Hiltron Introduces HSACU4 Control Unit for Mobile Satcom Antennas

Hiltron Communications, a global satellite system integrator, manufacturer and distributor, has a new addition to its product range. The HSACU4 is a compact antenna control unit for use with flyaway antennas. It is based on the same hardware and software platform as the HACU antenna control unit which is used for earth station antennas at hundreds […]

Dejero Sets Technology Partnership With Antenna Specialist Taoglas

Dejero is partnering with Taoglas, a provider of antenna and RF technologies, to help its customers select best-in-class, high-performance antennas for its cellular bonding devices when used in mobile and fixed applications. Dejero said its solutions “provide resilient, uninterrupted connectivity for critical communications across the internet by combining the bandwidth from multiple wired and wireless […]

NAB Show: Dielectric Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Dielectric returns to the NAB Show exhibit floor (April 23-27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center) with an impressive business milestone under its belt. Celebrating 80 years in business, the broadcast industry’s longest-serving over-the-air antenna and RF systems supplier will host customer-facing activities in its booth while showcasing its latest TV and radio innovations. Dielectric […]

Sinclair Ups Keith Pelletier To President Of Dielectric

The RF and antenna industry veteran is elevated to succeed the retiring Andy Whiteside.

Is It Time to Get A TV Antenna?

How you can benefit from the return of old-school antennas and free over-the-air TV.

D.C. Court Upholds FCC’s Antenna Rule Change

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Federal Appeals Court has rejected a challenge to the FCC’s decision to amend its over-the-air reception device (OTARD) rule to remove a commercial use restriction.

Dielectric Adds Daniel Bizet As International Sales Manager

Dielectric has appointed Daniel Bizet international sales manager. He fills the role that John Macdonald held until his recent retirement. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Bizet reports to Jay Martin, vice president, sales, and leads the company’s international sales efforts markets with a strong focus in Latin America. Bizet joined Dielectric after more than 30 years working with Broadcast Electronics, most recently as its Latin America sales manager. When he lived in Venezuela, […]

Why TV Antennas Are Making a Comeback in the Streaming Age

Antennas, or “rabbit ears” provide completely free access to local network affiliates, typically including ABC, NBC, Fox and others. Fueled largely by millennials who’ve long sidestepped cable, antenna sales in the U.S. have risen 4% over the past year.

Dielectric Optimizes Production Workflow For Busy LPTV Repack Phase

Dielectric is preparing for brisk business in the final stretch of the FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction, or spectrum repack, which will relocate displaced low-power TV, TV translator and FM stations to new frequencies by Sept. 5, 2022. The provider of broadcast antenna and RF systems has developed a new strategy for low-power repack customers, anchored by its growing Powerlite Series […]

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TVN Tech | A Busy Spring For LPTV’s Repack

Low-power TV stations continue to contend with FCC initiatives to move to new channels and convert to digital operations, while interest grows in using LPTV sticks to transmit in the ATSC 3.0 standard. Above, Comark E-Compact transmitters.

Dielectric Names Dan Glavin Western Region Sales Manager

Dielectric has appointed Dan Glavin Western Region sales manager, succeeding Steven Moreen, who retires following a 52-year career in the broadcast industry. Glavin steps into the role immediately, with responsibility for all U.S. TV and FM sales and customer service west of the Mississippi River. He reports to Jay Martin, Dielectric’s vice president of sales. […]

Dielectric Enables Near-Field Drone Measurements To Validate TV Antenna Performance

Near-field measurements eliminate special FAA waivers, reduce impact of signal reflections on measurements for broadcasters seeking to verify antenna radiation characteristics.

Kathrein Debuts UHF Variable Polarization Omni Antenna For NextGen TV Or LPTV

UHF super-turnstile antennas manufacturer Kathrein has added to its line of omnidirectional super-turnstile antennas, introducing a new model with elliptical and circular capabilities for NextGen TV and LPTV applications. The company says its new 7500000043 antenna “is the first super-turnstile model with variable polarization which can be stacked to increase gain and power capabilities.” The […]

Dielectric Moves Production Focus From Repack To NextGen TV

As the U.S. spectrum repack advances toward conclusion, Dielectric says it is hard at work preparing for the next generation of over-the-air broadcast opportunities. With Dielectric preparing its remaining shipments for Phase 10 — the final repack phase for higher power stations — the company reports an approximate 82% of the total repack market share, and a strong […]

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TVN Tech | RF Repack Marching Toward Completion

Vendors see the end of a long RF repack process ahead with FCC deadlines being met, sometimes assisted by Special Temporary Authorities and interim transmission facilities. RF vendors are now looking to other revenue opportunities as the repack slows down. (Dielectric photo)

Sinclair’s Dielectric Recognized In 2019 Best Places To Work In Maine

Sinclair Broadcast Group says its wholly owned subsidiary Dielectric, a provider of antennas, RF systems, transmission lines and other broadcast equipment, was named one of 2019’s Best Places to Work in Maine by the Society for Human Resource Management of Maine and Best Companies Group. The annual survey and awards program was designed to identify […]

Future Antennas Could Be ‘Painted On’ Electronics

Dielectric Ships Two Stacked Antenna Arrays

Stacked UHF and VHF antenna arrays for American Tower are designed to optimize repack coverage for stations in Dallas and Boston.

Dielectric Designs VHF System For Sutro Repack

Two San Francisco broadcasters will leverage structurally complex, top-mounted stacked antenna array that’s in compliance with a stringent earthquake code. Dielectric will showcase its THV Series of VHF antennas at the NAB Show.

