RAYMOND, Maine – March 8, 2018 — At the 2018 NAB Show, Dielectric, the leading manufacturer of purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, will display its proven Powerlite DCR-T ring style antenna adapted for the directional signal control now required by an increasing number of lower power FM and FM translator stations. The antenna is provided with proof of performance documentation that substantiates the performance required by a stationâ€™s FCC authorization. Dielectric will exhibit the DCR-T alongside its portfolio of TV and FM antennas and filters at Booth C2613 in the Las Vegas Convention Center (April 9-12).
The circularly polarized DCR-T directional antenna is offered as a cost-effective solution for low-to-medium power FM and translator stations, which traditionally required a far more expensive antenna in designs typical of higher power operations, to meet directional pattern requirements.
Dielectricâ€™s solution reduces antenna costs and production lead times, and with most FM translator directional antenna requirements, significantly reduces the price of the FCC proof of performance. This is made possible through the use of Dielectricâ€™s specialized software that provides the proof of performance data required to confirm directional pattern compliance, as opposed to the traditional method of verifying patterns with physical scale models.
â€œThe ring style design of the DCR-T antenna, with its stable axial ratio independent of impedance tuning, is an ideal platform on which to add directional signal control,â€ said Steven Moreen, sales manager, Dielectric. â€œAnd, given the efficiency at which Dielectric can produce these antennas, the antenna can be delivered within weeks as opposed to months, along with the associated FCC proof of performance.â€
The DCR-T is the latest in the Dielectric ring-style antenna product line, offering a field-proven design that optimizes engineering quality and flexibility. Its broadband capability offers plenty of bandwidth to accommodate HD Radio signals alongside analog FM, with simple, in-field channel adjustments should channels change. As with all Dielectric antennas, the DCR-T is also lightweight with a robust structure and low windload, thus increasing long term reliability, simplifying maintenance, and reducing stress on tower and/or building structures. The DCR-T is offered with an optional radome for use in climates with snow and ice.
Based in Raymond, Maine, Dielectric LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group. Dielectric is a leading provider of innovative broadcast products. Now celebrating its 75th year of operation, the company builds and delivers antennas and RF systems optimized for every TV and FM radio broadcast need since 1942. Dielectric is an innovative, customer-centric organization with a long history of engineering excellence in designing and manufacturing high-quality broadcast solutions. As a trust partner of broadcasters worldwide, Dielectric maintains its legacy of advanced, precision RF solutions while building in features that prepare broadcasters for the future. More information can be accessed at www.dielectric.com