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The Broadcast Archive

Maintained by:
Barry Mishkind - The Electic Engineer
Last updated 9/12/14

The Continental 816 Series

The Continental 816 series is probably the most well-known series - with, perhaps, the largest sales and longest average service - of any FM transmitter in history. 

The 816 series were 10-35 kW FM transmitters in a three-bay cabinet. There were also some dual units that combined two into one larger transmitter. The most recent variation has been the "HD" series to accommodate digital broadcasting. Both air and water-cooled versions have appeared.

Originally designed by Collins Radio as the 831G series in the early 1970s, the line was carried over through the Rockwell-Collins years and became essentially the only transmitter model sold by Continental for broadcast in recent years - especially after CE abandoned the AM broadcast band in the US.  

Each model with the "R" suffix is the Rockwell-Collins Design

The Continental 816 Series

The 816R transmitters were 10 to 35 kW models, with dual units to 70 kW

816A      11 kW

  First unit to WSRQ (90.1), Thief River Falls, MN

816B      11 kW

First unit to XHGAL (93.7), Monterrey, Mexico
a 4cx15000

816HD      35 kW

First unit to KRQQ (93.7), Tucson, AZ

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