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Broadcast Electronics and E-radioAnnounce Partnership
Quincy, IL, and Toronto – Mar 18, 2004 - Broadcast Electronics
and E-radio have entered into a partnership to develop RBDS and IBOC
data applications. The applications will transmit a variety of
additional information on display screens such as song titles, artist
names, traffic updates, weather forecasts and sports scores. The
partnership joins Broadcast Electronics' experience in RF and content
management with E-Radio's text service and media delivery
The result of the companies' efforts is Broadcast Electronics' Radio
Data Dimensions, a data management software suite to be unveiled at the
NAB 2004 convention. In addition to RBDS eight-character identifiers
and 64-character text of title/artists, promotional messages,
advertiser IDs, traffic bulletins, and AMBER alerts, the software suite
includes support for IBOC's secondary program channel services such as
Tomorrow Radio. Radio Data Dimensions also provides bandwidth
provisions for navigational system data downloads to tuners. All
functions and user controls for the software suite are accessible from
a Web-browser content management tool.
How is Your Knowledge of the Region?
Almost everyone knows that the name Las Vegas means "the meadows" in
Spanish, but do you know what Nevada means? While we're looking at the
Battle Born State, how does the state rank in geographic size and
population compared to other states?
Las Vegas is in Clark County, which was created in 1908. For whom was
the county named and who was he?
|New Products from the
Prophet Systems Pocketgen
This software allows the transfer of digital files from a remote
location back to the station. The system provides recording to
hand-held devices that interface to most automation systems. Record the
audio and press the transfer button. Other features include seamless
integration of transfer software and audio recorder; record, insert,
append and re-record options; the ability to transfer files
individually or in a batch; and it interfaces to most automation
D.A.V.I.D. Digasystem LatitudeEdition
The Latitude Edition is a scalable platform with network
capabilities designed specifically for the demands of small to
medium-size broadcasters. The basic version consists of three complete
preconfigured workstations and a server with all of the software
modules required for editing, organizing, scheduling and playing out
programming. Latitude can be upgraded by 20 different options to add
and customize additional features such as Web applications, automation,
file transfer or import modules for a wide range of applications.
Expansion with additional workstations or an update to the full version
of a Digasystem installation is possible at any time.
Neutrik USA AA series
Available only in female versions, these receptacles are compatible
with the A series. The AA series features a larger surface contact and
gold plating at the contact mating area, and will be a drop-in
replacement for comparable A series part numbers. Compatibility
includes panel cutout and PCB layout. Its low-contact resistance
ensures high-contact pressure for added durability. The push lever now
comes pre-assembled and is flammability-rated UL94HB. The series will
be available in 12 standard three-pin female horizontal and vertical PC
mount versions only. A retention spring instead of a latch is offered
on most versions and the PCB contacts on the connector are partially
plated with silver for increased solderability.
Dalet Digital Media SystemsDaletPlus Radio Suite
DaletPlus Radio Suite is a media management system that enables
radio broadcasters to reliably produce and deliver news and music
programming. DaletPlus Radio Suite incorporates a set of easy-to-use
production tools as well as a comprehensive workflow management module
that facilitates every step of the process: audio and wires
acquisition, search and retrieval, production, script editing with
embedded audio, planning, scheduling, broadcast, and archiving.
Moseley Associates Starlink9003T1
This digital STL/TSL system for T1 circuits features new LAN
connectivity for transmitting Ethernet to and from the transmitter site
to support datacasting for HD Radio™ and RDS song title and
artist data. A new six-port multiplexer and built-in CSU allows
combining of these data channels with the program audio for direct
connection to a T1 circuit making, external interfacing equipment
unnecessary. This system now allows stations to easily transition the
STL portion of their air chains to digital for HD Radio. The T1 unit
transports linear uncompressed stereo program channels at either 44.1
or 32kHz digital sample rates. Both AES/EBU digital and analog inputs
and outputs and a serial data channel are built into the system. The
SL9003T1 combines program audio with voice channels for telephones and
data channels for communications and control for bidirectional
transport over a single digital T1/E1 line, microwave radio or
license-free 5.8GHz link.
OMT Technologies Imediatouch
New innovative live-assist features, satellite interfacing and
non-proprietary architecture, give this on-air system its ability to
run without constant engineering supervision or IT management. The
system integrates with most third party music scheduling, commercial
scheduling, a company website, multi-track recording software solutions
and dedicated broadcast hardware such as touch screens, consoles or
satellite receivers in the environment. The digital system is
technology-based using the company's audio codec player, recorder and
Logitek Digital consoleenhancements
Several enhancements have been introduced for the Logitek digital
consoles including a two-stage talk show delay, silence-sense
capability, EQ and dynamics processing, input metering on every fader
and compression metering on faders where activated. The Optical STL is
available as part of the Logitek Audio Engine and offersas many as 64
channels of bidirectional audio to be sent as far as 10 miles without
data loss or compression. In addition, the system provides intercom
functionality that can operate as a stand-alone system or as part of a
Logitek digital console. The enhancements to the Audio Engine include a
full X-Y router, mixed analog and digital I/O, multiple mix-minus
buses, IP and multisite operation, and physical and virtual
DRS Broadcast Technology Continental815D5 and 815HD5
The new line of FM solid-state transmitters, beginning with the
815D5 and the 815HD5, is a 5kW solid state FM line with an RF combining
and splitting system designed and tested to withstand as much as three
times it's operating RF requirements to ensure long term reliable
service in harsh and often time abusive loads. This transmitter line
wields a unique combiner system that ensures that the most RF possible
gets to the output in the event of single or multiple amplifier module
failure. The 815 Series includes 24.5" (12 rack units) of user
available 19" wide rack space and built in ancillary equipment power
outlets. This area is located in a non-interlocked area and accessible
from the front or rear.
