COURSE CATALOG

GVF courses provide on-line, self-paced learning for satellite communications professionals, supplemented by Hands-On Skills Tests. These lead to globally-recognized certifications for individuals, and accreditations for organizations

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GVF500 Ed2: Introduction to Satellite Communications

Comprehensive overview of the technology and business of satellite communications.

Comprehensive overview of the technology and business of satellite communications.

Covers history, launchers, orbits, frequencies, networks, equipment, bandwidth, applications, markets, regulations, and industry structure, and much more. Upon completion, trainees will be equipped with a solid understanding of how the satcom market is structured and the capabilities of the technology that makes it all possible. Edition 2.1 (Aug 2019) includes high-throughput satellites, new launcher players, new market data, and other updates. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> Everyone who would benefit from a broad knowledge of industry fundamentals, including sales executives, marketing managers, business leaders, and technical, engineering, operations, quality, and customer service staff. <p> <h4>Certificate:</h4> A quiz after each lesson reinforces student knowledge. A GVF certificate of completion is generated when the student has visited all pages and passed all quizzes. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> General familiarity with computer and voice communications <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4> Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format requiring internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Current versions of browser and Adobe Flash player must be installed on student’s computer.

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GVF503E: Sea Tel Marine VSAT Installation and Maintenance

Factory-authorized training for installation, commissioning, operation, and troubleshooting of a Cobham Sea Tel ’09-series 3-axis marine stabilized an...

Factory-authorized training for installation, commissioning, operation, and troubleshooting of a Cobham Sea Tel ’09-series 3-axis marine stabilized antenna system. Animation and 3-D simulator-based interactivity are used extensively to explain concepts and provide realistic skills practice for the student.

Learn key aspects of how to install, commission, operate, and troubleshoot a Sea Tel ’09-series 3-axis marine stabilized antenna system through this online, self-paced, 3-D animated, highly interactive, simulator-driven course. Topics covered include principles of vessel motion, stabilized antenna operations, and SeaTel terminal details including configuring and monitoring techniques. <p> All equipment is explained, including the Sea Tel gimbaled mount, antenna and RF components, control system components, and navigation system connections. Details on satellite acquisition and tracking, mount balance concepts, operating modes, performing site surveys, installation and assembly, commissioning, maintenance, and troubleshooting are covered in depth. <h4>Approvals required:</h4> <b>Very important: </b>By agreement with Cobham SeaTel, before GVF may grant access to online training course GVF 503E, each student must be approved by Cobham Sea Tel. <p> <a href = https://gvftraining.org/gvf503e-application.html target = "_blank">Apply for approval here</a>. <p> <i>Note: We recommend you apply for approval and receive your confirmation email prior to paying your tuition fee; if you are not approved, your fee can be refunded only as GVF tuition credit.</i> <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> This course is appropriate for engineers and field technicians who are responsible for installing and commissioning Sea Tel marine stabilized terminals, support staff interacting with field technicians, and all personnel who need a solid understanding of Sea Tel terminals. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> GVF 520, 561, and 562E. Note: GVF 503E must be completed before commencing GVF 503E-S1. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4> Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4> Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz; some lessons may also contain simulator-based skill assessments. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes and simulator tests must be passed in order to complete the course.

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GVF503E-S1: Installing and Maintaining SeaTel Model IMA Series Marine Terminals (supplement to GVF 503E)

Supplement course to GVF503E, covering Cobham SeaTel IMA series terminals.

Supplement course to GVF503E, covering Cobham SeaTel IMA series terminals.

Detailed training in the technical differences between Cobham Sea Tel '09 and IMA series terminals. Covers hardware, wiring, software, setup, configuration, and testing of IMA, Series 12, and GX systems, including the MXP control unit. <p> Before you can open this course, you must complete GVF 503E, for which Sea Tel approval is required.

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GVF503G: Gilat SkyEdge II VSAT Installation and Maintenance

Intensive Gilat SkyEdge II factory-authorized training covering network theory and step-by-step remote terminal installation and commissioning procedu...

Intensive Gilat SkyEdge II factory-authorized training covering network theory and step-by-step remote terminal installation and commissioning procedures.

Factory-authorized training covering the key aspects of how to install, commission, operate, and troubleshoot Gilat SkyEdge II series VSAT terminals. Animation and simulator-based interactivity are used throughout the course to explain critical skills and concepts. Topics covered include remote hardware options, approved IFL cables and connectors, web interface, commissioning processes, antenna pointing, and troubleshooting steps and tools. <h4>Audience:</h4> This course is appropriate for engineers and field technicians who are responsible for installing and commissioning VSAT terminals with Gilat SkyEdge II modems, and NOC/support staff who interacting with the field technicians. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> GVF courses 510, 520, and 521. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4> Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4> Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz; some lessons may also contain simulator-based skill assessments. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes and simulator tests must be passed in order to complete the course. <p> <h4>Certification:</h4>Students who pass this course and hold GVF Advanced VSAT Satcom Professional Certification will receive the Satcom Professional: Gilat SkyEdge II Specialist Certification. <p> <h4>Reference materials included:</h4>Students may download and keep the exclusive SatProf "Gilat SkyEdge II Terminal Installation Handbook," in addition to various Gilat manuals and guides.

GVF503H: Hughes HN/HX Terminal Installation

Intensive Hughes specific training covering Hughes HN and HX* network theory and step-by-step remote terminal installation and commissioning procedure...

Intensive Hughes specific training covering Hughes HN and HX* network theory and step-by-step remote terminal installation and commissioning procedures.

Factory-authorized training covering the key aspects of how to install, commission, operate, and troubleshoot Hughes HN & HX series VSAT terminals. Animation and simulator-based interactivity are used throughout the course to explain critical skills and concepts. Topics covered include remote hardware options, approved IFL cables and connectors, web interface, commissioning processes, antenna pointing, and troubleshooting steps and tools. <h4>Audience:</h4> This course is appropriate for engineers and field technicians who are responsible for installing and commissioning VSAT terminals with Hughes HN or HX modems, and NOC/support staff who interacting with the field technicians. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> GVF courses 510, 520, and 521. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4> Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4> Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz; some lessons may also contain simulator-based skill assessments. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes and simulator tests must be passed in order to complete the course. <p> <h4>Certification:</h4>Students who pass this course and hold GVF Advanced VSAT Satcom Professional Certification will receive the Satcom Professional: Hughes Specialist Certification. <p> <h4>Reference materials included:</h4>Students may download and keep the exclusive SatProf ""Hughes Terminal Installation Handbook,"" in addition to various Hughes manuals and guides.

