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New GatesAir Maxiva Transmitter Series Fills VHF Void for Spectrum Repack

GatesAir announces a new VHF TV transmitter, the Maxiva VAXTE for NAB 2017. The new air-cooled transmitter series covers the entire VHF spectrum, making it perfect for broadcasters needing to change channels.

While GatesAir takes the RF performance and low total cost of ownership crown for Band III (Channels 7-13) with the VAXTE, the new high-efficiency series of transmitters that also fills a clear industry void for low-band VHF (Channels 2-6). GatesAir will debut the series at the 2017 NAB show.

The VAXTE incorporates GatesAir’s state-of-the-art XTE exciter, which provides a clear path to ATSC 3.0 thanks to a software-defined modulator and native IP inputs. These same design attributes, along with its high- and low-band designs, make the VAXTE an ideal solution for broadcasters impacted by the U.S. repack. IP-based monitoring and control further simplifies oversight of all signal performance and transmitter parameters across TV networks of any size, including single-frequency networks (SFNs). GatesAir RTAC (real-time adaptive correction) software employs market-leading digital signal correction at the amplification stage to optimize signal performance and regulatory compliance.

The VAXTE is available in power levels from 100 W to 26 kW in ATSC 1.0 and 3.0, and offers industry-leading system efficiency levels up to 50 percent. Maxiva VAXTE transmitters and the Maxiva XTE exciter are made in the USA at GatesAir’s Quincy, Illinois manufacturing center.

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