Dielectric Announces Spectrum Repack Plan

Many TV broadcasters will move be required to a lower UHF channel or to the VHF band during the multi-year FCC repack process, and in most cases will need a temporary auxiliary antenna to minimize on-air disruption. Broadcasters can prepare for the FCC Spectrum Repack hardware updates by signing Preferred Customer Agreements with Dielectric.

Dielectric has provided high-power TV antennas to more U.S. stations than all other manufacturers combined. “Under the Dielectric Agreement, TV stations will benefit from priority delivery, extended warranties and discounted pricing on certain components,” said Keith Pelletier, vice president and general manager, Dielectric. “We will also ensure our customers have access to emergency services associated with operational disruption, including temporary standby equipment.”

For the length of the Agreement, participating customers will be entitled to delivery terms more favorable than standard quoted lead times for products. The Agreement also provides an extended five-year warranty on total systems comprised entirely of Dielectric products, including systems requiring specific components for which no equivalent Dielectric alternative is available.

Participants in Dielectric’s Preferred Customer Agreement will receive additional discounts on all passive RF hardware from the output of the transmitter cabinet through to the antenna. For emergency situations, Dielectric will ensure shipment of standby antennas and 3-1/8" transmission line within 72 hours after notification by a participating station. Requests for 6-1/8" transmission line will be available for shipment within seven days of notification.

Dielectric will work closely with technically responsible individuals designated by participating broadcasters to define the appropriate products for each station. The benefits of the Preferred Customer Agreement will extend throughout the FCC Spectrum Repack schedule. Dielectric’s exclusive Repack Guide provides more information about the spectrum repack.

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