NAB Insider from Radio magazine - April 4, 2006

April 4, 2006

Inside this issue:

  • V-Soft Seeks Beta Testers
  • Holman to Keynote NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference
  • Broadcast Electronics Expands The Radio Experience
  • Nautel Hires Conlon as CEO
  • Disc Makers Reflex 2, Reflex 10
  • Harris ZX
  • Sonifex RB-PA2
  • Firstcom Chappell, EVO and Gotham
  • Test your knowledge of Las Vegas with this little quiz.
  • NAB2006 to Feature FCC Chairman Martin
  • Broadcast Electronics Plans HD Radio Seminar at NAB2006
  • NPR Labs Explains its HD Radio Signal Coverage Study
  • Denon DN-HP1000
  • Netia Digital Audio Radio Assist 7.5 Modules
  • Armstrong TRX-HD series
  • Inovonics Model 532
  • Logitek to Hold User Group Meeting at NAB2006
  • DRM: The Basics in 90 Minutes
  • Session Lineup for Tuesday at NAB2006
  • Genelec 7200, 8200
  • MGE UPS Systems Network Management Proxy
  • D.A.V.I.D. RF-64
  • Global Security Systems GSSNet
  • Did you know the answers?

    News from the Convention

    V-Soft Seeks Beta Testers
    Cedar Falls, IA - Mar 22, 2006 - V-Soft will unveil its new AM ground conductivity program at NAB2006. The program, with the working name of Conductivity, takes measured field strength values of AM stations and matches them to ground conductivity curves or partial curves. The program graphs the field strength values in this process.

    Final output shows where the conductivity breaks along the measured radial. The graphs allow the user to create labels and otherwise provide user notes on the graphs. This program is a stand-alone program, but is most useful as a companion to V-Soft Communication's AM-Pro allocations program.

    To volunteer to be a 30-day beta tester for the AM ground conductivity program, e-mail Adam Puls or call 1-800-743-3684.

    Holman to Keynote NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference
    Washington - Feb 28, 2006 - Tomlinson Holman, known as an innovator in sound engineering and professor of film sound at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, will provide the keynote address at the 60th Annual NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference on April 23 during NAB2006. Holman will explore how broadcasters can compete in today's marketplace filled with high-quality pictures and sound.

    In addition to his role at USC, Holman is chief scientist at Audyssey Laboratories, developer of automated room equalization used by Denon in many receiver models. Prior to his position at USC, Holman spent 15 years at Lucasfilm where, as corporate technical director, he developed the THX Sound System and its companions the Theater Alignment Program, Home THX and the THX Digital Mastering program. Holman holds six U.S. patents and is a fellow of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society (BKSTS) and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). He has lifetime achievement awards or honorary memberships from the Cinema Audio Society, the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association and the Motion Picture Sound Editors.

    Holman is the author of three books, Sound for Film and Television, 5.1 Surround Sound Up and Running and Sound for Digital Video. He will participate in a book signing for his newest book, Sound for Digital Video, on April 24 at the NAB Store in the Central Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

    The Broadcast Engineering Conference is produced in partnership with the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

    Broadcast Electronics Expands The Radio Experience
    Quincy, IL - Mar 3, 2006 - Broadcast Electronics (BE) will unveil expanded functions of The Radio Experience at NAB2006 with new studio applications for text generation and management as well as an RBDS generator and RBDS data receiver.

    The company will demonstrate song title, artist and other radio text messaging at its booth, plus demonstrate new business opportunities in RBDS electronic signage, such as promotional outdoor billboards and indoor LED signs.

    A centralized data management application for a multi-station cluster will be shown, and several Now Playing features will be demonstrated. Now Playing features include a Live CD module for instant CD song title and artist text retrieval and News Flash Pro and Live Data modules for live text alerts of breaking news, traffic or weather bulletins.

