10 May Voice Of Nigeria – Reaching the World Louder and Clearer
VON’s terrestrial broadcast Transmitters and Curtain Antennae, are able to transmit to all the continents of the world where its signals are received with relatively little impairment resulting from receiver fidelity and environmental conditions.
VON, fully aware of the constraints of analogue broadcasts, in terms of limited quality resulting from long distance propagation processes and, the desire to satisfy its audiences, has embraced the DRM technology.
This has enabled VON to transit to digital transmission techniques with the result that it now provides the improved sound quality that is needed to retain its listenership who, no doubt, have other alternative media to choose from.
With a strong partner in Thomson Broadcast AG in Switzerland, the Nigerian Government has been able to install and commission three (3) 250KW DRM shortwave Thomson Transmitters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.
The three Transmitters were recently commissioned by Nigeria’s President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR on 13th March 2012.
Before the inauguration of the transmitters, test transmissions were done to Southern Africa, North Africa, West and Central Africa, the Americas, Europe and other regions of the world.
VON has received encouraging reports of strong and clear signals from all the regions reached. One of such reports came from engineer Reinhart Mazur in NUSSDORF, AUSTRIA who simply said “Reception is EXCELLENT” with 24dB S/N at–73dBm using the DREAM software to report the reception characteristics. Mr Reinhart also reported 55555 SINPO.
Presently, VON transmits every evening from 1830 – 2000 GMT (Monday–Friday) on 15120KHz to Europe on the DRM mode and will soon go full blast with its rotatable Antenna to all parts of the globe.
VON, today, is positioned to make Nigeria’s voice to be heard loud and clear in the comity of nations.
Report from A. A. AbdusSalam, Special Assistant to Director General, Voice Of Nigeria