We've updated our website with photos of the latest versions of our FM and DAB products. You'll also be able to download updated brochure information. Take a look here.
UK Regulator Ofcom has announced trials for Low Power FM. The trial services will test the viability of spectrum re-use for single sites, such as hopsitals, schools, universities, barracks and campuses. Our lead engineer was one of the first to install a LPFM transmission system at a hospital site nearly 25 years ago. Check out our FMTX1 and FMTX2 models, which are ideal for this application. Both have audio processing and RDS generators built-in, saving thousands on buying these as traditionally separate items. Lucoro Broadcast is happy to help organisations interested in participating, regarding technical aspects.
Congratulations to Foyle DAB Ltd (Ireland), NDI (Scotland) Muxcast One (England), Mux One Ltd (England) and GTM Ltd (Wales) on being awarded the first of many small-scale DAB licences from the UK regulator Ofcom.
You can find the latest update on how the current lockdown is affecting us and our suppliers here.
We are continuing to fulfil orders for those customers who, due to current pandemic circumstances, have waited much longer than normal for delivery of their order. Thank you for your patience.
Thank you to our valued customers and distributors that have been patient whilst we were forced to re-design our products. The pandemic unfortunately saw some of our suppliers close permanently, forcing the change. The new, more compact, version of our 1W transmitter is beginning production, meaning we are able to start shipping very soon. Ideal for L-RSL use and at drive-in events, it features everything for a complete FM broadcast service, including broadcast audio processor, stereo encoder, and RDS encoder, in a highly compact 1U product. Integration of traditionally separate products saves enormous cost over buying these items individually, and ensures broadcast regulatory compliance is 'plug-and-play'. The RDS content can be updated via a USB connection.
We're pleased to announce a new, more compact version of our FM Repeater for Road Tunnel applications. It re-broadcasts an FM station within a tunnel, on the same frequency, and has audio break-in and alarm RDS function for local tunnel emergency announcements. This is version 4 of the highly popular product, which has been deployed in many countries across Europe and the East since its launch 24 years ago. It now features direct USB programming of the emergency RDS content, simplifying local customisation for road tunnel integrators. Manufactured in Yorkshire UK by Lucoro and sold under the Lucoro Broadcast and TX Digicast brands.
Please feel free to contact us regarding all technical aspects of your SS-DAB application. With expertise on hand which dates back to the world's very first DAB newtwork roll-out, we are well placed to assist. Plus, we are the only UK manufacturer of DAB transmitters and program delivery equipment, sold under the Lucoro Broadcast and TX Digicast brands.
We've seen a sharp increase in enquiries for sound broadcast equipment sales and rental for drive-in service applications. So we put together a short guide here. It also features a link to the relevant Ofcom information pages (for those planning events in the UK).
We're back from lockdown, albeit on part-time furlough arrangements. Although many industries are returning to normal following the pandemic shutdown, some remain closed, meaning we are currently unable to manufacture some products. Therefore, we are not currently taking orders for the products affected. We apologise for any inconvenience. Before ordering, please contact us.
As well as working on current FM orders for UK community stations, we're busy building FM Road Tunnel Repeater systems, and DAB transmitters for export customers. Scheduled thereafter, extra production of our FM products will allow us to offer our more popular transmitter models with much shorter lead-times.
The FMTX100M can be used as a high-power exciter for multi-kilowatt systems. It has a multiplex input and very clean RF spectrum, making it a high quality, yet low cost choice, for high power FM broadcast systems. For more infomation, please contact us.
Our FMTX100 is a 125 Watt 'all-in-one' broadcast system; it features a DSP Audio Processor, Digital Stereo Coder and digitally synthesised oversampling RDS coder all integrated in to a single, very compact unit. So now, many smaller stations can afford uncompromised back-up quality, either as a portable spare transmitter - or as a 'B' system integrated in to the system rack (with automatic instant changeover implemented). For more infomation, please contact us.
Thank you to our valued customers and suppliers for their kind patience whilst our premisies were cut off by local access road flooding, following Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis. We appreciate your support.
There is no change for customers purchasing or using our products in the EU after Brexit. Shipping, taxes and borders also remain the same - until at least December 2021.
Recent data from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and CAP shows cars with DAB radios as standard rose to a record 95% of all new cars. DAB receivers in new commercial vehicles increased to a record level of over 64%. In total, DAB was fitted to 2,150,000 new cars and 232,600 new commercial vehicles in 2019.
A new version of our DSP FM Broadcast 5-band Audio Processor design (an option available on our latest FMTX Series of transmitters) is now in production. The pilot and switching of the audio (stereo subcarrier generation) is now done entirely within DSP for a significant improvement compared to discrete digital 'chopping' of the audio, as used in recent industry practices. Natural bass and stereo enhancement, plus distortion cancelled clipping stages, make the performance of this £200 option comparable with processors costing ten times the price.
