Radio Station Equipment

RADIO STATION and BROADCASTING EQUIPMENT

COMPLETE GUIDE ABOUT SELECTION OF FM BROADCASTING EQUIPMENT AND FM RADIO STATION EQUIPMENT

There are many doubts a broadcaster has in mind when he needs approach to the Broadcast Market.
Typically a broadcaster is not an telecommunication’s engineer and specific skills are required to approach the purchase of professional broadcast equipment.

In addition, the FM Radio is niche and it is difficult to find engineers specialized in this vertical sector.

For this reason, it’s of fundamental importance to rely on a competent supplier who has years of experience behind him.
Below the links there is a complete guide that will help you choose the right equipment for your radio, read it please, it contains valuable information.

Frequently questions when you need to build a new Radio Station or needs to update or expand or modernize it:

  • What equipment do i need for a low power FM Radio Station?
  • How can I increase the Coverage of my FM Broadcast Radio?
  • Where can I find the Best Suppliers for Radio Station Equipment?
  • What kind of Equipment is used in a Broadcast Radio Station?
  • May I have a List of Radio Station Equipment?
  • What equipment do radio stations use?
  • What Studio Equipment do I need to improve the sound quality?
  • What means Broadcast equipment?
  • What is the difference between PA live/Musician Studio Equipment compare with Professional Broadcast Radio Equipment?
  • What are the different Types of Broadcasting Equipment?
  • How much does it Cost to start a radio station?
  • What are the Characteristics of broadcasting equipment?
  • What is the Meaning of broadcast?
  • Which are the best Manufacturers of Radio Station Equipment?
  • May I find a Complete Package of Broadcast Equipment? Or must I buy it from different Supliers?

With this guide we will answer this question to help you to make the right decisions to be successful in your project and your dreams

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RADIO STATION EQUIPMENT

COMPLETE GUIDE ABOUT SELECTION OF FM BROADCAST EQUIPMENT AND FM RADIO STATION EQUIPMENT

Frequently questions when you need to build a new Radio Station or needs to update or expand or modernize it:

LIST OF BROADCAST EQUIPMENT TO START A RADIO

FIRST OF ALL: WHAT MEANS THE WORD BROADCAST?

SELECT THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT FOR THE RIGHT NEEDS

Comparison between Broadcast Equipment and PA live/Studio Musician Equipment
The right Radio Station Equipment for a right Radio Station set up
What kind of radios should we build?
How much do i need to spend to build a radio station?

CONCLUSION

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LIST OF BROADCAST EQUIPMENT TO START A RADIO

Before to go in depth we want to give you an overview of the Radio Broadcast Equipment needed to start a Radio Station

The minimum equipment to start on the Radio Station Site is:

The minimum equipment to start on the Radio Studio is:

Then you can optionally add:

  • Microphone Processor
  • Audio Processor
  • Phone Hybrid Interface
  • Telephone
  • GSM Interface
  • On Air Light
  • CD player
  • Tuner FM Receiver good quality
  • RDS Encoder

Moreover, you can add:

  • Computer with automation and play list software
  • Computer Monitor
  • Broadcast desk and Furniture

Then a guest desk can be added with:

  • Microphone
  • Microphone Processor
  • Mic Arms
  • Headphone
  • Telephone

And an Off-Air Production Station Studio.

  • Mixer Console
  • Microphones
  • Headphones
  • Headphones distributor
  • Active Speakers Monitors
  • Mic Arms
  • Microphone Processor
  • Audio Processor
  • Phone Hybrid Interface
  • Telephone
  • GSM Interface
  • On Air Light
  • CD player
  • Tuner FM Receiver good quality
  • RDS Encoder
  • Computer with automation and play list software
  • Computer Monitor
  • Broadcast desk and Furniture

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FIRST OF ALL: WHAT MEANS THE WORD BROADCAST?

To broadcast is to cast, throw away, something in all directions at the same time.
A radio broadcast program transmitting airwaves for reception by anyone tuned to the right frequency
The term “broadcasting” evolved from the agricultural method of sowing seeds in a field by casting them broadly about.
In fact, some synonyms are: send, distribute, diffuse, propagate, spread, disseminate, transmit.
In other words Broadcast means to transmit a program from ONE to MANY

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SELECT THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT FOR THE RIGHT NEEDS: comparison between Broadcast Equipment and PA live/Studio Musician Equipment

Some synonymous of Broadcast Equipment are:
FM Transmission Equipment, Broadcast equipment for FM Radio Station, Broadcast Products, FM Broadcast Equipment, FM Radio Equipment, FM Radio Station Equipment, Radio Broadcasting FM, Radio Station Transmitter.

