Tuesday, April 24, 2012

All India Radio chooses LBA Group antenna tuning units in massive 5-year digital upgrade

Greenville, NC (PRWEB) April 24, 2012

LBA Group Inc. has shipped to the Republic of India six custom-engineered
antenna tuning units, the first shipment in a five-year project to
digitally upgrade All India Radio facilities across the subcontinent.

All India Radio (AIR) is the official broadcast department of the Indian
government. Working through project partner Arraycom, Ltd., LBA Group was
designated preferred supplier for the AIR transmission system overhaul. The
upgrade will include converting all AIR broadcast facilities, AM/FM radio,
shortwave, and television systems to handle digital transmission of program

Arraycom is a 20-year-old, privately held Indian company, and a leading
manufacturer in India of semiconductor components and materials. Two
Arraycom executives traveled to LBA's Greenville headquarters to meet LBA
executives and engineers and plan future shipments.

They watched as the first six DRM digital-ready, 20-kilowatt, medium-wave
tuning units left the fabrication center. K.G. Vyas, the company's lead
technical representative in the field, said he was "impressed with the
measured performance of the systems." He said the initial batch of units
was to be operational by July.

Also visiting Greenville was Arraycom Vice President Nitin R. Deodhar.
Following discussions with LBA CEO Lawrence Behr, President Jerry Brown,
and other project engineers, Deodhar expressed delight "with the depth of
experience and knowledge of the LBA Group."

Brown began talking to Arraycom executives three years ago about LBA
supplying the special-engineered units for the upgrade. "We've enjoyed
working with Arraycom on these initial units and look forward to helping it
meet the future digital needs of All India Radio," he said.

A common practice in India is for multiple medium-wave services to share
one site, imposing difficult requirements on antenna tuning systems. The
LBA antenna tuning units are fitted with high performance, specialized
filters to permit simultaneous operation with nearby transmission towers.

LBA tower systems have been shipped to sites on continents around the
world, as well as across the U.S. The company has a pervasive presence in
the broadcast industry of Mexico.

About LBA Group, Inc.
LBA Group, Inc., has more than 45 years experience in providing support for
infrastructure assets of the wireless telecommunications industry. It is
comprised of LBA Technology, Inc., a leading manufacturer and integrator of
radio frequency systems, components and test equipment for broadcast,
industrial and government users worldwide, and engineering consultancy
Lawrence Behr Associates, Inc. . The companies are based in Greenville, N.C.


(Via Alokesh Gupta)