WPBT South Florida PBS upgrades its TV transmitter

The PBS member station serving Miami-Ft. Lauderdale contracted Rohde & Schwarz to provide a turnkey solution for its FCC repack transition.

WPBT South Florida PBS studio
WPBT South Florida PBS studio

As part of its repack transition, WPBT is replacing its aging tube transmitter with a Rohde & Schwarz liquid-cooled THU9evo. The solid-state transmitter is more efficient than WPBT’s old transmitter and that efficiency translates to significant power savings.

The station’s upgrades also include a new antenna with vertical polarization (V-pol), which will help WPBT deliver its signal to mobile devices when ATSC 3.0 is adopted.

Dermac Group, a separate company created specifically to support Rohde & Schwarz’s installation services, provided comprehensive project management and full documentation for FCC requirements.

Posted by Chris Dickinson, technology journalist and the editor of the Always On blog. 30th October 2017.