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

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Chapter8.3

Digital Television Transmitters

Fred Baumgartner

TV Product Manager, Nautel

When TV first came into popular use, the United States and others had huge areas to cover, with significant rural populations. The United States follows a “presatellite” model where the objective was to cover both urban and rural populations simultaneously with high-power, wide area coverage transmitters supplemented with lower power translators or boosters, usually receiving the main transmitter off air and translating its programming to another channel in order to cover communities outside of the convenient reach of the main transmitter.

Figure 8.3-1

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