Antenna alignment tool is portable; for networks

Manufactured by US firm Sunsight Instruments, the AntennaAlign Alignment Tool (AAT) is available in the UK from RF and microwave equipment supplier Link Microtek. The portable instrument enables telecommunications-antenna installers and maintenance technicians to rapidly align antennae to the highest levels of accuracy, to optimize network performance.

It measures the antenna’s azimuth, tilt, roll and height above ground level and instantly displays the results on any WiFi-enabled device. There is no need for cables, additional software or post processing.

The AAT is supplied with a universal mount, allowing it to be easily attached to almost any antenna, says the company. Reports can be generated on-site and transmitted immediately in PDF or CSV format as a permanent record of the final alignment specifications, including date, time, latitude and longitude.

As well as being extremely light (1.6kg), the AAT is designed to withstand the rigours of the outdoor environment. It has no internal moving parts and features a weather-resistant and durable powder-coated aluminium housing, which also provides excellent RF shielding. Operating temperature range is specified as -40 to 70 degree C.

A MW-15 Microwave Path Alignment Kit, for aligning microwave links regardless of distance, is also available. It uses the exact GPS locations of two antennae, and calculates and displays the required alignment at both ends of the link in real-time. This method enables links to be aligned by a single technician, rather than two technicians at each end of the link. No RF power is required and the process involves no disassembly of the antennae or removal of the feed horn.

The Microwave Path Alignment Kit includes two AAT alignment tools, two Sunsight IP68 rugged tablet computers, two universal microwave mounts, two battery chargers and two hard carrying cases.

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