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Digital Television Construction Costs
NTIA ENGINEERING


SECTION A. TRANSMISSION

ATSC TRANSMISSION EQUIPMENT

Low VHF High VHF UHF 1 UHF 2 UHF 3
Item Description 4 kW
Avg SS
8kW
Avg SS
2.5 kW
Avg SS
15 kW
Avg SS
60kW
Avg IOT
ATSC television transmitter with filter and spares 390,000 690,000 325,000 680,000 950,000
TV broadcast antenna
with installation
20,000
+ 20,000
125,000
+ 50,000
20,000
+ 20,000
175,000 + 50,000 400,000
+ 75,000
Transmission line cost
with installation (1,500 ft)
85,000
+ 40,000
(3 1/8")
85,000
+ 40,000
(3 1/8")
85,000
+ 40,000
(3 1/8")
184,970
+ 60,000
(6 1/8")
340,000
+ 70,000
(8")
Dummy load 3,500 3,500 4,500 6,000 8,000
Tower, 1,500 ft, guyed with strobe lights
(65 lb wind load -- " ice)
1,800,000 1,800,000 1,800,000 1,800,000 1,800,000
Tower foundation 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000
Tower installation 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000
Test package, includes RF Analyzer, Transport Stream (TS) Analyzer, DTV Demod., power and A/V monitoring 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000
Frequency Reference System 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500
Digital or Dual System STL (hot standby w/changeover; 500 ft line, 6 ft antennas) 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000
Digital microwave interconnect (500 ft line, 6 ft antennas) 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000
STL Tower -- 100 ft, installed 47,000 47,000 47,000 47,000 47,000
XMTR remote control 25,000 25,000 25,000 35,000 35,000
Line dehydrator system 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500
AC Power installation 15,000 25,000 15,000 25,000 30,000
Power regulation & Surge suppression 5,000 10,000 5,000 10,000 35,000
Ducting & forced air system 15,000 25,000 15,000 35,000 20,000
Installation materials - miscellaneous: wire, strap 5,000 10,000 5,000 10,000 10,000
Equipment racks, complete 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500
RF parts (patch panel, elbows) 7,500 10,000 7,500 10,000 10,000
Directional couplers for power measurement 7,500 10,000 7,500 10,000 10,000
XMTR Proof-of-Performance 5,000 10,000 8,000 10,000 12,000
RF combiner for N+1 or N-1 50,000 50,000 50,000 60,000 75,000



NTSC TRANSMISSION EQUIPMENT


Item Description
Low VHF
30 kW
High VHF
45 kW
UHF
60 KW
NTSC Transmitter w/diplexer, spare parts, and spare final tube(s) 540,000 735,000 850,000
NTSC antenna, including installation 225,000 250,000 300,000
Transmission line (1,000 ft) (VHF - 3-1/8", UHF - waveguide) 58,320 58,320 175,000
Power installation, regulation 50,000 50,000 50,000
Stereo and SAP generator & processor 24,500 24,500 24,500
Multi-channel audio modulation monitor 14,000 14,000 14,000
Video processing amplifier 6,500 6,500 6,500
Waveform/Vectorscope/Switcher 10,500 10,500 10,500
Demodulator w/down converter, antenna, and line 23,500 23,500 23,500

SECTION B. MASTER CONTROL

ATSC EQUIPMENT
 
Item Description Quantity PTFP Allowance
Satellite antenna - XMTR Direct Feed 1 5,000
Satellite demodulator for Network feed 4 30,000
Multichannel server 1 150,000
Master Control Router 1 250,000
Identification system ("bug") inserter - video 4 30,000
ATSC Encoder 2-4 SD, 1 HD, with PSIP/captioning, EAS, Data 1 250,000
Automation System (Computers and Software) 1 150,000
Program Archive System (DVD or Hard Drive) 1 150,000
Test and monitoring system
2 serial component measurement sets - 17,000; 16x9 line monitor - 18,000;
off-air receiver - 6,000;
digital scope - 14,000
1 lot 69,000
Master control terminal gear (DAs, monitors, patching, processors, syn generators) 1 lot 60,000
Miscellaneous installation materials (Wire/Connectors) 1 lot 20,000
Master Control Switcher 1 135,000
Digital Videotape Recorders 4 160,000
  While PTFP does not intend to fund the PBS/ACE package during the FY 2004 grant cycle, grant recipients will be able to use PTFP funds awarded for the above equipment towards the purchase of ACE compatible equipment.  

NTSC EQUIPMENT

Item Description Price
Master control video switcher 75,000
Processing amplifier for NTSC 8,500
30 video distribution/SDI amps with rack frame and p/s 20,000
60 audio distribution amps with p/s and rack frame 25,000
Dual sync generator w/changeover and pulse distribution 20,000
NTSC off-air demodulator with antenna and line 25,500
EAS receiver and encoder/decoder 6,000
Component waveform/vectorscope 8,500
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