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Information Station Specialists is the sole provider in the United States of the exclusive Information Station. Other information radio systems being offered are designed for the traffic industry and do not have any of the following important functions:
1. Only we provide radio system components manufactured strictly in the United States.
2. Only our transmitter (TR6000 HQ5.0) features full 5000 Hz audio bandwidth to comply with new FCC rules that allow for high quality broadcasting. The transmitter employs a modern synthesized frequency system, so that if a frequency change ever is necessary, it can be easily done without component changes or board-level work. The TR6000 Transmitter also utilizes an efficient Class D amplifier, comprised of only two driver devices for highest reliability. Moreover, TR6000 is the only such unit manufactured and type-accepted for Travelers Information Station (TIS) applications in the United States, and it is approved for military use on 510-530 kHz, 1610-1700 kHz - Certification: J/F 12/07677. (An optional HQ5.1 broadcast quality audio processor incorporates tight peak control, adaptive pre-emphasis and low-pass filtering. Meets new FCC audio filtering standards for expanded bandwidth Travelers Information Radio Stations [TIS]. Certified by the FCC on 2-18-2016 for exclusive use with the TR6000 Transmitter.)
3. Only the Information Station offers an antenna system that is simple and compact and may be installed in yards or at locations not associated with buildings. If installed in yards adjacent to buildings, the Information Station’s antenna requires only that a support pole be set. Not required are large buried antenna (copper wire) groundplane installation or the burial of chemical-emitting ground pipes. The Information Station's black antennas discourage ice build-up and are finished with a special UV-resistant, architectural-anodization process to prevent fading. Our antennas exclusively include written documentation of safe RF exposure distance per ANSI/IEEE C95.1-1992 standard by a professional engineer (PE).
4. Only the Information Station has an optional VP9000 Vertical Profile Antenna System that does not require a groundplane. Major site disturbances such as surface trenching or drilling for the installation of deep ground rods are not required. With the Vertical Profile Antenna System, 1) antenna's cables and arrestors are inside the pole for safety and security; 2) theft of copper ground wire is impossible; 3) the system may be moved if ever required; and 4) the aluminum pole is attractive in conjunction with public buildings and may be painted as needed.
5. Only the Information Station has an ENcast option to allow for instant broadcast of text-based alerts issued by your Emergency Notification System (check for compliance) and/or National Weather Service SAME/'All Hazard' system.
6. Only we offer an inexpensive diagnostic Signal Measurement Receiver tool that can be used to measure radio station signal intensity to ensure ongoing compliance with FCC regulations.
7. The Information Station Classic provides high quality message recording (16-bit sampling rate), 3 hours of recording time, 1,000 broadcast messages, 250 playlists, automatic station identification and control via user-provided two-way radio transceiver. An optional Workstation Audio Control allows even more capacity and sophisticated broadcast production.
8. The Information Station IP is the only system of its kind that allows for simple message creation, editing and file transfer by email via a user's personal computer, and message changes via Ethernet network. USB port provides a redundant backup. A cell modem may be optioned for wireless control.
9. Only the Information Station comes with free message-recording services by professional announcers.
10. Our electronics designs are nonproprietary. This means that in the future, you may change out components, as needed, without the requirement to return; i.e., simple wiring diagrams are provided, so you can service equipment yourself, if you choose, or have a third party assist – all with our full support.
11. System options include an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), antenna signal booster.
12. The Information Station is provided with Remote Technical Support and Potential Interference Notification Services for the life the station. We support today radio stations that first went on the air in the 1980s. Our staff of engineers has more than 60 years of combined experience specifically in the kind of radio technology under which the Information Station operates.
 
   
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PO Box 51, Zeeland, Michigan, USA, 49464-0051, Phone 616.772.2300, Fax 616.772.2966, Email info@theRADIOsource.com

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Information Radio Stations is a generic term synonymous with Travelers Information Stations (TIS), Highway Advisory Radio Stations (HAR) / Highway Information Systems & Low Power Radio Stations (LPR). Operation of the stations is governed by FCC Part 90.242 Rules. A FCC license is required. Information Radio Stations may be fixed or portable. Subcomponents may include transmitter, antenna and ground system, digital voice player, wateter, cabinet with conventional or Corbin locks, lightning arrestors for RF, power and telephone lines, coaxial cable. Most stations employ black maximized antennas to discourage ice accumulation and security measures to prevent unauthorized program access. Options include synchronization, battery backup, solar power, remote programming by local, network or telco, multi-station audio distribution via RF or LAN / WAN or wireless network.