    Nautel Hires Conlon as CEO
    Hackett's Cove, NS - Feb 13, 2006 - Peter Conlon has joined Nautel as CEO. Conlon has worked in the telecommunications industry for many years. He is the former CFO of Positron Fiber Systems, and was previously the vice president of finance, operations and planning for the North and South American business regions at Newbridge Networks. Most recently, Conlon has provided business financing and market expansion assistance to small- and medium-sized companies in the United States and Canada.

    Nautel manufactures medium-wave AM and FM radio broadcast transmitters, navigational radio beacons, Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) transmitters, medium-frequency (MF) telegraph and Navtex transmitters, and high-frequency amplifiers for dielectric heating applications.

    Products From the Floor

    Disc Makers Reflex 2, Reflex 10
    DVD/CD duplicators
    Booth SL4385

    The two-drive Reflex 2 and the 10-drive Reflex 10 are 16x DVD/48x CD writers, each with a new controller that offers 128MG buffer. The two systems feature the ability to rename files stored within the hard disk and separate user accounts with password protection. The Reflex duplicator line now features duplicators with one, two, four, seven and 10 drives, and duplicate as many as 80 DVDs or 150 CDs per hour.

    Harris ZX
    Low-power FM transmitter
    Booth C807

    Based on Harris' Z-Series of transmitters, the ZX low-power transmitter is available in 500W, 1,000W and 2,000W power levels for analog broadcasting. Upgrades to HD Radio are achieved when driven by the Flexstar HDX-FM exciter, as a hybrid analog/digital system or in digital-only mode.

    Sonifex RB-PA2
    RIAA gram amplifier
    Booth N4507

    A dual stereo phono RIAA gram amplifier, this product is for converting pick-up cartridge signals on a turntable to a line input level. It features adjustable output gain using pre-set potentiometers and the frequency response is held to within 0.5dB of the RIAA equalization curve.

    Firstcom Chappell, EVO and Gotham
    Music libraries
    Booth C1535 offers a new line-up of music including rowdy electronic rock from Chappell, a quintessential underscores collection from EVO and Gotham with classic fanfare for action sports and segues into the political season. Set a remote to and listen to the 20 new releases.

    Did you know...?

    Test your knowledge of Las Vegas with this little quiz. The answers are below.

    Q: How many couples get married in Las Vegas each day?

    Q: What is the oldest hotel in Las Vegas?

    Convention Events

    NAB2006 to Feature FCC Chairman Martin
    Washington - Apr 3, 2006 - FCC Chairman Kevin Martin will speak April 25 at the FCC Chairman's Breakfast during NAB2006. The FCC Chairman's Breakfast is part of the Business, Law and Regulation Conference, where the NAB brings federal regulators and legal experts together to highlight legal issues of the day and teach broadcast managers, station owners and station counsel how to deal with ever-evolving technology policy.

    Last year, President Bush appointed Martin to the FCC chairmanship following his four-year stint as FCC commissioner. Before joining the FCC, Martin was a special assistant to the President for Economic Policy. He served on the Bush-Cheney transition team and was deputy general counsel for the Bush campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, Martin was an advisor to FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth. He has also served in the Office of the Independent Counsel and worked as an associate at the Washington law firm of Wiley Rein and Fielding. Before joining Wiley Rein and Fielding, Martin was a judicial clerk for U.S. District Court Judge William M. Hoeveler, Miami, FL.

    Martin received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Masters in Public Policy from Duke University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Federal Communications Bar Association.

    Also attending NAB2006 will be FCC Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein, Michael Copps and Deborah Taylor Tate.

    Broadcast Electronics Plans HD Radio Seminar at NAB2006
    Feb 14, 2006 - Quincy, IL - Broadcast Electronics (BE) will hold its fifth annual Las Vegas HD Radio seminar on April 23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during NAB2006. This seminar sees the largest attendance of the dozen seminars that BE holds around the country each year.

    Included in the discussion will be practical solutions for conversion as well as the latest information in transmission and studio technology. The seminar also will serve as a discussion forum for broadcasters interested in field-tested HD Radio conversion techniques and new developments advancing HD Radio. Richard Hinkle, BE's vice president engineering and technical services, leads the discussion at an HD Radio seminar.

