RFS Unveils A New TV Antenna Repack Tool

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LAS VEGAS — Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), a designer and manufacturer of cable, antenna and tower systems, has unveiled at the 2017 NAB Show a customized planning tool to help broadcasters build their new TV antenna system in preparation for the U.S. spectrum repack.


The Connecticut-based company’s Antenna and Analysis System Planning (AASP) tool is a state-of-the-art software package that allows the user to configure their TV broadcast system and file with the FCC.

A demonstration and copy of the tool is on display for NAB 2017 attendees, at Booth C2022.

RFS’s AASP tool lets broadcasters select from multiple antennas with various tower ratings and enter their new channel information in to the program to receive detailed data, including the number of azimuth and elevation patterns to choose from, electrical and mechanical specifications, and a complete system analysis.

As a result, they will be able to accurately file their antenna with the FCC to secure the necessary permits and permissions.

“Our AASP software is intuitive to use and can truly accommodate almost any antenna space that broadcasters might be using,” said William Brooks, RFS’s Regional Product Manager for Broadcast Products. “Our program generates a detailed report showing exactly how a system will work from base to beacon and provides all the performance data necessary to file with the FCC.”


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