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GVF503i Ed2: iDirect Installation and Maintenance

Intensive iDirect-specific training covering network theory and step-by-step remote terminal installation and commissioning procedures.

Intensive iDirect-specific training covering network theory and step-by-step remote terminal installation and commissioning procedures.

Factory-authorized training in the detailed knowledge and skills required for installation of iDirect remote VSAT terminals. In a highly explanatory, self-paced tutorial environment, this course takes the student through a step-by-step installation process using simulations of the real-world behavior of satellite links, the iDirect VSAT hardware and software, and typical installation test equipment. Second edition: includes eVOLUTION series satellite routers and other new materials. Note: prior to entering the course, you must agree to Non-Disclosure Statement which is a legal agreement between you and iDirect Networks Inc. <h4>Satellite routers (modems) covered:</h4> <ul> <li>iNFINITI 3100, 5100, 5150, 5300, 5350, 7300, 7350 <li>eVOLUTION X1, X1 Outdoor, X3, X5, X7, 8350, iConnex e800, e850mp series </ul> <h4>Audience:</h4> The course is appropriate for all installers and field technicians who may be responsible for activating iDirect terminals, as well as NOC technicians and support staff who interact with field technicians or simply need a solid introduction to iDirect networks. The course is ideal preparation for iDirect’s IOM classroom courses. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> GVF courses 510, 520, and 521. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4> Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4> Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz; some lessons may also contain simulator-based skill assessments. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes and simulator tests must be passed in order to complete the course. <p> <h4>Certification:</h4>Students who pass this course and hold GVF Advanced VSAT Satcom Professional Certification will receive the Satcom Professional: iDirect Specialist Certification. <p> <h4>Reference materials included:</h4>Students may download and keep the exclusive SatProf ""Field Handbook for iDirect,"" in addition to various iDirectmanuals and guides.

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GVF503T Ed 2: SpaceTrack 4000 Installation and Maintenance, Ed. 2

Factory-authorized training for installation, commissioning, operation, and troubleshooting of SpaceTrack 4000-series marine stabilized antenna system...

Factory-authorized training for installation, commissioning, operation, and troubleshooting of SpaceTrack 4000-series marine stabilized antenna system. Animation and 3-D simulator-based interactivity are used extensively to explain concepts and provide realistic skills practice for the student.

Learn key aspects of how to install, configure, and maintain a SpaceTrack 4000-series marine stabilized antenna system (manufactured by Speedcast, and formerly by Harris Caprock and Schlumberger) through this online, self-paced, 3-D animated, highly interactive, simulator-driven course. Topics covered include principles of vessel motion, stabilized antenna operations, and SpaceTrack terminal details including configuring and monitoring techniques. All equipment is explained, including the SpaceTrack gimbaled mount, antenna and RF components, control system components, and navigation system connections. Details on satellite acquisition and tracking, mount balance concepts, operating modes, performing site surveys, installation and assembly, commissioning, maintenance, and troubleshooting are covered in depth. <p> <h4>Approvals required:</h4> <b>Very important: </b>By agreement with SpeedCast, before GVF may grant access to online training course GVF 503T, each student must be approved by SpeedCast. Approval is normally granted ONLY to students who are already on the SpeedCast team or are already working with a specific SpaceTrack terminal. Apply for approval by emailing gvfsupport@satprof.com. Include your full name, organization, email, contact details, and explain why you wish to be enrolled in SpaceTrack training. <p> <i>Note: We recommend you apply for approval and receive your confirmation email prior to paying your tuition fee; if you are not approved, your fee can be refunded only as GVF tuition credit.</i> <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> This course is appropriate for engineers and field technicians who are responsible for installing and commissioning SpaceTrack marine stabilized terminals, support staff interacting with field technicians, and all personnel who need a solid understanding of SpaceTrack terminals. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> GVF 520, 561, and 562T. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4> Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4> Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz; some lessons may also contain simulator-based skill assessments. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes and simulator tests must be passed in order to complete the course. <p> <h4>Reference materials included:</h4>Students may download and keep various reference documents for SpaceTrack 4000 installation and maintenance as well as the exclusive SatProf Field Handbook for SpaceTrack 4000.

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GVF505: RF and DC Theory for Satellite Systems

Important theory and knowledge about DC and RF for all satellite technicians.

Important theory and knowledge about DC and RF for all satellite technicians.

Covers DC theory (Ohm's law, loop resistance, voltage drops), gains, losses, levels, and dB, cables and connectors (including VSWR, return loss, cable types, and connector attachment), and standard RF components, such as attenuators, amplifiers, splitters, couplers, taps, and power inserters, and grounding and discharge protection. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> GVF 505 and 506 are are important first steps for technicians entering the fields of satellite television and communications. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> None. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4> Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4> Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz; some lessons may also contain simulator-based skill assessments. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes and simulator tests must be passed in order to complete the course.

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GVF506: Theory of Satellite TV Systems

Theory and knowledge important for all technicians and engineers involved with satellite television broadcast systems.

Theory and knowledge important for all technicians and engineers involved with satellite television broadcast systems.

Theory and knowledge important for all technicians and engineers involved with satellite television broadcast systems. The lessons cover digital TV transmission, microwaves and polarization, and receive systems. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> GVF 505 and 506 are are important first steps for technicians entering the fields of satellite television and communications. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> None. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4> Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz; some lessons may also contain simulator-based skill assessments. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes and simulator tests must be passed in order to complete the course.

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GVF510 Ed2: Core Skills for VSAT Professionals

Critical skills required for fixed-antenna VSAT field technicians and engineers, focusing on accurate antenna alignment and prevention of major source...

Critical skills required for fixed-antenna VSAT field technicians and engineers, focusing on accurate antenna alignment and prevention of major sources of uplink interference.

Improper installation technique is a major cause of interference, which degrades satellite transponder performance for all users. Developed in coordination with major satellite operators, GVF 510 teaches technicians the correct way to point an antenna, align cross pol, attach connectors, and decommission terminals – four leading causes of avoidable interference. As the first step towards GVF Satcom Professional Certification, GVF 510 teaches and evaluates the core skills that all VSAT field technicians must have – regardless of the type of equipment they install. <p> Includes advanced interactive 3-D simulations. Second edition: updated, includes new cross-pol and other simulators. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4>Basic knowledge of DC and RF theory. GVF 505 and 506 recommended. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> All installers, field technicians, and engineers who may be responsible for activating any type of VSAT terminal. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Languages:</h4>English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French are integrated throughout the course. Students may switch instantly between languages on any learning page, simulator, or exam. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4>Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz and simulator-based skills assessments. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes and simulator tests must be passed in order to satisfactorily complete the course. <p> <h4>Certification:</h4>Students who pass this course and the GVF Basic Hands On Skills Test will receive the GVF Basic Satcom Professional Certification. This course is also required as a pre-requisite for the GVF Advanced Satcom Professional certification and all GVF Satcom Professional Specialist certifications. <p> <h4>Reference materials included:</h4>: GVF Quick Reference Sheet for satellite field technicians; extensive glossary.

