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V-Soft Releases 2020 TIGER/Census Boundary Geography Data – This update includes city, county, state, urban area, and other census geography data for Probe, FMCommander, AM-Pro, and Microwave Pro. See this whitepaper for information about what is included and how to use it. Contact us for pricing and more information.
V-Soft Releases 2020 US Census Population Data Files – The decennial Census population data has been processed, and it is available for Probe versions, AM-Pro and FMCommander.
Probe 5 – The newly released Probe 5 propagation prediction and mapping program is better than ever. We have added the ATSC 3.0 Calculation Tool. This new feature will calculate the required C/N and noise limited field strength for various ModCods (modulation & code rate) and associated values selected for an ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer Pipe (PLP). More info…
FMCommander™ now contains a new pop-up window for translator work that will show the user a list of all antenna azimuth radials where the power is above what the rules allow and it will tell the user what the power should be on those radials. Visit the FMCommander web page.
RFHAZ-4, a serious update of our long standing RFHaz program. Check it out for all the changes.
Must See Software:
Probe 5™ – Professional level RF propagation modeling, DTV/TV, communications systems coverage and FM broadcast coverage and interference analysis. With this release, Probe 5 becomes a 64 bit program that can use all your computer’s memory instead of just 2 MB. Probe 5 produces spectacular “atlas” type maps – now with authentic U.S. topographic map backgrounds. The program integrates a high-resolution population database with V-Soft’s state-of the-art polygon mapping. For predicting coverage and interference, the program features these methods: Longley-Rice, Okamura-Hata, Cost-Hata, PTP #1 & #2, Line of sight, ITU, standard FCC and the new NSMA OHLOSS method. Probe 5 is bundled with with the current FCC broadcast station FM and DTV databases, V-Soft’s advanced polygon mapping, land cover and census databases.
FMCommander™ – Combines detailed service and interference FCC FM contour color mapping with commercial and LPFM minimum separation spacings and contour-to-contour frequency searching in one integrated package. Find new ways to upgrade your station or to move its transmitter site under short space. Integrates FCC data, census data, terrain data, tower, airport, AM stations, railroads, rivers, major highways, city boundaries, county boundaries and lakes and oceans into one complete FM channel search package. Our latest version of this program contains the proposed FM class C4 separations.
AM-Pro 2™ – Calculates and plots standard and grid-based AM coverage and interference based on the FCC AM rules. AM-Pro also performs AM ground-wave and automated sky-wave RSS allocation studies and it creates detailed allocation maps with polygon shaping. AM-Pro is is used daily by the FCC. The program contains a switch to implement the FCC’s proposed AM rejuvenation rules.
Microwave-Pro 2 is now using the industry standard NSMA methodology. This software program is our top-of-the-line microwave frequency allocations and path analysis program for the broadcast auxiliary services, Part 101, COALS and CARS projects. It produces the required “prior notification” (PCN) mailing lists to complete your studies. The new version adds bi-directional channel analysis and contains a new point search tool to identify microwave paths in the vicinity of wind farms or other large blocking structures.
Broadcast Technical Consulting
Our sister company, Doug Vernier Telecommunications Consultants (DVT) provides full-service broadcast technical consulting including preparation of applications to the FCC for AM, FM, DTV, FM and TV translators, STLs and other broadcast auxiliaries. DVT also prepares custom Longley-Rice and FCC coverage maps, interference analysis studies, population and demographic studies and frequency searches.
Our free, upgraded, on-line, Zip Code/Call Sign Database now contains Canadian and Mexican stations heard in the U.S. This database retrieval program is cross-referenced with the AM and FM Station Signal Strengths for the entire US. Fresh data as of December 29, 2022. The on-line program is free for public use and can be found on this web site at this link.
AM-Pro, FMCommander, Microwave-Pro, and Probe 5 are trademarks of V-Soft Communications®, L.L.C.