NAB 2018

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 information provided by vendors. To download this page as a PDF, click here.


Cavell Mertz & Associates | and | 7724 Donegan Dr. Manassas, VA 20109 | 703-392-9090 

Cavell, Mertz & Associates is made up of experienced and innovative professionals who have spent much of their careers as broadcast chief engineers, technical project managers, broadcast and telecommunications technicians, licensed Professional Engineers and networking and information integration specialists. It specializes in ATSC 3.0, SFN, and RF system support, analysis and designþ broadcast coverageþ interference and improvement studies as well as drone/UAV based antenna pattern studies.

Product Info: 

Microwave system design. Product Info: 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 | | 227 Central Ave., Metuchen, NJ 08840­1212 | 732-­494-6400


Meintel, Sgrignoli & Wallace | | 1282 Smallwood, Suite 372, Waldorf, MD 20603 | 202­251­7589

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


GatesAir | Booth N3703 | | 5300 Kings Island Drive, Suite 101, Mason, OH 45040 | 513-­459­-3400

Maxiva VAXTE VHF Transmitter The Maxiva VAXTE provides market-leading performance in a compact, air-cooled architecture for both Band III and low-band VHF. Supporting 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 world-class power efficiency thanks to GatesAir’s latest-generation high-power, high-efficiency power amplifiers. New updates include HTML5-based user interfaces for optimal security and ease of use.

Availability: Now Cost: Call for Pricing

Maxiva ULXTE UHF Transmitter 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. New updates include HTML5-based user interfaces for optimal security and ease of use.

Availability: Now Cost: Call for Pricing


Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark | Booth C4309 | | 104 Feeding Hills Rd., Southwick, MA 01077 | 413-998-1100  

PARALLAX solid state VHF Band 1 DTV transmitter uses liquid cooled high power density RF amplifier technology for up to 41kW post filter power.  The Band 1 version shares the mechanical architecture, user interface, and performance of the award winning and field proven UHF and VHF Band 3 PARALLAX transmitters.  The PARALLAX family provides the highest reliability and efficiency for the lowest overall cost of ownership.

Product Info: Datasheet: Availability: Q4-2018 for VHF Band 1 Price: on request, dependent on power level and options


Rohde & Schwarz USA | Booth SL6610 | | 6821 Benjamin Franklin Dr., Columbia, MD 21046 | 410-910-7800 

Rohde & Schwarz has developed the world’s first IT server-based exciter solution for ATSC 3.0 broadcasts, the R&S SDE900, and by that revolutionized the implementation process of broadcast standards. With a pure software-based approach that ideally prepares network operators for ATSC 3.0., the SDE900 ensures that broadcast standard network operators’ future needs for flexibility can be optimally addressed.

The SDE900 is designed as a plug-in, rackmount module for the Tx9 generation of transmitters, making it an easy upgrade path to the ATSC 3.0 standard. The SDE900 software-based encoder generates the I/Q modulation data.

Based on a high-performance IT server, it enables network operators to leverage the full capabilities of the standard and flexibly respond to signal processing requirements of the future. The Rohde & Schwarz exciter solution fully supports ATSC 3.0 features such as multiple physical layer pipes (PLP), multiple sub frames and SFN capabilities for optimal utilization of valuable spectrum. The SDE900 also supports ATSC 3.0 layered division multiplexing (LDM), helping network operators to maximize coverage for different reception scenarios (e.g. fixed and mobile reception).

 By design, broadcast standard evolutions can easily be accommodated. Operators can capitalize on their valuable spectrum assets even in the future and benefit from a secure a long-term investment.

Product Information: Datasheet: Availability: Immediate



Dielectric | Booth C2613 | | 22 Tower Road, Raymond, ME 04071 | 800-­341-­9678

FutureFill Dielectric is preparing broadcasters for ATSC 3.0 with its FutureFill feature, which the company is building into every repack antenna it makes—at no extra charge. FutureFill allows an existing ATSC 1.0 antenna to be adjusted so that its performance is boosted for ATSC 3.0, without having to be taken down from the tower or replaced. FutureFill increases power density by 7- to 9-dB, and decreases the main load gain from 1.2- to 1.4-dB.

Availability: Now Cost: Free Option in ATSC 3.0-Ready Antennas


TFU-GTH UHF Antenna The new aluminum version of Dielectric’s TFU-GTH Series UHF Slot Antennas are lightweight and ideal for side mounting. The TFU-GTH offers an “electrically center fed” design that provides superior frequency response across a single or dual channels. Its excellent performance is in part attributed to its VSWR rating of 1.08:1 across the channel.  TFU- GTH antenna are optionally fully enclosed in a maintenance-free, non-pressurized radome for optimal protection against inclement weather elements and other contact-related damage.

Availability: Now Cost: Call for Pricing


ERI­Electronics Research | Booth C1322 | | 7777 Gardner Rd., Chandler, IN 47610 | 812­-925­-6000  

IRTE/ERI i230ECN and i230ECW compact broadband UHF panel antennas are true broadband UHF panel antennas, 470 to 700 MHz, the can be configured for horizontal, elliptical or vertical polarization. They are compact, lightweight, low wind load designs available in in 8, 16, or 24 bay configurations with power handling capability up to 60 kW, average power.

Product Info: Datasheet: Availability: Immediate Price: Starting at $75,500 To Set Up An Appointment: mailto:[email protected]  


Jampro Antennas | Booth C1913 | | 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 legendary 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. Especially designed for multi-channel. 

Product Info: Datasheet: Availability:  Now Price:  Contact Factory

ATSC 3.0-Ready High Power Broadband Futurization Technology — The JUXD broadband panel is ideal for broadband, multi-channel applications where the polarization ratio has not been fully decided.

The JUXD panel has Dual inputs for polarization ratio control, and by using the RCUV variable phase splitter it is possible to very easily adjust the polarization of the JUXD panel array from fully horizontal, through elliptical or circular to fully vertical polarized propagation, as required, from the transmitter room, with the ability to adjust polarization on individual channels. 

Datasheet: Availability:  Now Price:  Contact Factory To Set Up An Appointment: [email protected] 


Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) | Booth C1913 | http://www, | 200 Pond View Drive, Meriden, CT 06450 | 203-630-3311


SBB-EP series of Elliptical Wideband Slot Antennas These broadband antennas can be utilized by single or multiple broadcasters for interim or auxiliary usage, and provide a fixed elliptical polarization that is constant over the UHF band. They are ideally suited when a high-performance antenna is needed, that allows for frequency agility between current and future channel operation. The design of the SBB-EP incorporates a corrosion-resistant cylindrical fiberglass radome, with extremely low wind loading and high power rating.

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RFStar UHF Slotted Array Antenna RFS’ utilizes proven “Slot” design technology for full range of USA antennas. Featuring low wind load, they provide a simple and reliable option for single or dual channel fixed polarization applications. An enclosed radome adds reliability. Horizontal, elliptical and circular polarizations are available along with three types of vertical patterns (varying degrees of null fill).

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Myat Inc. | Booth C1916 | | 360 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430 | 201­-684-­0100  

EWG1800­SpectraGuide EWG1800­SpectraGuide, the industry’s only UHF elliptical waveguide transmission line, is sized to accommodate the new re­pack 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 well­suited for any high power multi­channel 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: Datasheet: Availability: Immediate


Radio Frequency Sysytems (RFS) | Booth C1913 | http://www, | 200 Pond View Drive, Meriden, CT 06450 | 203-630-3311 

Coaxial transmitter power combiners for power levels up to 120 kW RFS is pioneering high-power coaxial transmitter power combiners to up to 120 kW. These are designed for transmitter manufacturers who want to combine several racks of amplifiers into one RF output without having to resort to waveguide transmitter combiners. RFS’ coaxial transmitter combiners greatly reduce the volume of such high power systems, which is critical when space is at a premium. Product info:

Tunable coaxial RF filters for up to 60 kW / 120 kW in UHF With these cast 6-pole and 8-pole PeakPower+ filters, the heat is dissipated much more evenly and the insertion loss is greatly reduced for power levels up to 60kW, convection or liquid cooled. Coaxial Constant Impedance Filter systems can be offered to up to 120 kW. With the help of RFS’ BCAT Computer-Aided Tuning Software, it is possible to completely tune (or retune) these filters in under one hour locally or in the field, without having to replace any components. As such they can operate at both pre-and post-repack channels, providing greater flexibility and offering more options for interim and repack scenarios. They are also the basis of RFS’ coaxial channel combiners with the same benefits.

