Does this transmitter already come with the proper antenna that enables it to reach the full range of transmission?
This is the transmitter only, it does not come with any antenna. This transmitter is available in the 250W ERP package, this package includes antenna cables and everything you need to get the transmitter system up and running on delivery. The only thing you need to provide is the pole / mast for the antenna and your studio.
FM Transmitter Mono/MPX Version – Stations with more engineering experience may use this version, this is because it does not include limiting or stereo coder circuitry. The audio limiting for this version must be externally provided and in accordance with the recommendations of https://www.aareff.com/ETR132.pdf. This version is typically used with external multi band processors, stereo generators and RDS generators such as the brands Orban or Inovonics. Not recommended for novice stations or beginners.
FM Transmitter Stereo Version – This is similar to the Mono/MPX version except it is stereo and RDS cannot be used with this. Again stations with more engineering experience may use this version, this is because it does not include audio limiting. Again the audio limiting for this version must be externally provided and in accordance with the recommendations of https://www.aareff.com/ETR132.pdf. This version is typically used with external multi band processors and stereo generators such as the brands Orban or Inovonics. Not recommended for novice stations or beginners.
FM Transmitter Stereo Version with Audio Compression and Limiting – Most small radio stations and beginners will use this version, this is because it includes audio processing circuitry and suitable limiting to keep the transmitter in compliance with the maximum bandwidth permitted by the international regulations. There is also access to the MPX in and out on the back panel which allows all known RDS units to be connected. Novice stations with limited experience of FM broadcasting transmitters should purchase this version.
When broadcasting music, is the sound quality good when heard through a radio?
We believe our transmitter have excellent sound quality, far higher grade than the cheap Chinese stuff. Our signal to noise ratio is quoted at >72dB, but really it’s close to 85dB, this is extremely good for FM transmission and is equivalent to that heard on big budget commercial stations in the USA. Basically you will hear a crisp, clear and loud stereo signal with no noise or fluffyness on your radio.
Is the transmitter made to be used for a long period of time without being turned off?
Absolutely, this is our prime directive, Our transmitters not only will work 24/7, they are designed and been proved over the last 15 years to work 24/7 without switching off, ever, in areas of the world where there is dust, sand, humidity and high temperatures (50C or 130 F)
Exactly how long would it take for the transmitter to be shipped to the United States. I live in Washington state?
Exactly! This is more difficult to answer as we depend on other people such as our suppliers and the delivery companies. Depending on the order the delivery time is usually between 1 and 4 weeks.
Also if I purchase this transmitter, does it have to already set a frequency before I buy or can I pick and adjust a frequency on my own on the transmitter?
You can set the frequency yourself. We prefer to set to the frequency of your choice, then when it is delivered you can use it right way, but you can change the frequency to anything from 87.5 to 108 MHz.