    Registration for the event began in March. The seminar is free to all interested broadcasters and will be held April 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N-114.

    NPR Labs Explains its HD Radio Signal Coverage Study
    In 2005, NPR Labs developed signal logging units to aid in the mobile data collection of IBOC digital radio (and analog host) signals. By October 2005, digitized coverage data on more than 30 FM stations around the country had been obtained. A paper entitled "HD Radio Coverage Measurement and Prediction," by John Kean, Senior Technologist, NPR Labs, Washington, DC, was compiled and will be explained at this year's Public Radio Engineering Conference on Friday, April 21 at 10:45 at the MGM Grand. The paper describes the NPR Labs project to collect HD Radio signal coverage data and based on this data form a propagation model for the FM IBOC digital radio service.

    More Products

    Denon DN-HP1000
    DJ headphones
    Booth N600

    Using a closed-back design for isolation, these headphones employ a large speaker driver (53mm) and feature rich bass with a frequency response from 5kHz to 33kHz. The headphones' soft padded ear cups swivel 180°. They use a folding design, dual nickel-plated adapter (1/4" and 1/8") and semi-coiled soft insulated cord with reinforced cable strain.

    Netia Digital Audio Radio Assist 7.5 Modules
    Digital audio software programs
    Booth N3208

    The short message service module for the Radio-Assist 7.5 range of digital audio software programs uses mobile phone platforms as a new way to communicate interactively, allowing on-air talent to play interactive SMS and voting games with listeners. The Air-DDO module is spread over two monitor screens. The GUI simultaneously displays four broadcast channels and offers access to help and preparation tools, including a cuer, on-air monitoring, playlist modification, recording and production. The statistics tool allows users to measure and monitor the effectiveness of various elements of their daily broadcasts, including the number of times an audio clip has been played. This new tool automatically displays results per day, month or the user's period of choice. Multitrack XT is an editing tool for multitrack digital audio recording and editing. It offers time stretching, pitch shifting, noise reduction, noise gating, synchronization, stereo and multitrack broadcasting, support for CD audio engraving programs and import/export MP3 files.

    Armstrong TRX-HD series
    Analog, digital translator
    Booth N611

    Designed to transition a translator station from analog-only broadcasting to digital, the TRX-HD receives an FM station's entire signal payload over the air, including its HD Radio digital component. The signal content is transferred to the TRX-HD transmit side for retransmission on the translator frequency. The TRX-HD10 provides 10W in the hybrid digital mode, the TRX-HD50 provides 50W hybrid digital, and the TRX-HD100 is a 100W hybrid digital translator. Higher hybrid power levels are achieved by adding an Armstrong solid-state amplifier.

    Inovonics Model 532
    FM/HD Radio mod monitor
    Booth N3206

    The company's first product manufactured under license for Ibiquity's HD Radio digital transmission system, the 532 measures parameters of the analog FM and the digital HD program channels, and includes a display of the occupied spectrum.

    Session Highlights

    Logitek to Hold User Group Meeting at NAB2006
    Logitek will again host its Users Group meeting in Las Vegas on Sunday April 23 at the Tuscany Suites Hotel (255 E. Flamingo, across from Lawry's) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    DRM: The Basics in 90 Minutes
    For the first time at NAB, a panel of DRM front-liners will present how-to seminars for broadcasters (and anyone who is thinking about DRM implementation) called DRM: The Basics in 90 Minutes.

    The seminars will be hosted by DRM members Continental Electronics and Harris, and will take place at their respective NAB exhibit booths. DRM seminars will be held on April 24, 25 and 26.

    There is no charge to participate, but registration is essential. To book your place, e-mail the DRM Project Office at

    DRM will also be on the agenda at the 60th Annual NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference. Two DRM presentations will be made in the Digital Radio Worldwide session from 10:30 to noon on April 24. The first relates to the use of DRM at higher frequencies, for local and regional broadcasting. This could be of particular interest in regions where FM spectrum is at a premium. DRM Technical Committee Chairman H. Donald Messer will present "DRM Progress in Developing a Capability in the Broadcasting Bands above 25 MHz."

