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

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Chapter8.9

Broadcast Television Co-Location Site Management

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Introduction and Overview

Tower Sharing Using Combiners—Multiple TV Stations

Shared tower sites offer broadcasters significant cost savings by sharing a facility and a reduction in personnel (labor expenses), location expenses (leasing) and shared equipment expenses. The broadcasting benefit for sharing tower space using a combiner system is to utilize the best broadcast location (for audience coverage) available in the stations’ market.

Stations benefit by the joint effort among broadcast engineers through collaboration on site selection, position on the tower, technical design parameters and cost savings. Cost ...

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