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WLNY Claims Most Powerful Digital Signal

WLNT television, which is licensed to Riverhead, N.Y., is radiating what it believes to be the world’s most powerful digital television signal.

The station is using an Acrodyne QDC2 Quantum transmitter system to create a circularly polarized signal with a radiated power level of one megawatt in both horizontal and vertical planes. The transmitter features a Rohde & Schwarz SX800 exciter.

WLNT is providing ATSC signals for both fixed and mobile receivers in a large area of Long Island, New York City and parts of Southern Connecticut. The coverage area spans more than 4.5 million viewers.

"We designed this system specifically to enhance our ability to reach both fixed and mobile audiences," said Richard Mulliner, WLNY’s director of engineering and IT. "We believe that the use of circular polarization for digital transmission at the maximum FCC allowed power level provides the necessary foundation to achieve easy, robust reception by all devices in the WLNY TV-10/55 market. We greatly appreciate the efforts of both Acrodyne and Rohde & Schwarz in enabling us to achieve our objectives. We now look forward to providing our audiences with the best digital television coverage for both today’s fixed and tomorrow’s mobile users."