Transmitters, Antennas & More: RF Products Guide

For the second year, TVNewsCheck is augmenting its coverage of NAB Show Hot Topics tech trends stories with information that can make your visit to the NAB Show easier. This week’s focus is RF technology (read the main story here). These companion resource guides on the technology covered each week are compilations of information provided by vendors. To download this page as a PDF, click here. 

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RF CONSULTANTS

Cavell Mertz & Associates | Websites www.cavellmertz.com and www.FCCInfo.com | 7724 Donegan Dr., Manassas, VA  20109 | 703-392-9090

ATSC 3.0, SFN, and RF system support, analysis and design; broadcast coverage; interference and improvement studies.

Product Info: http://www.cavellmertz.com/index.php?action=R
Microwave system design.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Product Info:  http://www.cavellmertz.com/index.php?action=O

 FCC licensing, pre-purchase due-diligence, technical workflow evaluation.

Prices:  Email or call for pricing.

Availability: Immediate

To Set Up An Appointment: [email protected] or 703-392-9090.

 

Merrill Weiss Group LLC | Website: www.mwgrp.com | 227 Central Ave., Metuchen, NJ  08840-1212 | 732-494-6400


Meintel, Sgrignoli & Wallace | Website: http://www.mswdtv.com/_/Home.html  | 1282 Smallwood, Suite 372, Waldorf, MD 20603 | 202-251-7589

Broadcast technical consulting firm specializing in digital television transmission facilities, FCC filings, interference, allocations and spectrum matters, regulatory and FCC compliance, field testing, transmitter and facility technical services. The firm has more than 50 years of experience with broadcast technical facilities as well as policy and regulatory matters. Firm principals are: Gary Sgrignoli, William Meintel and Dennis Wallace.

Product Info: www.mswdtv.com

Set Up An Appointment: [email protected]  or call 202-251-7589.

 

TRANSMITTERS

GatesAir | Booth N2613 | Website: http://www.gatesair.com | 5300 King’s Island, Ste. 101, Mason, OH 45040 | 513-459-3400

Maxiva ULXTE — The Maxiva ULXTE liquid-cooled transmitter is optimized for channel changes driven by the spectrum repack with power amplifiers that increase peak power capacity for all ATSC and OFDM waveforms. High-efficiency power amplifiers and market-leading power density provide equal power levels for ATSC 1.0 and 3.0, and reduce costs and energy consumption. GatesAir’s XTE exciter, featuring native IP inputs, ensures a clear path to ATSC 3.0. The ULXTE is available from 1.2kW to 150kW, with industry-leading system efficiency levels up to 45 percent.

Availability: Immediate 

Maxiva VAXTE — The Maxiva VAXTE provides market-leading performance in a compact, air-cooled architecture for both Band III and low-band VHF. With power levels up to 38kW, the VAXTE is driven by the breakthrough GatesAir XTE software-defined exciter, featuring Real-Time Adaptive Correction and ATSC 3.0 capability. The VAXTE offers increased power density and power efficiency thanks to GatesAir’s latest-generation high-power, high-efficiency power amplifiers, as well as advanced IP-based monitoring and control.

Availability: Immediate 

To Set Up An Appointment: [email protected]

 

Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark | Booth C4309 | Website: www.comarktv.com | 104 Feeding Hills Rd., Southwick, MA 01077 | 413-998-1100 
PARALLAX—The PARALLAX solid-state VHF Band 3 DTV transmitter features up to 50% efficiency using liquid cooled high efficiency Doherty technology.  It shares the mechanical architecture, user interface and performance with the award winning UHF PARALLAX. The PARALLAX family provides high reliability and efficiency, for the lowest overall cost of ownership. 

Product Info: http://www.comarktv.com/products/dtv-transmitters/med-high-power-vhf-b3/  

Datasheet: http://www.comarktv.com/wp-content/uploads/PARALLAX-UHF_VHF-Brochure-3-2017.pdf

Availability: Q3-2017. 

EXACT-V2 — The EXACT-V2 ATSC exciter is used throughout the Hitachi-Comark DTV transmitter product line.  EXACT-V2 is an “IP Optimized” platform that features seven Gigabit Ethernet ports. The exciter complies with the ATSC 3.0 STL interface (A/324) plus it offers built-in ALP encapsulation (optional).  It features “DualCast” technology, which is easily upgraded from ATSC 1.0 to 3.0, protecting investment today for use tomorrow.

