Final staging of dual Maxiva VAXTE VHF transmitters before shipment to a customer from GatesAir's Quincy, Illinois manufacturing center.
Company expects to surpass 500 transmitter shipments by the end of 2019.
GatesAir recently announced it has supplied nearly half of the market share of repack transmitters as of mid-November 2019. The company shipped its 400th repack transmitter in October, marking its legacy as the leading repack supplier.
To date, GatesAir has shipped more than 17,000 power amplifiers (PAs), representing more than 11.2 Megawatts of transmission power. More than 60% of those PAs shipped have been successfully installed and are now on air.
“GatesAir has successfully met all shipping deadlines thanks to detailed capacity planning, resulting in key manufacturing initiatives to handle the volume,” says Bryant Burke, Vice President of Operations, GatesAir. “I’m very proud of the work our team has done. Many of our shipments are well ahead of the customer phase requirements, which reduces uncertainty around planning.”
“With all but a handful of higher power repack orders remaining, GatesAir is proud to confirm its position as the broadcast industry’s leading supplier of repack transmitters,” said Bruce D. Swail, CEO, GatesAir. “GatesAir is now pivoting to ship high quantities of low-power transmitters for the coming LPTV phase of repack, providing the same level of service and commitment to our low-power customers.”
As the company moves toward the completion of the higher power repack phases it is shifting its focus to servicing displaced LPTV broadcasters.
GatesAir recently expanded its range of low-power TV transmitters through a strategic business acquisition, strengthening its value proposition for FM, LPTV and translator repack assignments. These assignments will address more than 2000 stations displaced by higher power broadcasters in phases 0 through 10. The filing period for low-power broadcasters is underway and continues through mid-November.
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