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New Transmitter and News Studio for 89.7 BAY

Swiss engineers have just installed and commissioned a new transmitter in Gharghur and a new digital console in 89.7Bay studios in St. Julians.

In Gharghur, a Rohde and Schwarz VHF FM 2Kw transmitter has been installed, tested and commissioned replacing the Harris transmitter that has broadcast 89.7Bay signal since its inception on March 10, 1992. The air-cooled 19 inch units are extremely compact. They contain the engineering of the digital state-of-the-art exciter and include an integrated AES EBU interface. The RS SR8010 transmitter consists of two modules. The first module contains the exciter functions, an amplifier with an integrated splitter and a power supply. The second module contains the second amplifier, the combiner, the absorber and a second power supply. The exciter combines the outstanding specifications of first-rate analogue exciters with the reliability of modern digital signal processing.

In 89.7Bay main studio in St. Julians, a Wheatstone digital audio mixing console has been installed to replace a Studer console that, like the Harris transmitter, has been operating 24/7 for the last twenty years. The Evolution1 console has won the so-called Cool Stuff Award during the NAB convention in Las Vegas. It features a built-in computer screen for readouts and monitoring and controlling functions.

89.7Bay new Station Manager, Kevin Decesare Jnr said that these improvements have been in the works for a few months and extreme care was taken to ensure that both the R&S transmitter and the Wheatstone digital console were the latest state-of-the-art equipment that would project 89.7Bay even further as the top music station on the island. “Since day one”, Kevin Decesare emphasised, “we have ensured that our loyal listeners will get the best sound possible with the best equipment available on the market. Once again we are ensuring that our listeners get nothing but the best”.


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