Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), a global designer and manufacturer of cable, antenna and tower systems, has announced a partnership with International Towers Incorporated (ITI), a licensed general contractor with over 30 years of experience supporting the national broadcasting industry. Together, the two companies will offer a turnkey equipment and installation solution which will enable broadcasters preparing for the U.S. broadcast television spectrum repacking program to purchase infrastructure products and installation services from a single supplier and guarantees that services will be available in conjunction with product delivery.
For more than 40 years, RFS has manufactured multi-channel broadband antennas and is widely recognized as a specialist in the design and manufacture of multi-channel antenna and transmission systems. The company has made significant investments in supporting broadcasters as they prepare for the spectrum repack. RFS offers a full suite of broadcast products that are frequency agile, polarization agile and future proof, including its popular SBB series of wideband slot antennas and PEP Lite antennas, which provide low wind-load and allow operation on any channel within the full UHF band. RFS’ new RFStar™ UHF Slotted Array Antennas provide a simple, reliable option for single or dual channel fixed polarization applications.
With regional offices across the U.S. and experienced tall-tower crews, ITI is immediately available to support re-pack transition efforts. The company provides design, manufacturing, and erection of new broadcast structures and modification of existing broadcast structures, including antenna and line repair and replacement, as well as transmitter and combiner, diplexer and in-house component installation and tuning. It has also completed the re-tooling process by fabricating gin-poles, obtaining rigging equipment, hoists, and other necessary equipment to support the installation needs of U.S. broadcasters.
“ITI’s resources and expertise in the broadcast sector makes them an ideal partner to provide installation services for RFS’ equipment, allowing both companies to quickly and efficiently meet the needs of broadcasters as they prepare for the spectrum repack while taking the onus off of the customer to coordinate with multiple vendors,” said Scott Martin, director of broadcast sales, RFS.
“We are pleased to enter in to a relationship with RFS, which has provided equipment for some of the most high profile broadcast installations to date, such as the new terrestrial broadcasting solution deployed at the World Trade Center,” said Doug Gratzer, president, International Towers Incorporated (ITI). “Together, we will be able to better ensure that deployments run smoothly and on schedule.”