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GVF514: VSAT Installation with Satmotion Pocket

Install, configure, and use the Satmotion Pocket system to quickly and accurately point a VSAT antenna and align cross-pol.

Install, configure, and use the Satmotion Pocket system to quickly and accurately point a VSAT antenna and align cross-pol.

The Integrasys Satmotion Pocket system, a combination of smartphone/PC app and special hub equipment, enables VSAT technicians to align cross-pol at any time, without requiring intervention from the Satellite Access Center or even a working phone connection. It also enables self-service P1dB testing and includes several other useful tools and functions for field technicians. In this online training course, technicians learn how to correctly install, configure, and use the Satmotion Pocket system to align a VSAT antenna. The course builds on the knowledge and skills the technician has learned in course GVF 510 (Core Skills for VSAT Installers). <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> All installers, field technicians, and engineers who will be working with the Integrasys Satmotion Pocket system. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4>Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz and simulator-based skills assessments. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes and simulator tests must be passed in order to satisfactorily complete the course.

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GVF520: Satcom Fundamentals

Fundamental theory of VSAT communications for all VSAT technicians and engineers. Includes advanced interactive graphical simulations.

Fundamental theory of VSAT communications for all VSAT technicians and engineers. Includes advanced interactive graphical simulations.

GVF520, the second in a series of three online courses leading to GVF Advanced Satcom Professional Certification, provides the student with a thorough understanding of the fundamental theories of VSAT communications. This knowledge is essential for every skilled and effective satellite ground equipment terminal field technician. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> The course is appropriate for all installers and field technicians who may be responsible for activating any type of VSAT terminal, as well as engineers and technicians desiring a technical introduction to two-way satellite communications. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4>Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz and simulator-based skills assessments. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes and simulator tests must be passed in order to satisfactorily complete the course.

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GVF521: Practical Technique for VSAT Professionals

Knowledge, techniques, and practical tips that every field technician and installer needs to know in order to perform a high-quality, reliable VSAT in...

Knowledge, techniques, and practical tips that every field technician and installer needs to know in order to perform a high-quality, reliable VSAT installation job.

As the follow-on course to GVF510 (Core Skills) and GVF520 (Satcom Fundamentals theory), GVF521 covers the range of knowledge, techniques, and practical tips that every field technician and installer needs to know in order to perform a high-quality, reliable VSAT installation job. Covers the range of practical tips, techniques, and knowledge taiolored for fixed-VSAT field technicians and installers, such as using a compass, calculating levels in dB, voltage drops, cable lengths, using a spectrum analyzer, grounding, basic IP networking, safety issues, and troubleshooting. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4>Courses GVF510 and GVF520 . <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> The course is appropriate for all installers and field technicians who may be responsible for activating any type of VSAT terminal. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4>Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz and simulator-based skills assessments. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes and simulator tests must be passed in order to satisfactorily complete the course.

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GVF522: Spectrum Analyzer Theory

Theory of signals and their spectra, how a spectrum analyzer works, and how to make typical measurements in satcom systems. Includes live, interactive...

Theory of signals and their spectra, how a spectrum analyzer works, and how to make typical measurements in satcom systems. Includes live, interactive spectrum analyzer simulator.

Essential concepts and skills for understand how spectrum analyzers display signals, typical instrument controls, and common satcom measurement techniques. In this course we will review essential theory of signals and their spectrums using interactive 3D time-frequency graphs, learn how a spectrum analyzer works with live animations, and discuss how to make typical measurements in satellite communications systems. You will be using a live, functional, interactive spectrum analyzer simulator for tutorials, skills practice, and skills assessments. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4>GVF 520 recommended. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4>Engineers and technicians who use spectrum analyzers or who wish to learn about spectrum measurement theory. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4> Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz. The third lesson also includes randomized skill assessments using the fully-function spectrum analyzer simulator. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes and simulator tests must be passed in order to successfully complete the course.

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GVF523: Operating the Rohde and Schwarz FSH4 Spectrum Analyzer

How to use the Rohde and Schwarz FSH4 spectrum analyzer, with a focus on satellite communications applications.

How to use the Rohde and Schwarz FSH4 spectrum analyzer, with a focus on satellite communications applications.

The Rohde and Schwarz model FSH4 is an advanced, highly flexible, portable spectrum analyzer, designed for wireless, microwave, satellite, and other RF and microwave applications. In this course we will apply the general concepts of spectrum analysis from GVF 522 to the specifics of using the FSH4 for satellite applications. We will learn about using the FSH4 controls and display, discuss optimizing settings for best display of certain signal types, work through some practical examples, and discuss some of the FSH4's advanced features. The course includes numerous videos as well as a live, interactive functional simulator of the FSH4. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4>GVF 520 and 522 recommended. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4>Engineers and technicians who use the FSH4. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4>Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz. To pass the course, all pages must be viewed and all quizzes passed.

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GVF530: Core Skills for Mobile Satellite Terminal Operators

Key skills for all operators of auto-point (auto-deploy) satellite terminals.

Key skills for all operators of auto-point (auto-deploy) satellite terminals.

Fully automatic auto-point (often called auto-deploy) satellite terminals equipped with managed (VSAT) modems enable you to rapidly and easily establish communications. Even if your auto-point/auto-deploy satellite terminal is fully automatic, there are a few critical skills you need beyond simply pressing the green button! In this course you will learn how to use pointing angles (az and el) to decide where your antenna should be placed for a clear view to the satellite. You will also learn basic concepts and troubleshooting, such as the effect of rain, how to check your equipment, the importance of interference prevention, and how to tell if your equipment qualifies as GVF Type Approved. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4>None. <p> <h4>Why get certified?</h4> Certification demonstrates technical competence and documents an ability to adhere to the satellite industry’s best practices. It’s easy for uplink operators to make interference and not even be aware they are doing it; as a profession, all uplinkers must take responsibility for protecting the satellite arc, and the right way to do that is to get trained and certified. The GVF certification exam portfolio is an excellent tool for assessing the skills of new staff candidates, evaluating individual performance capabilities, and identifying voids in skills and knowledge that can be addressed through training. Certification holders are also eligible to be listed in GVF’s online, searchable contact database. The GVF certification series is the only industry certification program that specifically addresses the skills and knowledge that all satellite uplinkers should have. <p> <h4>Exam and certification:</h4> This course is part of a training sequence tailored for broadcaster certification examinations implemented and hosted by GVF. When you have completed this course, you will be ready to attempt the knowledge tests and simulator skills tests in the Basic AutoPoint Operator (BAPO) exam. <p> <i>Note: The BAPO exam is given online on the GVF learning system, but it is not included in the GVF 530 course itself. You must enroll in certification exams separately, or join the GVF Training Membership, which includes this course and the BAPO exam.</i> <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed.

