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Transportable Antennas

2.4, 3, 3.66 and 5 meter for C, Ku and Special Band Operation

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    Transportable AntennasAFC's transportable antennas offer superior performance for a variety of different applications. The antennas may be used for uplinks or downlinks in the C, Ku or other bands of operation. In the C band the uplink frequency is 6 GHz, the downlink frequency is 4 GHz. In the Ku band the uplink and downlink frequencies are 14 and 12 GHz, respectively.

The antennas consist of a composite material fiberglass reflector mounted on an elevation over azimuth base. The azimuth base provides 360 rotation, the elevation is continually adjustable over a 55 degree range from 5 to 90 degrees. In the US, the range is set from 10 to 65 degrees.

The 2.4, 3 and 3.66 meter antennas may be operated with wind gusts of up to 60 mph; the 5 meter antenna is rated for wind gusts of up to 40 mph in the standard configuration.

Depending on reflector size, the antenna base is mounted on a single or dual axle, 8 foot wide trailer with a standard ball hitch. The trailer is equipped with three, crank operated feet for leveling and stability. On the 5 meter antenna the top and bottom portions of the reflector are hinged to fold back to the center of the reflector during transit. The maximum recommended towing speed is 55 mph.

Transportable antennas are manufactured with many and various options. Options include foldable 3 piece reflectors for 2.4, 3, 3.7 and 5 meters diameter quick deployable missions, shelters, anti-ice, feed systems, hand-crank or motorized Az/El pedestals. The table, below, shows AFC's transportable antenna operating specifications.

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AFC Transportable Operating Specifications
Downlink C-band 3.7 to 4.2 Ghz or Ku-band 11.7 to 12.2Ghz
Uplink C-band 5.9 to 6.4 Ghz or Ku-band 14.0 to 14.5 Ghz
Midband Gain dB 2.4 meter 3.0 meter 3.7 meter 5.0 meter
4 Ghz (WR229) 37.7 39.5 41.0 44.0
6 Ghz (WR137) 41.2 43.3 44.8 47.8
12 Ghz (WR75) 47.3 49.0 50.7 53.5
14 Ghz (WR75) 48.6 50.5 52.0 55.0
Beamwidth (degrees)
4 Ghz2.141.751.401.10
6 Ghz1.431.100.920.68
12 Ghz0.710.590.480.35
14 Ghz0.600.490.400.29
Maximum VSWR1.3:1
Input FlangeCPR-229 (4 Ghz), CPR-137 (6 Ghz), WR75C (12 and 14 Ghz)
SidelobesFCC requirements for 2 degree satellite spacing
Polarization Adjustment360 degrees by rotating feed
Noise Temperature
vs. Elevation Angle
Antenna Noise Temperature
Reflector Sections1-piece for 2.4, 3 and 3.7 meter,
3-piece foldable for 5 meter.
Optional 3-piece foldable for 2.4, 3 and 3.7 meter.
Temperature Range-60o F to +125o F (-51o C to +52o C)
Mount TypeFixed pointing elevation over azimuth, rotatable 360o.
Optional hand-crank or motorized pedestal.
ReflectorComposite fiberglass
Backup StructureComposite reinforced fiberglass or aluminum
MountHot dip galvanized steel
Equipment IncludedFor 2.4, 3 and 3.7 meter -- dual polarity RO linear feed, elevation jack.
For 5 meter -- dual polarity RO feed, 2 spud wrenches,
2-ton cable winch, 2 elevation jacks.
2.4 meter 3.0 meter 3.7 meter 5.0 meter
Trailer Dimensions15' 2" long, 8" wide, single axle, 150 lb. tongue weight, 1.5" hitch ball required, hot-dip galvanized.18' 2" long, 8' wide, double axle, 200 lb. tongue weight, 2" hitch ball required, hot dip galvanized.21' 2" long, 8' wide, double axle, I-beam construction, single-axle surge brakes, 400 lb. tongue weight, 2" hitch ball required, hot dip galvanized.
Net Weight1200 lb.
(545 kg)
1610 lb.
(730 kg)
1913 lb.
(868 kg)
3741 lb.
(1697 kg)
Maximum Height10 ft. 3 in.
(3.1 m)
11 ft. 3 in.
(3.4 m)
12 ft. 3 in.
(3.7 m)
12 ft. 6 in.
(3.8 m)
OptionsTx/Rx or CP feeds,
embedded wire self regulating anti-ice system,
hand-crank or motorized pedestal,
equipment shelters.
Specifications Subject to Change

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