User Manual and Installation of 2 Way Stacked Dipole

IMPORTANT !!!! Please Read

The antenna is the most important part of the transmission system and must be correctly installed before proceeding further and before any transmission equipment is connected.

Ideally this antenna should be mounted at least 20 meters high and clear of any surrounding objects to get maximum range and more importantly to reduce risk of radio frequency radiation to personnel. When mounted at least 20 meters in height off ground and using 250 watts of transmitter power, power flux density measurements made at ground level directly under the antenna show less than 1 W/m2. Several European countries use a value for the power flux density of 10 W/m2 as a basis for considering whether or not an area is safe. The issue of radio frequency radiation limits is a contentious one and work in this field is continuing worldwide. Under no circumstances should the antenna be mounted and used at ground level or within a few meters of personnel.

PACKAGE CHECKLIST

QtyItem
1 YELLOW MARK cable, boom and balun/ transformer
1 RED MARK cable boom and balun/ transformer
4 65cm radiator rods
4 Bolt, wing nut and plastic spacer
1 Splitter Box
2 Mast fixing clamp
10 Cable ties

2 Way Stacked Dipole FM Transmitter Antenna

TO ERECT THIS ANTENNA YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE

PVC insulation tape and/or Self Amalgamating Tape
Tape Measure with mm
13mm Spanner
A secure mounting mast or pole with a diameter of 45-50mm and a vertical space or length of at least 4m.
Antenna 50 ohm feeder cable, normally this is LMR400.

INSTALLATION NEAR TO POWER LINES

Following is a list of precautions to follow when installing the antenna if placement of antenna and cables is anywhere near power lines

Erect antenna on side of house or building as far away as possible from the power line
Avoid crossing antenna cables under electrical power lines
Do not attach antennas to towers, poles or similar structures carrying electrical power lines
If you are not experienced in installation of antennas, have experienced people to assist you
During installation, tie off antenna with a rope so if it falls it can be diverted away from the power lines
Make sure antennas have been properly grounded and provided with other necessary lightning protection
Avoid fastening antennas, especially self-supporting types, to old chimneys or to any chimney not designed to take such stress. Forces created by a strong wind may be sufficient to topple both chimney and antenna

CONSTRUCTION

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should the antenna be mounted and used at ground level or within a few meters of personnel.

Ensure that all antenna connections to the transmitter or power amplifier are sound, this is important as poor connections and soldered joints can cause RF burns to personnel, severe noise to the transmission and excessive RF bandwidth.

1. Mount the tuned dipoles to the mast using the clamps provided. It is IMPORTANT for correct operation that the dimensions on the diagram are followed as closely as possible, all dipoles must be directly above each other and the 'terminal box' must be facing the same way for the system to work properly and give full tuned bandwidth from 88-108MHz.

2. Mount the splitter box with the three RF connectors using the tie wraps provided on the mast between the dipoles as shown on the diagram. The splitter boxes are marked top and bottom, make sure top is facing upwards. This is because the plastic enclosure shelters the internal connections from rain and water

3. Connect the main feeder cable from the transmitter to the CENTER connector of the splitter box.

4. Connect the Top dipole to one of the OUTER connector the splitter box using the cable marked in YELLOW. Connect the Bottom dipole to the remaining OUTER connector the splitter box using the cable marked RED. There will be excess cable, simply coil this neatly and tape or tie it to the mast (DO NOT CUT IT BACK AND REFIT THE PLUG). The cables marked with YELLOW and RED of each dipole are critical phased lengths and must never be altered in length.

5. Wrap PVC or Self Amalgamating tape tightly around and all over the plugs on the Splitter Box to waterproof them.

6. Securely fix the cables using PVC tape or large cable ties to the mast as shown in the diagram opposite. Make sure the cables are not going to flap around in the wind.

7. Make sure that all fixings are tight and are not going to work loose over time with wind.

MAINTENANCE

Because antennas are passive devices maintenance requirements are low, however donít accept low as being none existent, some periodic inspections are required.

Always following a heavy storm or extreme weather condition an inspection should be done and as shown in the table below.

WEEKSBuilding RoofLight Duty TowerHeavy Duty Tower
13
26
39
52

Do not adjust any factory set internal controls.

SPECIFICATION AND DESIGN

Gain 4.7dBi at 98MHz (EIRP = 2.3 x TX power)
Freq Range 87.5 to 108 MHz
Bandwidth 20 MHz
SWR less than 1.6
Max Power 400 Watts
Construction Aluminium and Plastic (ABS)
Connector N type Female
Input Z 50 ohm unbalanced
Polarisation Vertical
Vertical Beamwidth 36 Degrees
Weight 2.3Kg

LEGAL ADVICE

We sell this equipment to professionals and organizations in good faith it will be used correctly and legally. Most countries in the world require licensing for this antenna to be used with a transmitter. It is the customerís responsibility to check relevant laws, directives, regulations and licensing requirements before putting this product into service with an antenna system. You, the customer or user agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Aareff Systems Limited, its employees and agents, from and against any claims, actions or demands, including without limitation legal and accounting fees, alleging or resulting from improper or unlawful use of this equipment.

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