Dielectric’s New DCR-E Antenna Extends Benefits Of Ring Antennas Across FM Power Range

​NAB Show 2024 brings a new entry to Dielectric’s revered DCR range of FM antennas, extending the benefits of its lightweight, ring-style designs across the entire FM power range. The new DCR-E fills the gap between its lowest power (DCR-T) and higher power (DCR-C, DCR-M, DCR-S and DCR-U) ring antennas, bringing many of the same design and performance characteristics to radio stations requiring input power ratings up to 4kW per bay.

As with all DCR antennas, the DCR-E is lightweight with a robust structure and low windload, increasing long term reliability, simplifying maintenance, and reducing stress on tower and/or building structures. The design architecture is scalable to 12 bays, with each bay weighing only 18 pounds making traditional mounting and installation quick and simple.

The DCR-E element is based on the DCR-T. With this, Dielectric can produce DCR-E antennas under tight deadlines. The common parts also means Dielectric can minimize parts inventory, passing cost savings along to FM customers and making the DCR-E affordable for all FM budgets.  The most notable design difference of the DCR-E is a pressurized balun, which increases its power rating by four times in comparison to the DCR-T.

Optional radomes are available to protect the DCR-E from icing and other weather-related damage.

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