New versions of flagship HD Radio and All-In-One monitors emphasize remote monitoring capability of Belar WizWin software, retaining key functions while reducing transmitter site visits
West Chester, PA, January 23, 2017 — Belar Electronics is now shipping new low-cost versions of its flagship HD Radio and All-in-One modulation monitors, introduced to broadcasters at the 2016 NAB Show. At half the size and nearly half the price point of the company’s traditional monitors, the new FMHD-1 Lite and FMCS-1 Lite integrate the same monitoring power and extensive feature sets, emphasizing remote access over front-panel management.
The 1RU Lite monitors eliminate the front panel user interface and instead rely heavily on Belar’s flexible WizWin software, among the industry’s first solutions for IP-based modulation monitoring from remote sites. Still, the Lite Series retains all pertinent meters, alarms and enhanced monitoring features, including Belar’s unique Automatic Delay Correction software for flexibly managing HD Diversity Delay; automated, multichannel scanning of FM and HD Radio stations; and enhanced WizWin graphing to display up to 24 hours of monitoring data.
The Lite Series also gives engineers the same graphical options of its larger siblings, including dynamic histograms and raw value tables that provide immediate evidence of performance; and detailed insight into trends over time.
Mark Grant, Belar Electronics’ CEO, reiterated how the Lite Series aligns with the changing needs and preferences of RF engineers that increasingly leverage the efficiency of IP connectivity and networking over trips to the transmitter site.
“Simply put, radio stations have fewer engineering sources to spare today, and the role of the RF engineer is often combined with significant IT responsibilities,” said Grant. “The Lite Series allows our customers to further leverage today’s network intelligence and operational efficiencies of IP to solve traditional RF performance issues.”
The reliance on remote monitoring is also useful for very remote, difficult-to-access transmitter sites; as well as single-frequency transmitter networks with multiple translator or repeater locations. For latter scenarios, WizWin’s IP connectivity reduces travel time and costs for engineers responsible for monitoring and maintaining multiple RF sites.
Regardless of the transmission architecture, users have full access to all modulation readings, spectrums, HD Radio Data, and subcarrier information found in each unit’s bigger brother. The FMHD-1 Lite and FMCS-1 Lite also provide the same e-mail and relay alarming as the traditional versions to immediately alert engineers of critical issues.
About Belar Electronics
Founded in 1964, Belar Electronics Laboratory, Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of modulation monitors. Used by radio and TV stations globally to monitor broadcast signals, Belar products are world-renowned for accuracy and reliability. These benefits are also recognized worldwide by manufacturers of transmitters and audio processors, which regularly rely on Belar monitors as test instruments to ensure their products meet specifications. Contact Belar at (610)-687-5550 or visit them on the web at www.belar.com.
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