Nautel has begun deployment of 27 medium-wave AM transmitters and associated equipment ordered earlier this year by India's Prasar Bharati. The orders for 100kW, 200kW and 300kW DRM-enabled transmitters are being installed for All India Radio and comprise the largest digital radio deployment to date. All transmitters in the system are being configured for DRM30 transmission and will be used in 27 locations throughout India.
Engineers from AIR were at the Nautel factory in Hackett's Cove, Nova Scotia in early August to begin Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) of the first transmitters in the order. Three 300kW NX300 and one 200kW NX200 transmitters were accepted in early August; four 100kW NX100 transmitters are scheduled for testing at the end of the month. The NX200 is shipping August 27. Its installation in Delhi, scheduled to begin in late October, will kick off the deployment in India; the installation project will be led by Nautel Customer Service Technician Bachar Dib. The NX300 transmitters shipping to India at the end of the month will be installed in Jammu, Jalandhar and Lucknow.
Axia has posted several sales:
■ WCRX-FM at Columbia College in Chicago bought a 20-fader iQ console system with QOR.16 console engine and a handful of analog and AES xNodes.
■ Cumulus Media Networks in NYC has taken delivery of 41 more xNodes for the rebuild of its network distribution core.
■ Sirius XM Canada in Toronto has purchased a 28-position Element console with SmartSwitch routing control panels, to be added to its existing Axia console network.
■ Astral Media Group's Calgary, AB, cluster (CIBK, CJAY, CKMX) has refitted its on-air studios with three Element consoles, two dozen xNodes and the PathfinderPC routing suite.