GatesAir is Hearst Repack Supplier: Tower Site Audits Included
GatesAir will supply up to 13 Hearst Television stations with equipment for the repack. Hearst owns and operates TV and radio stations in 26 media markets across 39 states.
The deal includes broadband transmitters and installation services from GatesAir; the manufacturer is conducting tower site audits before equipment is purchased and installed.
Based on each site’s specific requirements, Hearst Television will acquire Maxiva™ ULXTE liquid-cooled and/or Maxiva UAXTE air-cooled high-efficiency transmitters. All will integrate GatesAir’s new ATSC 3.0-ready Maxiva XTE exciter, including the latest generation of GatesAir RTAC software, which provides real-time adaptive correction to optimize signal integrity and compliance. All Maxiva transmitters incorporate GatesAir’s high-efficiency PowerSmart Plus technology to reduce size, weight and power consumption while streamlining maintenance.
GatesAir and Hearst Television have completed detailed working plans in support of channel reassignments at each station. All information gathered following station site audits was transferred to engineers at GatesAir’s Quincy, Illinois manufacturing base to initiate the systems design process.
GatesAir also supplied Hearst with gear during the transition from analog to digital transmission. “We value their commitment and experience to enable us to hit our marks over the next 32 months,” said Hearst Television VP Engineering Martin Faubell. In addition to equipment, GatesAir is providing Hearst with “accelerated delivery, installation and commissioning timelines,” said GatesAir VP Sales, Americas Joe Mack. “We are thankful for Hearst Television’s business and look forward to helping them relocate to new channel assignments without disruption to their over-the-air services.”