APT Worldnet Oslo and Worldnet Ohio
These codecs deliver low delay audio over T1, E1, TCP/IP and ISDN
networks. Unique to the WorldNet Oslo is the ability to network
WAN/LANs over synchronous circuits, in addition to simultaneously
sending audio over the same circuit. This feature will help
broadcasters who are attempting to network remote stations within a
Aphex Systems1100 MKII
This preamp offers a wider feature set and an even lower noise floor
than its predecessor, the Model 1100. The preamp is a wide dynamic
range microphone preamplifier, featuring a discrete Class-A Tube design
with a 24-bit 192kHz A/D Converter. This unit is even quieter than its
predecessor, with an EIN of better than 135dBu and also features a
stereo, optical S/PDIF and a full-featured AES/EBU digital audio
output. Separate 1/4” jacks (in and out) are also provided for
Digital Radio TransitionWorldwide
April 19, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, room N110
This session has three elements, each focusing on different aspects
of the worldwide transition to digital radio.
The session DRM in the AM band will be presented by H. Donald
Messer, director, Spectrum Management Division, of the International
Broadcasting Bureau/VOA. He will discuss Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM),
a digital radio system for use in bands below 30MHz. The
non-proprietary standard is currently in use by more than 50
broadcasters. This presentation focuses on the medium-wave band (AM)
performance and compatibility results-to-date for the all-digital mode
in a 9kHz or 10kHz channel, digital/amplitude modulation simulcast in a
9kHz or 10kHz channel and digital/analog simulcast covering two
adjacent 9kHz or 10kHz channels.
Philip Laven, technical director, European Broadcasting Union, will
present Digital Radio Broadcasting in Europe. This session will
highlight the current status of the Eureka-147 rollout in Europe.
Finally, Shigeru Aoki of TokyoFM Broadcasting will present
Metadata for Radio Broadcasting. A typical instance of metadata
is SI/EPG data, commonly known as PSI/SI in the MPEG2 system. This
session wil detail how TokyoFM Broadcasting made a metadata profile for
exchange between the studio system and digital broadcasting system. The
representation format for this profile is XML which is widely used in
any industry. Our metadata model is the practical model in the real
world of broadcasting industry and shall be a good example to other
broadcasting company in the world.
IBOC and DigitalFacilities Implementation
April 19, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., room N110
This afternoon session has eight elements, mostly relating to IBOC.
Several presentations include the words "real-world" in their titles,
which, besides being unoriginal and superfluous, should offer some
practical insight into the current state of IBOC.
Paul Shulins, director of technical operations for Greater Media
Boston presents Real-world IBOC Installations, which will
highlight the installation on the company's five FM stations.
Thomas Ray, corporate director of engineering for Buckley
Broadcasting and WOR Radio will present Real-world AM IBOC Coverage
Using a Consumer IBOC Radio. Ray has made tests on the WOR-AM IBOC
signal using a commercially available Kenwood IBOC radio. He will also
present data on multipath between the analog and IBOC signals of
- IBOC - The Real World
will be presented by John Kennedy, director of engineering, Entercom
Boston. WQSX and WAAF began planning for IBOC in December 2002.
Herb Squire, vice president of engineering and operations for DSI RF
Systems, has been a long-time advocate of the dangers of cascading
algorithms. His presentation, Dueling Algorithms Meet IBOC (Can
Audio Survive?), will replicate some typical broadcast audio
scenarios to demonstrate the possible effects of audio passing through
the Ibiquity HDC encoder.
- Enhancing the Digital Path: Digital Multiplex (D-MPX)
, presented by Frank Foti, president of Omnia Audio, and R. Scott
Martin, principle research engineer for Nautel, will describe a method
to interface the audio processor and stereo generator directly to a
composite multiplex signal fed directly to the modulator stage of the
Eric Wandel, director of product development for ERI, will discuss
the latest generation of combining technique for simultaneous
transmission of FM analog with digital IBOC content through a
dual-input, sidemount antenna in a presentation called Test Results
of Dual Input Sidemount FM Antenna.
Nicolas Hans, product director of Dalet Digital Media Systems will
offer insight on implementing program-associated data. His presentation
is titled HD Radio: A Cost-effective Approach to Producing Enhanced
Radio Programming for a Digital Audience.
