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Bible Broadcasting Network Goes With GatesAir

Network expands with high-efficiency FM/AM radio transmitters

GatesAir Flexiva Transmitter at Bible Broadcasting Network’s WYBQ in Leesport, Pa.

The Bible Broadcasting Network has ordered eight GatesAir Flexiva transmitters to outfit its FM/AM radio network of English- and Spanish-language stations.

“The green efficiency of the Flexiva transmitter has been advantageous and measurable,” said Ron Muffley, network engineering manager, Bible Broadcasting Network. “We have seen a sharp decrease in power use where we have replaced older transmitters.”

The most recent shipments include low-power FM transmitters for WYBQ(FM) in Leesport, Pa., WYFY(FM) in Cambridge, Ohio; and FM stations in Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador. The network will soon install high-power Flexiva models 10 kW, 20 kW and 30 kW at WYFO(FM) in Lakeland, Fla.; WYFQ(FM) in Charlotte, N.C.; KYFS(FM) in San Antonio; and KYFJ(FM) in New Iberia, La.

Bible Broadcasting Network has gradually shifted to GatesAir for its main AM/FM transmitters. In addition to power efficiency gains, maintenance and engineering work has been simplified through fewer spare parts, hot-swappable module replacements and built-in redundancy. These benefits all tie to the green PowerSmart 3D architecture at the core of Flexiva transmitters.

“We have some particularly remote sites that are very difficult to access, including the new Pennsylvania, Texas and Louisiana installations,” said Muffley. “The benefit of having fewer spare parts means that an engineer can easily replace a module in a few minutes. We have also been pleased that the high-efficiency Flexiva series eliminates the need for large transformers and chokes, greatly reducing size and weight. There is a big benefit to having a lighter transmitter that one person can handle.”

Bible Broadcasting Network is also deploying GatesAir signal transport solutions, recently installing an Intraplex IP Link codec at WBYK(FM) in Chattanooga, Tenn. The IP Link established a network connection to transport audio previously brought in by the satellite receiver, eliminating the RF performance issues that had hindered signal integrity at maximum operating power.

GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting.