Positive tests results using the DRM+ standard for a radio station broadcasting on FM were unveiled at an international symposium yesterday. Throughout March, April and May 2008, the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern has broadcast its experimental radio station across the southwest German city in digital on 87.6 MHz using DRM+ in order to test this extended version of the DRM digital radio standard. Germany’s Federal Network Agency, the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern and the German State Media Authority of Rhineland-Palatinate have carried out extensive field tests to validate the trial.
DRM+ extends the regular DRM standard, by allowing FM stations in the 87.5 MHz to 108 MHz frequency range to broadcast in digital. Lindsay Cornell, the Technical Committee Chairman for the DRM Consortium who spoke at the symposium, says: “these tests demonstrate that DRM+ provides clear added value for the listener by offering not only an uninterrupted service for both portable and mobile reception but also excellent audio quality. The DRM Consortium applauds the work undertaken in Kaiserslautern which goes a long way to show that DRM+ has great market potential.”
Mr Cornell went on to thank Professor Dr Andreas Steil from the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern and Mr Joachim Lehnert, Head Engineer from the German State Media Authority of Rhineland-Palatinate, for their significant input into the tests.
The University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern expects to receive a new licence to continue DRM+ test broadcasts from the German Federal Network Agency following this successful first test phase.
Please visit www.drm-radio-kl.eu for further information on the trial and the project.
(Source: DRM Consortium)