Although long out of production, many radio stations still enjoy using this ever-popular transmitter. We still have parts stock and can service these transmitters, for those who don't wish to replace them just yet. Contact us with details of your servicing requirement and we'll do our very best to help! We also still provide an RDS update service and can send you a simple plug-in device, pre-programmed with your desired new content.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the TX-DAB350 A powerful and compact 350W DAB Modulator/Transmitter. Ideal for Small Scale DAB stations in the UK and Local DAB Broadcasters worldwide. Featuring a Doherty amplifier, this transmitter is ideal for driving antennas with gain for ERPs of 500W or more. This super-efficient all-in-one solution will slash energy consumption costs, compared to ordinary DAB transmission systems. Our range of DAB products can be found here.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the TX-AMP400 A powerful and compact 400W DAB and DAB+ RF Amplifier. Ideal for Small Scale DAB stations in the UK and DAB networks worldwide. Featuring a sixth generation LDMOS amplifier, it's ideal for driving antennas with gain for ERPs of 800W or more. Our range of DAB products can be found here.
UK regulator Ofcom today announced coverage increases for 74 radio stations. Built in the UK, our FM range includes relay transmitters, 50 Watt, 100 Watt, and 300 Watt models, plus RF amplifiers for those wishing to boost the power of their current transmitter. Based on two decades of FM experience, our products are Ofcom / CE compliant.
Market demand for our products has caused a temporary increase in lead-times. We give all customers our best attention at all times, working in strict rotation of orders. Please order early to avoid disspointment. Payment is not taken until goods are ready for despatch.
Our new 300 watt RF Amplifier is now available. Powerful and reliable, the FMAMP300 is housed in a highly compact 2U enclosure and features the latest Enhancement Mode RF FET output device for ruggedness and efficiency. Ideal for Community Radio stations looking for an increased power output from an existing low power transmission system.
Our new 300 watt version of the FMTX Series of transmitters is now shipping. Available as a complete broadcast system in one low-cost unit, the FMTX300 has 5-Band Digital DSP Audio Processing, plus Digital Stereo Encoder and a digital synthesis RDS Encoder built-in. This provides a complete, powerful FM broadcast system with digital sound quality, and full RDS features - such as RadioTEXT - without the need for RDS data feeds to the site or computers at the site. The product is also available as a wideband MPX input version for those who prefer to specify their own choice of processors and coders - or for STL feeds. Also offered, is a 300W FM Rebroadcast Translator/Repeater version. All variants are in the same highly compact 2U form factor. Possibly the smallest and lowest cost 300W transmitters available!
Need an antenna solution? We can provide computer modelling and coverage predictions plus a variety of antennas. Computer modelling demonstrates how the antenna will radiate in your particular application and on a specific mast or building. This could prove very different to manufacturers' data which is provided on a 'free space' basis. From dipoles to Yagiis and circular to mixed polarisations, we can help. For more infomation, please contact us.
For RF, connector quality is the key to system reliability, but RF connectors can be quite costly. Our buying power allows us to offer customers good quality connectors at very reasonable prices. For more infomation, please contact us.
RG cables and Heliax(TM) are available in custom from us lengths, even custom terminated - if desired - with your choice of connectors. For more infomation, please contact us.
We've just shipped a batch of custom RDS encoder PCB solutions to an OEM manufacturer. These boards use the very latest micro-miniature surface mount devices resulting in a PCB size of just 4cm x 2cm, including digital synthesis and filtering. If you require a custom RF, audio, data, telecoms or control solution, please don't hesitate to get in touch for fast development of quality circuits at surprisingly low prices. For more infomation, please contact us.
The UK's broadcast regulator has announced that it will accept applications for FM power increases from existing stations in the Community Radio tier. Where possible, Ofcom MAY be able to increase the ERP of the existing licence, or consider broadcasters' plans to update antenna systems to better utilise the power granted under their existing licence. We specialise in coverage planning and antenna modelling, plus we have high quality, low cost, powerful FM transmission systems which use the latest circuit technology for efficiency and reliability. Community Radio often relies on restricted revenues. As such, it's vital that we provide the lowest cost route to maximising power and coverage. For more infomation, please contact us.
We're currently working on many projects for OEM product manufacturers. Whether you're a manufacturer or systems integrator - even an engineer with a one-off requirement - please contact us at: email@example.com to see what we can do for you. From simple switching circuits to firmware - or PC driven - electronic solutions, our key engineers have decades of experience.
Many RF systems have 'open collector' control and monitoring, but we've developed a TCP/IP based adaptor which can take simple TTL connections and provide worldwide internet control of such functions. Password protected, with security built-in, the embedded server software can be customised with customers' specific requirements and logos. For more infomation, please contact us.
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