Broadcast Tech News – Foreign Affairs Min. Chrystia Freeland visits Nautel’s N.S. heaquarters


Davicom has been recognized by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) with the 2018 SBE Technology Award for its Cortex 360 Site Management System. The tech is based on the latest hardware processors running an embedded Linux operating system, which incorporates 30 years of experience in remote site management. Davicom president John Ahern and VP of Engineering Sylvain Rousseau were at the SBE Annual meeting in Boston to accept the award. 

Jeff Welton

Jeff Welton of Hackett’s Cove, NS was this year’s recipient of the James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year award, recognizing excellence in sharing knowledge through teaching other broadcast engineers. Welton is Nautel’s sales manager for the central U.S. and also lends his expertise to community broadcaster CKVE-FM as a co-engineer. Welton has participated as an instructor at the Alabama Broadcast Association Engineering Academy and served as a presenter at the NAB Broadcast Engineering and Informatkon Technology Conference, in addition to transmitter site safety education efforts.

Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, paid a visit to Nautel’s headquarters in Hackett’s Cove, NS., on Nov. 22., during a tour of Atlantic Canada. Freeland called Nautel, which manufactures radio transmitters and SONAR systems, “a fantastic example of an innovative, Canadian-owned company.” While the manufacturer remains headquartered in the small community of Hackett’s Cove, west of Halifax, it has more than 16,000 customers in 177 countries and employs more than 200 people, with a research and development team of 50 engineers. Nautel is best known for being the first company to develop a commercially-available fully solid state broadcast transmitter in 1970.

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