Making its debut at IBC2014 is a new family of modular C–band to Ka-band antennae from Luso Microwave.
Available in a range of reflector sizes from 1.2m to 4.2m, their modular design is said to reduce installation time, cut costs and add flexibility to microwave satellite networks, including making KA-band installations financially viable for cost-sensitive commercial applications.
Ka-band usage is growing due to problems with spectrum overload in other bands, notes Luso. Furthermore, the company says, a 1.8 metre diameter Ka-band dish offers comparable performance to a 4.2 meter Ku-band antenna.
Luso says that it will deliver the antennae from stock, with installation and commissioning of a 5-piece motorised system typically completed in one day —about one-third of normal installation time for comparable antennae. Customers can opt for a fixed installation in the first instance, and then upgrade easily to a full tracking one at a later date. The modular design is also said to simplify other changes that may be needed during the life of the installation.
The antennae are supplied in four variants: fixed, manually adjustable, motorised and full tracking. A range of ancillary components is also available.