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GVF531: Access Procedure Skills

Accurate pointing and cross-pol alignment skills for operators of auto-point terminals that are not type approved.

Accurate pointing and cross-pol alignment skills for operators of auto-point terminals that are not type approved.

Fully automatic auto-point (often called auto-deploy) satellite terminals equipped with managed (VSAT) modems enable you to rapidly and easily establish communications. If your auto-point/auto-deploy antenna is not GVF Type Approved, there are some additional checks you need to make before you transmit; otherwise you could be unintentionally interfering with other users. In this course you will learn how to confirm that your antenna is accurately pointed and how to work with the satellite operator to carry out a cross-pol check. <p> In this course, which follows on from GVF 530, you will learn how to check for accurate pointing, perform a cross-pol alignment with the satellite access center, and follow the industry best-practices guidelines, the General Access Procedure document. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4>GVF 530. <p> <h4>Why get certified?</h4> Certification demonstrates technical competence and documents an ability to adhere to the satellite industry’s best practices. It’s easy for uplink operators to make interference and not even be aware they are doing it; as a profession, all uplinkers must take responsibility for protecting the satellite arc, and the right way to do that is to get trained and certified. The GVF certification exam portfolio is an excellent tool for assessing the skills of new staff candidates, evaluating individual performance capabilities, and identifying voids in skills and knowledge that can be addressed through training. Certification holders are also eligible to be listed in GVF’s online, searchable contact database. The GVF certification series is the only industry certification program that specifically addresses the skills and knowledge that all satellite uplinkers should have. <p> <h4>Exam and certification:</h4> This course is part of a training sequence tailored for broadcsater certification examinations, which are implemented and hosted by GVF. If you have already taken course GVF530 and you complete the GVF531 course, you will be ready to attempt the knowledge tests and simulator skills tests in the General AutoPoint Operator (GAPO) exam. <p> <i>Note: The GAPO exam is given online on the GVF learning system, but it is not included in the GVF 531 course itself. You must enroll in certification exams separately, or join the GVF Training Membership, which includes this course and the GAPO exam.</i> <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed.

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GVF532: Core Uplinking Skills

Key skills for operators of manually-controlled, motorized earth stations, such as teleports and SNG trucks.

Key skills for operators of manually-controlled, motorized earth stations, such as teleports and SNG trucks.

In satellite news gathering (SNG) vans/trucks and in teleports, you're likely to find equipment with manual controls for antenna pointing, carrier setup, and a spectrum analyzer for monitoring the downlink. <p> In this course, which follows on from GVF 530 and 531, you will learn how to access a satellite using a manually-controlled earth station without causing unintentional interference, including all the theory, knowledge, and skills required to pass the Basic Technical Operator (BTO) certification exam. In particular, you will learn how to use a spectrum analyzer to identify your correct satellite and to accurately point with the beam balance method. You will learn how to correctly pre-set polarization and then contact a Satellite Access Center to complete cross-pol alignment and carrier activation according to the Universal Access Procedure. <h4>Prerequisites:</h4>GVF 530 and GVF 531 (recommended). <p> <h4>Why get certified?</h4> Certification demonstrates technical competence and documents an ability to adhere to the satellite industry’s best practices. It’s easy for uplink operators to make interference and not even be aware they are doing it; as a profession, all uplinkers must take responsibility for protecting the satellite arc, and the right way to do that is to get trained and certified. The GVF certification exam portfolio is an excellent tool for assessing the skills of new staff candidates, evaluating individual performance capabilities, and identifying voids in skills and knowledge that can be addressed through training. Certification holders are also eligible to be listed in GVF’s online, searchable contact database. The GVF certification series is the only industry certification program that specifically addresses the skills and knowledge that all satellite uplinkers should have. <p> <h4>Exam and certification:</h4> This course is part of a training sequence tailored for broadcsater certification examinations, which are implemented and hosted by GVF. If you have already taken courses GVF 530 and 531 and you complete the GVF 532 course, you will be ready to attempt the knowledge tests and simulator skills tests in the Basic Technical Operator (BTO) exam. <p> <i>Note: The BTO exam is given online on the GVF learning system, but it is not included in the GVF 532 course itself. You must enroll in certification exams separately, or join the GVF Training Membership, which includes this course and the BTO exam.</i> <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed.

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GVF561: Fundamentals for Marine VSAT Operators

General knowledge and skills for crew responsible for operating and monitoring a satellite terminal at sea.

General knowledge and skills for crew responsible for operating and monitoring a satellite terminal at sea.

Covers satellite communications basics, antennas, interconnections to ship's navigation systems, problem solving, safety, regulatory and licensing questions, and comparing VSAT with other broadband marine services. <p> <h4>Why should VSAT operators be trained?</h4> Marine VSAT terminals offer global broadband coverage to ships at sea. But for maximum up-time, crew members must be able to perform critical ongoing operational tasks after the installation technician has departed. <p> <h4>What will you learn in the course?</h4> In this course, you will learn fundamental aspects of how to monitor, operate, and perform at-sea maintenance of marine VSAT systems. Topics covered include concepts of VSAT communications, microwave signal characteristics, satellite coverage zones and pointing angles, beam switching, stabilized antennas, blockage, interconnections to ship’s navigation systems, safety issues, critical licensing questions, preventing interference, and comparing VSAT with other marine communications services. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> This course is ideal for all radio operators, IT technicians, or other crew members who are responsible for a VSAT system while underway. The course also serves as the first step towards GVF Specialist Operator and advanced Marine VSAT Installation and Maintenance Certifications, as well those who simply need a solid introduction to broadband maritime satellite communications. <p> <h4>Certification:</h4> Students who successfully complete this course are awarded the GVF Basic Marine VSAT Operator Certification. GVF561 also serves as the first step towards GVF Specialist Operator and advanced Marine VSAT Installation and Maintenance Certifications. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> General familiarity with computer and voice communications. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed.

