GatesAir has recently signed a spectrum repack deal with Quincy Media. The latter will now exclusively rely on GatesAir for transmitters and related installation and commissioning services, for spectrum repack needs across its TV station group. 

The deal will include several new Maxiva ULXTE liquid-cooled UHF and VAXTE air-cooled VHF transmitters, while existing GatesAir transmitters at select stations will be modified to meet new channel assignments.

Quincy Media expects to be busy with repack installations across the entire 39-month window for channel relocation that begins later this year. Brady Dreasler, corporate director of engineering, notes that the company’s stations fall within all ten phases of the repack.

Quincy Media uses GatesAir transmitters today across all of its stations, many of which are tube transmitters approaching two decades of service. Their pack presents an ideal time to transition to newer solid-state transmitters that in addition to simplifying channel relocation will help to reduce the burden of utility costs and maintenance that come with older RF technology.

Quincy Media is also working closely with GatesAir to determine which existing transmitters can be channel-changed.