Raycom Media has placed an order for 29 UHF and VHF antennas, tunable RF filers and transmission line from Dielectric to execute its TV spectrum repack obligations, the antenna manufacturer announced this week.
The Dielectric antennas for Raycom includes:
- TFU-WB UHF arrays, a low-cost, sidemount UHF broadband pylon antenna.
- TFU-G, TFU-E and TFU-J UHF arrays.
- THV VHF arrays.
Many of the antenna arrays include elliptical polarization to enhance ATSC 1.0 reception and to prepare for 3.0 operation.
Dielectric will begin to ship the antennas to Raycom tower sites in September and expects to complete delivery of the last antenna in February 2020.
Raycom stations that are part of FCC repack phases one and two will receive their new antennas in the third and fourth quarters of 2017. Those stations in later phases will receive their new antennas three to six months from their phase deadlines, Dielectric said.
The TFU-WB offers a higher voltage handling ability and higher peak to average power ratio, which makes them appropriate for SFN deployment as part of a future ATSC 3.0 rollout.
More information is available on the Dielectric website.