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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
Stacked UHF and VHF antenna arrays for American Tower are designed to optimize repack coverage for stations in Dallas and Boston.
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, 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
GatesAir will provide the station group with Maxiva transmitters and installation services covering 65 TV stations in 44 markets.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
At most, broadcasters have 39 months to complete their move to a new channel assignment if and when the incentive auction is complete. That’s not much time. To expedite antenna replacement, many are advocating a two-step tango on TV towers where crews install an auxiliary, broadband side-mount antenna first to keep a station on air. Then later, when the smoke clears, design, build and install a permanent antenna that replicates as closely as possible today’s coverage contour.
Antenna and RF component manufacturer Electronics Research Inc. is on track to increase its antenna production capacity by 800% before the end of the year after entering into an agreement with wireless provider T-Mobile to facilitate the expansion. Above, an aerial view of ERI’s Chandler, Ind., antenna manufacturing facility. The company plans to add three new buildings and more than 100 employees by year’s end. (ERI photo)
The FCC can take several more steps to expedite the TV spectrum repack and increase the likelihood of achieving its aggressive timeline, including authorizing the use of temporary side-mount antennas, says Dan Fallon, senior RF engineer at antenna vendor Dielectric.
Electronics Research Inc. | Booth C2324 | Website: www.eriinc.com Electronics Research Inc. is debuting a new family of broadband high band VHF panel antennas. The Electronics Research ETV Series high band VHF television antennas include a horizontally polarized high band VHF panel antenna element as well as an element for circularly polarized requirements. As with […]
The latest broadcast transmitter and antenna technology is built to see broadcasters through the upcoming repack and beyond by offering new flexibility and efficiency. New UHF transmitters are able to achieve power efficiencies of up to 50% for high-power operation. The broadband antennas will be able to handle many flash cut scenarios during the repack. For a resources guide to the companies mentioned in this story, click here. Read all the 2016 NAB Hot Topics stories here.
The Wall Street Journal reports several broadcasters in the nation’s top market, including WCBS and WNBC, have agreed to move their primary broadcast antennas from the Empire State Building to the the new 1,776-foot World Trade Center. “The broadcasters have signed up for all long-term leases,” says Robert Becker, a Durst VP who handled the lease negotiations. “They and [we] are comfortable there is a world of TV broadcasting.” Journal subscribers may read the story here.
Modern TV antennas don’t look much like the rabbit ears you might remember. But the TV antenna is making a comeback. The number of homes in the U.S. that get network TV over the air and don’t have cable or satellite service has gone up about 17% in the last five years, according to Nielsen.