In HD Radio Receiver Updates, Bill Whikehart, senior
technical specialist of Visteon, will look at the potential sale market
for consumer IBOC radio receivers.
On April 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in the LV Hilton Ballroom A,
The Congressional Breakfast will feature members of Congress who are
engaged in telecommunications and broadcast regulation. Representatives
and Senators who serve on the Congressional committees with
jurisdiction over broadcasting have a frank and open discussion about
how Washington perceives local broadcasters and legislation affecting
them. Previous breakfasts have covered such wide ranging policy areas
as free airtime legislation, broadcast ownership regulation, satellite
radio, Internet streaming and the transition of digital
Scheduled to attend this year's breakfast are Senator Conrad Burns
(R-MT); Joe Barton (R-TX), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce
Committee; Congressman Michael Bilirakis (R-FL); Jim Sensenbrenner
(R-WI), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; Congressman Fred
Upton (R-MI); Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR); and NAB Joint Board
Chairman Phil Lombardo.
DG Systems to Hold Radio Breakfast
DG Systems will host a radio station breakfast at the company's
hospitality suite at the Venetian on Monday, April 19 from 8 a.m. to 10
a.m. During the breakfast, the company will show its new audio and
video servers and seek feedback from the stations.
To attend, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Out and About in Las
Looking for Something to do After the Convention?
There's more to do than gamble or see a show. We found this list of
ghost towns that surround Las Vegas and can be seen during a day
- Chloride Mining Town
Located just south of the Hoover Dam off US 93 is the town of
Chloride, named for the ore in which many miners found deposits of
silver, gold, lead, zinc and turquoise. Chloride began its boom in the
late 1860's when silver was found on Silver Hill. When the cost of
mining materials and labor escalated in the mid 1940's, the mines were
shut down. Today Chloride supports a small community. Gunfighters
provide an Old West show on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays.
- Goldfield Ghost Town
Nevada's largest city after gold was discovered in 1902, Goldfield
was known for its opulence and luxury. Goldfield had more than 20,000
residents at its peak. Goldfield gained national recognition when it
held a prize fight to bolster mining investments. The fight went 42
rounds between Joe Gans and Battling Nelson. A flood in 1913 and a fire
in 1923 destroyed much of Goldfield's past but there is still history
to see today. The Tex Rickard house still stands, as well as the
courthouse that was built in 1907.
- Oatman, AZ
About 20 miles East of Laughlin, this once-thriving mining town
during the gold rush now has wild burros wandering the streets of this
TV and movie western backdrop. The Oatman Hotel is the home of Oatie
the Ghost. Oatie, whose real name was William Ray Flour, came to Oatman
from Ireland to work as a gold miner and lived in the hotel. It is told
that he sent for his family to join him but neither his wife nor two
children survived the trip. He died in 1930 behind the hotel after
drinking himself to death. Cowboy gunfights and showdowns on main
street take place on weekends.
- Pioneer Saloon; Goodsprings, NV
A hot spot for Hollywood movie making, the Pioneer Saloon was built
in 1913. Bullet holes through the wall tell a story of lively poker
games years ago. A small room at the side of the saloon offers
artifacts and newspapers from the height of Goodsprings' success in the
- Potosi Ghost Town
Nevada's first ghost town was settled by Mormon pioneers. was
abandoned in 1857. In 1861 California mining interests reopened the
mine. A smelter and rock cabins of 100 miners made up the camp of
Potosi. More extensive mining operations resulted after the
transcontinental Salt Lake and San Pedro Rail Road (now the Union
Pacific) was built through the area in 1905. During World War I, Potosi
was an important source of zinc.
- Rhyolite Ghost Town
Rhyolite was once a bustling metropolis. In 1904 gold was discovered
in the area and the towns of Rhyolite and Bullfrog were born. At its
peak, the town housed almost 10,000 people. Due to a loss of financial
backing it became a ghost town by 1911. The three-story stone frame of
the Cook Bank Building, a two-story concrete school building, and the
train depot still stand. An interesting feature is a house made
entirely of bottles (51,000 of them) was built in 1905.
G.F. Colton first laid claim to this area when he discovered gold
ore on May 6, 1897. A 16 mile narrow-guage railroad was constructed to
carry the ore from the hillside down to the mill located on the
Colorado River. Searchlight began to boom in 1902 and reached its peak
in 1907 when a railroad connected the town with the main Santa Fe Line.
On September 23, 1923 a desert storm washed the tracks out. This halted
traffic completely and the train service was never restored.
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Test Your Knowledge of the Region
Nevada means "snowcapped" in Spanish, it was admitted to the union
in 1864, its nickname is the "Battle Born State," it is the seventh
largest state in terms of square miles and ranks 38th in
Clark County was created Feb. 5, 1908. Its name honors William A.
Clark, a U.S. senator from Montana who built the San Pedro, Los Angeles
and Salt Lake Railroad. The county covers 7,881 square miles, which is
comparable to the area of Massachusetts.