All India Radio chooses LBA Group antenna tuning units in massive 5-year digital upgrade

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Indian company executives visit North Carolina to plan future shipments

LBA Group Inc. has shipped to the Republic of India six custom-engineered antenna tuning units, the first shipment in a five-year project to digitally upgrade All India Radio facilities across the subcontinent.

All India Radio (AIR) is the official broadcast department of the Indian government. Working through project partner Arraycom, Ltd., LBA Group was designated preferred supplier for the AIR transmission system overhaul. The upgrade will include converting all AIR broadcast facilities, AM/FM radio, shortwave, and television systems to handle digital transmission of program material.

Arraycom is a 20-year-old, privately held Indian company, and a leading manufacturer in India of semiconductor components and materials. Two Arraycom executives traveled to LBA’s Greenville headquarters to meet LBA executives and engineers and plan future shipments.

They watched as the first six DRM digital-ready, 20-kilowatt, medium-wave tuning units left the fabrication center. K.G. Vyas, the company’s lead technical representative in the field, said he was “impressed with the measured performance of the systems.” He said the initial batch of units was to be operational by July.

Also visiting Greenville was Arraycom Vice President Nitin R. Deodhar. Following discussions with LBA CEO Lawrence Behr, President Jerry Brown, and other project engineers, Deodhar expressed delight “with the depth of experience and knowledge of the LBA Group.”

Brown began talking to Arraycom executives three years ago about LBA supplying the special-engineered units for the upgrade. “We’ve enjoyed working with Arraycom on these initial units and look forward to helping it meet the future digital needs of All India Radio,” he said.

A common practice in India is for multiple medium-wave services to share one site, imposing difficult requirements on antenna tuning systems. The LBA antenna tuning units are fitted with high performance, specialized filters to permit simultaneous operation with nearby transmission towers.

LBA tower systems have been shipped to sites on continents around the world, as well as across the U.S. The company has a pervasive presence in the broadcast industry of Mexico.

About LBA Group, Inc.
LBA Group, Inc., has more than 45 years experience in providing support for infrastructure assets of the wireless telecommunications industry. It is comprised of LBA Technology, Inc., a leading manufacturer and integrator of radio frequency systems, components and test equipment for broadcast, industrial and government users worldwide, and engineering consultancy Lawrence Behr Associates, Inc. . The companies are based in Greenville, N.C.

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