This is the Continental Equipment Section of
The Broadcast Archive

Maintained by:
Barry Mishkind - The Eclectic Engineer
Last updated 2/12/10

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.  

  816R-1 - 10 kW
First unit to WHYN (93.1), Springfield, MA
  816R-1A - 10 kW
First unit to XHME (89.5), Jalisco, Mexico
  816R-2BS - 10 kW
First unit to Jamaica B/C (92.1) Jamaica
  816A - 11 kW
First unit to WSRQ (90.1), Thief River Falls, MN
  816B - 11 kW
First unit to XHGAL (93.7), Monterrey, Mexico
  816R-2 - 20 kW
First unit to KXLS (99.7), Enid, OK.
  816R-2A - 20 kW
First unit to WCUZ (101.3), Grand Rapids, MI
  816R-2B - 20 kW
First unit to WDET (101.9), Detroit, MI
  816R-2C - 20 kW
First unit to KMGE (93.1), Eugene, OR
  816R-3 - 25 kW
First unit to KFAT (106.1), Corvallis, OR
  816R-3B - 25 kW
First unit to KRQQ (93.7), Tucson, AZ
  816R-3C - 25 kW
First unit to Gabirno Del Estado (102.1), Monterrey, Mexico
  816R-4 - 27.5 kW
First unit to KMGL (104.1), Oklahoma City, OK
  816R-4B - 27.5 kW
First unit to CKY (92.1), Winnepeg, Canada

816R-4C - 27.5 kW
First unit to XHMG (102.9), Monterrey, Mexico
  816R-6C - 30 kW
First unit to WAIA (93.3), Jacksonville, FL 
  816R-5 - 35 kW
First unit to KUPL (98.5), Portland, OR
  816R-5B - 35 kW
First unit to WGFX (104.5), Gallatin, TN
  816R-5C - 35 kW
First unit to KSLX (100.7), Scottsdale, AZ

816HD - 35 kW - designed for HD

Pictured KRQQ, Tucson, AZ

Dual Units

  D816R-2C - 40 kW
First unit to WRFX (99.7), Charlotte, NC
  D816R-3C - 50 kW
First unit to WOMC (104.3), Ferndale, MI
  D816R-6C - 60 kW
First unit to KQKQ (98.5), Omaha, NE 
  D816R-5C - 70 kW
First unit to WCPE (89.7), Wake Forest, NC