These are four bays of an eight-bay full wavelength bay-to-bay spaced ROTOTILLER® FM antenna. The antenna has completed tuning and testing and has received its final coat of paint. It is now being packed for shipment to the site that will be its new home for the next few decades.
Pictured is a single bay Model LP-1E ROTOTILLER® FM antenna in tuning on ERI’s Tuning Deck. This antenna is rated to handle up to 9 kW of input power. This antenna will be leg-mounted, and the mounting bracket and all other required components are supplied with the antenna.
The forklift is off-loading a truckload of leg steel back from galvanizing for a new 90-foot self-supporting tower to be shipped and installed in Puerto Rico. This tower will support four (4) 6-foot parabolic grids and a VHF yagi receive antenna. The next step is an inspection by ERI quality assurance personnel to confirm that each leg has been properly galvanized per engineering and ASTM specifications.
This new high-power RF Channel 8 TRASAR® television antenna is through final tuning and test and is ready for shipment to site. A top-mounted nondirectional television antenna is horizontally polarized and uses a galvanized steel climbing pole for beacon access. If the antenna included a vertically polarized component, it would have a fiberglass climbing. All ERI top-mounted television antennas are provided with dedicated rigging lug attachments at the base of the antenna. This offers superior load control during lifting and installation. It also allows for reduced gin pole headroom (aka cantilever), which ultimately reduces the gin pole size required. This also provides climbers superior access and safety.
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.
The SHP-6AC six-bay ROTOTILLER® has finished tuning and is now being pressure tested to ensure air leak-free. KDHK’s new antenna should be painted and packed for shipment in the next few days.
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.
KEFN-CD is a Class A television station licensed to St. Louis, and the photo is courtesy of Mike Fitzpatrick/NECRAT.us. The antenna is an ERI Model AL8N-20-PLC circularly polarized AL PLUS™ Series UHF television antenna with a narrow cardioid azimuth pattern. You can see more photos of this site and many others at NECRAT.us.
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.
The radomed elements are part of a new 12-bay SHPX Series diplexed FM antenna built for an FM station in northern Iowa. The interbay lines in their crates, and now the last of the elements are staged for packing.