Quincy, IL (November 19, 2007)–According to Broadcast Electronics (BE), Rede Itatiaia in Belo Horizonte, Brazil will receive the first BE FMi 35DT transmission system combining FM and HD Radio broadcasts. The broadcaster will take delivery of the new system in early December and begin broadcasting in HD Radio soon after.
“We are preparing for HD Radio and making the transition into digital with the continued assurance of BE transmitters,” commented Rede Itatiaia vice president Claudio Emanuel Carneiro, who imported the first BE transmitter into Brazil in 1985 and has since standardized on BE transmitters for all his FM stations.
BE’s new FMi 35DT transmitter system offers combined 35 kW FM analog and up to 875 watts FM digital output power. The new transmitter will feed Rede Itatiaia’s separate analog FM and HD Radio antennas.
In addition to 95.7 FM, which is a news, sports and music station, Rede Itatiaia has 54 satellite stations in the Brazil state of Minas Gerais.
“The FMi 35DT is currently the only combined transmission system for this power range, saving our friends in Brazil excessive HD Radio conversion costs,” said John Schneider, Latin America and Caribbean sales manager for BE.
The new transmission system is being supplied to the group through Savana ComunicaÁıes Ltda., BE’s exclusive full-service broadcast equipment supplier in Brazil.
BE has been supplying HD Radio transmission systems to broadcasters in Brazil since its transmitter became the first to broadcast FM HD Radio at KISS FM in S„o Paulo in 2005. BE’s new FMi 35DT combined FM analog and HD Radio transmitter is a single-tube amplification design incorporating BE’s exclusive Essential Spectral Precorrection (ESP) technology, providing unprecedented spectral output performance with efficiency and power output levels not previously accomplished by HD Radio tube transmitters.