Dielectric Gets Sutro Tower Contract Award

Stations on Sutro Tower, the landmark broadcast tower in San Francisco, have selected Dielectric Communications to provide antennas, combiners, and transmissions line for the site. All of these items will be needed to implement facility’s transition to all-digital TV by February 2009.
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Stations on Sutro Tower, the landmark broadcast tower in San Francisco, have selected Dielectric Communications to provide antennas, combiners, and transmissions line for the site. All of these items will be needed to implement facility’s transition to all-digital TV by February 2009.

“We’ve had a long, successful history of working with Dielectric and are pleased to continue our partnership as we finish our conversion to all-digital broadcasting,” said Gene Zastrow, general manager of Sutro Tower. “Dielectric did a wonderful job at coming up with solutions that met both our budget and our specific broadcasting needs. Our decision to work with them was based equally on our own positive experience with previous installations and on Dielectric’s industry reputation as a high-quality supplier.”

Zastrow explained that the Sutro Tower site was somewhat unique in terms of the number of stations that it had to accommodate and with the physical constraints placed on the installation due to its location in the city of San Francisco.

Dielectric equipment to be used on Sutro Tower includes TFU-WB UHF slot cavity antennas, TUC and TUA wideband UHF panel antennas, associated combiners, transmission lines and other supporting components.

“Our purchase from Dielectric is a win-win situation,” Zastrow said. “Not only will we keep pace with the FCC’s digital TV mandate, we also will be able to overcome the limitations of our current equipment and bring our leasing stations to full-power broadcasting. For the viewers in the Bay Area, this translates into nothing short of better television.”