SATELLITES AND ANTENNAS
Upon completing this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
Identify the theory relating to satellites.
Calculate azimuth and elevation, using plotting guides.
Identify the types, basic system and fleet broadcast subsystem equipment of
Identify the characteristics of antennas and antenna selections.
Identify the types of antennas.
Explain how the distribution systems interface with antenna assignment and
Identify the procedures for setting up antenna couplers, multicouplers,
transmitters, and transceivers.
Explain how the patch panel is used in conjunction with the equipment.
Identify the procedures for raising and lowering antennas.
Determine the optimum reception of a directional antenna by rotation,
alignment, and tuning.
Identify safety precautions that should be observed when working on
Satellite communication (SATCOM) systems
satisfy many military communications requirements
The antennas shown in figures 2-1 and 2-2 are used
with reliable, high-capacity, secure, and cost-effective
telecommunications. Satellites provide a solution to the
problem of communicating with highly mobile forces
deployed worldwide. Satellites also provide an
alternative to large, fixed ground installations. They
provide almost instantaneous military communications
throughout the world at all but the highest latitudes
for satellite communications. The OE-82C/WSC-1(V)
antenna (figure 2-1) is used with the AN/WSC-3
transceiver and designed primarily for shipboard
installation. Depending upon requirements, one or two
antennas may be installed to provide a view of the
satellites at all times. The antenna is attached to a
pedestal. This permits the antenna to rotate so that it is
always in view of the satellite. The frequency band for
receiving is 248 to 272 MHz; the band for transmitting
is 292 to 312 MHz.