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ERI’s Responsibility to the Broadcast Industry during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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ERI Company Announcement

As people everywhere are coming together to slow the spread of COVID-19. This now includes US cities, counties and states implementing orders to limit physical contact between people including ordering non-essential businesses to close, all as a part of the effort to reduce the number of individuals infected by the Coronavirus. ERI is recognized as part of the US critical infrastructure communications industry and as such will maintain primary operations. On March 16th the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America. This guidance states that:

“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”

Consistent with this guidance Electronics Research, Inc. will remain open and operating at a capacity level necessary to make currently scheduled shipments, to respond to new orders and customer support requests. This exception for Critical Infrastructure businesses, which includes ERI, is included in Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s Stay at Home Order which becomes effective at 11:59 pm Tuesday March 24th until 11:59 pm April 7th. Some of our workers are operating remotely but those working from home have access to the tools needed to perform their normal duties and ERI’s facilities are staffed and remain open to fill the needs of the radio and television stations that are performing the vital functions of delivering news, important safety information and providing entertainment to the audiences and communities they serve.

Your ERI Account Managers, Customer Service and Technical Service personnel are working their normal work schedules and are available to provide support to ERI’s installed base and also to work on new projects to improve your transmission facilities. Of course, ERI is adhering to all federal, state and local authority directives and recommendations that are currently in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, and ERI will take the steps necessary to comply with government requirements that may be put in place in the future.

ERI is here to provide support to the important work of broadcaster’s during these challenging times we are here to talk with broadcasters, manufacture our products, provide installation services for those products services and support our customers, as we always have. All of us at ERI extend our best wishes for safety and good health for you and the ones close to you during these challenging times.

Best regards,

The Staff and Management of ERI

March 24, 2020

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High Power RF Channel 6 Circularly Polarized Low Band VHF Antenna

This is part of the 16-bay, half wave bay to bay spaced array, RF Channel 6 antenna belonging to the University of Alabama.  It’s one of two (2) Full Service Commercial Television Station in the US owned by an institution of higher learning. The station has a paid professional staff, along with University students who fill on-air, production and sales assistant roles.  The station is a THISTV affiliate and operates as a satellite of co-owned WVUA-CD which is a Class A DTV station licensed to Tuscaloosa.  This full power antenna extends its reach to cover the Birmingham-Tuscaloosa-Anniston market. ERI provided this antenna and performed installation in 2009. ERI also has other Low Band VHF television versions of its reliable and field proven ROTOTILLER® FM antenna.  For a complete list of ERI’s antenna product line, click here: https://www.eriinc.com/catalog/antennas/

Photo courtesy of Westley Humphryes

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WILL-AM-FM-TV Studio Tower at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

The tower on the right is a 250-foot self-supporting tower located on the University of Illinois campus at the WILL-AM-FM-TV studios in Urbana, Illinois. The tower has an overall height of 250-feet and was built so the STL antennas connecting the FM and television studios have a clear line of site, above a new building built on campus, to the WILL-TV and FM tower located outside Monticello, Illinois.

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Final Stages of the WNKY Installation Underway

ERI provided a new 500-foot guyed tower and an elliptically polarized, side mounted, TRASAR® UHF television antenna to Marque Broadcasting’s WNKY, serving Bowling Green, Kentucky. The new tower was required to support the new antenna installed to move to WNKY FCC mandated RF channel change. The project is now in its final phase of de-stacking the old tower and when this photo was taken the top 100-feet of the ole tower had been removed. This photo is courtesy of the FullWave Tower & Broadcast installation crew.

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WOHL and WLIO Stacked TRASAR® Antennas on a new ERI Tower

The antennas pictured are a stacked array of two TRASAR® Television antennas. The antenna are mounted on top of a new 539-foot guyed tower designed, fabricated and installed by ERI. The antennas mounted at the tower top include an RF Channel 8 Elliptically Polarized High Band VHF TRASAR® antenna and a Circularly Polarized RF Channel 15 UHF TRASAR® antenna. The overall height of the structure, with the antennas installed is 600-feet. ERI also designed and manufactured the gin pole pictured that was used to stack the new tower and install the new top mounted antennas.

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American University’s Master FM Antenna Assembled and Erected for Final Tuning and Test

The new Master FM Antenna for WAMU (FM), WETA (FM), WPFW (FM) and WTOP-FM, all serving Washington, DC, is fully assembled and being erected on a Test Stand for final tuning at ERI’s Factory. As mentioned in previous posts this Master FM Antenna has two (2) inputs, one is Lefthand Circular Polarized and the other is Righthand Circularly Polarized. The Righthand CP input is nondirectional and the Lefthand CP input is directional to comply with licensed facilities authorized for WTOP-FM’s main antenna.

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New three (3) station FM branch combiner just finished with final test

This three station branch FM channel combiner has just completed tuning and testing and will be disassembled for painting and shipment to site. The combiner will feed an ERI AXIOM® master FM antenna that will provide auxiliary transmission facilities for three (3) FM radio stations in a Top 50 US Radio Market. The system combines three Class C FM stations into a single rigid transmission line feeding a 12-bay broadband ERI AXIOM Master FM antenna.

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National Translator Association Convention 2020

National Translator Association Convention 2020

CANCELLED AS OF MARCH 23, 2020

Extert from email received from John Terrill, President of NTA,  “We are carefully assessing our options and will notify our Membership and Contacts, at the time we determine, when we might schedule our meeting in the future.”
Thursday, May 28 through Sunday morning, May 31
Hilton Salt Lake City Center downtown
Salt Lake City, UT