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National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook, 11th Edition by Garrison C. Cavell

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Chapter7.17

FM Broadcast Antennas

Thomas B. Silliman, P.E.

Electronics Research, Inc.

Chandler, IN

Eric R. Wandel, P.E.

Wavepoint Research, Inc.

Crane, IN

Introduction

This chapter covers antenna systems for FM radio broadcasting and attempts to provide a comprehensive review of the many factors that must be taken into consideration by broadcast engineers, technicians, and station managers when making decisions regarding these systems. To achieve the best coverage in the station’s market in addition to enjoying long-term, reliable performance, many factors must be considered. The site location and antenna height perhaps has the most significant impact on the market coverage, with an ideal site location providing line-of-sight coverage to the ...

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