JUne 2017


Feature Article



When Tower Design Meets the Real World: How Antenna Selection Must Adapt During the Site Development Phase of a New Tower Build

John Keating, P.E., EVP of Market Operations 
Centerline Solutions


This article is Part 2 in a series that Antenna Systems & Technology has invited me to write about how antenna selection evolves over the course of a new wireless tower project, impacted by factors that emerge during each of the three phases of these projects:

  • The initial RF design and antenna selection phase
  • The site development phase, which includes site Engineering, leasing and permitting; and
  • The final phase of tower construction and testing

In Part 1 of this series, I walked readers through the factors that influence initial antenna selection when the project is on the drawing board, including parameters such as coverage requirements, radio equipment configuration, antenna performance parameters (i.e. gain, vertical beam width, horizontal beam width) and antenna installation parameters (i.e. height, azimuths, tilts). The result of that initial phase is an idealized design that serves as a starting point for the tower project, but the harsh reality for RF Engineers is that their initial design may undergo significant changes before the construction of the tower is actually completed. <read more>


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  Sponsored Announcement

IoT West 2017 Dates Announced

The dates for the IoT West Conference have been announced. Already in its 4th year, IoT West will pick up and head to Denver, Colorado for 2017. The conference will consist of two days of technical presentations, an interactive exhibit hall, and pre-conference technical workshops.


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New for 2017 - The Low Power Networking Summit
IoT West will host a new event covering all manners of low power wide area networking. LPWAN is taking the IoT market by storm, enabling a wide range of IoT and M2M applications with low-bandwidth connectivity. The applications are as endless as the technologies rush to gain dominance in the marketplace. Attend to learn more about: LoRa, zigbee, Bluetooth, RPMA, LoRaWAN, Sigfox, Ultra Narrow Band, LTE-MTC, Narrowband IoT and more. Learn More

  New Products

DJI and FLIR Deliver Highly-Integrated Thermal Imaging for Commercial Drones

Innovative technology from two leading UAV solutions providers – DJI and FLIR – has resulted in the most highly-integrated thermal imaging solution for commercial drones available in the market today. The DJI Zenmuse XT combines DJI drone flight stability, gimbal technology, and image transmission with FLIR’s thermal imaging sensors for reliable, rapidly-deployable imaging from the air.


Gap Wireless, a leading distributor of products and services for the mobile broadband and wireless markets, has added the DJI Zenmuse XT to its roster of UAV products spanning aircraft, cameras & sensors, software, regulatory/training solutions and drone defence.


Mounted on DJI’s Inspire 1, Matrice 100 drones, or the newly launched Matrice 200 series drones, the Zenmuse XT launches in seconds, with seamless integration enabling complete camera control through the DJI GO app. Video recording or still image capture settings are controlled at the press of a finger, recording reliable thermal data for analysis and reporting.


The Zenmuse XT mounted on the Matrice 100 enables continuous flight for up to 35 minutes, an ideal solution for large-scale inspections and search & rescue missions. Other applications include agriculture, cell tower inspection, surveying, and much more. To see how the DJI Zenmuse XT can work for your business, visit Gap Wireless.

Antenova Zenon – The First in its REFLECTOR Family of Low-Profile Antennas for Metal Surfaces

Antenova Ltd. is shipping a new 2.4 GHz antenna, Zenon, the first in the company’s new REFLECTOR series. This new family of antennas have been engineered to operate without de-tuning on metal surfaces – or where the product housing is mainly metal – a situation where it is normally extremely difficult for an antenna to operate. <read more>


Ultra-Low Loss DPDT Antenna Swap Switch from RFMW

RFMW, Ltd. has announced design and sales support for a DPDT antenna switch from Skyworks. The SKY13698-694LF offers insertion loss of only 0.27 dB over the wide frequency range of 400 to 5,900 MHz supporting emerging, high band applications such as LAA/LTE-U and sub-6 GHz. <read more>


Pasternack Launches New Line of Straight Waveguide Sections in Sizes WR-10 to WR-137

Pasternack has released a new series of straight waveguide sections in sizes ranging from WR-10 to WR-137. Typical applications include instrumentation, test benches, high-efficiency RF/Microwave transmission, SATCOM, MILCOM, radar and telecom networks. <read more>


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  Industry News

Laird Joins 5G Automotive Association to Develop 5G Communications Solutions for Connected Vehicles

Laird is the newest global company to join Munich-based 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), which includes leading telecommunications firms, automotive companies, and components suppliers. Besides Laird, its members include AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm, AT&T, and others. <read more>


Keysight Technologies, University of California San Diego Demonstrate the World’s Fastest 28 GHz 5G Band, Bidirectional Phased-Array

Keysight Technologies, Inc. and the University of California San Diego has announced the world’s fastest bidirectional phased-array link in the 28 GHz 5G band. The achievement is an important milestone for delivering future applications in 5G, aerospace and defense. <read more>


West Central Wireless Commits to TNS with Multi-Year Agreement

West Central Wireless has signed a multi-year agreement with Transaction Network Services (TNS) for a full suite of traditional roaming, clearing, signaling and messaging solutions, as well as LTE services. <read more>


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Event Listings


SCADA Technology Summit Announced

The dates and location for the 2017 SCADA Technology Summit have been announced. This event is focused on the latest advancements in SCADA and its supporting ICS technologies that provide control, connectivity, security and data acquisition to critical infrastructure and industrial environments. Call for papers Open

With the advent of “smart” SCADA, networking, IoT and security technology, control system designers, managers and operators must improve their systems to enable them to better monitor/control equipment, optimize value, and harness valuable data to optimize processes. With the explosion of smart connectivity, many organizations are going to be forced to change their way of thinking when it comes to SCADA.


To help you navigate these changes, the SCADA Technology Summit will bring together a cross-section of SCADA and ICS end-users to present, educate and analyze the latest advances in the rapidly changing market of control and automation.



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