Now available in the UK from RF and microwave equipment supplier Link Microtek is a portable instrument that enables telecommunications-antenna installers and maintenance technicians to rapidly align antennas to the highest levels of accuracy, thereby optimising network performance.
Manufactured by US firm Sunsight Instruments LLC, the AntennaAlign Alignment Tool (AAT) 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 simple to operate and is supplied with a universal mount allowing it to be easily attached to almost any antenna.
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 70degC.
Also available is the MW-15 Microwave Path Alignment Kit, which is a complete system for aligning microwave links regardless of distance.
Using the exact GPS locations of two antennas, the kit 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, unlike other systems that require two technicians at each end of the link.
No RF power is required and the process involves no disassembly of the antennas 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.