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QCommunications Identifies Drones as the Future of Delivery on NAB Show Express On-Demand Line-up Posted: 13/05/2020
QCommunications Identifies Drones as the Future of Delivery on NAB Show Express On-Demand Line-up

QCommunications (QComm), a leading engineering project management and installation vendor specializing in The Spectrum Act (REPACK project), is talking about the present and potential use of drones as a delivery mechanism in a presentation included in NAB Show Express’s “Future of Delivery” on-demand line-up. The session is available as of May 13th and will remain accessible to attendees for an extended time period leading into the 2021 NAB season. It can also be accessed on YouTube by clicking here.

The presentation, which uses an unconventional format to capture the viewer’s attention, focuses on the use of Drones as a safe and effective method to gather data from even the highest towers and deliver accurate information to broadcasters regarding coverage verification, burnout, leak detection, structural integrity and tower load.

Tags: QCommunications | QComm | QForce | REPACK | LPTV | NAB Show Express | Drones
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QCommunications Takes Flight with the Launch of its Airborne Division Manned by Company and rsquo;s QForce Posted: 06/05/2020
QCommunications Takes Flight with the Launch of its Airborne Division Manned by Company and rsquo;s QForce

QCommunications (QComm), a leading engineering project management and installation vendor specializing in The Spectrum Act (REPACK project), has announced the launch of its Airborne Division. The Airborne Division, established to answer the growing demand for safe and accurate signal verification and to maximize product optimizations, will use state-of-the-art, custom made sUAS’s (drones) with proprietary RF software as an added benefit and verification tool to serve and support the broadcast industry.

Leveraging a partnership with SixArms, an innovative company based in Australia that produces efficient, accurate and cost-effective measurement solutions via cutting-edge unmanned aerial vehicle technologies, The Airborne Division utilizes proven signal verification and coverage mapping technology to capture the characterizations of antenna systems. This system allows measurements of Horizontal Radiation Patterns (HRP), Vertical Radiation Patterns (VRP), Effective Radiated Patterns (ERP), polarization discriminations and many other specific modulation parameters while providing overall uncertainties in the order of 1-2dB. QComm’s Airborne Division will be one of just two SixArm certified “operators” within the United States.

Tags: QCommunications | QComm | QForce | REPACK | LPTV
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QComm Demystifies $150 million LPTV Repack Question Posted: 21/02/2020
QComm Demystifies $150 million LPTV Repack Question

QCommunications is a leading engineering, project management and installation vendor specializing in The Spectrum Act (REPACK project). According to Tony zumMallen, QComm President, data analytics support a higher allocation than expected.

“As of February 17, 2020, ~95% or $142M could be attributed to 825 Eligible and Non-Determined stations,” expained zumMallen. “If the trend holds this would be a much higher than expected allocation and a sigh of relief for hundreds of LPTV and translator licencees.”

“So many LPTV broadcasters are inexperienced in the complexity of the application procedure required to determine their eligibility for reimbursement,” zumMallen continued. “At QComm, we not only assist with the entire REPACK process – from needs assessment to transmitter installation to coverage verification - we help broadcasters navigate the paper path and meet all the requirements for reimbursement. We’ve already helped process many millions of dollars and 95% of our LPTV clients have been deemed eligible. And one of the best parts is that our REPACK services are covered for reimbursement, so there is little risk to the broadcaster!”

The Spectrum Act, or REPACK as it is more familiarly known, was designed to re-align the use of broadcast airwaves to suit rapidly evolving consumer demands due to the emergence of divergent entertainment and communications platforms, such as mobile data and the Internet. The shift to new territory allocations and channel assignments has resulted in the need for stations to upgrade, change or redistribute transmission equipment causing significant expenditures that the FCC is relieving with the appropriation of reimbursement funds available to broadcasters that comply with the FCC’s requirements. As part of its service offerings, QComm will assist the customer through the entire process, ensuring they meet eligibility guidelines to receive reimbursements, which could be 100%.

