CINCINNATI,�February 6,�2017���WHPT(FM) in Sarasota, Florida has become the second Cox Media Group FM radio station to transition to high-efficiency liquid-cooled transmission technology from�GatesAir, the global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for TV and radio broadcasters.�The installation follows the industry-first deployment of a GatesAir Flexiva��FLX liquid-cooled solid-state transmitter at Tampa station WSUN(FM) earlier this year.
The WHPT transmitter, which went on the air Thursday, November 3 at 3:14pm, signifies a proactive movement within Cox Media Group to reduce its company-wide carbon footprint. The transition to more cost- and energy-efficient liquid-cooled technology for higher power FM correlates with other initiatives across the parent organization to reduce waste and electricity use.�
�We see a strong potential for ROI when it comes to liquid-cooled technology in FM radio,� said Roz Clark,�senior director of engineering, radio, Cox Media Group. �The capital investment, operational investment and electrical costs associated with moving heat around are reduced, as liquid can cool transistors far more effectively with air. We will pay a little more up front if there a realistic payback period that also reduces our carbon footprint.�
Cox Media Group in fact partially influenced GatesAir to develop the FLX solid-state line given the success of liquid-cooling in TV transmission technology; and less successful efforts to liquid-cool FM tube transmitters due to the increasing challenges of working with tubes. As�GatesAir�s latest innovation in liquid-cooling technology, the FLX uses a novel heat-to-liquid transfer process�that efficiently removes heat from the RF plant,�and reduces traditional air conditioning requirements and cooling costs. The technology not only cuts monthly utility costs and establishes a greener operation, but further slims down an already minimal footprint by integrating low-noise pump modules within the cabinet. This provides additional ROI value for broadcasters who share or lease space in RF plants.
WHPT�s FLX transmitter is now delivering 34kW of FM and 1.3kW of HD Radio.
�GatesAir has more than 50 years of experience in liquid-cooling, and these latest innovations in reducing size, costs and cooling requirements are delivering immediate results and an accelerated ROI for customers like Cox Media Group that are committed to a more energy-efficient operation,� said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir.�
About GatesAir� ��
GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with�unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir�s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content.� With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit�www.gatesair.com�for more information,�Like us on Facebook�https://www.facebook.com/gatesair,�and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.