Quincy Media has selected GatesAir to provide transmitters, installation services and commissioning groupwide on an exclusive basis to meet its needs for the FCC-mandated TV spectrum repack, GatesAir announced today.
The deal includes new Maxiva ULXTE liquid-cooled UHF and VAXTE air-cooled VHF transmitters, while existing GatesAir transmitters at select stations will be modified to meet new channel assignments, the company said.
While the group has stations in all 10 repack phases, it is Phase 1 that is most concerning to Brady Dreasler, corporate director of engineering at Quincy.
“We are conducting tower studies at all sites to confirm what level of reinforcement work will be required,” said Dreasler. “But we feel prepared with our transmitter choices, and the new TPO levels for each of these channels.”
The GatesAir XTE exciter used in these transmitters “sets us up for ATSC 3.0 transitions coming out of the repack period,” he said.
Quincy Media and GatesAir are working on determining which existing transmitters can be channel-changed.
Dreasler and GatesAir are working on a plan to bring in temporary backup transmitters to station transmitter plants where space is limited while work progresses to meet repack requirements.
At sites where space is limited, the plan being considered envisions a trailer housing the temporary transmitter so that it can be moved from site to site to keep stations on-air while repack work is being done.
More information is available on the GatesAir website.