    The second describes some pioneering work on monitoring the performance of digital radio delivered on HF over wide geographical areas. Andy Giefer of DRM member Deutsche Welle will present "Digital Shortwave Reliability Analysed with Deutsche Welle's DRM Monitoring."

    On April 25, John Sykes of the BBC World Service (a DRM member) will present a paper introducing a simple signalling system for AM radio. This system allows existing AM broadcasters to signal their station ID to a new generation of hybrid digital/analog receivers, thus keeping them on the "digital dial." Look for "An AM Signalling System (AMSS)" in the Emerging Technologies for Radio session from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    BEC Sessions Slated for Tuesday
    Tuesday, April 25
    8 a.m. - 6 p.m. NAB Radio and TV Member Lounge, Sponsored by Sprint
    9 a.m. - noon Managing Your Digital Radio Bandwidth
    9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Towers and RF Safety
    10:30 a.m. - noon Viewers on the Move
    Noon - 2 p.m. Television Masters Luncheon - New Distribution Pipelines: Turning Television Content into Revenue, Sponsored by W Las Vegas (Edge Star Partners)
    1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. File Based Workflow for Television
    1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Emerging Technologies for Radio

    Product Peeks

    Genelec 7200, 8200
    Subwoofers, monitors
    Booth SL4791

    These monitors and subwoofers accept all standard AES/EBU formats of digital audio. The 7200/8200 Series will accept sampling rates ranging from 32kHz to 192kHz. The 8200 Series will also accept traditional analog signals and perform with all the features and benefits of Genelec 8000 Series products. The 8240A uses a 6.5" woofer and 3/4" tweeter set into Genelec's Advanced Directivity Controlled Waveguide. The free-field frequency response is 48Hz to 20kHz (+/-1.0db). Peak SPL per pair is 115dB driven by a pair of 90W amplifiers for each driver. The 7260A features a single 10" proprietary driver with a 120W power amplifier, frequency response of 19Hz to 85Hz (+/-3dB), and delivers SPLs of 108dB at 1 meter.

    MGE UPS Systems Network Management Proxy
    Plug-and-play software for UPS
    Booth C7837

    This plug-and-play software agent allows any of its Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) to be interfaced with an Ethernet network at no extra cost. The Network Management Proxy (NMP) is useful for small UPS systems because it allows a UPS to be controlled over an existing network without adding a network management card and associated cost to the UPS. With the proxy software agent installed on a PC or server system that is connected to any MGE UPS via a USB or RS-232 port, users can monitor and manage the UPS remotely using a standard browser or a network management console. The NMP agent provides XML and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) protocols and can be operated in standard secure mode or in Secure Socket Layer secure mode.

    D.A.V.I.D. RF-64
    AES/EBU surround format
    Booth N3034

    D.A.V.I.D. has implemented the newly standardized RF-64 surround sound format. In cooperation with broadcasters, the IRT and EBU staff, D.A.V.I.D. engineers developed this new specification. It is available as an upgrade to all customers. The file format is designed to meet the requirements for multichannel sound in broadcasting and audio archiving. It is based on the Microsoft RIFF/WAV format and WAV Format Extensible for multichannel parameters. Additions are made to the basic specification to allow for more than 4GB file sizes when needed. The format is transparent to the BWF and all its chunks.

    Global Security Systems GSSNet
    All-hazards digital alert system
    Booth N4208

    This alert and notification system uses the existing nationwide FM broadcast infrastructure to provide messaging coverage and a proprietary messaging system that allows secured and encrypted data with layered and targeted messaging to personnel. Command and control centers are installed with full redundancy. Messages are transmitted from a FM radio tower to multiple receivers in the coverage area. Fixed-wireless substation receivers and wireless receivers are made available to be distributed to all counties and other jurisdictions throughout the state as defined by the authorities.

    Did you know...?

    A: About 150 couples get married each day in Las Vegas.

    A: The Golden Gate hotel and casino in downtown is the oldest hotel in Las Vegas (1906).

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