Colombia to transmit using HD Radio technology with the installation of Broadcast Electronics' HD Radio transmission equipment last month.
The installation is part of a test granted under temporary authorization by the broadcast governing agency in Colombia, and was conducted in the country capital of Bogota, population nine million. The station is owned by Caracol Radio Network, one of the main radio networks in Colombia with more than 130 AM and FM stations, and the Broadcast Electronics equipment is represented by Jaime Sorzano, owner of Broadcast Equipment and Parts in Colombia.
This is the first reported HD Radio installation in Colombia, raising speculation that it could spark further interest in HD Radio broadcasting in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Neighboring stations in Brazil, Jamaica and Mexico are broadcasting HD Radio technology using BE transmission equipment, as are stations in Europe and Pacific Asia. More than 1,700 stations in the U.S. are broadcasting digital HD Radio technology, benefiting the worldwide market with established receivers and broadcast technology.
The station converted to HD Radio technology using a Broadcast Electronics FXi 250 digital FM exciter and FSi 10 HD Radio exporter into an existing BE FM 20S solid-state transmitter.