03 Sep DRM: Transmissions at IBC 2012
The DRM Consortium and Nautel are pleased to announce a special digital DRM broadcast schedule during the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam. Courtesy of transmission infrastructure provider Teracom A/S, DRM transmissions will be heard during IBC on 243 kHz throughout much of Northern Europe carrying BBC programming. Teracom installed a DRM capable Nautel NX50 transmitter at the Kalundborg (Denmark) site in 2011, with this being the first DRM broadcast of this transmitter type on longwave.
Ruxandra Obreja, Chair of the DRM Consortium is very pleased to offer this service during IBC and said: “We welcome this opportunity to demonstrate how efficient, DRM AM digital broadcasts can be. All those interested will be able to experience a high quality listening experience”.
On Sunday, 9th September, during Nautel’s DRM event (stand #8. C61) 15:00-17:00, a brief recording of the broadcast will be played so attendees can hear the clarity of a DRM broadcast over AM.
Hal Kneller, European Sales Manager from Nautel and member of the Executive Committee of the DRM said: “We are very pleased to co-sponsor the DRM broadcasts during the IBC Show from the historic 1927 Kalundborg transmitter site”.
Transmitting just 10 kW of DRM provides equal or more coverage than the normal 50 kW of analogue transmission from Kalundborg. The BBC content will be a variety of music and speech, allowing DRM listeners to hear the full breadth of FM-like sound quality, available over the very wide coverage area of longwave transmissions, free of static and fading, as well.
All IBC attendees are cordially invited to Nautel’s DRM event at stand #8, C61, between 15:00-17:00 on Sunday September, where they can hear the DRM broadcast, see the latest DRM innovations and enjoy some refreshments.
The DRM theme at this year’s event is ‘Less Energy, More Listeners’, emphasizing DRM’s credentials as a ‘green’ technology.
Digital Radio MondialeTM (DRM) is the universal, openly standardised digital broadcasting system for all broadcasting frequencies below and above 30 MHz, including LW, MW, SW, band I, II (FM band) and band III. DRM provides digital sound quality and the ease-of-use that comes from digital radio, combined with a wealth of enhanced features: Surround Sound, Journaline text information, Slideshow, EPG, and data services. DRM on short, medium and long wave for broadcasting bands up to 30 MHz (called ‘DRM30’) provides large areas and low power consumption. The enhancement of the DRM standard for broadcast frequencies 30 MHz (‘DRM+’) uses the same audio coding, data services, multiplexing and signaling schemes as DRM30 but introduces an additional transmission mode optimized for those bands.