Sinclair Picks R&S For Repack Transmitters

Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying more than 100 100 Rohde & Schwarz high-power TV transmitters as it moves to meet repack deadlines across the country.

Sinclair’s KFDM Beaumont, Texas, features an R&S THUevo liquid-cooled transmitter.

As part of the ongoing FCC spectrum repack, Sinclair Broadcast Group will deploy more than 100 Rohde & Schwarz high-power TV transmitters for 90 TV stations nationwide.
Sinclair’s transmitter model of choice is the future-ready R&S THUevo liquid-cooled transmitter. It offers an easy path to ATSC 3.0 and energy efficiency values of up to 43% for ATSC.

According to R&S, compared to conventional transmitters, the THU9evo can save up to 50% of energy costs (in Doherty operation), while offering the highest power density on the market. The result is a reduction in energy consumption, which minimizes network operator costs.

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“We partnered with Rohde & Schwarz for the installation of the THUevo to commence our repack efforts about a year ago. This is a very nice product, and Rohde & Schwarz has proven to be an incredible partner for Sinclair by providing a great service and support from comprehensive consulting and site surveys all the way to installation, commissioning, proofing and after-sales services,” said Harvey Arnold, VP of engineering at Sinclair Broadcast Group. “Rohde & Schwarz strives to deliver a great product and they listen to our needs.”

“We value our business partnership with Sinclair Broadcast Group and appreciate their continuous trust in our products and team during the ongoing repack,” said Erik Balladares, VP of broadcast and media at Rohde & Schwarz USA, Inc. “It was imperative for Sinclair Broadcast Group to take the opportunity to future-proof their broadcast operation in every possible way, and to plan and execute the FCC Repack measures in an exemplarily manner. We would like to salute them for doing an outstanding job in fulfilling the repack requirements well ahead of the schedule.”

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