RFS unveils elliptical broadband antenna to provide repack support for US broadcasters

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Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) has unveiled its elliptically polarized broadband antenna to support its continued growth in the US broadcast market.

RFS has seen its US broadcast arm go from strength to strength with 500% growth in 2018, driven by the success of its patented Variable Polarization Technology (VPT), iconic deployments such as One World Trade, and the launch of new repack-focused systems.

The company has ramped up antenna production of slotted array antennas in Connecticut. This has allowed RFS to consistently deliver on its portfolio of repack projects with 100% of equipment orders completed to allow its customers to meet the timelines set out by the FCC for the repack. This has helped to expand RFS’s footprint in the US market, including becoming a supplier to the most recognized station groups and networks in North America.

The launch of RFS’s Elliptical Wideband Slot antenna is set to build on this as it aims to address anticipated challenges in the next repack phases with a flexible off-the-shelf solution. This Elliptical Wideband Slot antenna is designed for full band operation, featuring a constant 25% or 30% elliptical polarization on all channels.

It allows rapid manufacture in the US, and by using off-the-shelf modular components, RFS is able to tailor the product to suit customer needs while significantly reducing the lead-time for delivery, as it can be mass produced.

It is easy to install and as challenges mount over main antennas being ready for repack deadlines offers an interim antenna solution that will solve problems faced by broadcasters over the next 12 months. Not only this but the antenna performance allows it to then act as a permanent auxiliary antenna, protecting broadcasters’ investment in the product.

Eddy Vanderkerken, Director of Sales – Broadcast at RFS commented, “Later phases of the repack are working within very narrow timeframes that will push the equipment manufacture industry more than ever before. Broadcasting equipment has always relied on made to spec equipment that brings with it a long lead time that isn’t necessarily suited to the industry’s current need. By creating an off the shelf solution that can be adapted depending on broadcasters need and delivered quickly, we hope to ensure the repack continues to go off without a hitch.”