Kathrein Supports Broadcasters with Solutions for FCC Repack
With the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) broadcast television spectrum incentive auction wrapping up, the challenges facing the North American Broadcasters to transition to new channels in the allotted time frame are significant.
The voluntary, market-based auction — made available to the nation’s nearly 1,800 broadcast stations, provided broadcasters with an opportunity to sell their spectrum and go off air, share a channel with another broadcaster, or move to a different frequency.
After the auction, between 800 and 1,200 broadcasters will need to be repacked; meaning assigned a different frequency. With the move in frequency, broadcast stations will need new equipment such as transmitters, filters, and antennas to transmit different frequencies. The federal government is incentivizing displaced broadcasters with $1.75 billion in funding to upgrade station infrastructures.
Kathrein’s New Pylon Antenna
Kathrein announces a fully broadband, side-mounted pylon antenna to quickly and efficiently meet Broadcaster’s repack needs. The antenna has full band performance and industry standard radiation patterns for use as a high performance main antenna, backup antenna, or as a temporary antenna. Click here for more information.
New Antenna Selector Online Tool
Additionally, Kathrein offers the customized support services and planning tools you need to build your radio or television antenna system. Our new Broadcast Antenna Selector Tool makes finding the right antenna quick and easy. Click here for access. For Antenna Selector questions or support, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathrein has 60+ years of experience in delivering the highest quality FM radio and TV broadcast antenna systems. Our strength lies in the rugged and reliable solutions we offer and the ability to handle the most challenging environments, such as extreme iciness. Kathrein products feature a comprehensive line of professional antennas for Full Power Digital and Analog Television, LPTV, Translator, FM (also FM combiners), Broadcast Auxiliary, and Wireless Cable applications.