Nautel VS1: Big Features, Budget Box
COSHOCTON, Ohio — My name is
Gene Sharp and it is my pleasure to help with all things technical at WHVT(FM)
in Clyde, Ohio and at WHVY(FM) in Coshocton. Both stations are owned and
operated by Clyde Educational Broadcasting Foundation, which is a ministry of
my home church, Harvest Baptist Temple.
The two stations and our translator 94.1 FM in Findlay make
up what we call the Clean Air Radio Network (www.cleanair.fm). It airs a mix of sacred and southern Gospel music
and traditional Bible teaching programs.
Gene Sharp monitors his
transmitter from the studio via Nautel’s Advanced User Interface remote
Also heard on Clean Air is news (local and national),
weather and several live call-in programs. I was the manager of WHVT about 13
years ago, but since that time I have transitioned into an international
ministry that establishes radio stations for missionaries overseas called
“Independent Baptist Media.”
We have helped establish Christian radio stations in Papua,
New Guinea, Marshall Islands, Philippines, Uganda, Rwanda, Liberia and Iraq. In
addition to radio, our small group of “technical missionaries” also helps local
churches with audio, video and graphics. We are blessed in between our
extensive travels to help out at home on the Clean Air Radio Network’s
I was placed in charge of organizing, purchasing and
installing the new equipment for the newest outlet of Clean Air. In early 2011
we were about to purchase the equipment for our brand-new station in Coshocton,
Ohio, WHVY 89.5 FM. The hunt for a transmitter was in full swing when I
stumbled across the Nautel offerings.
In this tight economy, considerations for new equipment seem
to start with the budget and from there we try and “squeeze” as many features
in as possible. Some of the features that we needed on a transmitter were new
to our small but growing radio network.
First, we needed remote control of some kind. Second, we
were looking for multiple layers of backup audio sources. Being 100 miles from
our main studio and with a limited staff, these features were supercritical for
us. We half-expected to be forced to use multiple devices to accomplish all of
this control and backup, but then we heard about the new Nautel VS Series. We
wondered if so many features could be built into such a small box.
WHNY’s Nautel VS transmitter
installed in the rack.
Well it was true and to top it off the Nautel VS Series was
more affordable than several contenders in our decision-making process. After
investigating Nautel’s reputation we made the decision to purchase a VS1
transmitter in early 2011. Kandice Kerstin at Broadcasters General Store made
the process a breeze.
We opted for the “Orban Inside” processing feature and we
are glad that we did. Nautel’s optional Orban Inside Optimod processor card
offers a simple, cost-effective means for broadcasters to incorporate the
industry’s best pre-transmission processing into stations and offer a big,
punchy “Optimod sound” at an affordable price.
Installation was pretty much as you would expect. The
transmitter came with straightforward instructions and everything was included,
from screws, to sliding rails, to connectors, and ferrite toroids. The VS1
transmitter fits nicely in our rack and has been rock-solid since we flipped
What about those critical “big transmitter” features that we
were looking for? They work flawlessly. I have seen some remote control GUIs
that look like they’re from somewhere between 1979 and 1985, but not the Nautel
Advanced User Interface. The AUI looks and performs wonderfully and
intuitively. The layout is logical and in a few minutes of logging on to the
interface you will feel at home. In fact we think it is so cool that we have
been showing it off to our friends around the world.
Also impressive is the backup audio from the USB. It sounds
crystal clear and the transmitter can fail-safe to it automatically. What a
blessing to a small group with an even smaller budget and staff. Our few
questions were answered in expert form by Nautel’s helpful and knowledgeable
technical support staff.
In short, we have been evangelistically telling all of our
friends about the new VS Series by Nautel.
Gene Sharp is a technician
For information, contact Chuck Kelly at Nautel in Nova
Scotia at (902) 823-2233 or visit www.nautel.com.