Dielectric Welcomes FCC’s Pai To Antenna Facility

Dielectric, a manufacturer of TV and FM broadcast antenna systems, recently welcomed Ajit Pai, Chairman of the FCC, to its repack antenna facility in Lewiston, Maine. Chairman Pai was greeted by Andy Whiteside, president, and Keith Pelletier, VP and general manager with a brief discussion of Dielectric’s 75-year history. The chairman than met with key Dielectric executives, followed by a guided tour of the facility and […]

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Dielectric Gets 500th Repack Antenna Order

Dielectric has aggressively pursued the TV repack antenna supplier and has received its 500th antenna for the multi-phase repack process. Nexstar Media Group’s KSHV Shreveport, La. (DMA 90), will install the antenna in the first quarter of 2019 in alignment with phase 2 of the FCC repack transition schedule.   Dielectric’s 500th repack antenna is a TUA-P4-4/10H-1 SM broadband, side-mount, auxiliary antenna that the station […]

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RF Vendors Rolling Ahead With The Repack

Manufacturers of transmitters, antennas, transmission line, filters and other RF components are already busy with repack orders but say the additional funding included in the government’s recent spending bill should greatly ease the process, particularly for mid-to-small-market stations that have been slow to invest due to fears about compensation. Above, a Dielectric  APT panel antenna. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2018 Resource Guide listing transmitters, antennas and other RF gear  or here to download it as a PDF.

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NAB Tech Hot Topics Products: Transmitters, Antennas & More RF Gear

For the third 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 transmitters, antennas and other RF gear (read the main story here). These companion resource guides on the technology covered each week are compilations of […]

Dielectric, Quincy Set Repack Deal For 9 TVs

The Phase One and Two deal covers antennas, filters and/or transmission line customized for each station, with Dielectric’s modeling software driving accelerated delivery timelines.

IBC 2017 PRODUCTS PREVIEW

On The IBC Exhibit Floor: CPI

CPI | Meeting Room G104 | www.cpii.com  On Sunday, Sept. 17, the Antenna Systems Division of Communications &Power Industries (CPI) will present an educational forum on “Q/V-Band Ground Systems: What Do You Need to Know” during the international IBC 2017 exhibition and conference in Amsterdam. CPI invites engineering decision-makers interested in learning how to obtain the best results from the newest generation […]

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Dielectric Ships Powerlite RF Systems To Ethiopia

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Raycom Getting Repack Xmtrs From GatesAir

GatesAir will provide the station group with Maxiva transmitters and installation services covering 65 TV stations in 44 markets.

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Dielectric To Open New TV Antenna Factory

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Raycom Orders 29 Dielectric Antennas For Repack

Millennials Discover How To Get Free TV

The Wall Street Journal reports that cord-cutters accustomed to watching shows online are often shocked that $20 “rabbit ears” pluck signals from the air. Is this legal? “I was just kind of surprised that this is technology that exists,” says Dan Sisco, 28 years old. “It’s been awesome. It doesn’t log out and it doesn’t skip.” WSJ subscribers can read the full story here.

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Don’t Lose Sight Of SFNs In Deadline Push

Top of mind this week for managers and engineers alike will be hitting the FCC’s July 12 deadline for initial construction permit and repack expense reimbursement filings. But in the rush to get that done, it’s important not to lose sight of future possibilities like single frequency network operation.

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Drones Taking RF Testing To New Heights

Specially equipped drones designed to measure the signal strength of TV antennas are beginning to be deployed in the United States. Not only can they validate the coverage patterns of installed antennas against their design, but they also can help to identify problems with antennas that impact market coverage. Above, an LS telcom drone used to conduct signal strength measurements.

TVN TECH | NAB 2017

Channel Repack Takes Center Stage At NAB

TV broadcasters have a lot on their minds this year at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. New efficiencies enabled by IP video transport as well as IT technology and next-gen TV made possible by ATSC 3.0 are near top of mind. But no issue facing over-the-air TV broadcasters at this year’s gathering tops the FCC-mandated repack of the television spectrum. Above: Few transmitter sites will require dealing with logistical issues as complicated as those that had to be overcome at One World Trade Center in New York. (Photo: ©2016 John M. Lyons. Used with permission.)

NAB SHOW 2017 PRODUCTS PREVIEW

On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Dielectric

Dielectric | Booth C2613 | Website: http://www.dielectric.com/  Dielectric, a provider of purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, will exhibit its, now-shipping TFU-WB UHF antenna to simplify transitions associated with the Spectrum Repack — along with a message for broadcasters that accentuates why now is the time to purchase and prepare. The TFU-WB […]

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RF Vendors Tackle Repack, Next-Gen Details

The FCC-mandated TV spectrum repack and ATSC 3.0 will be the biggest trends in RF developments at the 2017 NAB Show. However, that simple statement glosses over the complexities involved in making both a reality. This year’s convention will mark the first major industrywide opportunity broadcasters and RF vendors have had to dive into the nitty-gritty of making these major changes a reality. Photo: RFS. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2017 Resource Guide listing of RF consultants, vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.

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Dielectric Lands $3.9 Million Antenna Order

In preparation for the upcoming spectrum repack, American Tower orders TFU-WB broadband, side-mount antennas plus transmission line to support its broadcast customers as they relocate UHF stations to new channel assignments.

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Dielectric Continues Reorg Of Production Floor

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Dielectric Celebrates 75 Years In Business

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Dielectric Expansion Accelerates

TVN TECH'S SUMMER ROAD TRIPS

RF Vendors Prepare For TV Spectrum Repack

This summer, Phil Kurz, TVNewsCheck’s technology editor, hit the road to visit the manufacturing facilities of Dielectric, Electronics Research Inc. (ERI) and GatesAir (above) to see how each is preparing for the expected spike in demand for antennas, transmitters and other RF components as a result of the TV spectrum repack. This is what he learned.