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Radio Frequency Systems to launch two lightweight omni mobile TV antenna series for collocation at mobile base stations

Wireless technology group Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) will launch two additions to its full range of vertically polarized omnidirectional mobile TV antennas, specially designed for collocation at mobile base stations — the small, lightweight MTV-4 that supports the entire UHF mobile TV band and the CTV series of compact, multichannel antennas — at this September's IBC2008 exhibition in Amsterdam.

At 50lbs and 5.5in in diameter, the MTV-4 is one of the smallest and lightest antennas of its kind, accommodating input powers of up to 1kW with a gain of 6dB. The vertically polarized MTV-4 is fully UHF mobile TV broadband antenna, supporting frequencies of 470MHz-806MHz, with a mix of power and bandwidth ideal for supporting multichannel mobile TV operation. Its small size and low drag provide a high wind speed rating and low wind load characteristics.

RFS’s equally compact CTV series of center-fed colinear antennas features a 500W input power rating and 6dB gain. Suitable for multichannel operation, the four antennas in the CTV series together cover the full range of UHF mobile TV frequencies of 470MHz-806MHz.

“Both the CTV and MTV-4 antennas are ideal for deployment at mobile TV repeater stations, which will likely be collocated with existing infrastructure such as mobile base stations,” said Mick Bennett, Radio Frequency Systems’ global product manager for broadcast and defense systems.

RFS will also show its 7.7lb ultra-slim HU6 antenna and the high-performance SDV-4 antenna as well plans for the next addition to its mobile TV antenna suite: “A higher gain/high-power 2kW version of the SDV antenna will be available in the fourth quarter of 2008,” Bennett said. “Its increased power output will provide extra reach for broadcasters who need to service a larger area from particular mobile base station sites.”

See RFS at IBC2008 in Stand 8.D29, or visit