How The World Communicates

  Company History
Continental Electronics and its founder J.O. Weldon have been at the forefront of RF technology throughout most of industry's history. From our early work in radar development, to mapping the surface of the moon, to new advancements in high-definition broadcast, Continental has turned science fiction into science.
Case Histories
You'll be surprsed to learn about the ways we've used RF technology to innovate some very impressive accomplishments:

FM Broadcast Case Histories
Shortwave Case Histories
LF Case Histories / VLF Case Histories

Science/Industry Case Histories

Informational Videos
These videos will provide you with a quick and entertaining introduction to Continental's history and areas of innovation.

We're still making history, today! Learn how Continental is customizing RF technology to meet today's needs, and see what amazing things we're creating for our current clients.


A Place In History

Continental Electronics Corporation's reputation as the world's most experienced designer, developer and manufacturer of high power broadcast equipment came from its many "firsts" in the industry. Dating back to 1936, the founder of the company, Mr. J. O. Weldon, built the first 500kW transmitter. In the early 1950s, the company built the first 1MW transmitter for the Voice of America. And in the early 1970s it also developed the first 2MW transmitter for Radio Belgrade.

During its 60+ years, Continental Electronics has achieved an important place in history. Its technology played a key role in safeguarding the Western World during the Cold War with communications systems it developed for the U.S. government. Today, its high power communications systems are used for military voice and data communications, navigation and time/frequency standards broadcasts.

CEC's top selling product line in units, the 816R series FM transmitters, have proved their reliability and performance since their introduction over 25 years ago.

Most know that CEC is a manufacturer of AM and FM broadcast transmitters for commercial broadcasting. However, it may not be known to many that CEC throughout the years has designed, developed and built many high power products up to 2 MW for commercial applications. Most of the high power transmitters that the U.S. Navy uses to communicate with their fleet are made by CEC. Additionally, working with the U.S. Air Force CEC has manufactured HF transmitters for Over-The-Horizon (OTH) radar applications, high power S-Band transmitters for the U.S. Army Nuclear Effects Laboratory as well as other communications, radar and jammer transmitters. Another recent program was HAARP, a radio science experiment using over 180 HF transmitters.

Continental Electronics' early work in radar led to the development of the AN/FPT-5, a UHF 2.5 MW Transmitter for MIT Lincoln Laboratory Millstone Hill Radar Site near Boston. Among its many notable achievements, this transmitter bounced signals off Venus in 1958. A round trip of 56,000,000 miles, it was man's first contact with another planet.

Continental Electronics has earned recognition in scientific circles with its 1MW planetary radio transmitter, a key component behind the Arecibo Observatory's radio telescope. The Arecibo radio telescope is the world's largest single-dish radio telescope. With the support of CEC's engineering expertise, NASA scientists were able to map the moon in preparation for the historic lunar landings. Now CEC's products also are used in such diverse applications as particle accelerators, plasma physics research, oil recovery, medical research and ceramic sintering, rounding out the company's leadership position in broadcast and radio technology.

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