New emergency broadcast system
By Capt. Luis Barber
Sarajevo - Combined Joint Psychological Operations
Task Force (CJPOTF) is about to upgrade to a new broadcast system. It
will provide a substantial improvement on the audio signal transmission
through phone line links.
These radio stations, currently working in different formats, will now broadcast on the same frequency. A new transmitter is about to be set up by Radio SFM Banja Luka, which will contribute to giving full coverage on the same frequency all over Bosnia and Hercegovina (BiH)
The system consists of a Vector, also called "hotbox," a digital audio transmission device for analog telephone lines. It allows wideband, broadcast quality audio to pass through a telephone channel which otherwise supports only pay-phone quality" voice transmission. Portable or rackmount chassis are available.
Mr. Adi Dzanovic, a CJPOTF technician, is in charge of implementing this programme.
"In a few days, we'll able to transmit audio signal of CD quality. It is the best quality which our ears can appreciate," stated Dzanovic. The device works, in some respects, like a modem. It receives an analogic signal, converts it to digital, and sends it through telephone lines.
"We can not only transmit music or news, but also can audio files, speeches, press conferences, and any recorded message. It's only needs a microphone, earphones, a portable hotbox and, of course, the phone line to transmit from anywhere," followed Dzanovic.
According to French Col. Olivier Latremoliere, commander of CJPOTF, with this radio network SFOR will be able to broadcast throughout all of the MNDs as an emergency system, not only for SFOR personnel, but also, if necessary, for the BiH population.