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GVF562E: Operating the SeaTel Model '09 Series Marine VSAT

Specific knowledge and skills for crew responsible for operating and monitoring a Cobham SeaTel '09 series marine VSAT terminal at sea.

Specific knowledge and skills for crew responsible for operating and monitoring a Cobham SeaTel '09 series marine VSAT terminal at sea.

Necessary knowledge and skills for technicians responsible for operating and monitoring a SeaTel 09 VSAT terminal at sea. (i.e., is equipped with a DAC 2202 or similar control unit). <i>Note: Choose GVF 562-IMA if you are operating an IMA-series terminal (i.e. is equipped with an MXP control unit).</i> <p> Animation and simulator-based interactivity are used throughout the course to explain critical skills and concepts. <p> <h4>Why should VSAT operators be trained?</h4> Marine VSAT terminals offer global broadband coverage to ships at sea. But for maximum up-time, crew members must be able to perform critical ongoing operational tasks after the installation technician has departed. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> This course is ideal for all radio operators, IT technicians, or other crew members who are responsible for operating and monitoring a SeaTel 09 VSAT terminal system while underway, as well as field engineers who will be continuing on to the GVF 503E series courses for installatin and maintenance. <p> <h4>Certification:</h4> Students who successfully complete this course are awarded the GVF Marine Satcom Operator: Sea Tel Specialist Certification. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> GVF 561 <p> <h4>Reference materials included:</h4>Students may download and keep the exclusive SatProf SeaTel ’09 series troubleshooting flowchart for operators. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed.

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GVF562E-IMA: Operating the Sea Tel IMA Series Marine VSAT

Specific knowledge and skills for crew responsible for operating and monitoring a Cobham SeaTel IMA- series marine VSAT terminal at sea, including th...

Specific knowledge and skills for crew responsible for operating and monitoring a Cobham SeaTel IMA- series marine VSAT terminal at sea, including the Series 12 and GX antennas.

Necessary knowledge and skills for technicians responsible for operating and monitoring a SeaTel IMA-series VSAT terminal at sea, such as the Series 12 and GX antennas.. (i.e., is equipped with an MXP control unit). <i>Note: Choose GVF 562 if you are operating an '09-series terminal (i.e. is equipped with a DAC 2202 or similar control unit control unit).</i> <p> Animation and simulator-based interactivity are used throughout the course to explain critical skills and concepts. <p> <h4>Why should VSAT operators be trained?</h4> Marine VSAT terminals offer global broadband coverage to ships at sea. But for maximum up-time, crew members must be able to perform critical ongoing operational tasks after the installation technician has departed. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> This course is ideal for all radio operators, IT technicians, or other crew members who are responsible for operating and monitoring a SeaTel IMA-series VSAT terminal system while underway, as well as field engineers who will be continuing on to the GVF 503E series courses for installation and maintenance. <p> <h4>Certification:</h4> Students who successfully complete this course are awarded the Marine Satcom Operator: Sea Tel IMA Specialist Certification. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> GVF 561 <p> <h4>Reference materials included:</h4>Students may download and keep the exclusive SatProf SeaTel ’09 series troubleshooting flowchart for operators. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed.

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GVF562T: Operating the SpaceTrack Marine VSAT

Specific knowledge and skills for crew responsible for operating and monitoring a SpaceTrack 4000 marine VSAT terminal at sea.

Specific knowledge and skills for crew responsible for operating and monitoring a SpaceTrack 4000 marine VSAT terminal at sea.

SpaceTrack marine VSAT terminals are stablized antennas now manufactured and supported by SpeedCast and previously by Harris CapRock and Schlumberger. <p> In this course, you will learn fundamental aspects of how to monitor, operate, and perform at-sea maintenance of SpaceTrack 4000 and 4000E series marine VSAT terminals. Topics covered include hardware components of the SpaceTrack VSAT terminal, principles of operation of the terminal, startup and shutdown procedures, operating controls using the front panel or built-in web pages, satellite modem operation, operator-level troubleshooting, and preventive maintenance. Animation and simulator-based interactivity are used throughout the course to explain critical skills and concepts. <p> <h4>Why should VSAT operators be trained?</h4> Marine VSAT terminals offer global broadband coverage to ships at sea. But for maximum up-time, crew members must be able to perform critical ongoing operational tasks after the installation technician has departed. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> This course is ideal for all radio operators, IT technicians, or other crew members who are responsible for operating and monitoring a SpaceTrack 4000 or 4000E VSAT terminal system while underway, as well as field engineers who will be continuing on to the GVF 503T series courses for installation and maintenance. <p> <h4>Certification:</h4> Students who successfully complete this course are awarded the Marine Satcom Professional: SpaceTrack 4000 Specialist Certification. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> GVF 561 <p> <h4>Reference materials included:</h4>Students may download and keep the SatProf SpaceTrack 4000 Operators Handbook. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed.

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GVF562N: Operating the Intellian v100 and Similar Terminals

Specific knowledge and skills for crew responsible for operating and monitoring Intellian v100 and similar marine VSAT terminals at sea.

Specific knowledge and skills for crew responsible for operating and monitoring Intellian v100 and similar marine VSAT terminals at sea.

In this course, you will learn fundamental aspects of operation and at-sea maintenance and troubleshooting of the Intellian stabilized Ku/Ka marine antennas, including the v60, v60G, v80G, v100 and v100GX (in Ku-band mode) systems, with the v100 used for detailed examples. General operation and problem solving concepts covered in the course also apply to the v240K, v240C, and v240M antennas. <p> Topics covered include hardware components of the Intellian v100 VSAT terminal, principles of operation of the terminal, startup and shutdown procedures, using the front panel operating controls, satellite modem operation, operator‐level troubleshooting, and preventive maintenance. Animation and simulator-based interactivity are used throughout the course to explain critical skills and concepts. <p> <h4>Why should VSAT operators be trained?</h4> Marine VSAT terminals offer global broadband coverage to ships at sea. But for maximum up-time, crew members must be able to perform critical ongoing operational tasks after the installation technician has departed. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> This course is ideal for all radio operators, IT technicians, or other crew members who are responsible for operating and monitoring Intellian model v100 and similar Intellian Ku/Ka VSAT terminals while underway. <p> <h4>Certification:</h4> Students who successfully complete this course are awarded the Marine Satcom Professional: Intellian Specialist Certification. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> GVF 561 <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed.

ASC701: NGC Overview and Monitoring

Introduction to the CPI's NGC family of antenna controllers, and the knowledge and skills required for technicans with NGC "Monitor" level access.

