Installation Photos and Customer Reviews
From the top of a
large broadcast tower in a
major US city to the remote mountaintop of an Indonesian island, the
advantages and versatility of the Dominator FM Broadcast antenna make them an
excellent choice over a wide range of installations.
All photos below can be enlarged by
clicking on them.
This is the transmitter site for WEZG 101.5 FM in
Greenville South Carolina. Here we can see an ideal example of a
Dominator NWE-34 FM Broadcast Antenna installation. One Dominator is
producing virtually identical gain and ERP as four CP bays or two
antennas and a microwave link also share space on this large free
As of January 8, 2016 WEZG has changed their call sign to WBWT. FCC data
can be found at this link WBWT.
NWE-34 FM transmitter antennas utilize a virtually indestructible DC
ground path which allows them to take
advantage of the top mounting location on the tower when properly
grounded. Over the years several have taken lightning strikes without
damage to the antenna or the equipment connected to it. This mounting
location produces less distortion in the pattern without tower
reflections and a more uniform coverage area. The station operator
claims the new antenna is providing a signal with less interference than
the one it replaced and notes this is likely because its center of radiation
is higher with less obstructions.
analysis has also revealed an error with the installation of the four
bay folded dipole stack. The reflector mast these bays are mounted to is
not a continuous surface. If you look behind the second bay up from the
bottom you will notice the mast is missing here. When antennas are side
mounted, the metal surface they are mounted to should be symmetrical behind
all of the bays and extend slightly beyond them. Otherwise the pattern
will suffer from undesired beam tilt that will shift the signal away
from the angle needed to reach the distant horizon.
||This busy tower is the
home of KTR 94.1 FM in Kapchorwa, Uganda where it was installed in June
of 2009. The station owner reports, “It has worked flawlessly, giving very
low SWR readings and increasing our broadcast coverage area.” Two cell
phone carriers with their multi-panel arrays and separate microwave
links can also been seen.
installation is typical of what we might see at any well equipped LPFM or Translator
Station. The Dominator NWE-34 antenna is pictured at the 100 foot height
limit for these stations. FCC licensed stations in the USA operating the
Dominator FM antenna include: KSRP,
(previously licensed as WEZG), 4kw
backup site for KOLG, WVET,
Licensing information including Transmitter Power Output, Effective
Radiated Power and
local 60 dBu coverage maps may be viewed by clicking on their call sign.
to have a signal present to comply with your CP before the tower is
constructed? Here is one option we had not seen before. This crane has
the antenna at 90 feet to the top. Its light weight and simple installation
makes the Dominator NWE-34 FM broadcast antenna ideal for emergency or
temporary applications like these too. The antennas power gain which
doubles your ERP means you won't suffer from compromised coverage noted
with other single bay installations.
Although this photo does not show how or if the cable is secured, never
hang the transmission line from the antennas connector. While the
antenna is rugged enough to handle that abuse, this is asking for
trouble with respect to the connector on the cable end pulling out over
93.8 FM is located at a shopping center in downtown Johannesburg. In
consulting with the client we learned this NWE-34 had replaced a two bay
vertical dipole array fed through a two-port power divider. The twin dipole
array was also rated at 3dbd, however it had to be removed from the top
of the adjacent flagpole mast. The client informed us, “The coverage
is better than the 2 dipoles”.
The expected performance of one NWE-34 antenna should be
equal to the 3dbd of their old two dipole array. The improvement was most likely
due to installation errors with the spacing
distances or tuning of the old multi bay dipoles. Easy tuning and simple mounting to a
combined with its high gain and rugged construction make the Dominator Model NWE-34 FM Broadcast
antenna an attractive option for many stations.
operator, CBC Canada, best describes these next two photos.
"We are the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Moncton, New Brunswick Transmission
group. As part of our business continuity planning, we decided to put
together a portable FM station. It is housed in a 12' enclosed trailer.
A Kubota 7kw diesel generator supplies the electricity. For one feed we
have an off air FM receiver antenna mounted on the side of the trailer with inline
filtering to isolate transmit and receive frequencies."
is the inside view of the CBC self contained radio station in a portable
"In the rack we use an Inovonics FM
receiver. This way we are able to relay the signal from our nearest operating
transmitter. There is a 250 foot reel of audio cable which allows us to go to a
site and take the original programming from within the building. Also available is
the Bell Express VU receiver which carries our
programming. Here we are using a 50 watt exciter (but can install a 1kw
amp in the rack space above when needed) into
the Dominator antenna which is mounted on the side of the trailer. The
antenna is easily tuned with the complete trailer set up and on the air in under 1 hour by a single technician.
