by Timo Brouwer, Vice President (Broadcast and Defense) and Nick Wymant, Chief Technology Officer (Broadcast Division)
As the North America broadcast market embarks on the spectrum repack later in 2016 there are many decisions to be made. One of those is antenna technology selection. The US market has traditionally opted for the narrowband antenna known as a slotted pole or pylon. There are many advantages in choosing a pylon antenna, but also several limitations, including lack of flexibility for future channel changes. Broadband antennas provide advantages, especially those using variable polarization technologies. Furthermore, broadband slot antennas, pylon alternative antennas, and master panel antennas can be used by multiple broadcasters to share costly site infrastructure and significantly reduce operating costs, while adding flexibility of site redundancy for very high availability networks. This white paper explores the pros and cons of these antenna technologies.