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Rohde & Schwarz Transmitter Supports Ravensbourne University London

Ravensbourne University graduates’ academic year reached its zenith with the production of ‘The Degree Show,’ which was broadcast to parts of Greater London under special DVB license with the support of transmission equipment provided by Rohde & Schwarz.

Thanks to support from Rohde & Schwarz, Ravensbourne University London graduates engaged with one of their first live digital broadcasts. Over three recent days, the students produces, edited and then transmitted The Degree Show to viewers in the North Greenwich area of London. Following an approach by the University, Rohde & Schwarz has provided its R&S TLU9-1HU GapFiller transmitter and an HK033 Omnidirectional Transmitter Antenna to facilitate the live TV transmissions.

Introduced earlier this year at NAB, this represents one of the first public showcases of the R&S TLU9 GapFiller transmitter in Europe. As well as providing the equipment, Rohde & Schwarz is supporting the event with technical and operational specialists, providing the students with an insight into the company’s transmission business operations.

The Degree Show over recent years has developed to become a high-profile showcase for all courses within Ravensbourne University. Graduates have the opportunity to exhibit and discuss their projects and achievements with many visitors over three days. This student led event includes live and pre-recorded media from all courses within the department of production.

To facilitate this event, level 5 (2nd year) broadcast technology students set up additional studio, outside broadcast, indoor flyaway and transmission systems that ultimately feed local distribution, online streams and a specifically Ofcom-licenced DVB-T2 freeview channel broadcasting to the North Greenwich area of London, and surrounding areas.

Throughout the event, the university is using Rohde & Schwarz equipment as the final link in its DVB transmission: a R&S TLU9-1HU GapFiller transmitter installed in its OB vehicle, and an HK033 Omnidirectional Transmitter Antenna installed on the roof.

The HD-SDI transmission feed is provided by the University‘s Grass Valley Stratus playout system. This TX output is then encoded and multiplexed by Appear TV XC Series equipment, which has loaned by Techex UK.

"In the build-up to The Degree Show 2017 we contacted Rohde & Schwarz to see if it could help with any DVB-related transmission equipment,“ explained Tim Sampson, Associate Senior Lecturer, Broadcast Technology, Ravensbourne University London. "As broadcast engineers, my colleagues and I knew of Rohde & Schwarz‘s reputation for quality equipment within the broadcast engineering world. This has already been a huge learning experience for our broadcast technology students. We are very grateful.“

For Rohde & Schwarz, the opportunity to support learning at Europe’s premier broadcast technology teaching establishment is valuable. "When Tim and his team first contacted us with their request it was an easy decision to make,“ explained Phil McCluskey, University Business Development Engineer at Rohde & Schwarz. "Our industry depends on a steady stream of talented young people and this is where Ravensbourne University excels. This year, we have provided our latest state-of-the-art gap filler transmitter and it is fascinating to see how the students have embraced it."

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