GatesAir Ships 100th Repack Transmitter


GatesAir has reached a milestone in its transmitter sales and deliveries for the U.S. spectrum repack. Last week, the Cincinnati-based company moved forward with the shipment of its 100th repack transmitter.

The recipient is Hearst Television, which is set to take delivery of the Maxiva ULXTE liquid-cooled transmitter for WMOR-32 in Tampa, an affiliate of This TV.

The shipment to Hearst’s WMOR of the liquid-cooled transmitter comes following the December 2017 signing of an agreement making GatesAir the exclusive supplier of Maxiva transmitters and related services for 13 Hearst stations selected for repack.

WMOR is moving to UHF Channel 18; it will install a ULXTE-100 model capable of 62.9 kW. The station’s initial TPO will top out at 58.9 kW, leaving headroom for future digital services as needed.

WMOR is part of the Riverview Antenna Farm owned by American Tower.

Martin Faubell, Hearst’s VP/Engineering, worked closely with GatesAir to ensure the delivery and installation timeline is aligned with WMOR’s Phase 5 repack assignment.

Hearst Television has taken already delivery of five repack transmitters, with WTAE-DT in Pittsburgh the latest to go on the air with a new Maxiva transmitter on UHF Channel 27.

“The strength of our relationship with Hearst Television is only fortified as we work through the challenges of the spectrum repack together,” GatesAir VP/Sales for the Americas Joe Mack says. “We greatly value our collaboration together and look forward to an ATSC 3.0 future.”