Narduzzi, CBC/Radio-Canada Transmission."
next two pictures are a pair of stations that were set up for an
Indonesian refugee camp. They operate off the grid with all electricity
supplied by solar or wind. This station has been strategically located
on a remote island mountaintop situated off the coast of Indonesia. From
this position 1200 feet above sea level, it covers a 60 kilometer
radius. This extends the coverage of the station pictured below by
broadcasting similar messages about the camp.
reach refugees in need that in many cases have never seen a radio before
this experience. I wondered how this was possible in an area with no
electricity or stores to purchase batteries or radios. This problem is
resolved by distributing free crank up radios throughout the community
and local tribes. Two minutes of cranking the handle provides about a
half hour of listening time. These receivers can also be operated in
direct sunlight by solar power.
is the radio building located at the edge of the refugee camp in
Indonesia. You can see the wind generator and roof mounted solar panels
that supply all electricity to this off the grid station. Every
electrical device used here is powered from a single 1000 watt AC power
inverter. The efficiency and gain of the FM transmitter antenna used in
an application like this is extremely important since no power can be
they used a circular polarized antenna, it would require four times the
transmitter power to produce the same coverage area or ERP. The Dominator NWE-34
antenna was easily mounted to the top of a tall mast using a few guy
wires. Notice the group of new arrivals curiously staring up in amazement
at the apparatus responsible for sending them messages through the air
about this refugee camp.
Dominator NWE-34 FM
Broadcast Antenna Customer Reviews
Below are the
results from a customer who tested the Dominator FM
Broadcast Antenna at two different locations. The
antenna it was compared to was a Comet 5/8 wave which usually
outperforms the common 1/2 wave side mounted dipole.
received, tested and shipped to our client, they are going to be
delighted with this system:
populated urban area flat horizon most rooftops below 30 feet:
Comet 35 feet AGL 20watts TPO: Signal verge 4 miles best
- 3 miles radius - 4 - 5 miles poor reception then fade
35 feet AGL 20watts TPO: Signal verge 6 miles best - 5
miles radius - 6 - 7 miles acceptable reception then fade
area mostly farm land without obstruction flat horizon:
Comet 35 feet AGL 20watts TPO: Signal verge 6 miles best - 4
miles radius, 6 - 7 miles poor reception then
35 feet AGL 20watts TPO: Signal verge 11 best miles - 9 miles radius, 11
- 12 miles acceptable reception then fade out.
efficiency of the Dominator speaks for itself, it delivers almost
double the performance of the Comet. There are no questions left to
answer except "where is your Dominator"? Best
antennas are real performers. We have noticed a significant improvement
in our coverage area since we began using the Dominator FM antenna.
Formerly we had been using a dipole. The radio station KTR FM 94.1 is
located in Kapchorwa, Africa. The Dominator is side mounted on
a communications tower shared with microwave links and cell phone
antennas. It has worked flawlessly since installed with very low SWR
and increasing our broadcast coverage. Thanks for making a solid
product. Sidney B. Anderson, KTR FM 94.1
Dominator FM antenna made an unbelievable difference for our
station. The tower structure is 87 feet high, and the antenna is up
at the 100 foot level. I'm using Andrew 1/2" healiax hardline and
driving the antenna with 600 watts. The station covers 35 to 40 miles
solid, with some directions 50 miles from the tower site. I had been
using a J-pole antenna. When I decided to try the Dominator, I could not
believe the difference it made! It was like I went from 600 watts
to 2,500 watts! For a small FM, our station covers like a full
powered radio station. I had thought the price was high and
wondered what the catch was until I put it up. It is truly worth
the price as the Dominator increased the coverage of our signal
incredibly! For any LPFMs, or medium power stations that want good
solid coverage, I recommend this antenna. Anything else and your
just throwing your money away.
4) Thanks for a great product! It does
everything you say it will do. Just installed it last Thursday and was
astounded at its performance! It will run circles around any of the
expensive ones from the big broadcast equipment companies and its durable
too!! Buy it, buy it, buy it! Dave Cash, WRMV Fellowship Broadcasting.
Donald, Wow!!! What a wonderful antenna system. We installed it on
Sunday and couldn’t imagine the results. Our coverage area has
greatly increased with crystal clear stereo and super sound quality. I
hope my brother Pastor Charles called you earlier today as well.
Ojimba Davies, Head of Broadcast/CEO, Magic 99.2 FM
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