Written by John Lyons, Phil Cindrich, Nick Wymant and Jim Graf shared with permission of National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
When the World Trade Center towers fell, the RF transmission systems of 13 New York City area television stations were destroyed. Although that tragedy happened 15 years ago, this story is again timely, because RF transmission will be returning to One World Trade Center, fully commissioned, one month after NAB 2017.
As the Durst Organization began designing this system, factored into the plan was the unpredictability of the spectrum auction, new requirements for ATSC 3.0, and accommodation for delivery to mobile devices. Durst utilized new technology to give New York City broadcasters greater signal management flexibility to cope with these new challenges.