When we refurbish a full antenna, including king post or support we have a detailed process leading to the finished product.
If the antenna is sold within the US we normally contract to re-install it, but in cases where the antenna is being sold overseas we take a few extra steps of photographing the existing antenna prior to take down so that we can email photographs and video to the installation team.
- Antenna is photographed in place, with attention paid to the location and attachment of radials and panels.
- Disassembly begins, with each stage photographed, or in some cases video is shot.
- Panels, radials and panel supports are grouped together and secured before loading onto our flatbed.
- Antenna bushings are examined and discarded if excessive wear is found.
- All moving hardware is examined for excessive wear with replacement parts ordered if necessary.
- Motors are sent for electrical testing and if necessary they are refurbished.
- Damaged or missing assembly hardware is examined and replaced if needed.
- Jack screw boots are replaced if needed.
- Rusted areas are sanded and stripped.
- Antenna is pressure washed.
- The antenna is sprayed with coats of primer.
- The final coats of acrylic paint are applied to the antenna.
- Rusted galvanized parts are sent for re-galvanizing.
Packing for Shipment
- Where appropriate the foundation bolt kit is ordered and shipped separately to the client.
- The completed antenna is loaded into the clients shipping container.
- If needed racks or supports are built within the shipping container to ensure damage free transportation.
- The loading process is photographed and all parts identified.
- Once the civil work is complete and the new pad is ready to receive the antenna the container is set down at the new site.
- The foundation bolts on the pad are examined and measured for accurate placement.
- The king post or antenna support structure is unloaded and made ready for installation with the crane.
- If the site is secure the panels, radials and supports are unloaded and the reflector is built on the ground.
- When needed the radials are aligned with a theodolite.
- A rented crane is delivered to the site and the king post and completed reflector are installed.
- Using a theodolite the reflector is shot to manufacturers specifications.
- Where appropriate the sub-reflector is placed on the antenna.
- Cables are pulled for the SSPA and LNA and Antenna Controller package.
Testing and Certification
- Electrical connections are completed and the antenna controller and full range of motion is verified.
- Motors are tested for low speed and high speed operation.
- Working with the client’s choice of satellite, patterns are run and verification received from the operator’s NOC.
- We guarantee that the transmit gain will be to within 1dB of original factory specification.
- Demonstration that the antenna controller system is working correctly.
- The antenna will pass two degree compliancy requirements.