Quincy, IL (July 7, 2004)–Broadcast Electronics (BE) recently supplied the U.S. Air Force with broadcast equipment for a new FM station now broadcasting in Iraq.
“We’ve sent a lot of systems to the military in the past, but this system left our factory with an especially big fanfare in support of our troops,” said Tom Beck, the government procurement officer for BE, which supplied the military with an AudioVAULT digital audio system last year for new Iraqi station Freedom FM.
Freedom FM 107.7 is also using BE FM transmitters previously purchased by the military to broadcast music and information to U.S. troops from an undisclosed location in the Iraq “green” zone. Broadcasting is dispersed across multiple low-powered transmission sites throughout the country ranging in power from 100 watts to 1kW to reach concentrated areas where troops are deployed. Two BE FM-1C1 1kW transmitters are located in Baghdad, where troop concentration is the highest. The program feed is also picked up in Kuwait, where it is rebroadcast by two BE FM-5C 5kW transmitters there.
BE’s AudioVAULT is used to automate satellite programming and for breaking into programming with news and local command information. BE’s AudioVAULT system is used in 34 U.S. Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) bases around the world.
Freedom FM continues the U.S. military’s long tradition of broadcasting in war zones using BE equipment. “During the first Gulf War, Broadcast Electronics very quickly supplied us with 30 transmitters, and has been good at providing technical support and training of our technicians through the years,” said George Curtis, chief of logistics for Air Force Broadcasting Service.
BE was presented an award in 1992 by the commanders of the Sacramento Army depot “for outstanding support to American forces during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.”