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Spanish Broadcasting Systems WLEY-FM’s Directional SHP Series ROTOTILLER® FM Antenna

AN ERI directional FM antenna the licensed primary antenna for Spanish Broadcasting’s WLEY-FM in Chicago (Aurora). The FM antenna is an ERI Model SHP-4AC-DA-HW 4-bay array with half-wavelength bay-to-bay spacing. The directional FM antenna is installed at the top of a 748-foot AM tower in Bloomingdale (IL), owned by Entercom and home to WSCR, 670 kHz (formerly WMAQ) and WBBM 780 kHz. Photo owned by and courtesy of Mike Fitzpatrick/NECRAT.us.

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Two new FM Bandpass Filters for the Windy City

These filter cavities were just finished with painting and heading for packing and shipment to their home in Chicago. The two 4-section FM bandpass filters are headed to the Willis Tower in Chicago for installation at separate main and auxiliary FM transmitters. When assembled, the filters will have forced air-cooling on each tank. They can handle up to 10 kW, after filter losses.

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ERI Model 425 FM Isolation Transformer finished with tuning and final test

The Model 425 FM Isolation Transformer is finished with tuning and test, and it’s way to shipping. This type of transformer allows the transmission line feeding an FM antenna to pass the transmitter power across the base insulator of a series fed AM tower. The Model 425 is rated to handle up to 25 kW of FM power and up to 40 kV Peak AM Voltage while adding very little additional AM Shunt Capacitance.

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New AXIOM® Master FM Antenna Installation on West Tiger Mountain to Serve Seattle

The two towers pictured are 328-foot self-supporting towers owned by American Tower on West Tiger Mountain east of Seattle, Washington. The towers were manufactured and erected by ERI in 1999. The tower on the left includes a T-Bar that supports two UHF television antennas. The tower on the right now supports a new ERI LAMBDA® Optimized FM Mounting System that is 135-feet tall. The FM antenna is a 16-Bay AXIOM® Master FM Antenna that is fed by two 6-1/8-inch, 50-ohm, rigid transmission lines. The antenna is the primary FM antenna for six Seattle FM stations.

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FM Antennas in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

These two ERI FM antennas serve different FM stations in Milwaukee. The upper antenna is WXSS’s ERI Model SHP-4AE-HW ROTOTILLER®, which is a 4-bay, half wavelength spaced array mounted at 899-feet above ground level. The antenna below it is an ERI LYNX™ 4-bay Model DI-4A dual input FM antenna at 863-feet above ground level which is WKLH’s main antenna. The LYNX antenna has separate analog and digital HD Radio™ inputs and the antenna combines the separate FM analog and HD signals to provide a hybrid FM signal. The antennas are located on the WVTV-TV/Milwaukee PBS tower located in Milwaukee’s Estabrook Park neighborhood.

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WLDR-FM, Traverse City, Michigan: Shared Aperture FM Antenna

This 1,000-foot tower support WLDR-FM’s ERI Model SHPX-8BCSP/LP-6C-SP Shared Aperture FM antenna. The antenna is an interleaved array made up of a high power 8-bay SHPX Series ROTOTILLER® for the analog FM signal and a low power Model LPX-7C ROTOTILLER® for the digital HD Radio™ signal. To provide additional isolation the antennas are cross polarized, the analog signal has right hand circular polarization and the digital is left hand circularly polarized. Photo courtesy of Doc Searls and can be found at flickr.