Radio Frequency Systems has begun delivering antennas to the One World Trade Center in NYC. The two UHF antennas and one VHF antenna previously passed factory acceptance testing at the RFS manufacturing facility in Kilsyth, Australia.
RFS tells us two PEP40E UHF antennas are on-site and ready to be installed soon with a VHF 662-16D VHF array soon to follow.
The new infrastructure at One World Trade incorporates Variable Polarization Technology providing broadcasters with the flexibility to define their own polarization ratio; that will prove particularly valuable as channels and standards change as a result of the impending broadcast television spectrum repack.
When installed, the antenna design will deploy 96 UHF panels over 8 levels and 12 sides around a circular superstructure. The antenna wraps around the spire at a lower level and has some similarities to antennas delivered to support the UK spectrum switchover.
“Although there are many logistical challenges, we are excited to be a part of such a significant project at one of the world’s most iconic locations and we’re definitely ready to do whatever it takes for this deployment to be a success. We are very pleased with the results and customer reaction we’ve received so far,” said Scott Martin, Director of Broadcast Sales, RFS.