Introduction to the CPI's NGC family of antenna controllers, and the knowledge and skills required for technicans with NGC "Monitor" level access.

The ASC Next Generation Controller provides a single solution for antenna manual control and automatic tracking, as well as control of antenna environmental systems and redundant RF equipment. This course presents an introduction to the NGC family and the knowledge and skills required for technicans with NGC "Monitor" level access, responsible for monitoring the status of an NGC-controlled earth station. You will study how to monitor system status, diagnose faults and determine tracking status of the NGC system. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> NOC technicians responsible for monitoring NGC-controlled motorized antennas. Techs and engineers who will be contininuing with higher level NGC training courses. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> Recommended: GVF 530+531+532 <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed.

ASC702: Using an NGC system in fixed antenna applications

Using the CPI NGC controller in fixed, motorized antenna applications.

Using the CPI NGC controller in fixed, motorized antenna applications.

This course is intended for earth station technicians with NGC "User" level access who are responsible fo day-to-day operation and maintenance of NGC-controlled antenna systems. A typical fixed, motorized 4.9m antenna system is explained in detail, and variations and options are described. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> Earth station technicians with NGC "User" level access who are responsible fo day-to-day operation and maintenance of NGC-controlled antenna systems. Techs and engineers who will be contininuing with higher level NGC training courses. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> Recommended: GVF 530+531+532. Required: ASC 701. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed.

ASC704: Administering and configuring NGC tracking systems

Operation, maintenance, and performance tuning of the CPI NGC controller for fixed, motorized antenna applications.

Operation, maintenance, and performance tuning of the CPI NGC controller for fixed, motorized antenna applications.

This course is intended for earth station administrators who are responsible for the overall operation, maintenance and performance of NGC-controlled antenna systems. A typical fixed, motorized 4.9m antenna system is explained in detail, and variations and options are described. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> Earth station administrators who are responsible for the overall operation, maintenance and performance of NGC-controlled antenna systems. Techs and engineers who will be contininuing with higher level NGC training courses. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> Recommended: GVF 530+531+532. Required: ASC 701 + 702.. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed.

ASC705: Installing NGC systems on fixed antennas

Installation, troubleshooting, and maintenance the CPI NGC controller for fixed, motorized antenna applications.

Installation, troubleshooting, and maintenance the CPI NGC controller for fixed, motorized antenna applications.

This course is intended for field technicians who install, troubleshoot, and maintain ASC's Next Generation Controller (NGC) system on fixed, motorized antennas. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> Field engineers and technicians who are responsible for installing, troubleshooting, and maintenenance of NGC-controlled antenna systems. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> Recommended: GVF 530+531+532. Required: ASC 701 + 702 + 704. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4>Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed.

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SES731: Introduction to SES Networks

Introduction to SES Networks services and solutions.

Introduction to SES Networks services and solutions.

This course presents an introduction to SES Networks as a company, the services it provides, and how its network operates, with a focus on the fleet of O3b MEO satellites. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> With a high-level overview, this course is intended for SES Networks staff, customers, customer prospects, and the satellite communications industry. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> None. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4> Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4> Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes must be passed in order to complete the course.

O3b732: O3b Advanced System Fundamentals

A wide-ranging technical overview of the operating principles of SES Networks’ O3b MEO constellation and services.

A wide-ranging technical overview of the operating principles of SES Networks’ O3b MEO constellation and services.

This course covers, in detail, the operating principles of SES's O3b network, including O3b network configuration, satellite constellation, beam configuration and management, ground equipment, and network and system management. <p> <h4>Approvals required:</h4> <b>Very important: </b>By agreement with SES, before GVF may grant access to online training course O3b 732, each student must be approved by SES. Approval is normally granted ONLY to students who are from existing SES customers, potential customers, service partner companies, SES employees, or current or potential SES contractors. <p> <a href ="https://gvftraining.org/o3b732-application.html" target = "_blank">Apply for approval here</a>. <p> <i>Note: If you are an SES employee you will automatically be approved for the course. If you are not an SES employee and are unsure if you will be approved by SES Networks for this course, we recommend you apply for approval and receive your confirmation email prior to paying your tuition fee; if you are not approved, your fee can be refunded only as GVF tuition credit.</i> <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> This course is intended for SES staff, selected customers, and other specially approved students only. Prior approval from SES is required for enrollment. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> GVF500 Introduction to Satellite Communications and GVF520 Satcom Fundamentals (recommended). <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4> Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4> Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz; some lessons may also contain simulator-based skill assessments. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes and simulator tests must be passed in order to complete the course. <p>

O3b733: O3b Fixed Terminal Site Survey

Knowledge and skills required to survey a potential site for an SES Networks O3b Tier-2 fixed terminal.

Knowledge and skills required to survey a potential site for an SES Networks O3b Tier-2 fixed terminal.

In this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills required to survey a potential site for an O3b Tier-2 fixed terminal. You will learn how to use the included Antenna Arrangement Planner app to plan compact multi-antenna placement arrangements with a clear line of sight to the O3b arc. You will also learn how to use the included O3b Line of Sight mobile app, prepare for the site visit, fill out the survey report, plan the IFL run, analyze the existing AC/mains power system, document data inferface points, select a location for the indoor equipment, gather other necessary information, and report site details critical for a successful system installation. This course also includes all the forms that must be completed and submitted to SES after a survey, as well as access to specially-developed smartphone and Windows apps. <h4>Approvals required:</h4> <b>Very important: </b>By agreement with SES, before GVF may grant access to online training course O3b 733, each student must be approved by SES. Approval is normally granted ONLY to students who are from existing SES customers, potential customers, service partner companies, SES employees, or current or potential SES contractors. <p> <a href ="https://gvftraining.org/o3b733-application.html" target = "_blank">Apply for approval here</a>. <p> <i>Note: If you are an SES employee you will automatically be approved for the course. If you are not an SES employee and are unsure if you will be approved by SES Networks for this course, we recommend you apply for approval and receive your confirmation email prior to paying your tuition fee; if you are not approved, your fee can be refunded only as GVF tuition credit.</i> <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> This course is required for field engineers who perform official O3b site surveys for fixed Tier 2 terminals. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4> SES 731 (required) <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4> Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4> Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz; some lessons may also contain simulator-based skill assessments. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes and simulator tests must be passed in order to complete the course. <p> <h4>Reference materials included:</h4> <ul> <li>Quick Reference Guide for field engineers <li>O3b Tier-2 Site Survey Form <li>O3b Tier-2 Site Preparation Guide </ul> <p> <h4>Companion apps included:</h4> <ul> <li>Antenna Arrangement Planner. Interactive 3-D app for a multi-antenna site to analyze if the beams from any antenna will be obstructed by any other antenna or the surrounding fence for for satellites at any point along the O3b arc. Generates reports which can be emailed as text files. Can save and read antenna arrangement configurations. For notebook or similar-sized screens. Windows and Mac. <li>O3b Line of Sight App. Includes standalone mobile and windows applications for use in the field to help prepare site survey reports according to O3b standards. </ul> <b><i>Note: The companion apps will fully function only if the user maintains a current, unexpired enrolment in O3b 733, or has previously enrolled in O3b 733 and holds a current GVF Training Membership.</i></b>

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GVF811: Carrier ID Principles and Operation

Background, technology, operation, and practical aspects of Carrier Identification (Carrier ID), an important tool for mitigating interference.

