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As part of the ongoing Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repacking process of broadcast airwaves in the US, Sinclair Broadcast Group has deployed more than 100 Rohde & Schwarz high-power TV transmitters for the broadcast operation of 90 TV stations.

Sinclair 30 march 2019Sinclair’s transmitter model is the R&S THUevo liquid-cooled transmitter, which is designed to offer a migration path to ATSC 3.0 and energy efficiency values of up to 43%. Compared to conventional transmitters, the R&S THU9evo can save up to 50% of energy costs (in Doherty operation), the company said, with high power density for a reduction in energy consumption and lower network operator costs.

“We partnered with Rohde & Schwarz for the installation of the R&S THUevo to commence our repack efforts about a year ago,” said Harvey Arnold, vice president of engineering at Sinclair. This is a very nice product, and Rohde & Schwarz has proven to be an incredible partner for Sinclair by providing a great service and support from comprehensive consulting and site surveys all the way to installation, commissioning, proofing and after-sales services. Rohde & Schwarz strives to deliver a great product and they listen to our needs.”

Erik Balladares, vice president of Broadcast & Media at Rohde & Schwarz USA, added: “We value our business partnership with Sinclair Broadcast Group and appreciate their continuous trust in our products and team during the ongoing repack. It was imperative for Sinclair Broadcast Group to take the opportunity to future-proof their broadcast operation in every possible way, and to plan and execute the FCC pepack measures in an exemplarily manner. We would like to salute them for doing an outstanding job in fulfilling the repack requirements well ahead of the schedule.”

The news comes as deadlines loom for the FCC repack process—which is the consolidation of broadcast channels into designated spectrum bands after the recent  incentive auction .