GatesAir brings RADIO SONAR to life: a community project for Swiss youths

GatesAir recently shared a success story that makes them very proud. The 2022 Mova/BuLa Federal Scout Camp, which drew 30,000 boys and girls to an elaborate camping site in the Alps town of Goms, Switzerland; offers the youth community the opportunity to manage and operate an amateur radio station.

The company implemented a low-power GatesAir Maxiva transmitter to broadcast live DAB+ radio coverage. The RADIO SONAR media center broadcast live 24/7 to the immediate surroundings —the upper main valley of Canton Valais— with the coverage area estimated as 30-minute drive in every direction. The programming is delivered in the country’s three official languages of Switzerland: French, German, and Italian. Listeners could also hear the broadcasts via the BuLa’s website or the downloadable Mova app.

The radio facility was designed and integrated by RadioTrend AG, a Swiss telecommunications company. RadioTrend AG chose two transmitters, including a GatesAir Maxiva VAXT Ultra Compact DAB/DAB+ radio transmitter and a third-party FM transmitter to enable FM/DAB+ simulcasts. RadioTrend AG also provided a test license that enabled the station to broadcast temporarily over the air, and equipment that allowed participating boys and girls to build out a fully automated on-air studio.

“This project brought inspiration to a national organization and the local communities that came together for a meaningful event, proving how global technology companies like GatesAir can make a positive impact to those that work and live outside of our industry,” said Alexander Kurz, Sales Director – DACH & CEE, GatesAir. “The broadcast industry has a responsibility to create and deliver news and entertainment to communities worldwide. We feel privileged to have played a pivotal role in this exciting amateur radio project designed to inspire and empower the young, and perhaps even give birth to some of our next generation of RF experts.”

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