Background, technology, operation, and practical aspects of Carrier Identification (Carrier ID), an important tool for mitigating interference.

The satellite industry has been working hard to reduce the global effects of satellite interference. This course covers the background, technology, operation, and practical aspects of current Carrier Identification, an important tool for mitigating interference, with specific focus on DVB-CID principles and practical applications. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4>This course is recommended for uplinkers; system engineers, integrators of SNG, video, teleport, and VSAT hub stations; and satellite operations center technicians and engineers; and all those interested in best practices for interference mitigation. <p> <h4>Prerequisites:</h4>None. <p> <h4>Delivery:</h4> Animated & interactive HTML/Flash, self-paced, on-line format. Requires Internet access while studying the course material. High speed access is preferred but is NOT required. Student's computer must have a current browser and the current version of the Adobe Flash player (free) installed. <p> <h4>Tests:</h4> Each lesson contains a mandatory quiz. All pages must be viewed and all quizzes must be passed in order to satisfactorily complete the course.

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GVF-CERT-SPB_16: Basic Satcom Professional Certification/Recert Exam

Certification and recertification exam for GVF Basic Satcom Professional Certification.

Certification and recertification exam for GVF Basic Satcom Professional Certification.

Final exam for GVF Basic Satcom Professional Certification. Also serves as the recertification exam. <p> To open this exam, you must have completed course <b>GVF 510 Edition 2</b> and the Basic Hands On Skills Test (<b>HOST-B</b>). <p> If your certification has expired, take this exam to <b>recertify</b>, which will extend your certification for three years. <p> GVF Training Member? Email gvfsupport@satprof.com to request free enrollment in this exam. <p> Not a GVF Training Member? Purchase this exam and email support to request one-time 30-day extension of 510 ed2, if previously enrolled. <p> For more info, please see the <a href = "https://gvftraining.org/faq">FAQ page</a>.

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GVF-CERT-SPA_17: Advanced Satcom Professional Certification/Recert Exam

Certification and recertification exam for GVF Advanced Satcom Professional Certification.

Certification and recertification exam for GVF Advanced Satcom Professional Certification.

Final exam for GVF Advanced Satcom Professional Certification. Also serves as the recertification exam. <p> To open this exam, you must have completed course <b>GVF 510 Ed. 2, GVF 520, and GVF 521, and </b> and the Basic Hands On Skills Test (<b>HOST-B</b>). <p> If your certification has expired, take this exam to <b>recertify</b>, which will extend your certification for three years. <p> GVF Training Member? Email gvfsupport@satprof.com to request free enrollment in this exam. <p> Not a GVF Training Member? Purchase this exam and email support to request one-time 30-day extension of 510 ed2, 520, and 521, if previously enrolled. <p> For more info, please see the <a href = "https://gvftraining.org/faq">FAQ page</a>.

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GVF-CERT-SPID_16: Satcom Professional: iDirect Specialist Certification/Recert Exam

Certification and recertification exam for GVF Satcom Professional: iDirect Specialist Certification.

Certification and recertification exam for GVF Satcom Professional: iDirect Specialist Certification.

Final exam for GVF Satcom Professional: iDirect Specialist Certification. Also serves as the recertification exam. <p> To open this exam, you must have completed the current version of the GVF Advanced Satcom Professional Certification plus GVF 503i ed. 2.. <p> If your certification has expired, take this exam to <b>recertify</b>, which will extend your certification for three years. <p> GVF Training Member? Email gvfsupport@satprof.com to request free enrollment in this exam. <p> Not a GVF Training Member? Purchase this exam and email support to request one-time 30-day extension of the aboce courses, if previously enrolled. <p> For more info, please see the <a href = "https://gvftraining.org/faq">FAQ page</a>.

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GVF-CERT-BTO: Basic Technical Operator Certification Exam

Certification and recertification exam for GVF Basic Technical Operator Certification.

Certification and recertification exam for GVF Basic Technical Operator Certification.

Certification/recertification exam for basic-level operators of mobile or fixed earth stations used for uplinks of video or other continuous carriers with manually-operated antenna pointing, RF equipment, and modulators, such as traditional SNG trucks. (Not centrally-managed modems or auto-point antennas). <p> Format: online, self-paced. Includes limited knowledge exam and interactive skills test simulators. <p> This is the <b>exam only</b>. Training and review materials are <b>NOT</b> included. To prepare for this exam, courses GVF 530, GVF 531, and GVF 532 are highly recommended. <p> If your certification has expired, take this exam to <b>recertify</b>, which will extend your certification for three years. <p> GVF Training Member? Email gvfsupport@satprof.com to request free enrollment in this exam. Re-takes are free on request. <p> Not a GVF Training Member? Purchase this exam and email support to request one-time 30-day extension of the above courses, if previously enrolled. Re-take requires re-purchase of the exam. <p> For more info, please see the <a href = "https://gvftraining.org/faq">FAQ page</a>.

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GVF-CERT-ATO: Advanced Technical Operator Certification Exam

Certification and recertification exam for GVF Advanced Technical Operator Certification.

Certification and recertification exam for GVF Advanced Technical Operator Certification.

Certification/recertification exam for advanced-level operators of mobile or fixed earth stations used for uplinks of video or other continuous carriers with manually-operated antenna pointing, RF equipment, and modulators, such as traditional SNG trucks. (Not centrally-managed modems or auto-point antennas). <p> Format: online, self-paced. Includes limited knowledge exam and interactive skills test simulators. <p> This is the <b>exam only</b>. Training and review materials are <b>NOT</b> included. To prepare for this exam, courses GVF 530, GVF 531, and GVF 532, as well as GVF 520 and knowledge of satcom theory are highly recommended. <p> If your certification has expired, take this exam to <b>recertify</b>, which will extend your certification for three years. <p> GVF Training Member? Email gvfsupport@satprof.com to request free enrollment in this exam. Re-takes are free on request. <p> Not a GVF Training Member? Purchase this exam and email support to request one-time 30-day extension of the above courses, if previously enrolled. Re-take requires re-purchase of the exam. <p> For more info, please see the <a href = "https://gvftraining.org/faq">FAQ page</a>.

