NAB Show Update: New Transmitter Seeks Efficiency Boost


LAS VEGAS — The R&S THR9 high-power transmitter from German technology firm Rohde & Schwarz, currently on display here in the International exhibitors wing (South Lower Hall, booth SL1205), has a proposition for U.S. C-Suite execs: Equipment that has new exporter and importer functions designed to simplify the architecture of HD Radio transmitters.

The result, Rohde & Schwatz claims, is “a highly efficient transmitter that reduces energy costs for the broadcaster while offering the highest efficiency and smallest footprint in the industry.

The first of the transmitters will be delivered to ADX Communications‘ Country WYCT-FM 98.7 in Pensacola, Fla.

The R&S THR9 delivers an output RF power of up to 24 kW in hybrid mode and up to 40 kW in analog FM mode in a single 19″ rack.

Many other components can also be installed in the rack, which further reduces space requirements. These can range from a single transmitter with integrated pump unit to a multi-transmitter (MultiTX) system. The R&S THR9 is designed for transmitter sites that need to provide high output power in very small spaces.

Additionally, the R&S THR9 claims to be the only HD Radio transmitter on the market to use advanced liquid cooling technology, reducing air-conditioning requirements in the transmitter room, saving space and energy.

— Adam R Jacobson, in Las Vegas, and Adrian Zupp at the RBR + TVBR editorial office.