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GVF514: VSAT Installation with Satmotion Pocket

Course details

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

Description

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).

Audience:

All installers, field technicians, and engineers who will be working with the Integrasys Satmotion Pocket system.

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.

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.


Lessons

7 lessons
  1. Principles of operation. Purposes and applications of Satmotion Pocket: look angle calculation, elevation-distance-height, compass-azimuth, self-service over-the-satellite cross-pol measurement, self-service 1dB compression point, ASI measurement, installation logging. Hardware and software requirements at the hub. Transponder bandwidth requirements. How Satmotion system delivers hub-measured spectra to VSAT installer. Satellite modems supported.
  2. Installation and setup. Downloading and installing the Satmotion app for Windows, Android, and iPhone.
  3. Site surveys with Satmotion. Using the look angle calculator function. Determining line of sight and clearance. Making use of the phone’s tilt sensors and compass. Saving and re-using maps.
  4. Antenna pointing. Setup and connection to the satellite modem. Using a WiFi access point for range extension. Using Satmotion to acquire the satellite. Measuring signal level. Using beam-balance method for accurate pointing. Simulator exercises and skills tests.
  5. Aligning cross-pol. Using standard mode. Limitations on resolution due to noise and cross-pol contributions from the satellite and hub antenna. Techniques for increasing resolution. Principle of cross-pol component separation. Using Zoom mode. Centering feed rotation for optimum cross-pol using laser spot centering method. Benefits and limitations of each mode and method. Simulator exercises and skills tests.
  6. Pointing with the transmit signal. What is squint. Using beam balance mode with the transmit signal. Four pointing methods. Classifying the antenna and determining which pointing mode to use.
  7. Commissioning and troubleshooting. Checking ASI. Theory and operation of the automatic 1dB compression test. Recordkeeping using Satmotion. Resolving problems with connections, refresh rates, and cross-pol performance. General restrictions and limitations.

Learning Objectives

  • How the Satmotion system works and its hardware and software requirements.
  • How to configure Satmotion pocket on Android, iPhone, and PC platforms.
  • How to use Satmotion Pocket as an aid to site survey and initial antenna pointing.
  • How to accurately point the antenna in azimuth and elevation using Satmotion Pocket to minimize adjacent channel interference (ASI).
  • Three methods for using Satmotion Pocket to align cross-pol to better than 30 dB.
  • How to use Satmotion Pocket to automatically run a P1dB calibration test.
  • How Satmotion can be used to measure ASI.
  • How Satmotion can be used for commissioning recordkeeping.
  • Troubleshooting tips.
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