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Maxiva PMTX-1 Transmitter Built for Outdoor Use

GatesAir releases DAB version of its ruggedized low-power transmitter

The Maxiva PMTX-1 rugged outdoor transmitter from GatesAir. At right, an example of a rear-mounting solution for the unit.

GatesAir, a Thomson Broadcast subsidiary, introduced versions of the Maxiva PMTX-1 for VHF TV and DAB/DAB+ use. The PMTX-1 is a series of self-contained, weatherproof transmitters first introduced for UHF broadcasting last year.

The Maxiva PMTX-1 integrates a low-power transmitter or translator into a rugged, telecom-grade enclosure to create a fully self-contained unit for installation in any climate or outdoor environment. GatesAir positions the PMTX-1s as ideal for challenging coverage areas and unusual installation situations.

“If you look at DAB networks in Europe, we have many customers seeking better ways to add low-power transmitters to road tunnels to ensure uninterrupted service for travelers. They also want cost and power-efficient options to install low-power transmitters and gap fillers outdoors in very remote, often harsh climates to cover small villages and populations,” stated Ted Lantz, vice president for product line management at GatesAir. “The PMTX-1 provides a host of new deployment options to simplify network coverage and penetrate these very hard-to-reach areas in ways that make financial sense.”

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The PMTX-1 can be mounted on a pole, building structures, or traditional broadcast towers, meeting a number of outdoor installation scenarios. To reduce maintenance needs, moving parts and air filters are eliminated in the design with the sealed metal housing working to efficiently remove heat from the internal circuitry.

The unit also can support optional RF receiver units to feed programming to the transmitter in a variety of ways. For example, a satellite card can be added to deliver programming for transmission to a remote site without a network or microwave connection.