The Durst Organization, owner of several key broadcast transmission locations in New York City, has ordered several terrestrial broadcast antennas from Radio Frequency Systems, RFS, for its One World Trade Center site, RFS said today.
The PEP antenna arrays include the company’s variable polarization technology, which will allow each broadcaster using the site to set its own polarization ratio independent of other broadcasters on the array, the company said in a press release.
Following transmission tests last year to demonstrate the performance of One World Trade Center as a transmission site, Durst decided to move forward with the installation of permanent antenna arrays on the building. They include the RFS PEP96L and PEP40E variable polarization UHF antennas and a 662-16D circularly polarized VHF array.
One benefit of adding a vertical component to TV transmission is improved reception by mobile receivers, a performance characteristic that may be important to television broadcasters if and when regulatory approval comes for transmission of ATSC 3.0 signals.
John Lyons, assistant VP and director of broadcast communications at The Durst Organization, said the RFS variable polarization technology provides “a future-proof solution” providing “maximum flexibility” for broadcasters grappling with new channel assignments post TV spectrum repack.
The antenna arrays are scheduled to ship in the spring. Installation is set to begin this summer.
To learn more, visit the RFS website.