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ATSC 3.0 

Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark | Booth C4309 | | 104 Feeding Hills Rd., Southwick, MA 01077 | 413-998-1100 

CDS Powered by TITAN Live — Hitachi-Comark will showcase a live “glass-to-glass” ATSC 3.0 demo. This comprehensive ATSC 3.0 demo will feature several products from across the Hitachi Kokusai Group in conjunction with key partners. Glass-to-glass refers to the demo’s scope, which includes image capture via Hitachi HD-HDR cameras through the software based HEVC encoding and lastly ATSC 3.0 RF transmission, reception, and monitoring. Key products featured in this demo include HEVC encoding, ROUTE server, Broadcast Gateway/Scheduler, ATSC 3.0 DTV Exciter, and QoS RF Monitoring

Product Info: Datasheet: Product Solution Datasheet Coming soon Availability: 1Q 2018 Price: on request, dependent on configuration and options To set up an appointment: [email protected]


Qligent | Booth N5914 | | 100 S. Harbor City Boulevard, Second Floor, Melbourne, FL 32901 | 321-956-3454

Vision-ATSC Vision-ATSC provides broadcasters with an easy-to-use cloud-based workflow that correlates and analyzes multi-layer data from nine distinct points along a signal path that spans from the broadcast gateway input sources to the antenna’s RF output. Four data points of direct multi-layer stream analysis, and five data points from vendor equipment, are reported throughout the ATSC 3.0 ecosystem. This big data illuminates system configuration changes, problems and other issues so broadcasters can take steps to optimize their ATSC 3.0 service. Broadcasters can use Vision-ATSC today to establish a baseline of ATSC 1.0 performance, and provide monitoring and oversight throughout the ATSC 3.0 transition for greater operational continuity.

Availability: Now Cost: Call for Pricing


Triveni Digital | NAB Booth N1427 | | 777 Alexander Road, Suite 101, Princeton, NJ 08540 | 609-716-3500

Triveni Digital StreamScope Portal II simplifies troubleshooting of DTV transport streams through its sleek two-in-one hardware platform design, high-res touch-screen interface, advanced RF spectrum analysis capabilities, rules-based troubleshooting, and ultra-portability factor. StreamScope Portal II can be upgraded with professional ATSC 3.0 analysis software. With StreamScope Portal II, broadcast engineers can access a wide range of video quality assurance metrics, including video thumbnails, audio graphs, metadata tables, PID details, EPGs, IP routes, GOP frames, and advanced RF spectrum analysis in a compact package that is perfect for field testing transport streams at multiple locations.

Product Info: Availability: Immediate



ERI­-Electronics Research | Booth C1322 | | 7777 Gardner Rd., Chandler, IN 47610 | 812-­925-­6000


International Tower Lighting, LLC | Booth C1405 | http://www.itl¬ | 1001 Centre Pointe Dr., Suite A, La Vergne, TN 37086 | 615-­256-­6030

International Tower Inc. | Booth C2844 | | 911 W. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85705 | 504-­655-­3403

Magnum Tower | Booth C1113 | | 9370 Elder Creek Rd., Sacramento, CA 95829 | 916­-381­-5053

Sabre Towers & Poles | Booth N6221 | | 7101 Southbridge Dr., Sioux City, IA 51111 | 712­-258-­6690

Tower Engineering Co. | Booth C3135 | http://www.tower¬ | 21907 64th Ave. West, Suite 140, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043­ | 425-­640-­2266

Vertical Bridge | Wynn Salon Conference ­A | | 750 Park of Commerce Dr., Suite 200. Boca Raton, FL 33487 | 561-­406­-4032


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