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01.26.2003
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Andrew debuts new broadcast antenna planning software



The Andrew Broadcast Systems Planner (ABSP)will configure either digital or analog television broadcast antenna systems, and supports horizontal, elliptical, and circular polarized antenna designs.

Broadcast antenna vendor Andrew has introduced the latest version of its broadcast system planning software. The Andrew Broadcast Systems Planner (ABSP) helps system designers plan television broadcast antenna systems.

The ABSP will configure either digital or analog television broadcast antenna systems, and supports horizontal, elliptical, and circular polarized antenna designs. It uses a step-by-step on-screen guide to lead engineers through the antenna selection process. Performance specifications for antennas and transmission lines are then calculated instantly.

Upon completing the prototype system design, the ABSP automatically produces a complete antenna specification that takes into account transmitter power, line loss, antenna gain and calculates Effective Radiated Power. In addition to electrical and mechanical specifications, the ABSP generates a complete power analysis, azimuth and elevation patterns (that can be manually adjusted for special patterns) and associated tabulated data. The printable report is in the FCC's preferred format.

The new ABSP is available free of charge. It is part of the Andrew Powertools suite of communications system planning tools. To order a copy of Powertools by telephone, call the Andrew Broadcast Customer Support Center at 1-800-DIAL-4RF and ask for bulletin M400. It is also available from www.andrew.com.

The ABSP can be downloaded at www.andrew.com/downloads/absp/default.aspx/.

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