Wednesday, April 16, 2008

NAB: FM IBOC heterodyning translators

A big thing I came to NAB looking for was frequency shifting (heterodyning) FM translators that will pass HD radio carriers. I badly want one for WEOS's translator: W212BA.

So far I'm coming up empty. Vendors shall remain nameless to protect the guilty...awful lot of vaporware, some of which is pretty outrageously overpriced...but I will mention that Larcan (see above pic) is promising to take orders June 1st and ship 6 weeks later. Price is still awful steep: $9500 for 100 watts, $11500 for 250. I sense these OEM's are pricing based on the "discount" of not having to pay iBiquity licensing fees, rather than any computation in the real world.

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