Often people wonder if an equipment is broadcast quality.
In this way it is implicitly understood that a broadcast equipment, unlike a consumer equipment, is a product developed specifically for this Broadcast purposes and has superior quality.

The difference is easy to understand; a consumer or professional equipment is used few hours a day.
Let's think about how many hours a day we use our car, or the washing machine, or the camera.
If we compare with an FM Broadcast transmitter, it is easy to understand: the quality of a broadcast equipment must be absolutely superior to a consumer or professional product, it’s intended to operate 24 hours a day 365 days a year for many years.
For what has been said before: a broadcast product implies high quality and reliability.

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The right Radio Station Equipment for a right Radio Station set up

Now we will answer at the more frequent question: what Broadcast Equipment it’s needed?

You are ready to start an FM Radio Station and to build the FM Radio Studio.
Here we will go deeper on what you need to do it

Radio station Equipment generally consist on two varieties:

  • Radio Studio Equipment
  • Transmission Equipment

Radio Studio Equipment generally consist on four varieties:

  • Speaker Equipment
  • Guest Equipment
  • Production off-air equipment
  • Racks room equipment
  • Live callers Equipment by Phone or GSM

Transmission Equipment generally consist on:

  • FM Broadcast Transmitter Equipment
  • FM Broadcast Antennas
  • Cables, connectors and accessories
  • STL Links
  • Generators
  • Air Conditioner

What follows is a step-by-step guide to: “How to select the right Broadcast Equipment to buy for an FM Radio Station”
We will show you what you need for each section of your radio and how to fits all together.
We will list all necessary equipment for the different types of radios, from:

  • The small local radio with a very simple on air studio, transmitter sites with small coverage local area.
  • Up to the big on-air studio for multiple guests, live callers, production off-air studio, transmitter sites with big national networks coverage

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What kind of radios should we build?

When we buy Broadcast Equipment to build an FM Radio Station three factors are to be considered:

  • The type of radio or type of program that the radio should broadcast
  • The future we have in mind for the radio
  • The budget we have available.

There are different types of FM Radios: Local, Community, Regional or National. Commercial, Non-commercial, Educational or Religious.

There are FM Radio Stations that cover a small area with a radius of 10km or less, those that cover an average area, from 30 to 70km and those with a very large coverage of more than 100km in radius.

There are radios that have repeaters and cover large areas. In this case, they cover the points with high population density with a dedicated transmitter.

Last but not least, there are Streaming radios or Web Radios.

The Radio can broadcast rock/pop or classical music programs. It can be a religious or news radio. It can be musical or spoken material.
You have to think if you planning to work alone or with other collaborators?

The radio can born to remain the same over the years or with the ambition to grow, from local to regional or become a national network!.

With these considerations we can choose the most suitable material to buy.

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How much do i need to spend to build a radio station?

The main aspects to consider in selecting the equipment is the economic budget.
The question is: do we need to buy high-cost devices to have a good quality radio?
The answer is: NO

By carefully choosing the material and the supplier, you can build a good quality radio station with a limited budget.

For a small local radio just a 4-channel audio console, (the type used for music recording), a microphone and headphones of a few euros, a table, a chair, a 50W transmitter and an antenna…. with less than €2.000 you are on-air!
Instead, going through infinite nuances: one or more on-air studios, guest location, off-air production studios, exclusive equipment for broadcast applications, digital audio mixer consoles of 24 or more channels, hybrids telephone inputs, expensive Orban or Axia type processors, high quality microphones and headphones, servers to store the media, software automation, furniture designed for radio broadcast applications, ups, transmission sites with 40kW transmitter, antenna systems up to 16 bay, moto-generator… the minimum cost could start with € 500,000!.

In conclusion, starting from a small budget, choosing carefully, up to large sums you can always make good radio in a dignified way and with good quality.

After all, as in all things in life, what matters is: make the right choices and have high quality content.

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CONCLUSION

Building a radio or modernizing it is not an easy job but it is certainly an exciting activity.

We hope that with our help this work will be easy.

Our commitment is to help you make the right decisions and get the best results with the budget you have available.

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