Product Info: http://www.comarktv.com/products/dtv-transmitters/dtv-exciter/

Datasheet: http://www.comarktv.com/wp-content/uploads/Hitachi-Comark-EXACT-V2-Exciter-Datasheet_Feb2017.pdf

Availability: 1Q 2017 

Price: Starting at $16,990 

To Set Up an Appointment: [email protected] 

 

Rohde & Schwarz | Booth SL1205 | Website: www.rohde-schwarz.com/tx9 | 6821 Benjamin Franklin Dr., Columbia, MD 21046| 410 910-7800
R&STHU9evo UHF transmitter — The R&STHU9evo UHF high-power transmitter family heralds the next step towards minimizing operating costs for terrestrial broadcasting. Its overall energy efficiency values achieves 43% for ATSC and 40% for COFDM. The transmitter family is based on the well-established R&S THU9 platform and carries forward all of its proven strengths. The THU9 is the market reference for high power high efficiency solid-state transmitter.
Product Info: https://www.rohde-schwarz.com/us/product/thu9evo-productstartpage_63493-313345.html
Datasheet:
https://www.rohde-schwarz.com/us/product/thu9evo-productstartpage_63493-313345.html

Availability: Immediate

 

ANTENNAS

Dielectric | Booth C2613 | Website: http://www.dielectric.com | 22 Tower Rd., Raymond, ME 04071 | 800-341-9678

TFU-GTH-BB broadband pylon antenna — The robust TFU-GTH-BB broadband pylon antenna design supports up to 10 UHF DTV channels (60 MHz). Its channel capacity allows multiple stations sharing a tower to also use a common antenna. This array offers the bandwidth characteristics of a panel antenna with a fraction of the windload. It can be top- or side-mounted. The TFU-GTH-BB optionally includes Dielectric’s new FutureFill technology, which provides a futureproof solution for the multichannel, mobile and IP-enabled streaming opportunities afforded through ATSC 3.0.
Datasheet: http://www.dielectric.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/TLSV-BB-Antenna-Sheet-04_08.pdf
Availability:
Immediate 

TFU-WB UHF side-mount antenna — The TFU-WB is a low-cost, side-mount, UHF broadband pylon-type antenna designed for higher voltage handling capabilities that also offers 75% less wind load, lower overall weight and greater cost-efficiency compared with UHF panel antennas. With broadband capability and robust power input of 60kW, the antenna can accommodate multiple channels simultaneously, especially useful during the 39-month repack window. The TFU-WB can continue to be used as a main or be immediately put into backup service post repack.
Product Info: http://www.dielectric.com/antenna/tfu-wb/
Datasheet: http://www.dielectric.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/TFUWB-Antenna-sheet-04_08.pdf
Availability: Immediate

To Set Up An Appointment: [email protected] 

 

ERI-Electronics Research | Booth C2030 & Westgate Director Suite A | Website: www.eriinc.com | 7777 Gardner Rd., Chandler, IN 47610 | 812-925-6000
UF35000 band pass filter — The UF35000 band-tunable 35 kilowatt UHF band pass filter for DTV applications features efficient filter design in both six and eight section versions. Power handling capability from 20 kW (convection cooled) to 35 kW (liquid cooling) as a reflective filter and is available in constant impedance configurations for higher power levels.
Product Info: http://www.eriinc.com/Catalog/Filters-Combiners/UHF-Filters-Combiners.aspx
Datasheet:
http://www.eriinc.com/getattachment/d4a5a4cd-5abb-4e05-b866-ab096ea1b1f0/20090323001_AEN.aspx

Availability: Immediate

Price: Starting at $21,750

To Set Up An Appointment: [email protected] 

 

Jampro Antennas | Booth C1913 | Website: www.jampro.com | 6340 Sky Creek Dr., Sacramento, CA 95828 | 916-383-1177

Prostar JA/MS-BB broadband UHF slot antenna — Jampro’s JA/MS-BB broadband UHF slot antenna, part of the Prostar line, offers an economical alternative to buying, installing and maintaining multiple antennas. A single, compact solution, it conserves tower space and minimizes wind loading and is especially designed for multi-channel applications.

Product Info:  http://www.jampro.com/tv.html

Datasheet: http://www.jampro.com/uploads/product_pdf/tv/Slot/Prostar%20UHF%20Literature.pdf

Availability: Immediate

Jampro family of RCEC mask filters — Jampro offers a family of RCEC mask filters designed to provide superior mask filter performance at an affordable price for ATSC/DVB-T/ISDB-T applications. Cross coupling creates steep rejection skirts and the high-Q cavities provide low pass band insertion loss in a compact package.

Product Info: http://www.jampro.com/rf-products.html

Datasheet: http://www.jampro.com/uploads/product_pdf/RF%20Products/UHF%20RF%20Products/RCEC-DF6-UM%20Literature.pdf 

Availability: Immediate.

To Set Up An Appointment: [email protected]

 

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) | Booth C2022 | Website: www.rfsworld.com | 200 Pond View Dr., Meriden, CT 06450-7195| 812-589-4755

RFStar UHF slotted array antennas — RFS’s RFStar UHF slotted array antennas incorporate already proven slot design technology to provide a simple and reliable option for single or dual channel fixed polarization applications. Featuring cylindrical radomes for minimal windload, RFStar antennas — available in horizontal, elliptical and circular polarizations– are designed for enhanced reliability, simplified installation and provide excellent performance with the ATSC 1.0 or ATSC 3.0 standards. The full range of antennas is manufactured in the U.S.
Product Info:
http://www.rfsworld.com/rfstar-tm-uhf-slotted-array-antenna,306,1,promoted_product,97.html

Availability: Immediate

SBB Series wideband slot antennas — The SBB Series of wideband slot antennas from RFS can be used by single or multiple broadcasters (as a shared antenna) for interim, permanent or reserve usage. They are well-suited for the broadcaster who requires a high performance antenna with frequency agility to allow for both current and future channel operation. Its design incorporates corrosion-resistant cylindrical fiberglass radome, extremely low wind loading and high power rating.

