Four independent stations in the remote Norweigan region of Nordkapp are now linked by a new IP-based network based on the Digigram PYKO system, writes Kevin Hilton.
Nordkapp, or North Cape, is also the name of a spectacular 307 metre high cliff that attracts 200,000 tourists each year. It is not, as is often claimed, the most northerly point in Europe but it is an isolated place. The whole area is sparsely populated, with local radio stations spread out across both the mainland and the island.
The main broadcast centre is at Karasjok, a village and municipality in the county of Finnmark. From here Radio DSF broadcasts using Digigram's PYKO-in audio-over-IP distribution system. Working in this mode the unit converts analogue or digital signals into MP3 or PCM IP streams.
The four stations on the network take the same news, with programmes shared when the need arises. PYKO-in systems have also been installed at Radio Nordkapp in Honningsvåg, Radio GLR at Kautokeino and Radio Nye Varanger in Vadsø. As well as using its system for news and programming Radio Nye Varanger is able to broadcast live or send reports from local council meetings held in Varanger.
Another widespread country where Digigram is working is Afghanistan. It has supplied distribution equipment to an independent broadcaster with headquarters in the capital, Kabul, and 26 regional stations.
Two IQOYA Serv/Link multiple stereo or multichannel IP audio codecs are used to stream the main transmissions over microwave links. IQOYA Link units are installed at the remote stations, with the network due to expand next year through the addition of more services across the country.
During IBC Digigram introduced apt-X compression for the IQOYA range and launched the IQOYA LINK LE low cost codec.