Broadcast Electronics is participating in tests of the HD RadioÃ¢â€ž¢ AM system in Mexico. The tests are being conducted in cooperation with the CÃƒ¡mara de la Industria de Radio y TelevisiÃƒ³n (CIRT) and Grupo Radio Centro, Mexico’s leading radio broadcaster with 11 stations in Mexico City. This follows five months of exhaustive testing of a BE-equipped HD Radio FM system on the group’s XHFAJ-FM, which was concluded in early 2004.
A Broadcast Electronics ASi 10 HD Radio signal generator was installed on the 100 kW transmitter of XEN-690 in Mexico City on August 31. Several months of field testing will be conducted on the AM system, and the results of both the AM and FM tests will be given to the SecretarÃƒa de Comunicaciones (SCT), the government agency which oversees broadcasting in Mexico, for the purpose of selecting a national digital radio standard. The SCT is expected to choose an AM and FM digital standard in 2005.
The AM system will be demonstrated to industry leaders at the CIRT’s national fall convention in Mexico City, which will be held October 6 - 8. Attendees will receive a full report on the FM field test results at that time.