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GVF-CERT-BAPO: Basic Autopoint Terminal Operator Certification Exam

Certification and recertification exam for GVF Basic Auto Point Operator Certification.

Certification and recertification exam for GVF Basic Auto Point Operator Certification.

Certification/recertification exam for operators of auto-point earth stations equipped with centrally-managed modems (such as VSAT) and whose antennas <b>have</b> been type approved for autonomous, accurate pointing and cross-pol. <p> Format: online, self-paced. Includes limited knowledge exam and interactive skills test simulators. <p> This is the <b>exam only</b>. Training and review materials are <b>NOT</b> included. To prepare for this exam, course GVF 530 is highly recommended. <p> If your certification has expired, take this exam to <b>recertify</b>, which will extend your certification for three years. <p> GVF Training Member? Email gvfsupport@satprof.com to request free enrollment in this exam. Re-takes are free on request. <p> Not a GVF Training Member? Purchase this exam and email support to request one-time 30-day extension of the above courses, if previously enrolled. Re-take requires re-purchase of the exam. <p> For more info, please see the <a href = "https://gvftraining.org/faq">FAQ page</a>.

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GVF-CERT-GAPO: General Autopoint Terminal Operator Certification Exam

Certification and recertification exam for GVF General Auto Point Operator Certification.

Certification and recertification exam for GVF General Auto Point Operator Certification.

Certification/recertification exam for operators of auto-point earth stations equipped with centrally-managed modems (such as VSAT) but whose antennas <b>have not</b> been type approved for autonomous, accurate pointing and cross-pol. <p> Format: online, self-paced. Includes limited knowledge exam and interactive skills test simulators. <p> This is the <b>exam only</b>. Training and review materials are <b>NOT</b> included. To prepare for this exam, courses GVF 530 and GVF 531 are highly recommended. <p> If your certification has expired, take this exam to <b>recertify</b>, which will extend your certification for three years. <p> GVF Training Member? Email gvfsupport@satprof.com to request free enrollment in this exam. Re-takes are free on request. <p> Not a GVF Training Member? Purchase this exam and email support to request one-time 30-day extension of the above courses, if previously enrolled. Re-take requires re-purchase of the exam. <p> For more info, please see the <a href = "https://gvftraining.org/faq">FAQ page</a>.

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GVF-CERT-TOPC: Operations Center and Teleport Technician Certification

Certification and recertification exam for Operations Center and Teleport Technician Certification

Certification and recertification exam for Operations Center and Teleport Technician Certification

Final exam for GVF Operations Center and Teleport Technician. Also serves as the recertification exam. <p> Satellite operations center and teleport technicians facilitate uplinks from a wide variety of remote terminals, as well as from their own facilities. They may support carrier lineups, cross-pol alignments, and help field technicians troubleshoot links. <p> The GVF TOPC certification path is tailored to the knowledge and skills that are important for performing these tasks efficiently and with minimum interference. <p> To gain the certification, students must successfully complete course GVF 520, which builds a solid foundation of satellite communications fundamentals, including orbits, footprints, waves, antennas, signals and noise, modulation, propagation, links, and access methods. The candidate must also complete GVF 510, which teaches critical skills for VSAT field technicians, in order to support activation and operation of managed terminals. Finally, for skilled support of SCPC, SNG, occasional-use, and similar uplinks, course GVF 532 is required, which covers operation of manually-controlled equipment for antenna pointing, carrier setup, and monitoring, as well as using a spectrum analyzer to identify the correct satellite from its beacons and spectral signature. Throughout, the General Access Procedure (as referenced by ITU-R S.2049 and WBU-ISOG) is emphasized for core principles of responsible, interference-free uplinking. A final certification exam ensures a solid grasp of the required knowledge and skills. All courses and exams are given online and include scored simulator exercises. Successful candidates receive the GVF Satellite Operations Center and Teleport Technician certification and are eligible to be listed in the GVF public certification database. <p> <h4>Audience:</h4> Satellite operations center technicians, engineers, and technical managers; teleport technicians responsible for local uplinks or supporting occasional-use or permanent remote uplinks; technicians responsible for supporting field technicians with procedures such as “peak and pol”, P1dB testing, and carrier power adjustments. <p> If your certification has expired, take this exam to <b>recertify</b>, which will extend your certification for three years. <p> GVF Training Member? Email gvfsupport@satprof.com to request free enrollment in this exam. <p> Not a GVF Training Member? Purchase this exam and email support to request one-time 30-day extension of 510 ed2, 520, and 532, if previously enrolled. <p> <h4>Certification requirements:</h4> <ol> <li>Course GVF 510: Core skills for VSAT Installers. Core skills required by all fixed VSAT installers for accurate antenna alignment and prevention of major sources of uplink interference. Second edition: enhanced simulators, revised cross-pol technique, new materials covering cross-pol and line of sight, and updated and enhanced Quick Reference Sheet. <li>Course GVF 520:Satcom Fundamentals. Fundamental theory of VSAT communications for all VSAT technicians and engineers. Provides the student with a thorough understanding of the fundamental theories of VSAT communications. This knowledge is essential for every skilled and effective satellite ground equipment terminal technician. <li>Course GVF 532: Core Uplinking Skills. Covers operation of uplink systems including manual controls for antenna pointing, carrier setup, and monitoring. In this course, you will learn how to use a spectrum analyzer to identify your correct satellite from its beacons and spectral signature as you command the antenna to move. You will then learn how to carry out the full General Access Procedure. <li>Final examination. Covers all knowledge topics from GVF 510, 520, and 532. Includes scored simulator assessments of the following skills: line of sight and site selection; accurate pointing of manual and motorized antennas with signal meters and with spectrum analyser; interactive cross-pol alignment with an operations center; bringing up carriers in accordance with the General Access Procedure; calculating uplink, downlink, and translation frequencies for 70MHz and L-band systems. </ol> <p> <b>Note:</b> A Hands On Skills Test is <b>not</b> required for this certification. <p> For more info, please see the <a href = "https://gvftraining.org/faq">FAQ page</a>.