These FM elements are part of a new 10-bay “B” Series ROTOTILLER® antenna. The center-fed array is rated to handle up to 112 kW of input power and has optional radomes for protection from ice and snow accumulation.
ERI’s Filter Lab technicians have begun assembly for system testing for a new five-station constant impedance FM channel combiner. The combiner will be fully assembled and tuned here at ERI’s factory and then disassembled for shipment and reassembly at the customer site. The individual combiner modules are configured in vertical stands to minimize the floor space they require. The system also includes a power divider at the combined output to divide the combined output into two transmission lines, which will feed the top and bottom halves of the 16-bay AXIOM® Master FM Antenna system.
The product shown is a new Model UF3000-323-TCC UHF Tee Combiner built to combine RF Channel 14 and 36 into a broadband UHF panel antenna. It is a channel combiner only with two (2) three-section UHF bandpass filters in a single integrated case. The combiner is rated to handle up to 3 kW average power at each input, 6 kW at the combiner output. Insertion loss is only 0.1 dB. The combiner includes single port directional couplers at each of its 1-5/8-inch EIA flanged inputs and a single port adjustable directional coupler at the 3-1/8-inch EIA flanged combined output.
The four-bay ERI ROTOTILLER® FM antenna shown is the main antenna for KTYD, Santa Barbara. The antenna is installed on Tower 1 of the three-tower directional AM array used by co-owned KTMS AM 990. Photo courtesy of Doc Searls.
The antenna pictured in East Tennessee PBS’s Sneedville, Tennessee, main facility WETP. The signal serves communities in northeast Tennessee, southeast Kentucky, and western North Carolina, and Virginia. This is an elliptically polarized antenna, and so the climbing facilities are a fiberglass ladder to minimize distortion of the vertically polarized azimuth pattern. The antenna is installed on a 540-foot guyed tower ERI manufactured and installed in 2005.
This is an auxiliary side-mounted TRASAR® UHF television antenna for RF channel 36. The antenna has just been put in place, and next, it will be connected to the transmission line that will feed it. Once connected, it will become operational, and the new top-mounted channel 36 TRASAR® main antenna will be installed.
This is a 2-bay 1180 Series master FM antenna serving Detroit. The system is the primary antenna for Cumulus’s WDVD and Entercom’s WYCD. The antenna and combiner system also provides auxiliary facilities for WDRQ.
Welding flanges onto the legs of a new ERI LAMBDA® Optimized FM Mounting System. The LAMBDA® mounting system was designed initially to reduce FM antenna failures due to stresses from tower movement. The design specified a maximum bending radius of the top-mounted free-standing tower sections, and this resulted in a very stiff tower designed to support side-mounted FM antennas. Typical 20-foot tower sections do not allow symmetrical antenna element mounting locations because the cross members will have a different geometry behind each of the array elements. LAMBDA tower sections make the signal scattering from the tower a constant because the structural member spacing is a halfwave at the operating FM frequency. All the antenna array elements see the same tower face geometry because the tower’s reflected (scattered) signal is identical for each bay of the array.
The top-mounted TRASAR® UHF Television Antenna is partially through slotting. Once the outer conductor slots and holes have been cut, the base flange will be welded to the outer conductor, and the antenna will be sent to galvanizing. The antenna assembly and final tuning and test should be complete in less than 60 days.
Another 16-Bay AXIOM® Master FM Antenna is nearly complete and ready for shipment to site. The AXIOM is a very cost-effective multi-station FM antenna available in 4, 8, 12, and 16 bay models with power handling capability in a dual input configuration of up to 240 kW. The AXIOM is optionally available with radomes or electrical deicer for harsh locations with significant snow and ice accumulation.