Tags: QCommunications | QComm | REPACK | LPTV | Tony zumMallen | TV REPACK
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Dielectric Designs VHF Antenna System for Sutro Tower Repack Project in Compliance with Stringent Earthquake Code Posted: 13/03/2019
Dielectric Designs VHF Antenna System for Sutro Tower Repack Project in Compliance with Stringent Earthquake Code

As a leading maker of innovative TV/FM broadcast antennas, Dielectric has completed the design of a technically complex, stacked antenna array for San Francisco DTV broadcasters KGO-TV and KRON-TV. The stacked array—a specialty of Dielectric’s—is slated for installation later this year atop Sutro Tower in downtown San Francisco.

Tags: dielectric | repack | antenna | NAB 2019 | NAB 2019
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Dielectric Prepares for Brisk Repack Business Posted: 11/12/2017
Dielectric Prepares for Brisk Repack Business

 Dielectric, a pioneer in purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, last week celebrated the opening of its new 33,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Lewiston, Maine, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tours for customers and partners. The new Lewiston facility, which will specifically focus on UHF business and repack orders, gives Dielectric two dedicated facilities for TV and FM radio antenna systems production.

Tags: Dielectric | Repack | antennas | TV | radio | broadcast | RF systems
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Dielectric and Quincy Media Inc. Enter into Repack Agreement for Nine TV Stations Posted: 06/11/2017
Dielectric and Quincy Media Inc. Enter into Repack Agreement for Nine TV Stations

Dielectric, a pioneer in purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, will ship the first two of nine recently ordered antenna systems to Quincy Media Inc (QMI) in the spring of 2018 to cover TV stations affected by Phase One and Phase Two of the spectrum repack. The full nine-station deal comprises a mix of UHF and VHF antennas, filters and transmission line customized for each station.

Tags: Dielectric | antennas | broadcast | repack
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GatesAir to Provide Raycom Media with Repack Transmitters and Services Posted: 22/08/2017
GatesAir to Provide Raycom Media with Repack Transmitters and Services

Raycom Media, one of the nation's largest privately-owned broadcasters, has signed an agreement with GatesAir to provide Maxiva¢ transmitters and installation services. The agreement covers 65 TV stations in 44 markets affected by the FCC TV spectrum repack.

Tags: GatesAir | broadcast | repack
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Triveni Digital Brings ATSC 3.0 Transition Strategy to LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition Repack Rally Posted: 14/04/2017
Triveni Digital Brings ATSC 3.0 Transition Strategy to LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition Repack Rally
Triveni Digital today announced that it will participate in the Low Power Television (LPTV) Spectrum Rights Coalition Repack Rally, showcasing the company's new ATSC 3.0 starter kits. Designed to bring broadcasters up to speed with the new broadcast television standard and ecosystem in a real-world environment, the starter kits offer revenue-generating and operational benefits for LPTV stations. The Repack Rally will be held on April 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Westgate Hotel, Ballroom B, in Las Vegas.
Tags: Triveni Digital | ATSC 3.0 | transition | LPTV Spectrum | repack | low power television | broadcast | Repack Rally | Ralph Bachofen
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Dielectric Prepares Manufacturing Center for Busy Production Period Posted: 16/02/2017
Dielectric Prepares Manufacturing Center for Busy Production Period

Dielectric, a pioneer in purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, has reorganized its production floor strategy in preparation for the impending US TV spectrum repack. Mike Spugnardi, recently appointed as Manufacturing Engineer, will lead the strategic initiatives around inventory control, production planning and maximizing capacity facility-wide. This includes revised floor plans to better accommodate specific operations across TV and radio projects and departments.

Tags: Dielectric | TV repack | radio | broadcast
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Rohde and Schwarz Hosting Series of Repacking Advanced Technology Events Posted: 14/02/2017
Rohde and Schwarz Hosting Series of Repacking Advanced Technology Events

From March 6th through March 9th, premier transmitter, test and measurement and studio equipment manufacturer, Rohde & Schwarz USA, will host a series of educational events throughout the U.S. The Repacking Advanced Technology Events (RATE) are directed at broadcasters and any technical personnel involved in transitioning a TV station to a new channel as a result of the FCC Spectrum Act. (The Act mandates that 1,200 repacked U.S. TV stations be fully operational with a new transmitter in 2019. Repacking refers to the process of reassigning broadcast TV channels to a smaller portion of the TV band to free up spectrum for wireless use.)

