Nautel V10 is the Perfect Solution for Oahu Mountain-Top Facility
Since working in broadcasting from the mid-1960’s, I’ve installed many transmitters across the US mainland. Nautel has always been a favorite, based on my experience with previous Nautel installations that were flawless and a real solution to past transmitter failures.
When the opportunity came in 2008 to build a new facility in my own backyard for Hawaii Public Radio, I really advocated for a Nautel V10. The power range was perfect for our application, and the price was competitive. At the new mountain-top facility on Oahu, we only had single phase power to choose from. When looking at price points for other options, it was clear that a solid state solution from Nautel was the best way to get around the power limitations at the new site.
I was pleasantly surprised that everything went smoothly. Purchase, delivery, setup and on-air went without any complications, despite our distance from the Nautel offices (7 time zones!). Jeff Welton and crew were right there if I needed any help, but the Nautel V10 transmitter is so well laid out and the instructions so clear that I was able to wire it up and test it in less than a day. I did call to let Nautel know that it was working perfectly, and was happy to get a direct answer even slightly after closing time.
The V10 transmitter has been on the air 24/7 since the end of September 2008. We obtained authorization to increase power in 2009, and the Nautel transmitter handled the modest increase without any trouble at all. I have had to replace the air filters once so far, but that is about the hardest thing I have had to do with the V10.
We will be adding a second 10KW transmitter to this site in the very near future, and I can’t imagine purchasing any other transmitter for our use. We’re also adding a new station – KIPM in Maui – and have just purchased a Nautel NV20 which should make for another interesting story as access to the site is very difficult (to say the least!).
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