CINCINNATI, January 9, 2007 — Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, announced the installation of PowerCD high-power UHF ATSC transmitters at two TV stations owned by Quincy Newspapers, Inc., of Quincy, Illinois. The installations satisfy FCC requirements for full-power DTV broadcasting at KTIV-DT in Sioux City, Iowa, and WVVA-DT in Bluefield, West Virginia.
"Due to the proximity of Harris' manufacturing and service center to our offices, we have developed a strong, long-standing relationship with Harris and many of its employees. We have been buying Harris transmitters exclusively for our stations based upon our experience with their rock-solid reliability and impeccable customer support," said Brady Dreasler, director of Capital, Facilities, and Engineering for Quincy Newspapers, Inc. "The primary reason we chose the PowerCD transmitter is that its newer IOT design promised exceptional energy efficiency and savings on our energy bills. Our expectation is that they will deliver greater energy efficiency than the previous generations of IOT-type transmitters. We estimate that the energy efficiency of the PowerCD transmitters will enable us to meet our ROI (Return on Investment) 18 months sooner than any other transmitter."
The Harris® PowerCD transmitter breaks new ground in power efficiency for broadcasters striving to minimize expenses, such as costly electricity bills. The PowerCD sets a new benchmark for performance and energy efficiency because it is based on new, high-efficiency depressed collector Inductive Output Tube (IOT) power amplifiers, among other technological advances.
With its new PowerCD transmitter now online, NBC affiliate KTIV has increased its digital power output from 1.8 to 57 kW with an ERP (effective radiated power) of 1 MegaWatt, while CW affiliate WVVA increased its power output from 7.5 to 51 kW, also with an ERP of 1 MegaWatt. The transmitters replace smaller, low-power Harris® DiamondCD® solid-state UHF DTV transmitters. Quincy Newspapers also owns several Harris FlexiCoder and NetVX ATSC MPEG-2 encoding systems. Dreasler cited the PowerCD transmitter's outstanding remote diagnostics as another benefit. Using the Harris® eCDi transmitter network monitoring and control system, the stations' chief engineers can troubleshoot and adjust the transmitters from their desktops without traveling to the tower sites.
"Remote diagnostics using the GUI of any desktop PC is invaluable. It enables our engineers to quickly determine if any issue can be remedied remotely, or if the repair can be delayed until a more opportune time," said Dreasler. "It saves our engineers the considerable time associated with driving to the transmission sites, which in the winter months is not always practical."
About Quincy Newspapers, Inc.
Quincy Newspapers, Inc. (QNI) is a multimedia company that owns over a dozen television stations, two radio stations, two newspapers, and a High-Definition video production company called Pro Video, in Madison, WI. With a footprint that spans 13 states, Quincy's broadcast properties include: KTIV, (NBC, CW) Sioux City, IA and KWWL, (NBC, WeatherPlus, TUBE) in Waterloo, IA; KTTC (NBC, CW) and JSA with KXLT (FOX) in Rochester, MN; WGEM, (NBC, FOX, CW) in Quincy, IL; WREX (NBC, CW), in Rockford, IL; WSJV, (FOX) in South Bend, IN; WVVA, the (NBC, CW) affiliate in Bluefield, WV; The holdings also include five ABC affiliates in Wisconsin: WKOW, in Madison, WI; WQOW, (ABC, CW) in Eau Claire, WI; WAOW, (ABC, CW) in Wausau, WI; WXOW, in La Crosse, (ABC, CW) WI; WYOW, (ABC, CW) in Eagle River, WI. The two QNI-owned newspapers are: the New Jersey Herald, in Newton, NJ; and the Quincy Herald Whig, in Quincy, IL, which published its first edition in 1835. More information about QNI's history and holdings can be found at www.qni.biz.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales $3.5 billion and nearly 14,000 employees — including more than 6,000 engineers and scientists — dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications products, systems, and services. The company's operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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