Product Info:  http://www.rfsworld.com/product-solutions-search,562,1.html?search_options=model_number&input_search=sbb

Availability: Immediate

To Set Up An Appointment: [email protected]

 

ATSC 3.0

Triveni Digital | Booths N2031 and N927FP | Website: http://trivenidigital.com | 777 Alexander Road, Suite 101, Princeton, NJ 08540 | +1-609-716-3502

ATSC 3.0 Starter Kit — Triveni Digital’s ATSC 3.0 starter kits are designed to bring broadcasters up to speed with the new broadcast television standard in a real-world environment. The starter kits encompass everything from file-based monitoring to live encoding and over-the-air transmission, leveraging Triveni Digital’s GuideBuilder XM signaling and announcement generator and StreamScope XM MT quality assurance system for ATSC 1.0/ATSC 3.0, along with third-party technology from trusted ecosystem partners.

Product Info: http://www.trivenidigital.com/newsroom/press_releases_2017/170222.php 

Availability: Immediate. 

Support for ROUTE and MMTP — Triveni Digital’s GuideBuilder XM signaling and announcement generator and StreamScope XM MT platforms now support ATSC 3.0 ROUTE (Real-Time Object Delivery over Unidirectional Transport) and MMTP (MPEG Media Transport Protocol) encoding options. Offering full compliance with the ATSC 3.0 protocol stack, Triveni Digital’s unified applications ensure broadcasters can effectively manage IP broadcast data as well as perform detailed analysis of ATSC 3.0 streams and data structures, making a smooth transition to the next-generation television standard.

Product Info: http://trivenidigital.com/products/guidebuilder-xm-atsc3-metadata-system.php

Product Info: http://trivenidigital.com/products/streamscope-xm-atsc3-analyzer.php 

Datasheet: http://trivenidigital.com/literature/GuideBuilderXM_atsc3_signaling_generator.pdf

Datasheet: http://trivenidigital.com/literature/streamscope-xm-atsc3-broadcast-stream-analyzer.pdf 

Availability: Immediate.

To Set Up An Appointment [email protected]

 

TOWERS & TOWER SERVICES

American Tower | Booth C3230 | Website: www.americantower.com  | 10 Presidential Way, Woburn, MA 01801 | 877-409-6966

 

Coast to Coast Tower Services | Booth C1107 | Website: www.ctctower.com | P.O. Box F, Waxahachie, TX 75168 | 972-923-9504

 

ERI-Electronics Research | Booth C2030 & Westgate Director Suite A | Website: www.eriinc.com | 7777 Gardner Rd., Chandler, IN 47610 | 812-925-6000

ERI provides a comprehensive line of support structures for AM, FM and television transmission. Products provided include guyed and self supporting masts and a complete selection of accessories necessary to furnish total systems. ERI is one of the few suppliers that can design and manufacture the tower and can also provide complete transmission systems and furnish installation and commissioning services.

Product Info: http://www.eriinc.com/Catalog/Towers.aspx

Datasheet: http://www.eriinc.com/Catalog/Towers/Guyed-Towers.aspx

Availability: Immediate

Price: Starting at $5,000

To Set Up An Appointment: [email protected] 

 

International Tower Lighting | Booth C1125 | Website: www.itl-llc.com  | 1001 Centre Pointe Dr., Suite A, La Vergne, TN 37086 | 615-256-6030

 

International Tower Inc. | Booth C1047 | Website: www.itowersinc.com  | 911 W. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85705 | 504-655-3403

 

Magnum Tower | Booth C1118 | Website: http://magnumtowers.com | 9370 Elder Creek Rd., Sacramento, CA 95829 | 916-381-5053

 

Sabre Towers & Poles | Booth N8515 | Website: www.sabreindustries.com  | 7101 Southbridge Dr., Sioux City, IA 51111 | 712-258-6690

 

Tower Engineering Co. | Booth C1630 | Website: www.tower-engineers.com | 21907 64th Ave. West, Suite 140, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043-2298 | 425-640-2266-103


Vertical Bridge | Booth Wynn Salon Conference – B | Website: www.verticalbridge.com  | 750 Park of Commerce Dr., Suite 200. Boca Raton, FL 33487 | 561-406-4032

 

WAVEGUIDE

Myat Inc. | Booth C1919 | Website: www.myat.com | 360 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430 | 201-684-0100 
EWG1800-SPECTRAGUIDEEWG1800-SPECTRAGUIDE, the industry’s only UHF elliptical waveguide transmission line, is sized to accommodate the new re-pack Channels 14-36. EWG has about half the wind load of rectangular waveguide and lower attenuation than 8 3/16 inch coax in most cases. EWG1800 is the well-suited for any high power multi-channel antenna system. With ATSC 3.0 soon to become the standard, broadcasters need to be sure the new broadcast plant will handle any future power upgrades.
Product Info:
www.myat.com
Datasheet:
www.myat.cam/products
Availability:
Immediate

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