Dielectric to Unveil New FM-Ring Style Antenna at NAB Show 2024


Dielectric will bring a new entry to its DCR range of FM antennas, extending its lightweight, ring-style designs across the entire FM power range. The new DCR-E fills the gap between its lowest power (DCR-T) and higher power (DCR-C, DCR-M, DCR-S and DCR-U) ring antennas, bringing many of the same design and performance characteristics to radio stations requiring input power ratings up to 4kW per bay. 

The company says the DCR-E has a robust structure and low wind load, increasing long term reliability, simplifying maintenance, and reducing stress on tower and/or building structures. The design architecture is scalable to 12 bays, with each bay weighing only 18 pounds making traditional mounting and installation quick and simple, according to Dielectric.  

“The DCR-E is an economical solution that fills a gap in our product portfolio,” said Dielectric VP Engineering John Schadler. “More importantly, it carries over the same flexibility as our high-power ring style antennas, including stackable bay designs in center of end fed configurations, null fill and beam tilt options and flexible wavelength spacings.”

Schadler adds that FM broadcasters also frequently favor DCR platform ring-style antennas over alternative designs because of their performance traits. “Ring antennas offer better pattern circularity than competitive designs and radiate true circular polarization with a good axial ratio, all of which increases the performance for optimal coverage and market penetration.”

 NAB 2024 visitors can learn more about the DCR-E at Booth W3333 in the West Hall of the LVCC, where Dielectric will exhibit from April 14-17.

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