Smallest FM radio station live from any location
By Amos Kareithi
The shiny antenna stands 20 metres from a table inside an enclosed room.
There is mast or dish directed skywards, just an open briefcase on which
the main kit is placed.
As a technician fiddles with a dial, switches and knobs at the control
panel, a soundman closely monitors the development.
A third man paces up the room with a hand held palm-sized transistor
radio, coaxing it to life.
Onguti, a Kenyan-born Canadian, has just broken new ground. His company,
Conexe Systems Inc, registered in Manitoba, Canada, has found a solution
which could revolutionalise operations of radio and TV sub-sectors.
"We have developed the smallest radio station in the world. It is packed
in a suitcase which weighs 18 kilogrammes" he enthuses.
The germ of the radio station research was born two years ago when Onguti
returned home after more than ten years in Canada.
Similar-sized radio stations have been developed elsewhere, especially for
the military and other field organisations, but the technology by Onguti
is simplified to be more compact and cost effective.
Although some remote areas are listed as having registered FM stations,
many do not broadcast as there is no reception of FM radio signals.
Although Wantox's FM stations range is limited, the designers say they
have more powerful sets which can be received over 100 kilometres away.
"We are researching on a station with a range which can cover almost the
whole country. This is challenging, given the different topographical
layout of the country but we will succeed," he adds.
Conexe Systems is planning to invest about Sh1.12 billion in Nairobi to
set up a factory for production of the FM radio stations.
The company is in the final stages of manufacturing a briefcase TV station
that could greatly reduce costs in broadcasting.
The Wantox FM radio station has a transmitter with five channels for
inputs such as laptop, Ipod, and a portable CD player, five tape recorder
player microphones and a telephone hook up provision for phone in
Onguti, 44, left for Canada in 1992 and enrolled in York University,
Toronto where he got a degree in sociology and later a diploma in
The radio station, he says, is the brainchild of his partners, Yves and
Louise Maynard, the founders of Conexe Inc, established in 2004.
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A complete FM Radio Broadcast station contained in a single suitcase.
All required components included, you need only supply power.
Postal address P.O Box 89 Grunthal MB, CANADA , R0A 0R0
Business Address 169-D Main Street, Grunthal MB, CANADA, R0A 0R0
Ron S. Robbins
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