LS telcom, Inc. Completes Nation’s First UAS Broadcast Measurement

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  • May 22, 2017 11:57 PM BST

Measurement Confirms Broadband Antenna Broadcast Pattern for Soon to be Repacked Station


Bowie, Maryland  – LS telcom, Inc., a worldwide leader in Spectrum Management and Spectrum Monitoring solutions, today announced that it has recently completed the nation’s first UAS Broadcast Measurement in Cedar Hill, Texas.  The measurement validated both the horizontal and vertical transmission patterns of a newly installed broadband antenna for a local Dallas television station.  Leveraging the precision flight of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) combined with a specialized measurement payload, the key data was captured over a two-day period at the Cedar Hill facility this month, as part of the local network’s preparation for the upcoming repack.

With the recent completion of the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction, over nine hundred television stations across the United States are being repacked to new channel assignments.  In a compressed timeframe of just thirty-nine months to complete the nationwide process, broadcasters are searching for capabilities and technologies that increase the efficiency of the equipment installation process.  LS telcom’s UAS Broadcast Measurement allows broadcasters to capture equipment performance at its’ source and avoid the lengthy process of drive testing hundreds of square miles to validate basic operation.  The measurement data captured can be input into network planning tools for additional analysis, allowing broadcasters to compare the actual transmission patterns of the network with the theoretical projections.  UAS Broadcast Measurement represents a huge savings in time, manpower, and testing effort for broadcasters, network installers, and equipment vendors throughout the country.  

“We are pleased to be able to bring this innovative technology to US broadcasters.  As the industry faces the compressed timeframe of the repack, LS telcom’s UAS Broadcast Measurement can optimize installations and rapidly provide broadcasters with the key baseline measurement of their network’s performance,” said Casey Joseph, Vice President of LS telcom.  Broadcasters preparing for network equipment upgrades can include UAS Broadcast Measurement as a service in their network repack plans being filed with the FCC. 

With over eight hundred successful measurements to its credit, LS telcom (through its subsidiary Colibrex) is the global leader in UAS Broadcast Measurement.  The processes and procedures for these measurements have been approved for operations in over fifteen different countries around the world.  For the Cedar Hill measurement, LS telcom operated under an FAA approved Part 107 waiver giving access to the necessary airspace for the mission.  LS telcom is currently scheduling the UAS Broadcast Measurement service throughout the country for validation of current broadcast network operations, as well as new equipment installations.  For more information please


About LS telcom

LS telcom’s software, system solutions, and services address the efficient use of radio frequency spectrum and the optimal operation of radio communication services.  We are a worldwide market leader in the provision of automated spectrum management systems and their integration with monitoring systems. We also have our own monitoring system, including fixed, portable, and airborne sensors. At the same time, we develop and market software for the design, planning, and optimization of broadcast, LMR, mobile and microwave networks. Strategic consulting, radio engineering services, and training on network technologies, standards, and regulations as well as transmitter installations and measurements complete our area of expertise.

Frequency regulatory authorities, ministries, network operators and infrastructure providers, system integrators and military organizations in over 90 countries across all continents rely on our solutions and services.

LS telcom operates worldwide with subsidiaries and affiliates in Canada, China, France, South Africa, UAE, UK and the United States, as well as representative offices in Argentina, Hungary, and Oman. Colibrex is a subsidiary of LS telcom. With its headquarters in Lichtenau, Baden, Germany, LS telcom is listed on the German stock exchange under ISIN DE 0005754402 since 2001. For more information please visit the LS telcom website at