Understanding cable and antenna analysis

Tuesday, 31 August, 2010


The cable and antenna system plays a crucial role of the overall performance of a base sta¬tion system. Degradations and failures in the antenna system may cause poor voice quality or dropped calls. From a carrier standpoint, this could eventually result in loss of revenue.

While a problematic base station can be replaced, a cable and antenna system is not so easy to replace. It is the role of the field technician to troubleshoot the cable and antenna system and ensure that the overall health of the communication system is performing as expected.

Field technicians today rely on portable cable and antenna analysers to analyse, troubleshoot, characterise and maintain the system.

Download this white paper for information on the funda¬mentals of the key measurements of cable and antenna analysis: return loss, cable loss, and distance-to-fault (DTF).


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