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NFL Buys Anritsu Spectrum Analyzers for Stadium Use

The National Football League’s game-day frequency coordinators are now using the Anritsu MS2721B Spectrum Master spectrum analyzer to monitor RF spectrum usage at NFL stadiums before, during and after games. Anritsu configured the MS2721Bs with interference analysis and channel scanner options to enable the coordinators to efficiently coordinate the approximately 400 frequencies used at each stadium during a regular season NFL game.

Anritsu has agreed to provide training to all of the NFL Game Day Coordinators and to assist in customizing the frequency standards required by the NFL in coordinating Game Day activities.

“Wireless communications usage has increased greatly since the league first implemented GDCs at Super Bowl XXX,” said Jay Gerber, manager of the NFL’s Frequency Organization Group. “We also had to consider the ever-shrinking RF spectrum as a result of Digital TV and re-allocation of frequencies. Recognizing these factors, we wanted to provide our GDCs with the instruments they need to do the job effectively. The Anritsu MS2721B analyzer has proven to be a great tool to ensure they locate and resolve any RF conflict.”

The MS2721B covers frequencies up to 7.1 GHz and it weighs less than seven pounds.

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Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.