Quincy, IL (July 23, 2009)–Macquarie Southern Cross Media (MSCM), one of the largest regional broadcasters in Australia, has ordered eight Broadcast Electronics (BE) FM transmitters and one BE AM transmitter.
Among the transmitters ordered by the group are six STX LPs, BE’s newest transmitter and the first low-powered FM transmitter scalable from 1kW to 5kW with standard features such as an emergency backup controller, internal exciter and IP connectivity.
“We chose the STX LP because of this transmitter’s exceptional value, its versatility of deployment and features including IP-based monitoring. And also because it carries the BE badge,” said Jim Vasey, group radio engineering manager for Macquarie Southern Cross Media. “MSCM has used transmitters from a wide range of American and European suppliers in its 77 Australian stations; we’re very comfortable with the selection of BE to fulfill our needs going forward.”
This latest order adds to a large installed base of BE transmitters in Australia, including more than 20 BE solid state and tube transmitters used throughout the MSCM network of stations.
In addition to six STX LP low powered transmitters, the regional broadcaster ordered two BE FM 5C solid-state FM transmitters with FXi 250 FM exciters and one BE AM 6A transmitter. The new BE transmitters are destined for regional stations in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.
The nine transmitters will replace older transmitters operating at stations in the three regions, and are being supplied by Peter Warren of Lumina Broadcast Systems Australia Pty Ltd, which represents BE’s studio and RF product lines in Australia as of January 2009.
“We are fortunate to be able to build on our relationship with Macquarie Southern Cross with not only the latest RF technology such as the STX LP, but also with the expert support that we’ve found in Peter Warren and Lumina,” commented Frank Massa, Asia Pacific sales manager for Broadcast Electronics.