Tags: repacking | Rohde & Schwarz | FCC | events | upcoming events | broadcast TV
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GatesAir to Showcase ATSC 3.0 Innovation at 2016 NAB Show Posted: 15/04/2016
GatesAir to Showcase ATSC 3.0 Innovation at 2016 NAB Show

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, will contribute to several ATSC 3.0 demonstrations at the 2016 NAB Show beginning Monday, showcasing the many emerging business opportunities, and new technologies, that the next-generation over-the-air DTV standard offers to UHF broadcasters. 

Tags: GatesAir | rich redmond | TV | television | broadcast | 2016 NAB Show | maxiva | transmitters | exciter | DTV | UHF< spectrum repack | ATSC 3.0 | over the air | NAB 2016 | NAB 2016
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Dielectric Introduces Innovative Auxiliary UHF Antenna Ideal for TV Spectrum Repack Posted: 06/04/2016
Dielectric Introduces Innovative Auxiliary UHF Antenna Ideal for TV Spectrum Repack

Dielectric, a pioneer in purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, will showcase its innovative TFU-WB Series Auxiliary UHF Antenna at the 2016 NAB Show (April 18-21, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth C2213). This economical, off-the-shelf auxiliary antenna is well-suited to high-power UHF applications from channels 14 to 51, including the emerging ATSC 3.0 standard and 4K UHD TV.

Tags: dielectric | john schadler | UHF | spectrum repack | ATSC 3.0 | television | broadcast | antennas | RF | TV | over the air | sinclair broadcast group | ONE Media | 2016 NAB Show | NAB 2016 | NAB 2016
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Qligent Applies Cloud Monitoring Platform to Changing Over-The-Air TV Landscape Posted: 05/04/2016
Qligent Applies Cloud Monitoring Platform to Changing Over-The-Air TV Landscape

Qligent, a specialist in cloud-based, enterprise-level media monitoring and analysis, has a message for North America broadcasters facing repack: Be prepared to understand the impact that UHF channel sharing or moving to VHF will have on your headend distribution, signal throughput and program quality.  

Tags: Qligent | ted korte | ATSC 3.0 | spectrum repack | TV | television | broadcast | 2016 NAB Show | UHF | VHF | channel sharing | bandwidth | RF | FCC | cloud | monitoring | QoE | headend | NAB 2016 | NAB 2016
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Dielectric Adds Broadcast Engineering Talent in Advance of 2016 NAB Show Posted: 29/03/2016
Dielectric Adds Broadcast Engineering Talent in Advance  of 2016 NAB Show

Dielectric, a pioneer in purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, has fortified its engineering team to minimize operational disruption for its customers in anticipation of the TV spectrum repack, and prepare for a post-repack future as over-the-air broadcasting moves into its next phase.

Tags: dielectric | television | spectrum repack | ATSC 3.0 | radio | HD Radio | FM | digital TV | over-the-air | broadcasting | broadcast | john schadler | engineering | R&D | research and development | 2016 NAB Show | antennas | RF | powerlite | NAB 2016 | NAB 2016
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GatesAir to Debut High-Power Maxiva Air-Cooled UHF Transmitters at the 2016 NAB Show Posted: 21/03/2016
GatesAir to Debut High-Power Maxiva Air-Cooled UHF Transmitters at the 2016 NAB Show

At the 2016 NAB Show, GatesAira global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasterswill debut the Maxiva UAXT-12 and UAXT-16, the newest members of its Maxiva¢ UAXT high-efficiency, air-cooled UHF transmitter product family. The new transmitters extend the UAXT range, introduced in late 2014, to higher power levels not previously available in air-cooled transmitters. This gives UHF broadcasters the improved power efficiency and greater modularity of GatesAirs advanced PowerSmart® transmitter designs, including the third-generation PowerSmart Plus architecture along with the simplicity of air-cooled operation. 

Tags: GatesAir | rich redmond | maxiva | transmitter | UHF | high-efficiency | UAXT | PowerSmart | wireless | over-the-air | broadcast | television | TV | 2016 NAB Show | RF | spectrum repack | ATSC 3.0 | DVB-T2 | ISDB-Tb | IP | NAB 2016 | NAB 2016
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