GatesAir architects market-leading solutions for over-the-air broadcasting and public safety communications, leveraging the best use of wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. In broadcasting, GatesAir powers over-the-air analog and digital radio/TV stations and networks worldwide with the industry’s most operationally efficient transmitters. The company continues to innovate new design efficiencies with each product generation that reduce size, energy use and more to establish the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership.
GatesAir’s innovations extend to the studio, where turnkey solutions help our customers create and manage content across on-air and production facilities in alignment with today’s rapidly evolving requirements. This forward-looking philosophy extends to innovations in media transport, where both broadcasters and public safety/emergency response teams utilize our solutions to reliably move voice, data, audio and video between locations using traditional and emerging connections, from RF to IP.
"Connecting What's Next"
GatesAir is committed to helping customers make the right connections to efficiently reach their audiences.
The company emphasizes three pillars of focus today:
Encompasses various platforms to move reliably media content and voice/data communications between one or more locations.
Focuses on complete over-the-air solutions for local/national broadcasters and network operators that include transmitters, exciters and shelters.
Comprises AM, FM and digital solutions for over-the-air stations and networks that include high-performance transmitters, exciters and more.
GatesAir helps its customers efficiently connect what’s next by reducing costs, increasing performance and ensuring the highest degree of reliability, quality and ease of use. GatesAir is investing in the future and staying on the cutting edge as new technologies emerge, helping customers monetize new opportunities while serving the audiences that depend on their content.
GatesAir connects a legacy of innovation with a vision for the future. GatesAir has been an innovator in over-the-air broadcasting for nearly 100 years, and today offers the industry’s broadest portfolio to help broadcasters deliver and monetize content. The company’s roots date to 1922, when Henry C. Gates founded the Gates Radio and Supply Company. Henry’s son, Parker Gates, quickly established the company’s reputation as a visionary, responsible for industry firsts in audio and electronics. These innovations laid the foundation for groundbreaking over-the-air radio and television transmitter designs that continue to this day.
Upon the sale of Gates Radio to Harris Intertype Corporation in 1957, Gates Radio had become a major supplier of audio consoles, turntables, and AM/FM shortwave radio transmitters and accessories. Moving forward into the next several decades, Harris Corporation was responsible for several groundbreaking developments in over-the-air TV and radio, including the world’s first solid-state AM transmitter in 1974; and development of the “Mod Anode Pulser” for UHF TV transmitters in 1981, a simple technique that reduced power consumption in UHF TV.
The company followed these foundational innovations in the 1990s and 2000s with the world’s first digital FM and HD Radio exciters (1993 and 2002), and the first DTV transmitter to hit the airwaves (WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina, 1996). In 2009, Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Communications Division broke the paradigm for high-efficiency TV and radio transmitters with PowerSmart®, a green architecture for reducing transmitter size, weight and energy consumption.
All research, development and innovation is driven from the company's facilities in Mason, Ohio and supported by the long-standing manufacturing center in Quincy, Illinois. GatesAir is proud to say that its products are made in the U.S.A., and their customers fully appreciate the distinction.
With a presence in Quincy since 1922, the Company has, over decades, vertically integrated all phases of the production process to attain the high level of quality and services it offers. Direct control of all aspects of design, development and fulfillment makes it possible to verify the quality of the products and processes, introduce innovations, discover synergies and new operating methods, and optimize time and cost.
The Quincy facilities reside on a massive 40-acre campus that houses GatesAir's manufacturing, integration, test and global fulfillment operations and Customer centers of excellence in professional support, repair and training. Utilizing state-of-the-art capital fabrication and assembly assets in an immaculately controlled environment facility registered to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 as well as OHSAS 18001, the site is one of the world's largest producers of digital terrestrial broadcast equipment and technology today.