Harris Corporation Named Exclusive HD Radio Transmission Vendor for Jefferson Public Radio’s 21 Stations
Harris to provide HD Radio™ transmitters and FlexStar® multicasting equipment along with turnkey engineering services for digital microwave STL upgrades
CINCINNATI, January 4, 2007 — Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, announced that Jefferson Public Radio, which owns 21 public radio stations in Oregon and Northern California, will exclusively install a broad range of Harris HD Radio™ solutions to support the broadcaster’s digital conversion. Initial delivery of these systems is expected to begin in January 2007.
“Harris has always had an excellent reputation in radio transmission, and its attention to detail was a leading factor in our decision to go exclusively with them for our HD Radio conversions,” said Ron Kramer, executive director for Jefferson Public Radio. “Harris also was best equipped to meet our needs with our unusual programming infrastructure, long-distance STL connections, and wide variety of transmission requirements. They have been exceptional in helping us design solutions for the unique challenges we face.”
Harris will provide a mix of its Z-Series™ high-power and ZX™ low-power FM transmitters and DAX™ AM transmitters to the 21 Jefferson Public Radio stations. In addition, Harris FlexStar® importing and exporting equipment will be installed at the FM stations to multiplex and prepare audio at the studio for distribution to the transmitter, where the FlexStar HDX-FM exciter will prepare the HD Radio and analog signals for transmission. Harris NeuStar™ SW4.0 codec pre-conditioners, powered by Neural Audio, will monitor and process the multiple HD Radio channel audio.
The first conversions will take place at one Oregon and two California stations in January. In preparation for these and other conversions, JPR, with assistance from Harris, will upgrade its network-wide analog microwave system to digital. The microwave system, which currently carries three separate public radio services shared between various stations, will essentially be upgraded to carry up to nine program services — meaning that each FM station will be equipped to broadcast two supplementary channels alongside its main program service in a multicasting setup. Harris also will assist JPR in installing Intraplex® HD STL systems to stack multiple audio services over existing T1 lines. The conversions will be staggered over a 15-month period, with a target completion date of April 2008.
“Jefferson Public Radio is a case study on how to implement a processing solution for multi-channel purposes that is future-proof,” said Dave Casey, product line manager for Neural Audio. “With NeuStar™ SW4.0’s intuitive design interface and advanced processing for multi-channel applications, Jefferson Public Radio will be at the leading edge of digital audio processing.”
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales $3.5 billion and nearly 14,000 employees — including more than 6,000 engineers and scientists — dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications™ products, systems, and services. The company’s operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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