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.

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)

Dielectric Expands Powerlite For NextGen TV At NAB Show

Dielectric will strengthen its global Powerlite brand for broadcasters with new systems built specifically for NextGen TV, based on the ATSC 3.0 standard. To be introduced at the 2020 NAB Show (April 19-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center), the new Powerlite TFU-WB-LP Series addresses the unique requirements of ATSC 3.0 single-frequency networks (SFNs). The series offers multiple variations, patterns and software-defined proposal generators to help broadcasters develop perfectly-defined, multi-site low-power antenna systems. […]

Dielectric To Introduce SNMP-Enabled Dual RF Switch Controller

Dielectric will introduce a new dual RF switch controller to the market that simplifies local and remote control of transmission systems in early January, with its public debut scheduled for the 2020 NAB Show. The new DRFSC device integrates SNMP and secure web-based capabilities to streamline the management of waveguide and coaxial transfer switch activation […]

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 […]

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.

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Broadcasters To Unveil 3.0 Rollout In 30+ Markets

Spectrum Co. and Pearl TV are expected to jointly announce ATSC 3.0 launches involving some 150 stations in 30 markets during next week’s gathering in Las Vegas. Their goal is to build a national footprint that will let broadcasters better compete with wireless companies and OTT providers while spurring the development of 3.0-ready TV sets and other consumer devices.

Dielectric To Debut RFHawkeye RF Monitoring At NAB

Broadcast antennas and RF systems maker Dielectric will unveil its new RFHawkeye monitoring system at the 2019 NAB Show (April 8-11, Las Vegas Convention Center). Co-axial transmission line systems,  an expensive and essential component of any broadcast system, are subjected to a wide variety of environmental and operational conditions that can lead to previously undetectable, […]

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Dark Clouds Looming For TV Repack

By most accounts, transmitter manufacturers and suppliers of antennas and RF components are doing a good job so far of keeping up with the rapid spike in demand caused by the repack. But weather problems are causing major problems for tower crews and delaying a growing number of projects. And repack insiders fear a more significant backup this summer and fall.

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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3.0’s Potential To Be Tested In Phoenix, Dallas

Both an ATSC 3.0 single-frequency network (SFN) launch in Dallas and a “model market” test in Phoenix have equipment ready to go and are simply awaiting legal approval to turn on, which could come as early as tomorrow.

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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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Dielectric Ships Powerlite RF Systems To Ethiopia

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Dielectric To Open New TV Antenna Factory

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Raycom Orders 29 Dielectric Antennas For Repack

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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.)

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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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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

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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.

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WJHG Panama City Adds New UHF Antenna

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Dielectric Releases Antenna Planning Software

TV Band Repack Products Guide

This year, TVNewsCheck is augmenting its coverage of NAB Show Hot Topics tech trends stories with information that can make your visit to NAB easier. This week’s focus is the post incentive auction spectrum repack, including consultants and transmitter and antenna manufacturers (read the main story here). These companion resource guides on the technology covered each week are […]

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Dielectric Intros New High-VHF Antenna Design

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FCC Auction Taking Toll On TV RF Vendors

As a result of the uncertainity over the FCC’s plans to auction and repack the TV spectrum, stations are putting off investments in transmission gear. The latest victim is Electronics Research Inc., which just laid off 22 employees.

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FCC Auction Taking Toll On TV RF Vendors

As a result of the uncertainity over the FCC’s plans to auction and repack the TV spectrum, stations are putting off investments in transmission gear. The latest victim is Electronics Research Inc., which just laid off 22 employees.

Dielectric: Smith’s $5M Insurance Policy

The CEO of Sinclair says that he felt he had to rescue Dielectric from going out of business to guarantee support and parts for all the Dielectric transmission gear he has in the field. “This was an insurance policy for us. I now know if I get hit under any circumstance, I own all the intellectual property involved in creating any replacement parts for anything I need.”

Sinclair Steps In To Buy Dielectric

Sinclair CEO David Smith: “Dielectric has supplied more than two-thirds of the TV industry’s high-power antennas, and its name is synonymous with expert engineering and quality products. We feel fortunate to have this opportunity to acquire the Dielectric intellectual property and assets related to our most critical infrastructure.”

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Richmond Stations’ Antenna Fix Delayed

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Figuring Out Life After Dielectric

The TV antenna manufacturer’s many clients are wondering who will service their existing RF systems and who will emerge to sell them new ones. Demand could shoot up greatly if the FCC OKs band repacking following a spectrum auction. Possible solutions could be current U.S. competitors to Dielectric as well as a number of foreign firms.

Dielectric Ends Broadcast Antenna Business

Citing difficult global economic conditions in the broadcast marketplace, longtime broadcast technology manufacturer Dielectric announced Friday that it’s closing down its antenna business.