—I’m the operations/network
manager at EICB (Excellence in Christian
Broadcasting) TV. We began operations in
the late1990’s with our first station in Coeur
d’Alene, Idaho. Our singular purpose was
to bring quality Christian television to the
people of Coeur d’Alene. Today we operate
more than 50 Christian LPTV stations and
we have over 100 additional construction
permits that will soon allow us to be broadcasting
God’s love into additional communities
throughout the United States.
When we first got into television broadcasting
we wanted to be out in front in
terms of technology and use it effectively
to share our message. Not long after our
first station went on the air we realized
that our world was changing and we would
soon be moving from an analog broadcasting
platform into a digital one. We opted to
make the move to digital then by converting
existing analog operations and modifying
plans for our new stations to include
Early on, it was clear that we had a great
deal to learn as it seemed there were new
equipment manufacturers and new products
at every bend. This was particularly true
in the area of transmission equipment. We
tried products from several providers and for
the most part these were okay, but it seemed
there were always some issues. This led us to
continue our search for a transmission product
we could have complete confidence in,
and I’m glad we did as our quest connected
us with the people at Linear Industries.
DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME
When you’re building out a network of
stations such as ours, reliability in a transmitter
is really a key issue, as creating a
transmitter plant is one of those things that
had better be right from the get-go; there’s
just not time or budget for mistakes and doovers.
This was reinforced on a site survey
trip I made in connection with setting up
our transmission facility in Atlantic City, N.J.
The location was on top of a high-rise condominium
complex located on the city’s
We’d had to install an 800 Watt
transmitter weighing hundreds of pounds.
To do this it was going to be necessary to
get the unit to top floor of the building and
then hoist it another 15 feet through an air
chase to an access floor just below the roof.
The doorways were barely large enough
to fit the transmitter cabinet and the hoist
shaft went straight down. If there was a slip-up
the transmitter would fall all the way to
the ground 30 stories below. This was one
job we didn’t want to think about doing
twice! Fortunately, by the time of this installation
we’d moved to Linear transmitters exclusively
and this gave us the peace of mind
that this tricky installation wouldn’t have to
be done over.
BUILDING ON SUCCESS
We now have more than 25 Linear UHF
digital transmitters installed at our sites
and their performance has been exceptional.
In the rare instances where we have
needed service, Linear’s team has been
outstanding. We feel as if the Linear team is
part of our team.
Caleb Weiss is the operations and network
manager at EICB TV in Cedar Hill,
Texas. He may be contacted at email@example.com.
For additional information about Linear
Industries transmission products, contact
Hitachi Kokusai Electric at 877-428-
5793 or visit www.linear-tv.com.