Dielectric Offers New LPTV Antennas and Filters

Dielectric Communications announced on Monday it was launching a new line of digital antennas and filters for the low power television (LPTV) broadcasters. The Dielectric news release (PDF) provided little technical information on the antennas.

The company currently offers LPTV antennas in its "TLP" slot antenna product line. The new antennas will be rated for input powers up to 2 kW, the same as the maximum input power level of its new low power DTV mask filters. The release said that the antennas would be easy to install and would provide low weight and minimized wind loading. The low power mask filters would meet FCC stringent mask requirements while remaining small enough to be rack-mountable.

"LPTV stations serve an important role in the community by offering a broad range of educational, service, and spiritual programming, often to populations that were previously underserved and yet, many lack the resources to upgrade their equipment for digital broadcasting," said Garrett VanAtta. "With the upcoming FCC filing, we saw an opportunity to apply our expertise and years of experience in the high-power market to offer solutions that specifically address LPTV requirements."

I did not find any information on the new line of antennas on the re-designed Dielectric Web site Wednesday evening. The Dielectric TV planner (PDF) PDF download has information on the TLP series low power antennas but does include the new line.

Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack. A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.