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.
Includes advanced interactive 3-D simulations. Second edition: updated, includes new cross-pol and other simulators.
Prerequisites:Basic knowledge of DC and RF theory. GVF 505 and 506 recommended.
Audience:All installers, field technicians, and engineers who may be responsible for activating any type of VSAT terminal.
Delivery: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.
Languages:English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French are integrated throughout the course. Students may switch instantly between languages on any learning page, simulator, or exam.
Tests: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.
Certification: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.
Reference materials included:: GVF Quick Reference Sheet for satellite field technicians; extensive glossary.
The full 3-D interactive antenna simulator, with operating meter and compass, teaches accurate antenna pointing and evaluates real-world find-and-point skills.
Students explore fundamental concepts such as latitude, longitude, and orbit position with interactive, 3D experimenters.
Interactive real-time cross-pol simulation allows field technicians to practice their feed pol alignment skills and to see for the first time what NOC technicians see.
- Understand why an improper VSAT installation can cause interference in the satellite.
- Assemble a basic VSAT.
- Correctly attach an F connector on an RG-6 cable.
- Understand latitude, longitude, satellite position, azimuth, elevation, pol angle.
- Aim the antenna towards the approximate satellite position based on local lat, long, and satellite long.
- Preset feed pol angle. Find the correct satellite using a typical meter.
- Point a small antenna accurately enough to minimize adjacent satellite interference.
- Adjust feed pol angle for best cross pol using uplink test in coordination with the satellite access center.
- Correctly decommission a VSAT to prevent it from making interference.