still need a little help deciding, let’s look at some additional presentations to be made at this year’s NAB 2018 Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference. Last time we brought up a couple of interesting ones happening on Saturday; this time, we look at Sunday. And, keep in mind this is only a small fraction of what is going on. Take a look here to see the entire schedule.
Keyur Parikh, director of GatesAir’s Intraplex Business Unit, will present Reliability for E2X and other IP traffic across Radio Studio to Transmitter Link on Sunday, from 10:40 a.m. until noon in N260-D. The abstract reads as follows:
“While the IP based Studio to Transmitter Links (STLs) have both reduced operational cost and increased connection flexibility, they are prone to packet losses that can degrade the quality. To overcome quality problems due to packet losses, audio over IP codec vendors have come up with innovative methods such as dual-streaming, FEC etc. While these methods provided reliability for the main audio and FM MPX signals, broadcasters were still struggling to achieve reliability and security for all other network traffic across the STL, most notably, HD Radio’s Exporter to Exciter (E2X) stream. Packet losses with E2X stream can have a detrimental effect on the quality, which is causing most broadcasters to locate HD Radio equipment at the transmitter site. In this paper, we will introduce a new IP technique which leverages the current transport technology for the main audio and extends it to reliably transport any TCP/IP application packets, including E2X streams, multiplexed or non-multiplexed with the main audio signal. We will review details on how the technique protect critical application data against both packet losses and security threats and becomes a key enabler for broadcasters to locate their FM and HD processing equipment at the Studio. We will also describe different operational use cases where this technique is being used to accomplish reliability of audio, E2X and other IP traffic over public networks.”
Ken Tankel, product manager for Linear Acoustic, will be giving the presentation “Latest Updates on Audio over IP & AES67″ on Sunday, also from 10:40 to noon, but in N260.
“Audio over IP has been a revolutionary innovation, changing almost everything about how the job of professional audio gets done. The hallmark of a true revolution is that it keeps going, the change keeps evolving and growing. This paper will give an overview of the current state of the audio over IP technology, and its impact on the industry as of 2018. Coverage will include the use of AES67 as part of the latest SMPTE standards, the growth of interoperation of both industry standards and proprietary AoIP systems, the penetration into the automotive, entertainment, government, and public address wired sound systems. “
IP Link 200A provides AES67-compatibility
MASON, Ohio — The GatesAir Intraplex IP Link 200A, debuting at the NAB Show, is the latest in the Intraplex line of IP codecs. The 200A’s mission is to provide AES67 digital audio compatibility.
A release explains: “The IP Link 200A is a hybrid model that interconnects AES67 and analog/AES3 signals simultaneously, and enables conversion between the two formats. With dedicated channels for both, users still operating in analog or AES3 mode have a futureproof path to an industry-adopted audio over IP standard.”
An additional feature is GatesAir’s Dynamic Stream Splicing technology software, “which mitigates IP packet loss and eliminates off-air time through multiple redundant streams.” In addition, “GatesAir’s integration of a firewall and advanced packet filtering capabilities strengthen network security, protecting against outside intrusions to ensure rock-solid, on-air signal protection.”
GatesAir Chief Product Officer Rich Redmond said, “Its design simplifies the cabling and interconnection requirements from our codecs to the wide area network, and provides our customers with a true AES67 audio over IP device that is interoperable with today’s leading audio over IP solutions, including WheatNet-IP, Ravenna and Livewire+.”