NPR Labs Proposes HD Upgrade
July 8, 2009 at 8:42 AM (PT)
NPR YESTERDAY (7/7) proposed to the FCC, an alternative approach to upgrading HD power that would not interfere with existing analogue radio stations. The proposal supports an interim, immediate power increase of up to 10dB to HD radio broadcasting without doing damage to existing analog broadcast signals. This plan limits power increases based on station spacing to limit any IBOC (in-band on-channel) interference to the existing 1% power level. The NPR plan was included in comments to the FCC in response to the Commissions' Public Notice soliciting a second round of comments on the proposed one size fits all 10 dB across-the-board power increase.
"NPR is committed to the successful implementation of HD Radio by increasing IBOC power to improve HD Radio coverage in a way that preserves existing analog service," said NPR Pres./CEO VIVIAN SCHILLER.
"It is indeed possible to boost HD broadcasting power and protect our current analog services that bring radio to 235 million Americans," said NPR CTO and NPR LABS Executive Dir. MIKE STARLING. "It simply isn’t necessary to degrade our analog broadcasting signals as we bring needed improvements to HD radio coverage."