Improperly installing RF antennas will add costs that may be associated with re-installations. For commercial organizations, industrial antenna misalignment may require additional labor and engineering support. Here are three ways to reduce potential antenna misalignment costs.
A Careful Installation
Directional antennas play a crucial role with communications systems because the slightest installation inaccuracy or antenna misalignment will detrimentally impact on system’s overall performance. A minor misalignment may result in re-climbs and re-visits to the antenna, which will cost labor and parts. A network of slightly misdirected antennas will cumulatively impact the system’s overall signal, even if the out of position tolerances is only over a few points. Multiple misalignments will result in a systemic degradation that reduces coverage performance and increases costs. When it comes to antenna attributes, the tilt, height, pattern and orientation must be maintained by maintenance professionals. Therefore, installations should follow internal standards and the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Continually Monitor the Effects of Tilt and Azimuth
Antenna azimuth refers to the rotation of the whole antenna’s vertical axis. That is, it is the antenna’s side to side angle. In order to ensure that the antenna’s elevation angle is accurately adjusted during the installation, use a scale marked on the mount bracket. Verify that the pole mount is vertical by using standard tools, such as a bubble level or weighted string. For antenna installations that require precise vertical angles, use an inclinometer tool that has both bubble level and rotary degree scales. By monitoring the azimuth during the installation, there will be less quality degradation and discrepancies between the target and installed parameters. For antennas that highly complex or installed in hard to reach areas, consider using a professional antenna service.
Proper Antenna Alignment Tools
The enormous costs associated with antenna misalignment can be lowered by using industry standard antenna alignment tools, which are designed to help business and homeowners ensure that they receive the possible return on their investments. These tools eliminate costly re-visits and re-climbs by ensuring that the antenna’s performance meets the intended design and the owner’s preference. There are popular antenna alignment tools that offer user-friendly functions such as advanced accelerometers that measure the antenna’s down tilt. They can also be used to align the azimuth of cellular antennas. These tools reduce operational problems and user complaints by eliminating misalignment, which will provide more consistent data throughput.
In order to maintain antenna signal consistency, consider performing regular audits that measure positioning and output.Tags: featured